Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Divya prabandham & Kanchipuram MN Venkatavaradhan

It is December and music season time in Chennai. This year I have chosen Divya prabandham as my theme for the Jaya TV Margazhi Maha Utsavam. I actually have two reasons for choosing this theme. One is of course the persistence of Maximum Media's dynamic Subhasree Tanikachalam, the prime mover of the Margazhi Maha Utsavam. For the last few years she has been repeatedly asking me to sing on this theme. The other reason for me came when I listened to a programme of Divya prabandha isai by Isai Perarignar Late Kanchipuram MN Venkatavaradhan. Shri Venkatavaradhan was one of the stalwarts of Divya prabandha isai and has set to music hundreds of pasurams and sung them with so much verve and passion even well into his eighties.


In 2001 Shri Venkatavaradhan was awarded the title of Isai Perarignar by the Tamizh Isai Sangam, Chennai. In his acceptance speech he gives the following details. "I was born in Enaatthoor near Kanchipuram. I was studying 8th standard in a Christian mission school when my father expressed the wish that I should start learning Divya prabandham. I learnt for 5 years under the laya wizard Kanchipuram Naina Pillai and 4 years from his son Rathnasamy. Later I learnt for 6 years from his disciple Shri NS Krishnaswamy Iyengar. People generally know Kanchipuram Venkatavaradhan as a singer of Divya prabandham. This is true but I have also learnt the 4 Thirumurais, Thiruvasagam, other beautiful and meaningful Tamizh compositions and Thiruppugazh and sung them in my concerts."


After I had decided on the current theme a very good friend of mine Yessel Narasimhan managed to source for me the written notations of several Azhwar pasurams as tuned by Shri Venkatavaradhan. Going through them and learning a few to sing in this concert I am stunned by the musical and aesthetic value of his contribution to Divya prabandha isai. The songs have been set to music in mostly traditional ragams incorporating many of the conventional phrases and graces. One could also see a passionate soul at work in the way the sangathis have been introduced into the pasurams at the appropriate places keeping in mind the lyrical beauty and devotion of the Azhwars' works. It is unfortunate that Shri Venkatavaradhan's contribution went largely unnoticed and unrecognised by the mainstream Carnatic music world, but thankfully organisations like the Tamizh Isai Sangam gave him his due. I personally dedicate this concert to the memory of this great artiste.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

December 2013 - Concert Schedule

6th December - 6.30 pm - Jaya TV - Margazhi Maha Utsavam
(Chettinad Vidyashram school) 
(Theme - Divya prabandham)
S Varadarajan - Violin
Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam

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

V Sanjeev - Violin
Trivandrum V Balaji - Mrudangam
G Guruprasanna - Khanjira


13th December - 6.00 pm - Brahma Gana Sabha
(Sivagami Petachi Auditorium)

Avaneeswaram SR Vinu - Violin
Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam
Coimbatore Mohanram - Ghatam

17th December - 6.00 pm - Bharat Kalachar

Nagai R Muralidharan - Violin
Tanjavur Ramadas - Mrudangam
Trichy K Murali - Ghatam

19th December - 7.00 pm - Indian Fine Arts Society
(German Hall, T.Nagar)

SR Mahadeva Sharma - Violin
Srimushnam V Raja Rao - Mrudangam

21st December

Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha - 6.00 pm
(Vani Mahal)
S Varadarajan - Violin
Patri Satish Kumar - Mrudangam
Dr S Karthick - Ghatam

22nd December - Kalarasna - 6.15 pm
(Chinmaya Heritage Centre)

Nagai Sriram - Violin
Palladam Ravi - Mrudangam
KV Gopalakrishnan - Khanjira

24th December - Music Academy - 7.00 pm

S Varadarajan - Violin
Tanjavur K Murugabhoopaty - Mrudangam
S Venkatramanan - Khanjira

25th December - Krishna Gana Sabha - 4.30 pm

S Varadarajan - Violin
Trichy B Harikumar - Mrudangam
Bangalore Rajasekar - Morsing

27th December - 4.30 pm - Narada Gana Sabha

S Varadarajan - Violin
Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam
Trippunittura N Radhakrishnan - Ghatam

29th December - Tamil Isai Sangam - 7.00 pm

S Varadarajan - Violin
SJ Arjun Ganesh - Mrudangam
S Venkatramanan - Khanjira

30th December

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

Nagai R Muralidharan - Violin
Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam
Alathur T Rajaganesh - Khanjira

Friday, August 16, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Films Division Documentary on Music of India

Youtube keeps throwing up lovely surprises so often. Here is a an old documentary on the Music of India made in 1966. Some of the highlight are:

1. S Rajam with V Sethuramiah & Madras A Kannan singing Theritheeyakarada in Gowlipantu.
2. MLV singing Harismarane mado with Tiruvellore Subramaniam, RS Krishnamurthy Rao (?) and an unidentified Ghatam artiste.
3. A very very short clip of Ramnad Krishnan singing Parimala rangapate in Kambhoji with VL Vedagiri (?) and Coimbatore Ramaswamy Pillai (?)
4. A dance clip for Taye yashoda by Nirmala Ramachandran.

Some nice Hindustani clips showing Manik Verma singing malkauns and another, a young Pandit Jasraj singing Mia ki Malhar.

Unfortunately I am not able to identify all the artistes.

Special thanks to Veejay Sai for pointing out the link.


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ratnagireeswarar Temple Mar 2013 Live - Available for Download

A new album - Ratnagireeswarar Temple March 2013 Live is now available for download at http://www.sanjaysub.com

The concert was held on 7th March 2013 at the Ratnagireeswarar Temple, Besant Nagar, Chennai in connection with Mahasivarathri celebrations.

The concert details are as follows

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

List of songs

1. Varnam - Sankarabharanam - K ata - Madurai Subramania Iyer
2. Pakkala nila - Karaharapriya - M chapu - Tyagaraja
3. Arunachala - Saranga - Rupakam - Muttusvami Dikshitar
4. Nenendu veda - Karnatakabehag - Adi - Tyagaraja
5. Kayarohanesam - Abheri - Rupakam - Muttusvami Dikshitar
6. Sivachidambarame - Nagaswaravali - Adi - Muttu Tandavar
7. Enneramum - Todi - Adi - Marimutha Pillai
8. Kadaikkan paarvai - Khamas - Adi - Papanasam Sivan
9. Slokam - Ragamalika (Tilang, Chandrakauns, Malayamarutha, Jonpuri) followed by Dasaratha - Jonpuri - Rupakam - Vanamamalai Jeer
10. Kaana vendaamo - Sriranjani - Adi (Tisra gati) - Papanasam Sivan
11. Tillana - Dhanasri - Adi - Swati Tirunal



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New downloadable album - Jan 2013 Live at Kamaraj Arangam



A new concert album - Jan 2013 Live at Kamaraj Arangam is now available for download at http://www.sanjaysub.com

The concert was held on 16th of January 2013 at Kamaraj Arangam in Chennai.

The accompanists were

S Varadarajan - Violin
Neyveli B Venkatesh - Mrudangam
S Venkatramanan - Khanjira

The list of songs in the album

1. Undran paada (Varnam) - Sankarabharanam - K Ata - Madurai Subramania Iyer
2. Sattre vilagi - Poorvikalyani - Rupakam - Gopalakrishna Bharati
3. Kamakshi - Bharavi - M chapu - Syama Sastri
4. Entaraa nee - Harikambhoji - Adi - Tyagaraja
5. Soundararajam - Brindavana Saranga - Rupakam - Muttusvami Dikshitar
6. Ozhukkam uyirinum - Kuntalavarali - Adi - Tiruvalluvar
7. RTP - Kapi
8. Maname - Sindhu bhairavi - M chapu - MD Ramanathan
9. Viruttam_Payum oli - Khamaj - Adi (T nadai) - Subramania Bharati
10. Tillana - Dhanasri - Adi - Swati Tirunal
11. Mangalam

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Live in Toronto - RTP Kalyanavasantam (Downloadable album)


A new album - Live in Toronto - RTP Kalyanavasantam is now available for download at http://www.sanjaysub.com

The concert was held on 29th November 2009.

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

1. Shri Parvati - Shriragam - K Ata - Kunnakkudi Krishnayyar
2. Saarasa dala nayana - Khamas - Chatusra Jhampa - Muttusvami Dikshitar
3. Chandiran oliyil - Malayamarutham - M Chapu - Subramania Bharati
4. Attharunam - Bhairavi - Adi - Papanasam Sivan
5. Swararagasudha - Sankarabharanam - Adi - Tyagaraja
6. Kaappaduve - Anandabhairavi - Rupakam - Thanjai Sivanandam
7. Niravati sukha - Ravichandrika - Adi - Tyagaraja
8. RTP - Kalyanavasantam
9. Lalisidalu - Ragamalika - Adi - Purandaradasa
10 Thunbam nergayil - Desh - Adi - Bharatidasan
11.Viruttham - Angai kodumalar - Ragamalika - Thayumanavar
12. Kalpagambikai - Behag - Papanasam Sivan
13. Nandatanaya - Bageshri - Adi - Purandaradasa
14. Tillana - Sindhu bhairavi - Adi - Thanjavur S Kalyanaraman