A derivative of Kharaharapriya (Mela 22) belonging to the 4th Music Chakra, Sivaranjini is a hauntingly meloncholic raga usually sung from late evening to midnight(9 PM to 12 AM). A serene Raga like Karaharapriya could give birth to a Raga that gives a totally different feel! The raga can be derived from 3 other melakarta ragams, Gourimanohari, Hemavati or Dharmavati too. This Hindustani scale is also the currently popular scale in Carnatic music.
After initial training under Rajalakshmi Krishnan (disciple of Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar) and violinist T.V. Ramani at Thrissur, Sreevalsan J Menon had much of his advanced tutelage under the late Neyyattinkara Vasudevan. Menon is an ‘A’ grade artist of All India Radio and has given concerts all over the country including the National Concerts of AIR and Doordarshan. He has received several awards including Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award 2013, from the Madras Music Academy, and a title from Krishna Gana Sabha, also in Chennai, besides such institutions of repute in the Deccan. He has also participated in Music Transcends, a symphony held at Washington, D.C. in 2004, integrating Western and Indian classical music. His jugalbandis with Hindustani vocalist Ramesh Narayan and late Kathakali musicians Kalamandalam Sankaran Embranthiri and Kalamandalam Hyderali have been widely appreciated.
Salem Sri G Deiskan (July 7, 1926 – March 18, 1986) was the foremost acharya of Carnatic Music in Salem City. He was blessed with a golden voice and unimaginable creativity that can lift the world around him into the heavens. He was a vocalist as well as a Vainika (Veena Player). Born of D.Gopalachar, Advocate, Salem, a patriot who relinquished his practice to support national struggle, G.Desikan had his musical training under Sister Lakshmi, a disciple of Salem Doraiswami Ayyangar.
Here a few photographs of Lec-Dem done in my home for the Swedish Jazz Musician Johan Noberg – Guitarist and his musician wife Jessica Pilnas who performs Vocal music. They came to India and attended concerts at Trivandrum and was very much fascinated by the Indian Carnatic Music and it s unique gamakas. They found it very interesting and totally different from their genre of music. Mr. Johan tried his hands on Veena and could easily do the exercises demonstrated to him. Mrs. Jessica was taught some basic lessons on how to sing gamakas and the importance of gamakas in Indian Music.
Here are some of the videos taken during the Workshop on Vocology conducted on 23rd Feb 2014.
One young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview. The director discovered from his CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent. He asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “no”.
Singing Varnams in three speeds helps in culturing the voice and training it to be able to perform complex aspects of music. Akara singing ( of Janta and Dhattu Varisagal) in at least four speeds with clarity with each notes rolling like “laddus”, with good kalapramanam (perfect tempo), has to be practiced in many ragas on a regular basis.
Here are some of the photographs taken during the workshop on Vocology conducted on 23rd Feb 2014..