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I am a singer-researcher with expertise in Karnatik Music and Early Opera. I discuss intercultural music-making contexts. My work is available at www.charulathamani.com and at www.youtube.com/isaipayanam

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Vettaikaran Launch on Sun TV

Last Sunday was an exciting day for me. The "En Uchi Mandaila" song I have sung in "Vettaikaran", Vijay's latest film, was premiered on Sun TV's telecast of the audio launch function. Krishna Iyer and myself performed this song before an audience of wild fans and stars of Tamil Cinema. I really enjoyed those moments on stage. It was more special because the music director Vijay Antony and actors Vijay and Anushka were looking on as we were performing.

I am preparing whole-heartedly for the December music season kutcheris, and hope to present my rasikas with memorable concerts this year as well. I will be shortly posting my entire schedule.
take care ...


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Raga Payanam - Nattai

Dear all,
Raga Payanam continues with Nattai raga which I have taken up for sharing with you all.... enjoy, any questions, please ask!!


Arohana : S R3 G3 M1 P N3 S
Avarohana: S N3 P M1 G3 M1 R3 S

A janya raga of Chalanata, Nattai is considered a very auspicious raga and signifies the beginning of any concert. It is a mangala raga, and most compositions in this raga are on Lord Vinayaka, the remover of all obstacles. It is a Ghana raga, and the first of Thyagaraja’s Pancharatnas is in this raga. It is also a Vivadi raga, i.e. some notes are placed at very close intervals, and hence an intoxicating effect is created in Chalanata and Nattai ragas. The Hindustani raga Jog closely resembles Nattai.

Video Clip of Sarasiruhasanapriye - Raga Nattai

Video Clip of Mahaganapatim - Raga Nattai

Carnatic Compositions in Nattai:

Mahaganapatim - Mutthusvami Dikshitar- this is a very popular song, has also appeared in Sindhubhairavi film, sung by K. J. Yesudas, and has crowning chittaswaram.
Pavanatmajagaccha - Mutthusvami Dikshitar- A kriti about Anjaneya, he is described as "paripoorna swacchha" meaning totally pure and clean.
Jagananda Karaka- Thyagaraja - The first and most well-known pancharatnam, has also been used as prelude recently by Harris Jayaraj for Ayyangar Veettu Azhage in the movie Anniyan
Ninne Bhajana - Thyagaraja -Kriti on Rama, ideal opening piece
Jaya Jaya Jaya Janaki - Purandaradasa - Kanta Chapu tala based fast piece
Jaya Jaya Swamin - Narayana Theertha - A piece on Vinayaka, unusual since Narayana Theertha usually composes on Krishna.
Umayor Bagane - Papanasam Sivan - kriti on Lord Shiva
Sri Mahaganapate - N. S. Ramachandran
Edayya Gati this is in Chalanata raga, the parent raga of Nattai. Koteeswara Iyer has composed this on Lord Shiva, mudra of raga as “Bhutala Chalanata nin Taal thaan gati”)

Film songs based in Nattai:

Mahaganapatim - "Sindhu Bhairavi"- Ilayaraja has just used the original kriti in concert format, sung by Yesudas his mesmering voice and ideal back-ups giving it a charm that still endures.
Chennai Senthamizh - "M. Kumaran, Son of Mahalakshmi" - this is a tune by Srikanth Deva inspired by Mahaganapatim, sung by Harish Raghavendra.
Ayyangar Veettu- "Anniyan" - Harris Jayaraj has done a great job and beautifuly sung by Hariharan
Narumugaye- "Iruvar" - A lovely piece by AR Rahman, sung by Unnikrishnan and Bombay Jayashri, the words by Vairamuthu refer to Sanga Ilakkiyam usages.
Pani Vizhum (Chalanata) - Ninaivellam Nithya - a classic portrayal of Chalanata, unrivalled piece by Ilayaraja
Spiderman (Jog Rag) - "New" - Hindustani raga similar to Nattai, Jog is intoxicating. Sadhana Sargam has sung brilliantly in AR Rahman's music
Thom Thom- "Alli Thanda Vaanam" -Vidyasagar's music with brilliant sangatis. Hariharan and Chitra have lent sheen to this piece

That's all for now, rest in next! - CLM

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Deepotsavam and Concert at Hare Krishna Temple

Hi all!

On November 1st, I performed a concert at the Hare Krishna Temple, Valmiki Nagar for Deepotsavam Festival, in which devotees offer lamps to the Lord. I was accompanied by Arunachala Karthik on Violin and Erode Nagaraj on Mridangam. A devotional experience. The songlist included Pallandu (Nattai), Bhavamulona (Suddha Dhanyasi), Sriman Narayana (Bowli), Enna Thavam (Kapi), Sri Madhava (Behag) and Balagopala (Bhairavi) was the main piece. I also presented Abhangs Theertha Vittala and Bhakthajana Vatsale to an enthusiastic audience. The miking and sound was excellent and the arrangements were hassle-free.

Audio excerpts from the concert:

Govardhana Giridhara


Abhang - Bhaktajana Vatsale

Abhang - Theertha Vittala

Damodara is the representation of Krishna when he is tied to the mortar by his mother Yashoda for his lila-s. This month, the month of Kartika, Damodara is worshipped. He is Bhaktha-paradheena meaning he is enslaved by Bhakthi.

until later...