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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

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Musical Evening - 10th April

It was a poolside dinner at Le Royal Meridien, and the guests included some of the most prominent persons in Chennai, including Smt. Aruna Sairam, Sri Narayanan of Seventh Channel, Madan Bob, A.R. Raihanah among others. The party was hosted by Mr. Ravishankar of Bharani Minerals as a thank you gesture for the AR Rahman Salute concert.
I had the rare honour of performing unplugged some of the melodious songs of AR Rahman before Smt. Aruna Sairam and Mr. Sairam. They said they loved it, and Aruna amma said "Hai Raama" in Pantuvarali is one of her favourites from the film Rangeela.
It was a nice breezy evening and the Mouna Ragam orchestra had much to offer, with Srimathumitha singing "Porale Ponnuthayee" and "Idhu Varai" soulfully.
Aruna Sairamji has heard my Classical music and all my rasikas know by now that I am greatly inspired by her music and persona, but I shall not forget this day when she sat back and enjoyed my film music offering as well.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Salute to A R Rahman

On 4th April, Kamarajar Arangam was packed to capacity. The occassion was a celebration of ARR's victories in the world of music. Various popular singers presented ARR's best songs. I had the honour of presenting "Maduraikku Pogathedi" from Azhagiya Tamizh Magan, a Vijay starrer (a prelude to "En Ucchi Mandaila!!). ARR's sister Raihanah was at the helm of affairs, meticulous in co-ordination. Well organised show. The back-stage was a fun place what with singers including Mano sir, myself, Prasanna, Velmurugan, Anantu, Ganga, and others jiving with the music.
ARR rocks!!

Tamizh Isai Festival concert, Vani Mahal

On March 28th, it was an evening to Tamizh compositions from Tevaram, to Divyaprabandam, Muthuthandavar, Arunachala Kavi, Gopalakrishna Bharati to Bharatiar and Bharatidasan, and finally Arunagirinathar. The highlights of the evening were Sabapathikku (Abhogi), Aadikondar (Mayamalavagowla), Enneramum (Poorvikalyani, Syama Sastri), Eppadi Manam (Huseni), among others. The Vani Mahal auditorium was full, and rasikas were receptive. I presented each piece preceded by a short introduction to the meaning and musical speciality of the item.

Listen to MP3 clips of the concert:

01 Varnam - Charukesi - Lalgudi Jayaraman
02 Varanamukha - Hamsadhwani - Kotiswara Iyer
03 Thodudaiya - Gambhiranattai - Sambandhar thevaram
04 Sabhapatiku - Abhogi - Gopalakrishna Bharathi
05 Aadikondar - Mayamalavagaula - Muthuthandavar
06 Eppadimanam - Huseni - Arunachala Kavi 
07 Enneramum - Purvikalyani - Shyama Shastri 
08 Alaipayude - Kaanada - Oothukaadu Venkatasubbaiyer 
09 Yaro ivar yaro - Bhairavi - Arunachala Kavi 
10 Brindavanatil - Sindhubhairavi
11 Bhumiyil - Sindhubhairavi 
12 Thunbamnergayil - Desh 
13 Divyaprabandam - Sindhubhairavi
14 Chinanchirukiliye 
15 Thillana - Behag