During a seminar, a woman asked,” How do I know if I am with the right person?”
The author then noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so he said, “It depends. Is that your partner?” In all seriousness, she answered “How do you know?” Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it’s weighing on your mind
replied the author.
This was a concert played in “Parvathi”, Mysore on April 10, 1971 featuring Emani Shankara Shastri on the Veena, M.S. Gopalkrishnan on Violin and Guruvayoor Dorai on Mridangam. The legends joined hands for a stunning performance..
This blog is starting with a new link called Articles which shall highlight about Composers, their krithis and interpretations, about their life , vision etc. To start with, the first topic is Tyagaraja’s views of Music. All these articles are extracted from various texts, Lecture Demonstrations and Dissertations and Projects submitted by various musicologists and subject experts and also a few of my own interpretations. Hope this will help a student of music and musically oriented souls to have more insight into the subject.
TYAGARAJA’S views of Music stand reflected in many of his krithis, such as
Although nobody is born perfect, everyone is equipped with a wonderful tool for progress, THE MIND. The mind is educated when our parents send us to school to learn different subjects and skills. But this vocational education is simply not sufficient. We need other forms of education like moral educationwhich trains our character. Here we educate our mind with moral values of truthfulness, self-control and humility ; without which our lives can face disaster. Morally educated or elevated minds radiate strength, honesty and peace. The third and the most important education is spiritual education where the mind is uplifted towards the realisation of GOD or infinite.
Varnam in Sanskrit means colourand it very aptly defines the form as it brings out the swarupa of a raga in all its colour and dimensions. The sahitya of varnam is of negligible importance and is only used as a vehicle for raga delineation. Varnam stands out distinctly for its ability to show the contour of a raga, its typical gamakas, the pauses, its gait and gamut. The texture of each note and the various shapes it assumes in combination with other swaras can be sensed in a varnam. In this context, the Ata Tala Varnam in Bhairavi is said to be a master piece as it brings out the different gamakas in Bhairavi.