1.) Insight: A melody based on raga Chakravaka
2.) Ecstasy: A track with high energy in the raga Shuddha Dhanyasi
3.) Folk Dreams: Depicts a South Indian folk theme
4.) Haunting thoughts: Based on raga Sallapam, the audio seasoning over-all is crafted to create a long-lasting linger.
5.) PentaTone: In the raga Ratipatipriya, with ragam and tanam - the pillars of Carnatic music.
Varnam - Charukesi - Adi - Lalgudi G. Jayaraman
Tatvamariya - Reethigowla - Adi - Papanasam Sivan
Brovabharama - Bahudari - Adi - Thyagaraja
Durmargachara - Ranjani - Rupakam - Thyagaraja
Ranganayakam - Nayaki - Adi - Muthuswamy Dikshithar
Manasa Sri Ramuni - Mararanjani - Adi - Thyagaraja
Ramabhana - Saveri - Adi - Thyagaraja
(Followed by Taniavarthanam)
Maravairi - Nasikabhushani - Rupakam - Thyagaraja
Virajaturaga - Balahamsa - Adi - Thyagaraja
Ragam Tanam Pallavi in Raga Shankarabharanam set to Kanda Triputa Tala
(Misra Nadai- Atheetha Eduppu) (Ananda Natana Prakasa Sabesa Natesa Jagadeesa)
Nan oru Vilayattu - Navarasakannada - Adi - Papanasam Sivan
Thillana - Yamankalyani - Misra Chapu - Lalgudi G. Jayaraman
Thillana - Bhimplas - Adi (Tisram) - Lalgudi G. Jayaraman
Instrumental collections by Veena S.Balachander , Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan, Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani, V.Suresh, Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth, Trichy Sankaran, Mysore Nagaraj & Mysore Manjunath, Umayalpuram Dr. K. Sivaraman & Lalgudi G.Jayaraman
Veena Vidwan S.balachander In Concert - Dhyname by Veena S.Balachander
Veena Vidwan S. BALACHANDER (18 Jan 1927 - 13 Apr 1990) was one of India's greatest musicians and foremost exponent of the Veena. S. BALACHANDER's playing ranged from the subtle to the extravagant and always compelled attention. He did not care to win you over; he overwhelmed you. His distinctive, unique and technically challenging style reflected tireless and intense self-study and effort for musical self-expression. That made his music very original and every concert of his an exciting adventure into new realms of aesthetic discovery. And then, you awoke to the originality of a truly creative mind, powerful in its musical exploration. The characteristic feature of the SB Style of Veena playing was the production of an array of musical passages or "sangathis" with a minimum of plucking and noted for unrivalled improvisational brilliance, virtuosity, power and gentle tenderness too. In this recording of a live-concert dedicated to Saint Thyagaraja, S. BALACHANDER presents and improvises on 10 compositions of the Saint-Composer.
Thri Shakthi by Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan, Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani, V.Suresh
The highlight of this concert is the Ragam Tanam Pallavi in Raga Shanumkhapriya in Tisra Tiruputa tala in praise of Lord Muruga set in Chaturasra in Poorvanga (first part) and in Tisra in Utranga (later part). Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani and V Suresh present an unusual Tani Avartanam of shared complexities. The Reduction cycles are independently performed as multiples of 4 counts and 3 counts respectively to the least possible number before culmination.
Carnatic Jazz by Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth
Carnatic Jazz attempts to bring Western concepts into Carnatic themes overlaid with good arrangements. Ragas are taken for the core melody & improvisation backed with western arrangements.
Artists : Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth is one of the very few names that springs to music collaborators in Western Europe and India while seeking artistes of high versatility across Indian Classical, Indian Jazz & World Fusion Music. Very active in musical collaborations for the last two decades, she has been working and experimenting with the pioneers of the World Fusion Music both within UK and outside. She has been featured in major global music events like WOMAD UK, South Bank Centre, Red Violin Festival Wales. Jyotsna has been performing since she was nine. An 'A' Grade artiste in AIR, Bangalore has been featured in BBC too.
Jyotsna is a highly qualified western classical violinist too. More @ www.indianviolin.eu. She was conferred the Fellowship in Carnatic Music from the Trinity College of Music, London.
Solo Violin: Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth, Flute: Ravichandra Kulur, Sitar: Suma Rani, Rhythm Programming: Arun Kumar, Keyboards: Praveen D Rao, Shadrach Solomon s Track 1: Composed by Praveen D Rao Track 2, 3, 4: Composed by Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth Track 4: Arrangements by Shadrach Solomon Track 5: Composed by Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth, N. Amruth Concept: Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth
Nadha Layam by Trichy Sankaran
The myriad facets of the versatile Mrdangam maestro Dr Trichy Sankaran are presented in this CD. Torch- bearer of the renowned Pudukottai school of percussion, and the star disciple of his Guru Sri Pazhani Subramania Pillai, Sankaran has added new dimensions to the art of playing mrdangam. In his roles as teacher, composer and collaborator , Sankaran has been a trail blazer opening new vistas both to his students and to art lovers. Firmly rooted in tradition, to which he has added his rich contributions, Sankaran is an innovator, daring in his explorations of music on the global scene in the company of musicians of the east and west. Among the many honors and awards received by him, the title "Sangita Kalanidhi" bestowed on him by the Music Academy, Madras in 2011, in recognition of his eminence in the Carnatic music field, deserves special mention
There are tracks on this CD where Sankaran plays Mrdangam solo in different cycles of rhythm. Reminiscent of his legendary Guru, who played both Mrdangam and Kanjira, Sankaran presents a solo on Kanjira on one of the tracks. Vocal rendition of a challenging 21 beat Thiruppugazh with his daughter Suba Sankaran and a Thillana composed by him, are instances of his impeccable mastery of vocal music. The finale is an evocative meshing of melody and rhythm composed by Sankaran and performed with instruments such as the Dumbek , Darabuka and Marimba , interspersed with Konnakol (cadenced recitation of rhythmic syllables) by Sankaran and his disciples.
Swathi Soft Solutions is proud to release this recording on the occasion of the felicitation by the Thyagaraja Aradhana Committee, Cleveland, where Vidwan Trichy Sankaran will be receiving the honor and title "Sangita Rathnakara" in March 2013.
Magic Of The Cauvery by Mysore Nagaraj & Mysore Manjunath, Umayalpuram Dr. K. Sivaraman
The confluence of Umayalpuram and Mysore has been a treat to the connoisseurs of music over many decades. The concert underscores the pedigree where, like the holy river Cauvery, there is a perennial flow of soulful music in this live concert held at Melbourne, Australia.
The violin duo by the immensely talented renowned violinists, Mysore M Nagaraj Mysore Dr M Manjunath in the company of the mrudangam legend Padma Vibhushan Awardee Umayalpuram Dr K. Sivaraman gives a rich fare of enchanting carnatic music. What adds colour to the performance is the unique way in which the mrudangam maestro accompanies the violin duo, demonstrating superlative mrudangam artistry covering the entire gamut of mrudangam wizardry.
The chosen compositions provide a sumptuous performance with the rendering style focused on variety, energy and the culmination of different musical elements to provide the ultimate satisfaction to the discerning listener. The electrifying thani avarthanam and all the compositions rendered by the duo elicit instantaneous applause from the audience throughout the concert. A fine concert that is to be heard to be believed.
Nada Sagaram by Lalgudi G.Jayaraman
In the sphere of Carnatic music, Padma Bhushan Sri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman is another name for perfection and musical excellence. Endowed with extraordinary intelligence, blessed with a photographic memory combined with a finely attuned ear for aesthetics, Lalgudi revolutionized the style of violin playing, inventing a whole new technique which came to be known as the Lalgudi Bani. His flawless and fascinating style, graceful, firmly rooted in tradition, yet original and innovative, gained him innumerable fans. This multi-dimensional genius is also a composer par excellence and has to his credit several 'kritis', 'tillanas' and 'varnams', which are a scintillating blend of raga, rhythm, bhava and lyrical beauty.
In 1958, the maestro started performing violin solo concerts along with his sister Srimathi Brahmanandam, herself a gifted violinist. Lalgudi violin duets were unique in the way he combined the two violins in a delectable musical exchange (Like the kalpana swara for the Kannada kriti in this product which creates a symphony effect). Violin duets gained a new dimension and status on the concert platform.
With so many accomplishments, Lalgudi still believes there is more to be done. In a recent interview Lalgudi has said, Music is my life breath. It is not a thing to be achieved. It is a path to be traversed. I honestly feel that I am a senior student. There is much more that is waiting to be discovered. If God grants me a wish, I would ask, Please make me twenty-five years younger. I want to delve deeper into the ocean of music.
This product showcases one of his magnificent concerts at The Music Academy, Chennai, in the year 1965, along with his sister Smt. Srimathi Brahmanandam, and accompanied by none other than the mridangam legend Shri. Palghat Mani Iyer and his son T.R. Rajamani. Mani Iyer is hailed as the monarch of percussionists and an incarnation of the Nandi. The coming together of two such masters brings us a divine and spellbinding experience of music in all its glory.
Gana Sagaram by Lalgudi G.Jayaraman
"This audio feast offers music as magnificent as it is moving. With the zest and spontaneity of live performance, living legend Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, in tandem with son and disciple G.J.R.Krishnan, makes compositions of varying moods and ripe vintage glow with intensity. The ragam-tanam-pallavi blends laya finesse with ragabhava, while the maestro varnam and tillana cast a spell of their own. Trichi Sankaran empathetic support is an asset to this classic pageant "- Smt. Gowri Ramnarayanan
Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan has been performing since 1973 with his legendary father and Guru Lalgudi G.Jayaraman. Krishnan's prodigious performing skills and a deep perception of the precious art of Carnatic Music have made him the leading torchbearer of the Lalgudi Bani.
Professor Trichy Sankaran is a world-renowned mridangam virtuoso, scholar and composer, and the founding director of Indian music studies at York University. In his more than 50 years of concert experience in Carnatic music, he has accompanied all top rank artists of India. All of his work is imbued with his unique sense of mastery and total dedication to his art.