Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy 2012 !!!

As the curtain comes down on 2011 here's wishing you all a very Happy New Year!! As I sat down to write this post I just looked back at what I wrote last year - and I realise that a lot of these things I could write again! It has been a great year and a wonderful season to cap it. The overwhelming response from the audience as always humbles me completely and I only wish that I could do more than what I am doing at the moment. Performing concerts is so exciting and every day and every kutchery is a new experience.

This season has been a kind of breakthrough in the carnatic music world I should say. A new generation of musicians in the age group of 20 - 35 are blossoming into young stars and it is so great to see. Their efforts and patience is finally paying rich dividends and the listening audience is beginning to notice this. Each of these musicians are coming out with a solid plan of how they want to perform and what areas to concentrate on and doing it with so much professionalism and perfection. I don't think I knew so much about what I was doing 20 years back compared to what these guys and girls are doing. Hats off to them and I hope they very soon reap the rewards in a big way. And of course it gives me even greater pleasure to see that some of them are my students!! I am a positive guy and I believe music is doing very well today. Yes, it has changed and I like that. Art is something that evolves over time. Sometimes it needs to shed itself from the shackles of the past if it needs to go forward, sometimes it uses the past itself as a launching pad. That is the beauty of artistic evolution. As far I am concerned I am perfectly ok whichever direction the art form takes.

Technology is such a wonderful part of our lives these days. I am so happy and greatful that I am living through this great digital enhancement that is happening to our lives. Right from the year 1995 I have embraced technology completely and I fancy myself pretty highly on the "geek score" very much similar to my own self estimate of my cricketing skills and knowledge! The past year has also been significant in that I have managed to get the Sanjay Mobile App released for both Android and iPhone. There are some teething problems but we should be able to achieve a lot more in the coming year with the app. 

For those who have not checked it out yet here is the link

The other significant technological highlight for me is the launch of the website - A special thanks to Yessel Narasimhan, an old friend who came with a proper plan to implement these. Also a special thanks to Girish Hariharasubramaniam and his development team at Clairvoyant Technosolutions for making it all possible.

Twitter is a great place for conversation and I am having a great time tweeting especially on cricket. So if you are on twitter and keen on cricket you can see me frequently agreeing with the Indian team and disagreeing with every other team at

Hope the new year brings in the elusive 100th hundred to a great man as well as peace and prosperity to every one!!! Happy New Year!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Evvare ramayya - Gangeyabhushani - Sanjay Subrahmanyan Live on 14th Dec ... is Live now


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Monday, December 12, 2011

Chetashri - Dwijavanthi - 10th Dec 2011

Jaya TV concert - Harikesanallu Muthiah Bhagavatar

Every year I really look forward to singing in the Margazhi Maha Utsavam organised by Jaya TV & Maximum Media. This is is one concert where I have tried to bring out a number of Tamil compositions that are not very common. There has and continues to be criticism that there are not enough Tamil compositions that are "heavy" or "classical" to be included in  mainstream concerts. I use the opportunity given by this concert to specifically focus on composers and compositions which seek to invalidate this criticism.

This year I chose Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar as the composer to focus on. Muthiah Bhagavatar was a versatile composer and a pioneer of several innovative concepts in composing and composition. He is often portrayed as a maverick who composed on odd and rare scales and ragas. It was interesting to study his compostions in detail and when doing so one realised that here is a composer who deserves to be put right up there with the best in the business.

My interest was of course was in his Tamil compositions in the context of the Jaya TV concert and I found that he had composed 27 songs that have been published. It is possible that he may have composed more than that in the Tamil language. Also the compositions were in ragams like Todi, Sankarabharanam, Kalyani, Kambhoji, Yadukulakambhoji, Mukhari, Begada etc. Of the tamil compositions the most famous was the song "Andavan darisaname" in Jonpuri that was a classic hit of SG Kittappa in the nineteen twenties. My grandfather, Thyagu, used to sing this song a lot and he told me a story of how his grandmother would make sweet rice pudding (arisi kanji) and keep some for him, but give it to him only after hearing him sing Andavan darisaname. Later in the 80s DK Jayaraman used to sing this often.

Madurai TN Seshagopalan who belongs to the Muthiah bhagavatar sishya parampara has popularised so many rare and uncommon songs both of the classical and quirky variety. Of the tamil songs he used to sing "Aarukkum adangaada neeli" in Begada as well as "Manadirkkisaintha manaalan" in Sankarabharanam quite beautifully. Back in 1995 I gave a concert of 20th century Tamil compositions for the sabha Mudhra when they had their festival in the Rama rao Kalyana Mandapam. It was also the first time that veteran mrudangam artiste and one of my childhood heroes Vellore Ramabhadran played for me. My guru Shri KSK taught me "Moovaasai konda thirumaal" in Karaharapriya by Muthiah bhagavatar and I sang it that day as the main piece. A listener reminded me that day that Shri TNS has given an album of Bhagavatar songs exclusively with that song as the main piece!

Coming back to my concert yesterday, I wanted to sing a few of the songs that may not have seen the light of day. A ragamalika of 9 ragas with the raga names intelligently woven into the sahityam and some sparkling chittaswarams, revealed the classical depth and knowledge of the Bhagavatar and I was determined to learn it up and sing it. As I was going through the process I realised I had a tough task on my hands as the whole song could take almost 25 minutes to render. Thankfully for me Shri Varadarajan, the violinist, also took pains to learn up the song and that really helped yesterday. Special thanks are due to mrudangam artiste Neyveli Venkatesh who played so appropriately to suit the tempo and feel on the concert.

Here is the list of songs rendered yesterday

Thuthikkakkuriya aadhiye - Poornachandrika - M Chapu
Aarukkum adangaada neeli - Begada
Avan seyal andri - Hamirkalyani
Unnai ninanthu - Ragamalika (Sankarabharanam, Mohanam, Vasantha, Sahana, Todi, Nayaki, Kannada, Saranga, Sri)
Moovaasai konda thirumaal - Karaharapriya
Shanthamaaga kaatchi thanthidum - Yadukulakambhoji
Maavoor valam peruga - Sindhu bhairavi
Thunga maal vidai - Surati

Friday, December 2, 2011

Win 2 free tickets to my Brahma Gana Sabha concert on 14th December 2011

You could win two free tickets for my Brahma Gana Sabha concert on the 14th of December at the Sivagami Petachi Auditorium in Alwarpet, Chennai.

All you have to do is download the Sanjay Subrahmanyan Mobile App either for iPhone or Android. In the "Follow Sanjay" screen, "Like" us on Facebook and your name will be entered into a random drawing and the winner will be announced on the 10th of December.

In case you have already downloaded the app, don't worry, your name has already been entered for the drawing!

Below are the links for more information and how to download/install the app on your iPhone or Android device.

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In case you need a detailed description of the app and its features click below