Friday, December 28, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Live in the US - RTP Mukhari (New downloadable album)

A new album "Live in the US - RTP Mukhari" is now available for download at http://www.sanjaysub.com

The concert features the following pieces

1. Varnam - Chakravakam - Adi - Patnam Subramaniya Iyer
2. Samayamide - Kedaram - Rupakam - Patnam Subramaniya Iyer
3. Needu charanamule - Simhendramadhyamam - M Chapu - KV Srinivasa Iyengar
4. Santana gopala - Khamas - Rupakam - Muttusvami Dikshitar
5. Narayana divya namam - Mohanam - Adi - Papanasam Sivan
6. Oho kaalame - Sahana - Adi - Vedanayakam Pillai
7. Gaanamurthe - Gaanamurti - Adi - Tyagaraja
8. RTP - Mukhari
9. Bhakti mudalaam - Ragamalika - M Chapu - Vedanta Desikan
10. Maale manivanna - Kuntalavarali - Adi - Andal Thiruppaavai
11. Dasara nindisa - Rageshri - Adi - Purandara dasa
12. Theril yerinaan - Kalyani - Rupakam - Papanasam Sivan
13. Nijagadasa - Sindhu bhairavi - Adi - Jayadeva
14. Viruttham - Ragamalika - Ehimudam dehi - Jonpuri - Adi - Narayana Teertha
14. Mangalam

The concert was held on 26th November 2009 at the Ranganatha Temple, Pomona, New York. The accompanists were S Varadarajan - Violin & Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

December 2012 Concert Photos

December 2012 concert photos are being uploaded to the following album on Facebook and can be viewed by clicking the link below

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.558265220853630.142918.233353576678131&type=1&l=8caec42ed8

Here is a nice set of photos by ace photographer Sriram Guruswamy from the Jaya TV Margazhi Maha Utsavam concert

http://thetraces.aminus3.com/image/2012-12-08.html

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

SanjayMobile App

This is for those who are not already aware.

The SanjayMobile App is available for download on both iOS and Android platforms.

Easy access to the season schedule, follow blog posts, Youtube videos, Facebook posts, tweets etc.

http://sanjaysub.com/Mobile/app/

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New album released - Live in the US - RTP Gowrimanohari

A new album "Live in the US - RTP Gowrimanohari" is now available for download at http://www.sanjaysub.com

The concert was held on 27th October 2009 at Purdue University in the US. The accompanists were S Varadarajan - Violin & Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam.

Here are the list of songs rendered.

Varnam - Sriragam
Manavyala - Nalinakanti
Angaraka - Surati
Akhilandeswari - Dwijavanti
RTP - Gowrimanohari
Kandu dhanya - Behag
Viruttham - Ragamalika
Tillana - Durbari kanada
Engum nirainthirukkum - Kurinji
Mangalam

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

December season 2012 schedule

Here is the schedule for the upcoming December season 2012


7th December - 6.30 pm - Jaya TV - Margazhi Maha Utsavam
(Chettinad Vidyashram school) 
(Theme - Duraisami kavi)
S Varadarajan - Violin
Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam

8th December - 6.45 pm - Karthik Fine Arts 
(Narada Gana Sabha

Nagai Muralidharan - Violin
Tanjavur Ramadas - Mrudangam
S Venkatramanan - Khanjira

13th December - 7.00 pm - Nungambakkam Cultural Academy
(Rama Rao Kalyana mandapam, T.Nagar)

Nagai Muralidharan - Violin
Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam
S Venkatramanan - Khanjira

15th December - 6.00 pm - Brahma Gana Sabha
(Sivagami Petachi Auditorium)

S Varadarajan - Violin
Palladam Ravi - Mrudangam
Alathur Rajaganesh - Khanjira

17th December - 6.00 pm - Bharat Kalachar

Nagai Sriram - Violin
Patri Satish Kumar - Mrudangam
KV Gopalakrishnan - Khanjira

18th December - 7.00 pm - Indian Fine Arts Society
(German Hall, T.Nagar)

Avaneeswaram SR Vinu - Violin
Trivandrum Balaji - Mrudangam
G Guruprasanna - Khanjira

20th December - 4.30 pm - Narada Gana Sabha

MR Gopinath - Violin
Mannargudi Easwaran - Mrudangam
KV Gopalakrishnan - Khanjira

21st December

Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha - 6.00 pm
(Vani Mahal)
Nagai Muralidharan & Nagai Sriram - Violin
Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam
S Venkatramanan - Khanjira

23rd December - Kalarasna - 6.15 pm
(Chinmaya Heritage Centre)

S Varadarajan - Violin
Trichy Harikumar - Mrudangam
S Karthick - Ghatam

25th December - Krishna Gana Sabha - 4.30 pm

S Varadarajan - Violin
Tanjavur Murugabhoopaty - Mrudangam
Bangalore Rajasekar - Morsing


26th December - Music Academy - 7.00 pm

S Varadarajan - Violin
Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam
Tripunitura Radhakrishnan - Ghatam

29th December - Tamil Isai Sangam - 7.00 pm

S Varadarajan - Violin
Palladam Ravi - Mrudangam
Udupi Sridhar - Ghatam

30th December

Parthasarathy Swami Sabha - 6.30 pm
(Vidya Bharathi Kalyana mandapam)

S Varadarajan - Violin
Srimushnam Raja Rao - Mrudangam
Trichy Murali - Ghatam

Thursday, September 6, 2012

US concert tour dates

Here is the list of concerts and details for the tour of the US in the next couple of weeks.

Sanjay Subrahmanyan - Vocal
S Varadarajan - Violin
Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam


15th September 2012 - Sruti, Philadelphia

http://www.sruti.org

16th September - Indian Fine Arts Academy, Dallas

http://www.ifaadfw.org/

21st September - SIFA, Palo Alto

http://www.southindiafinearts.org/

23rd September - CMANA, New jersey

https://cmana.org/



Sunday, August 26, 2012

An artist's inspiration - Do we need to know?

In the book "Death in Venice" Thomas Mann has this to say

" it is well for the world that it sees only the beauty of the completed work and not its origins nor the conditions whence it sprang; since knowledge of the artist's inspiration might often but confuse and alarm and so prevent the full effect of its excellence"

So many times there is a need to know the source or origin of a work of art. In Carnatic music, the lineage usually explains this to a large extent. The choice of songs, ragams, sangatis, paataantharams etc show this clearly. The problems crop up when this is not very visible. An artiste does seek multiple sources of inspiration. Sometimes the final output  is a combination of so many different things that it is virtually impossible to trace any source of inspiration directly. The "knowledgeable" cannot hold it any longer and has to immediately find out where this came from.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Margazhi Tamil Isai 2011 - Available for download



A new album "Margazhi Tamil Isai 2011" has been uploaded on http://www.sanjaysub.com

The details of the album are

Sanjay Subrahmanyan - Vocal
Nagai R Sriram - Violin
Trivandrum Balaji - Mrudangam

List of songs

1. Undran paada (Varnam) - Sankarabharanam - K ata - Madurai Subramania Iyer
2. Yaar poi solluvaar - Todi - M chapu - Ghanam Krishnayyar
3. Ongi ulagalantha - Arabhi - Adi - Andal Tiruppaavai
4. Sivakamasundari - Mukhari - Adi - Papanasam Sivan
5. Yedayya gati - Chalanata - Adi - Koteeswara Iyer
6. RTP - Gopikatilakam - K Triputa
7. Mannupugazh kosalai - Ragamalika - Rupakam - Kulasekara Azhwar
8. Appan avadaritta - Karaharapriya - Adi - Papanasam Sivan
9. Dikku teriyaatha kaattil - Ragamalika - Adi - Subramanya Bharati

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Interesting take on criticism

Here is an interesting take on criticism by the writer Bernard Malamud in an interview given to the Paris Review in 1975.

" I dislike particularly those critics who preach their aesthetic or ideological doctrines at you. What’s important to them is not what the writer has done but how it fits, or doesn’t fit, the thesis they want to develop."

This can also be seen in Carnatic music where the "knowledgeable" are always keen to try and impose their value systems on the musician. Sometimes the reaction to the music is so determined by the already existing assumption that has been made on how or what should be performed. Every generation of artists keep throwing up the odd rebel who shatter these existing notions and make the "knowledgeable" redefine their expectations. Then the new generation of artistes will suffer from not conforming to this recently formed set of values and so it goes on and on.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

BGS Dec 2011 - Now available for download

BGS Dec 2011 - The concert held on 14th December 2011 for Brahma Gana Sabha at the Sivagami Petachi Auditorium, Chennai, is now available for download at http://www.sanjaysub.com

Concert details

Sanjay Subrahmanyan - Vocal
V Sanjeev - Violin
Patri Satish Kumar - Mrudangam
Anirudh Atreya - Khanjira

List of songs


1. Varnam - Narayanagowla - K Ata - Vina Kuppayyar
2. Ananda natamaduvar - Poorvikalyani - Rupakam - Neelakanta Sivan
3. Mariyemi kavalenu - Kannada - Adi - Ambujam Krishna
4. Soundararajam ashraye - Brindavana saranga - Rupakam - Muttusvami Dikshitar
5. Koluvaiyunnade - Bhairavi - Adi - Tyagaraja
6. Evvare ramayya - Gangeyabhushani - Adi - Tyagaraja
7. RTP - Kedaram
8. Iduvo tillai - Sindhu bhairavi - Adi - Gopalakrishna Bharati
9. Kalpagambikai nee - Behag - Rupakam - Papanasam Sivan
10. Tillana - Durbari kanada - M chapu - S Kalyanaraman


Monday, July 2, 2012

Kartik Fine Arts Dec 2011 - Now available for download

Kartik Fine Arts Dec 2011 concert is now available for download at http://www.sanjaysub.com 

Here are the details of the concert

Concert held on 7th December 2011 at the Narada Gana Sabha for Kartik Fine Arts.


Sanjay Subrahmanyan - Vocal
Nagai R Sriram - Violin
Thanjavur K Murugabhoopathy - Mrudangam
Dr S Karthick - Ghatam

The list of songs in the album

1. Varnam - Pantuvarali - K Ata - Thanjavur Quartet
2. Saketa nagara - Harikambhoji - Rupakam - Mysore Sadasiva Rao
3. Kaana kannayiram - Neelambari - Adi - Anai Ayya
4. Evarikai - Devamanohari - M Chapu - Tyagaraja
5. Kamalambam bhajare - Kalyani - Adi - Muttusvami Dikshitar
6. Sarasa samadana - Kapinarayani - Adi - Tyagaraja
7. RTP - Bhoopalam - Yethanai koti inbam - Desh - Adi - Subramanya Bharati
8. Tillana - Dwijavanti - Adi - S Kalyanaraman - Mangalam

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New album for download - Krishna Gana Sabha - Dec 2011

25th December 2011 concert at Krishna Gana Sabha is now available for download at http://www.sanjaysub.com

The accompanists were MR Gopinath (violin), Patri Satish Kumar (mrudangam) & Bangalore Rajasekar (Morsing).

The list of songs are


1. Inta chala - Begada - Adi - Vina Kuppayyar
2. Venugana loluni - Kedaragowla - Rupakam - Tyagaraja
3. Sivachidambarame - Nagaswaravali - Adi - Muttu Tandavar
4. Nee madhi challaga - Anandabhairavi - Adi - Kavi Matrubhootayya
5. Ne pogada - Varali - K chapu - Tyagaraja
6. RTP - Sankarabharanam
7. Mannu pugazh - Ragamalika - Rupakam - Kulasekara Azhwar
8. Tillana - Khamas - Adi - Patnam Subramania Iyer

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dec 2011 concert available for download

December 2011 Parthasarathy Sabha concert held on 19/12/11 is now available for download at http://www.sanjaysub.com

The accompanists are S Varadarajan - Violin, Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam & Alathur T Rajaganesh - Khanjira.



List of songs


1. Varnam - Viriboni - Bhairavi
2. Re re manasa - Natta - Rupakam - Cheyyur Chengalvaraya sastri
3. Sri ramam - Narayanagowla - Adi - Muttusvami Dikshitar 
4. Nannu vidachi - Reetigowla - M chapu - Tyagaraja
5. Jagadeeswari - Mohanam - Adi - Tiruvarur Ramaswamy Pillai
6. Vara raga laya - Senchu kambhoji - Adi - Tyagaraja
7. Ragam tana pallavi - Simhendramadhyamam - Rupakam (2 kalai)
8. He govinda he gopala - Madhuvanti - Rupakam - Surdas
9. Theertha karayinile & Payum oli - Khamaj - Tisra gati - Subramanya Bharati

More concerts will be added in the coming weeks.

Monday, June 11, 2012

sanjaysub.com - Mobile optimised


It's been a few months since the official launch of sanjaysub.com - a site exclusively dedicated to making available downloadable music. In continuation with harnessing the power of technology, the website has now been completely mobile optimized. This is the first time that a music based website in India gives the same user experience on the smartphone as that can be seen on a desktop/laptop environment.  Users who have already downloaded the Sanjay Subrahmanyan Mobile App should be able to access the mobile optimised site when they click on the "Buy" button under the "Music" menu option on the app. The list of albums visible under this button directly link to the content available on sanjaysub.com. You can also preview songs directly on the smartphone as the audio is streamed from the server.

So far the initial response to sanjaysub.com has been most encouraging. If you have not done so please do check out http://www.sanjaysub.com and let us know how the experience has been . If you have not downloaded the mobile app it is available at the following link




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Monday, June 4, 2012

Chayaranjani


Many years back when I was learning up songs of GNB my Guru taught me Nee valayinche in the ragam Chayaranjani. This song was not in print at that time and he had taken it down during the course of his association with GNB. Chayaranjani follows the following scale - S G M P N S / S N D P M G S in the 45th (Subhapantuvarali) mela. This is an interesting ragam that was supposed to be a creation of GNB. My personal take on this ragam is that he must have been inspired by the North Indian raag Multani which follows the scale of S G M P N S / S N D P M G R S in the same 45th mela. However in usage the rishabham is not stressed upon and glides directly into the shadjam without any elongation. This minimal Ri use has been dispensed with to create the beautiful ragam Chayaranjani.

I had sung an RTP in Chayaranjani in Krishna Gana Sabha in December 2008. This concert is now available for download at http://www.sanjaysub.com

Friday, June 1, 2012

Defending modern music in 1843


"Contemporary music is important. Don't listen to oafs who seek to dismiss it. They do that in all ages, and they prove nothing other than that they are fools or small-minded, narrow thinking bigots. Modern music has its place, an important place, and we are now in the age of musical heroism." (Josef Proksch to his celebrated pupil Czech composer Bedrich Smetana)

Across generations and centuries the debate will always continue!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Detox concert at the Wigmore Hall, London


Yesterday I had the opportunity to perform a "mikeless" concert at the Wigmore Hall in London. Nearly three and half years back I had blogged about mic vs non mic concerts after singing a mikeless concert in Europe. This time the experience was something very different and showed very clearly how it can be done and what are the challenges. The Wigmore is a beautifully designed hall specifically for chamber music or acoustic non amplifed music. As soon as my concert had been announced I received an email from someone requesting me to sing without amplification as he felt the auditorium, ambience etc are so good for the same and the experience would be very different. He also complained that Indians in India generally amplified their music far too much and he hoped that would not be the case at the Wigmore.

I kept my options open until I could actually get to the place and see things for myself. As we sat down to test the place during the rehearsal/sound check I realised that this was a different cup of tea alltogether. This hall is so beautifully designed and acoustically superb that amplification is really not necessary. The hall can hold close to 400 people and every little sound and nuance that you perform can be heard clearly. After a little bit of discussion we finally agreed on doing a completely mikeless concert. Fortunately for me the following things were necessary for me to able to do the same.

1. The construction, acoustics and ambience of the wonderful auditorium.
2. Absolute silence from the audience.
3. A significant amount of restraint by the mrudangam artiste Neyveli Venkatesh in order to control the volume.
4. Lastly but more importantly a concert duration of 45 minutes.

The organisation promised me points 1 and 2, Venkatesh agreed to point 3, and point 4 ensured that the strain would not be that much as opposed to singing mikeless for 3 hours. Coming to the concert finally it was indeed a great experience for me, Varadarajan (Violin artiste) and Venkatesh. I have never sung mikeless to an audience of 400 members or so and they were so spontaneous in their reception of the music. At this time I must thank Ustad Amjad Ali Khan sahib, who has taken up a year long project to present Indian music at the Wigmore Hall. In their 100+ year history they have never had Carnatic music or Indian dance and it is Khan sahib who has brought this to Wigmore. It was a great honour for me to finally meet Khansahib and get his blessings. I have seen and heard him from afar for so many years and it was very nice of him to actually listen to my concert. Later yesterday, he gave his usual virtuoso performance also mikeless! 

Times have changed and we need to adapt. A similar concert happening in India is really unthinkable at the moment. The mikeless era also produced music which was significantly different from the modern day. There was difference in the aesthetic quality in the music of say a Vina Dhanammal who performed at primarily home and Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar who's ringing voice had to be heard by a 1000 people. With the advent of mics music has also changed. Give me a Wigmore Hall and I can sing without mics for an hour or more but otherwise I live in an age of electricity, internet, instant communication and I need my mics as much as I need these. However detoxing at the Wigmore was really worth it especially when an Englishman came up to me and said "You gave us Bhava and we got Rasa!!"

Here is a lovely review of the concert by Bruno Kavanagh - http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev12/rev1197.html

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

GNB & Kamalambam bhajare


This is a story that I heard from my grand aunt Smt Rukmini Rajagopalan almost 30 years ago. Sometime in the fifties GNB had just begun singing Kamalambam bhajare in concerts. He had sung the song in a concert at RR Sabha, and again in a sabha in Egmore (probably the Jagannatha bhaktha sabha) and repeated it in a concert in Tambaram. My grand aunt being a GNB fan had of course heard all the three concerts, in the space of about 2-3 months. GNB was due to perform on the radio, and my grand aunt specifically sent a message to GNB asking him to avoid Kamalambam bhajare in the programme! As it so happened GNB did sing Kalyani and Kamalambam bhajare in that concert as well!

Later when they met my grand aunt enquired as to why he sang the same song. GNB had only this to say, "Mami, I sing at 3 different places in the city and a radio programme that goes out to so many others who haven't even attended those concerts. If you choose to attend all those concerts, I cannot do much about it!" My grand aunt told this to me when I was reluctant to repeat songs early on in my career. She explained this story and said that it is important for you to sing a song repeatedly at different venues to get a better grip and the rendition is bound to sound better everytime you sing it!