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Swathi's Sanskriti Series

S. Rajam
Format: DVD
Language: English
Duration: 02:00:00

Ramnad Krishnan
Format: DVD
Language: English
Duration: 01:23:00

Tanjore S. Kalyanaraman
Format: DVD
Language: English
Duration: 01:25:00

Sunaadha Vinodhan
Format: DVD/MP3
Language: English
DVD Duration: 02:03:00
MP3 Duration: 07:39:00

Gnb - Isai Vaseekaran
Format: DVD
Language: English
Duration: 03:28:00

Wedded To The Violin
Format: DVD
Language: Instrument
Duration: 01:31:00


Documentary's collection by S. Rajam, Ramnad Krishnan, Tanjore S.Kalyanaraman, G.N.Balasubramaniam, T.Brinda & A. Kanyakumari

S. Rajam

This DVD provides valuable and rare insights into Indian Classical Music as well as Indian Classical Paintings through the life and works of Shri S.Rajam - a doyen in both fields of Art. While enjoying the music through his impeccable voice, one can also visualize it through his immortal paintings. The legend himself narrates various delectable anecdotes while looking back at his long and eventful life. His towering contributions and his unique personality are documented through impressions of his peers and followers.

S.Rajam is a multifaceted genius with creative talents in a variety of fields such as music, musicology, classical painting and acting. In the field of music, S. Rajam is an unparalleled authority on Vivadi ragas and has done much to popularize Koteeswara Iyer's kritis. See more..

He has the distinction of being the only musician to have recorded all the 72 compositions of Kanda Ganamutham, most of the kritis being accompanied by Raga, Niraval and Kalpana swaras. He was also well known for keeping the Classical Indian Painting style contemporary. He has immensely contributed to enrich our cultural heritage for over six decades.

S.B.Khanthan, has written and directed an impressive array of documentaries and works of Carnatic Music Vidwans like Shri GNB, Smt T.Brinda, Ramnad Shri Krishnan, Lalgudi Shri G.Jayaraman, Umayalpuram Shri K.Sivaraman, Tanjore Shri S.Kalyanaraman, Shri N.Ravikiran and Shri T.M.Krishna. He has co- written and directed this DVD. He also directs Corporate Films, Advertisements and TV Serials

Lalitha Ram, material scientist by profession, is a regular contributor to various magazines on fields of music and history. His biographies on Carnatic music legends - GNB and Palani Subramania Pillai were critically acclaimed and well received. He is also among the founder-editors of the e-zine, www.varalaaru.com. This documentary movie on S.Rajam marks his debut in direction.

Songs on S. Rajam, Music - Murali Venkatraman, Lyrics - Kavignar Harikrishnan

Videography: Suresh Kumar. Editing & Visual Effects: V.Krishna Kumar DFTech.

Voice Over: Sujaya Suresh

Creataive Assoicates: N.Aravindan. K.Dvijavanthi & S.Srivatsan.

Script & Direction: S B Khanthan & Lalitha Ram.

Ramanathapuram(ramnad) Krishnan - The Musicians' Musician
Ramnad Krishnan

This documentary is a fine tribute to the late Ramanathapuram Krishnan, an artiste whose life was full of music and whose music was full of life. It faithfully and reverentially captures the man and his music with their myriad dimensions. His personal and penchant for music, his virtuosity and the vicissitudes of his life, his aspirations and approach to music have been documented in an arresting and authentic manner. Even after 3 Decades, Ramanathapuram Krishnan music is modern and inspiring to the budding artists. The film has a sprinkling of interviews with his acolytes, associates, kinsmen and some illustrious artistes- both his contemporaries and the current crop of musicians and is backed by intensive research. See more..

A melange of tastefully shot visuals, silhouettes for suggestive representation of the subject, custom-made paintings for re-creating events in the maestro life, deft use of his recordings and limpid narration make this film a great aesthetic experience- for both the fans of Ramanathapuram Krishnan and lovers of documentaries.

About the filmmaker

For a moviemaker, the creative oeuvre of S B Khanthan displays an amazing variety encompassing stage plays, telefilms, ad films, TV soaps, corporate films, children films, documentaries and Tamil feature film. No matter what he does, every work bespeaks his passion for the visual medium and his masterly sway over it. His understanding of the medium, eye for details and uncluttered approach to the subject make his works unique both in terms of content and format. Being the son of the late T.S Balakrishna Sastri, a highly revered Harikatha exponent, Story-telling comes naturally to this Chennai based Chartered Accountant turned filmmaker.

Tanjore S. Kalyanaraman - The Sunaadha Vinodhan
Tanjore S.Kalyanaraman

This 85 Minutes visual treat is soaked in the eternal music of The One and Only - SKR. Forthright analysis on various facets of SKR's music is provided by the Living Legends, Maestros, Patrons and budding vidhwans of Carnatic Music as also principal disciples of SKR.

This array of celebrities include Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Shri T.K. Govinda Rao, Shri P.S.Narayanaswamy,Madurai Shri T.N. Seshagopalan, Trichur Shri V. Ramachandran, Shri Sanjay Subrahmaniam, Smt. Gayathri Girish, Smt. Anuradha Sriram, Lalgudi Shri G. Jayaraman, Shri M.S. Gopalakrishnan, Shri M. Chandrasekharan,Smt. T. Rukmini, Kum. A. Kanyakumari, Nagai Shri Muralidharan, Lalgudi Shri G.J.R. Krishnan, Shri V. Sanjeev, Umayalpuram Shri K. Sivaraman, Guruvayur Shri Dorai, Mannargudi Shri A. Easwaran, Karaikudi Shri R. Mani, Srimushnam Shri V. Raja Rao, See more..

Tiruvarur Shri Bhakthavatsalam, Shri N. Ramani, Smt. Muthu Meenakshi,HMV Shri Raghu, Shri N. V. Subramaniam, Nadopasana Shri Srinivasan, Shanthi Arts Shri Ramabhadran,Krishna Gana Sabha Shri Y. Prabhu, Smt. Subbalakshmi Swaminathan, Smt. Brinda Venkataramanan,Smt. Bhushany Kalyanaraman, Smt.S.Mathangi, Smt. Visalakshi Suryanarayana

Tanjore S.Kalyanaraman A Glimpse...

Fondly remembered as SKR, this principal disciple of the Legend G.N.Balasubramaniam, evolved his own Baani which effectively synthesised GNB's niche and his own multi faceted Manodharma.

SKR was a master in laya algorithm as well as swara raaga bhaavam. Fast with precision and clarity is the hallmark of SKR's cascading brigaas, neravals and sangathis which added a special sheen to his Baani.

SKR's invaluable contribution to the world of carnatic music took the form of compositions born as his brain children. The gamut of Kriti renditions, creation of Panchama Varjitha Dvimadhyama Raagaas, Thillanas, tuning the Ashtapathis with Hindustani flavour, songs of Guru Surajanandha as also N. S. Chidambaram and so on are a veritable boon to the carnatic music fraternity.


Sunaadha Vinodhan - Part Ii - Ahead Of His Times
Tanjore S.Kalyanaraman

With the noble intention of paying visual tribute to the Carnatic Music Legend Tanjore S.Kalyana Raman, Sunaadha Vinodhan DVD was released in June 2008. The depth, novelty and richness of SKR's music vividly captured in audio with imaginative visualisation, as also the intricate analysis done by Veterans of Carnatic Music, caught the imagination of music lovers world over. It is stunningly pleasant to note that young musicians of the current era have fallen in love with SKR's renditions and creations. Our endeavor, we feel has not only served its purpose but also taken on a new responsibility of opening up lot more facets of SKR's music for the benefit of current and future generations of musicians. We now present Sunaadha Vinodhan Part II, aptly titled as "Tanjore S Kalyanaraman, Ahead of His Times". See more..

This audio visual presentation contains copious flow of SKR's music. Each of these Music Clips are also available in full ins a separate CD within this pack.

Specific focus is given to portrayal of SKR's creations by talented young musicians like Sikkil Gurucharan, Ranjani & Gayatri, V.Sanjeev, Sandeep Narayanan and Malavika with crisp analysis by veterans like T.V.Subramaniam, Guruvayur Dorai, Sikkil Mala-Kunjumani, T.V.Gopalakrishnan, A.Padmavathi, Mannargudi Eswaran, Sanjay Subramanian, Anuradha Sriram, Ghatam Kartik. Mudhra Bhaskar as also by Upanyaasa Chakravarthi Srivatsa S Jayarama Sharma. Views of SKR's Principal Disciples like Prema Hariharan, Brinda Venkataramanan, Bushany Kalyanaraman, Jayanthi Mohan and Subbhalakshmi Swaminathan bring out the passion behind making this DVD.

Music Tracks forming part of the Analysis included in Free MP3 CD


Gnb - Isai Vaseekaran

G N Balasubramaniam, (1910 - 1965), the Yuga Purusha, masterminded a True Revolution in the field of Carnatic Music that marked the indelible Pre GNB and Post GNB eras.

G N B is a stunning example of how intellect can be judiciously combined with on the spot creativity to transfix the audience senses in to a new galaxy.

Voice culture researchers have opined that GNB's gifted voice is the best among Indian Classical Music singers of the 20th Century.

Analysis by Carnatic Music Legends, Maestros as also Musicologists with fitting musical tracks of the legend over exciting visuals is the Hallmark of this DVD. See more..

Apart from the Audio Visual, the pack also contains unedited insight into:

1. GNB's Compositions by Charumathi Ramachandran, Dr. S.A.K. Durga Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam

2. GNB's Kriti Renderings by Trichur V. Ramachandran and S. Rajam

3. GNB's Golden Voice by Dr. S.A.K. Durga

4. The Unique relationship between GNB and Palghat Mani Iyer, the Mridangam Legend by Palghat T.R. Rajaram.

Script and Direction : S.B.Khanthan
Editing and Visual Effects : V.Krishnakumar D.F.T | Videographer : Jayakumar
Research and Analysis : Lalitha Ram | Voice Over : S.Muralidhar R.Mahadevan (World Space Radio)
Anchor : Madhuvanthi Arun | Illustrations : Maniam Selvan
Tamizh Venbaa on GNB : Crazy Mohan


Brindamma Music Beyond Music -

A Visual Tribute to the Inimitable Music of this Carnatic Legend with a sublime flow of Her Unique Renderings.

This DVD vividly unfurls various facets of the eternal music of Smt T.Brinda, presenting Her captivating repertoire with mesmerizing visuals.

Spencers Shri. R.Venugopal and Chitraveena Shri.N.Ravikiran have provided and narrated the vital finer elements in the script.Vidwans Shri. P.S.Narayanaswamy, Shri. N.Ramani, Shri. T.R.Subramaniam,, Neyveli Shri. Santhana Gopalan, Shri. T.M.Krishna, Bombay Shri.S.Ramachandran, Shri. B.Balasubramanian and Shri. S.Girish and Vidhushis Smt A.R.Sundaram, See more..

Smt. Alamelu Mani, Selvi Sowmya, Smt. Aruna Sairam, Smt. Geetha Raja, Smt. Kiranavali Vidya Shankar, Smt. Aruna Ranganathan and Selvi Savita Narasimhan as also connoisseurs of music like Cleveland Shri V.V.Sundaram and producer of this DVD - Shri. R.K.Ramanathan share their impressions about Smt T.Brinda's music.

About Smt T.Brinda

T.Brinda affectiionately referred to as 'Brindamma' is one of the most remarkable musicians in the annals of Carnatic music and was the most prominent and eloquent inheritors of the Veena Dhanammal Bani, known for its vibrant classicism, unhurried, alluring movements, as also for its use of intricate gamakas in the handling of ragas. Brinda absorbed both the sublime and intricate Dhanammal style and Naina Pillai's fast paced masculine music and blended them seamlessly into her singing. She was an expert at rendering ragas that featured complex patterns and subtle gamakas, such as Begada, Mukhari, Sahana, Suruti, Varali etc, She was not only a repository of Kshetrayya padams and javalis but also a master of may rare compositions of the Carnatic Music Trinity. Her music was soul stirring and full of microscopicc nuances. She had a captivating voice, which had clarity, sweetness, depth and majesty.

R.K.Ramanathan, Producer

This industrialist and son of Ramnad Shri Krishnan has dedicated his retired life for preserving the music of stalwarts for posterity and for the benefit of current and future generations of musicians. This DVD is second such production from him, the first one being "Musicians Musician" on his legendary father Ramand Shri Krishnan.

S B Khanthan - Creative Director

Who has an impressive array of documentaries and works of Carnatic Music legends like Shri GNB, Ramnad Shri Krishnan, Lalgudi Shri G.Jayaraman, Umayalpuram Shri K.Sivaraman, Tanjore Shri S.Kalyanaraman, Shri. S.Rajam, Shri N.Ravikiran and Shri T.M.Krishna has also written and directed this DVD. He has directed all the 5000 plus stage shows of Crazy Creations, 500 plus weeks of Crazy Mohan's TV Serials and the hilarious Tamizh film JERY. A Chartered Accountant by qualification and a Creative Director by profession, S.B.Khanthan also directs Corporate Films and Advertisements.

Editing and Visual Effects: V.Krishna Kumar DFTech

Chief Videographer: S.Jayakumar


Wedded To The Violin
A. Kanyakumari

This DVD is a visual tribute to the musical prowess and ingenuity of Kumari A.Kanyakumari, one of the top most female violin Vidhmasinis of India. Be it is as a soloist or an accompanist or a guru or an innovator, this living legend is adept in surpassing her own precious bench marks. This dvd copiously unfurls both the finesse and the intricacies encompassed in THE KANYA STYLE of melodious playing and silken bowing which make the violin sing in her skillful hands. Her scintillating musical ensembles in NADHA NEERAJANAM at Thirumala as also her breath taking 3000 violin concert under the auspices of ART OF LIVING portray her inimitable creativity and leadership qualities. She has also been generous in imparting knowledge and the impressive array of star violin performers who have been blessed by her tutelage stand testimony to the glory of her Sishya Parampara. See more..

Her achievements have many 'Firsts' including that of being the first female violin artist to perform abroad as early as in 1976.

This DVD contains direct narration from the legend herself as also valuable inputs from stalwarts in the world of music, musicologists and her own disciples interspersed with her lilting music.

Smt.Brinda Venkataramanan, Shanmukapriya who has taken the initiative of producing this DVD is herself an accomplished Carnatic musician being the disciple of Vidwan Thanjavur S.Kalyanaraman. It is her life mission to serve the cause of Carnatic Music through her Shanmukapriya Trust. SUNAADHA VINODHAN and AHEAD OF HIS TIMES - the two DVDs that she produced as a mark of reverence to her Guru spread his musical glory among the musicians and rasigas of the current era. The host of music festivals conducted by the trust throughout the year exemplify her passion for preserving the sanctity of our classical music.

Shri S.B.Khanthan who has written and directed this DVD on Kumari A.Kanyakumari has to his credit an impressive array of such works on Carnatic Veterans like Shri GNB, Smt Brindamma, Lalgudi Shri S.Jayaraman, Ramnad Shri Krishnan, Umayalpuram Shri K.Sivaraman, Thanjavur Shri.S.Kalyanaraman, Shri S.Rajam, Chitraveena Shri.Ravikiran and Shri T.M.Krishna. This Chartered Accountant by qualification also directs Corporate Films, Advertisements and stage and TV shows of Shri Crazy Mohan.


Songs Selection : Shri V.Sanjeev. Assisted by Shri Rajeev Mukundan (Disciples of Kum.A.Kanyakumari)
Voice Over : Shri S.Muralidhar and Smt Sujaya Suresh
Creatives Incharge : Smt. Dvijavanthi Bharath
Editing and Visual Effects : Shri V.Krishna Kumar DFTech.
Videography : Shri.S.Jayakumar
DVD Mastering : R.Karthick, Swathi Soft Solutions
Produced by : Smt Brinda Venkataramanan
Script & Direction : Shri S.B.Khanthan

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