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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

Friday, December 30, 2011

Now on iTunes - "Abhangs and Bhajans"

Charulatha Mani's new album is now available on iTunes and Amazon:

Abhangs & Bhajans
Charulatha Mani

1. Jai sumirath - Yaman - Paramparik
2. Arambhi – Kalavati - Samarth Ramdas
3. Dalita Kaanditha – Pilu - Paramparik
4. Yeyigathu - Revati - Sant Tukaram
5. Theertha Vittala - Raag Malika - Sant Namdev
6. Pandaricha - Bhagesri Brindavana - Sant Namdev
7. Bhaktha jana - Brindavana Saranga - Sant Namdev
8. Hari tum haro – Durbari - Mirabai
9. Bhagyadha – Madhyamavati – Purandara Dasa

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bharat Kalachar Concert - MP3 Excerpts - 2011.12.28

Charulatha Mani - Vocal
A.G. Venkatasubramaniam - Violin
Arjun Ganesh - Mridangam

4:30pm 28th December 2011, Bharat Kalachar

Siddhivinayakam - Shanmukhapriya - MP3 excerpt
Munduvenuka - Darbar - MP3 excerpt
Pavanaguru - Hamsanandi - MP3 excerpt
Jayadurge - Sohini
Nidhi chala - Kalyani - MP3 excerpt

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Best Female Playback Singer - Jaya TV Awards

Charulatha Mani receives "Best Female Playback Singer" award for "Chillax" at the Jaya TV Film Awards event on 24th December 2011.

Best Director for M.Raja, Best Music Director for Vijay Antony, Best Choreographer award to Shobhi for Molachu Moonnu, Best Fight Master award for Kanal Kannan. Actor Sivakumar won the Lifetime Acheiver Award, Suriya won 2011 Favourite Actor Award and Karthi won Youth Icon awards.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Kutcheri Kolaveri

In the spirit of the season, yet another "Kolaveri" spin-off, emailed by an unidentified source:

Kutcheri kolaveri kutcheri kolaveri di.....
Kutcheri kolaveri kutcheri kolaveri di....

December season enter enter margazhi kolaveri fever
Artist singing audience chatter they will sleep-u later
Kutcheri kolaveri kutcheri kolaveri di...
Puncture aana throat-u throat-u no sing only bark-u
Secretary eyes meet-u meet-u my future-u dark-u

Empty hall-u white hair-u eyes full-a fear-u
Next-u Friday review come-u life-u reverse-u gear-u
Mamas mamas o my mamas you showed-u me bow-u
Rava rava onion rava u go eat in canteen-u
God-u I sing for 3 hours-u
Nobody come how-u??
This song for jilpa boys-u we dont have voice-u

Anyone singing in the chennai music season afternoon siesta concerts can identify with this, I think. Irreverent, but funny nevertheless...

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Raga's Journey: Soulful Suddhadhanyasi

More on Raga Suddhadhanyasi:

A Brief Guide to Raga Shuddhadhanyasi (PDF):

Video Clips:
Isai Payanam on Jaya TV - Shuddhadhanyasi episode:

Audio Clips:

Previously, in "A Raga's Journey":
Riveting Ritigowla

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Riveting Ritigowla

Please mail feedback to letters@thehindu.co.in

More content on Raga Ritigowla:

A Brief Guide to Raga Ritigowla (PDF):

Video Clips:
Isai Payanam DVD3 - Raga Ritigowla:
Isai Payanam on Jaya TV - Ritigowla Episode:

Ritigowla kritis with Lyrics and Meaning:

Audio Clips:

Previously, in "A Raga's Journey":

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


A sneak peek into my latest album on "Lullabies" for Geetanjali Audio...dedicated to all lovely moms out there and cute babies:-) (of course, dear daddies too)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Velayudham Music Special

velu 2 by tamilflix http://dai.ly/tQd9D1

Director Mr Raja, Music Director Vijay Antony, Lyricist Annamalai with singer Charulatha Mani - in discussion about the hit song CHILLAX from the film Velayudham..Watch and enjoy :-)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Award from Rotary - Vocational Service Award to Charulatha Mani

The Rotary club of Madras Central presented the Vocational Service Award on Monday,24th Oct.2011, to Smt. Charulatha Mani, Musician, Classical and Playback singer and teacher at a well attended function at The Hyatt Hotel. The award was presented by Kalaimamani Abirami Ramanathan , Past Dist.Governor RI Dist. 3230, in the presence of club President K.Kalyansundaram, PDG PT Prabhakar and other club officials.

"Vettri Velayudham" on Jaya TV

Charulatha sings "Chillax"
"Vettri Velayudham" on Jaya TV
A "Vijay special" in more ways than one, this programme features filmstar Vijay, composer Vijay Antony,  and is hosted by Vijay Adiraj :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sun TV - Vijayadasami fun musical discussion

Sun TV - Vijayadasami fun musical discussion - Charulatha Mani, Srimathumitha and Velmurugan
Watch and enjoy :)

Isai Payanam Oct 13th for ICICI

Oct 13th, Thursday - Grand Performance @ The Music Academy, Main Hall..6:30 pm. Organised by ICICI Bank.  I shall be presenting a lovely selection of Classical kritis, Abhangs, Bhajans and Old Film songs...
For details reg invites, view the Hindu today and on Wednesday.
See you there...
Jai Sairam!!

>>Update: An online review from a rasika:

Monday, September 12, 2011


Really happy about my latest song "CHILLAX" from the VIJAY starrer VELAYUDHAM...A big thank you to Vijay Antony sir for gifting me such a cool song :-)
Thank you dear fans all over the world for showering your praise and love on me...

"Chillax" - from the much-awaited Vijay-starrer

Listen to "Chillax" online:

Music: Vijay Anthony
Singers: Charulatha Mani and Karthik

Thursday, August 18, 2011


"Chillax" - from the much-awaited Vijay-starrer

Sample clip at amazon.com:


Music: Vijay Anthony
Singers: Charulatha Mani and Karthik

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Aug 7th Isai Sangamam

The programme was a grand success...thanks dear rasikas and sponsors!

This will be telecast on Vinayakar Chaturti day (Sept 1st) on Star Vijay.

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Raga's Journey — Aspects of Abheri

My fortnightly column on Ragas in Classical and Film music started today with Abheri raga.
Click to read:
The Hindu : Life & Style / Metroplus : A Raga's Journey — Aspects of Abheri

Postscript: In addition to many appreciative messages, this column has evoked some responses that have bemused me. Some Scholars of music have written demanding Exhaustive and Correct treatment in accordance with Ancient Treatises (never mind the fact that the definition of Correct varies amongst each one). If they have their way, this column too would sink into the morass of Mumbo-jumbo, Arcane Terminology, Pedantry, and Polemics.
If you read the column, please do send your feedback to: letters@thehindu.co.in

More content on Abheri:

A Brief Guide to Raga Abheri (PDF):
Video Clips:


Audio Clips:

Also, in "A Raga's Journey":

Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Isai Sangamam with Charulatha Mani "- Aug 7, 2011

You are cordially invited to attend this unique concert. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy presenting it to you!

Aug 7th, 6:15pm, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai

A confluence of Classical music, abhangs and Film music...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Latest song from Markandeyan Movie

My latest song from Markandeyan film in the music of Sundar C Babu...Salman Khan launched the album which was received by Ilayathalapathi Vijay at a star studded function in Chennai couple of days ago. The song "Yakka Chakka" is a commercial number, fast and dancy...

Listen to it at:


Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Thank You to my Rasikas

The Isai Payanam Trust was started after the success of my Isai Payanam TV show on Jaya TV bridging ragas in Classical and Film music. I started the trust to promote musical awareness among all age groups and all sections of society as well as with the aim to support charitable causes through my music.

Our ecosystem of sabhas today comprises largely a recommendation-driven nepotistic patronage network. Recommendations of senior "vidwans", critics, and self-styled "musicologists" are taken more seriously than the calibre of the artiste itself while allocation of "slots" in the Music Season. Some artistes with absolutely no voice control or even a barely serviceable singing voice are given prime-time slots at so-called prestigious venues.

Professional artistes like yours truly have to contend with such a raw deal, that it is no wonder that today Carnatic Music is fast becoming a vocation for bored housewives and girls waiting to be married. It is no wonder that professional male artistes of my generation are an endangered species. It is a pathetic situation and in nowhere else in the world are professionals forced to take stage along with a motley collection of amateurs as is done in the much hyped up "December Festival", the quality of which is deteriorating with every passing year. This is the truth about the Music Season.

The enthusiastic crowds that come to my concerts and the love I get from my rasikas is all I value and cherish; in fact it's all I have. I don't have bigwigs recommending me as their student, my respected gurus have all passed over and all I have left is their rich musical legacy, their blessings and their teachings.

The numerous emails from visitors to my blog, YouTube channel, website are instrumental in persuading me to continue performing and preserving for posterity my humble contributions to our glorious music tradition.

Thanks for being there for me.. :-) and thanks to those few organisations that have believed in me always and supported me throughout...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Just something interesting....

Tonight on the Tidel Park road as I was sitting in the moving car, the rain was pouring. I saw an auto stranded. The auto driver was repairing the auto, while a huge lorry was shedding light onto the auto, helping the poor driver. Humanity and friendship on the roads of Chennai comes forth in such times of inclement weather. Rather sweet!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

New Movie song from "Pasakara Nanbargal" film

Hello dears!!

Do listen to my latest song from the film "Pasakara Nanbargal" starring Ajmal in the music direction of Sri Dhina. "Rekka katti", a happy high school song...Dhina sir wanted me to give the legendary K B Sundarambal amma's feel and intonation to my portions :-) Had fun while recording, hope the movie and song are a big hit.

Click here to listen to this song

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Raga Abheri

An excerpt from Isai Payanam - DVD 4 is available on YouTube:

A brief guide to Raga Abheri:

Click here for the PDF

Nagumomu - Thyagaraja kriti in Abheri, with Lyrics & Meaning:

Raga Abheri in Film Music - Isai Payanam from Jaya TV:

Some kritis in Raga Abheri:

Previously covered Ragas:

  • Raga Kalyani
  • Raga Nattai
  • Raga Hamsanadam
  • Raga Charukesi
  • Raga Pantuvarali
  • Raga Hamirkalyani
  • Raga Ritigaula
  • Raga Amritavarshini
  • Saturday, April 30, 2011

    Shirdi Sai Baba Centre, Kuala Lampur

    Performed memorable concerts at Lebuh Ampang, Kuala Lumpur and Klang in Malaysia under the auspices of Shirdi Sai Baba Temples. Remarkable audience turn out....they were very enthusuastic and gave several requests (ragas, songs etc). I was truly lucky to get the blessings of Shirdi Sai and sing amidst his earnest devotees..

    I also did some sightseeing with my family... Batu Caves, KL Bird Park, Petronas towers, crazy shopping at the Sunway pyramid and Petaling Street, uber-crazy time at the Sunway lagoon (water, amusement, scream, wildlife and xtreme parks!!).. nice way to unwind and have pure fun...

    Back in Chennai now..it's hottt!!