MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD!  

 

INTRODUCTION
Music is Divine; enthralling, ennobling and entertaining!
All over the world music has its own ehalted position offered by the music lovers.
Music world around has hundreds of shapes and sounds, varieties varying from ethnicity to languages, country to country. Let us have look at some of the classifications just as an example.

AROUND THE WORLD

Eethnicity

_Australian_music”>Indigenous Australian Chamorro Maori Palestinian Russian Samaritan Ukrainian Music of Western Eurasia

  • Immigrant communities]

Afrikaner

International ethnic groups

Native Sub-Saharan African ethnic groups

Native American ethnic groups

Indigenous Caribbean, Mexican, South and Central American people

By religion

 

 language]

By country]

By continent or other international region

By province, region or other sub-national entity

Genres and
movements
·         Classical and art music traditions

·         Classical music

·         Opera

 

·         Electronic

·         Breakbeat

 

IN INDIA

In certain countries in fact Music is worshipped- as for example in India what is called “NAATHOPAASANAA”. That is worshipping NAADHAA –Sound- as God and worship regularly and religiously by rendering or listening..

In that way, great Karnatic music composers and musicians- a great galaxy of them practiced the worship which culture and tradition continue till this day despite this age is fast food age where man has no time to stand/sit and listen to music.

GREAT NADHOPASAKAS

M. S. Subbulakshmi                  Died at 88 (1916-2004)

2   M. Balamuralikrishna             age     86

3    Lalgudi Jayaraman                    Died at 83 (1930-2013) – violin

4    Bombay Jayashri

5   T. N. Seshagopalan                     age 67

6    Maharajapuram Santhanam     Died at 64 (1928-1992) – singer

7   T. N. Krishnan                            age   87

D.  K. Jayaraman                       Died at 63 (1928-1991)

Dr. N. Ramani                           age 81

10  Sudha Ragunathan

  1. K. J. Yesudas age 77

12  D K Pattammal                     Died at 90 (1919-2009)

13  Upalappu Srinivas               Died at 45 (1969-2014)

14  A. Kanyakumari

15  L. Subramaniam               age 69 – Most accomplishedviolinist

16  Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan  died at 73 (1935-2008) – violin

17   Chitti Babu                      Died at 60 (1936-1996)

18   Nithyasree Mahadevan    age 42

19   Kadri Gopalnath                age 66

20   E. Gayathri                        age 56 – Veena

21  Sirkazhi Govindarajan      Died at 55 (1933-1988)

22  P. Unni Krishnan              age 51

23   Suchindrum R.S. Hariharan  Carnatic Nagaswaram Musician from  South India

24 N. Ravikiran                  age 48

25  Shashank Subramanyam       age 37

26  V. Selvaganesh              age 49

27  M K Thiagaraja Bagavathar.

28  Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram     age 73

29 Prasanna

30  Shoba Chandrasekar

  1. Vijaya Siva

32  Karthik

33  Mambalam Sisters.

34  Madurai Ranganayaki Sachidanandam

35 Sachidanandam Violin

  1. Dr. M. Thiyagarajan Mridangam

37 T V Rajagopal Pillai    Nadaswaram

38 Suguna varadachari

39 Mahati- Sudharaja-Anil Srinivasan

40 Rajesh Vaidya – Veena

  1. Neyveli Santhana Gopalan
  2. Aruna Sairam
  3. S. Sowmya
  4. P. Unnikrishnan

45 Priya sisters.

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The list indeed is endless!

 

 MUSIC SABHAS

 

There are several music academies regularly conducting music programs all over the country and in particular my home state of Tamilnadu which has as summer, winter like nature’s seasons, has an additional SEASON called MUSIC SEASON which normally sets in November-December and lasts till January!. Like migratory birdsd flocing Pulicat and Mudumalai sanctuaries , Musicians and Music Lovers from all over the countries and many countries abroad flock to Chennai  for the season and enjoy music, dance, discourses etc all through the Season!

Just as an example:

CHENNAIYIL THIRUVAIYARU

Thirteenth year this year, programs started on  18th December and concluded on 25th December after the continuous music feast-festival- for eight days right from Morning 7.00 to Night 10.00! Totally there were SIXTY programs!

MYLAPORE FINE ARTS ACADEMY

Year 2017 is the 66th ART FESTIVAL commencing on 11th December to last upto17th January 2018- for 38 days and 158 programs!!

 I also attended two programs one in each. I was happy to note that audience were delighted with all programs and enjoyed. Auditoria were decently full.

THIRUVAIYARU THYAGABRAMMA AARAADHANAA

Ever year Thiyagaraja Swamigal’s aradhana is conducted in Thiruvaiyary, in Thanjavur District of Tamilnadu for four days in January on the occasion of the poet-composer’s Samadhi.

Practice here is on all the four days from morn till night musicians young and old from all parts of the world assemble and they have to render only the compositions of Thiyagabrammam. Most of his thousand and odd keerthnas are in Telugu and on Lord Rama and some are in Sanskrit. One John Higgins from England came to attend the aaraadhanaa and so immersed in Thyagaraja Krithis, learnt and performed. He was named as John Higgins Bhagavathar!

The first session will be devoted to group singing by all the singers from different parts of the Globe assembled-the Pancha Rathna Keerthanas of the Saint Composer. It meens FIVE GEMS OF Lyrics.

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TELUGU TO TAMIL

In the world of Karnatic music -the term MUSICAL TRINITY- refers to the greatest three composers Thyaga Brahmam, Muthuswami Deekshithar and Shyama Sastrigal. Thyagayya of Thiruvaiyaru-Tamilnadu has written hundreds of Keerthanas in praise of Lord Rama in Telugu and of them five pearls like compositions are called PANCHA RATHNA KEERTHANAS which are rendered by all Carnatic musicians wherever they are.

In the year 1963 Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, while inaugurating the “Thyagabramma Aradhana” in Thiruvaiyaru expressed his desire that the Telugu keerthanas should be translated into other languages for greater and deeper appreciation of the songs all over India. It would appear that no efforts were made in this area.

In the year 2012, on a request by a great scholar from Kanchipuram, I translated the Telugu Pancha Rathna Keerthanas into Tamil which was greatly appreciated by our former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who called on the musicians in Madurai, who brought out a CD of it and heard them sing in person. A detailed account of his visit to the residence of the musicians in Madurai was posted in this Blog under the title “A GREAT DAY WITH Dr. ABDUL KALAM” on 15th March 2015 which is reproduced below:

Yes; it was a great day in the life of these music couple of Madurai and their colleague musician! A historical day, an exhilarating day, an inspiring day to remain evergreen in their minds throughout their life time!

It was Friday the 13th February 2015- the day on which former President of India His Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam visited a humble musician couple living in Madurai to personally hear the great Pancharathna Keerthanas of Thiruvaiyru Thiyagaraja swamigal – Thyagabrammam-in Telugu translated into Tamil from the lips of the karnatic musician accompanied by her husband in violin and a co-musician in Mridhangam.

Dr. Kalam has already heard the renderings in Tamil through the CD which he came across through a common friend. He said that he was so impressed by the translation and the rendition that he used to hear one gem each day. Now utilizing his visit to Madurai he wanted to hear right from the troupe directly! Of course the musicians who with great efforts brought out the CD were making efforts to render the Keerthanas in the presence of the former President who loves Karnatic music, our culture, our traditions, our literature et all with all his heart.

After fulfilling a few engagements in the city of Madurai, he planned to visit the musicians in the night and accordingly he arrived at their humble residence at 9.30 in the night and spent an hour. The musicians were in an ecstatic mood and delighted to have a great and noble personality in their humble residence. As the public saw the former President’s convoy entered the street, there was a big surge to have a glance of Dr. kalam who indeed is “காட்சிக்கு எளியவன், கடுஞ்சொல்லன் அல்லன்” எனவே சிறந்த ஆட்சியாளனாக விளங்கியவர், உலகமே வியந்து பாராட்டப்பட்டவர்.

 

Dr. Abdul Kalam being recieved at the residence of Smt. Ranganayaki, vocalist who rendered Tamil Pancharathna Kirthanas along with her husband Shri Sachidanandam, Violinist and Dr. Thiyagarajan, Mridhangist.

As Dr. kalam arrived he was received with a shawl and the team that rendered the “five gems” of the Saint composer was duly introduced. As he was eager to hear the melodious rendering of “ENTHARO MAHANUBAVULU”- “எத்தனையோ மகான்கள் அத்தனை பேருக்கும் வந்தனம்” it was rendered by the team-vocal accompanied by violin and mridhangam. The prestigious guest heard the rendering with great attention and his body language expressed it all- he was so enthralled with the translation and the rendering. Then he openly appreciated the artists profusely and said the translation was ideal. For decades he has been hearing this ‘keerthana’ without understanding the full meaning and import of the song. He enquired about the person who translated the ‘keerthanas’ and he was shown the profile of the translator and Dr. kalam read it with great joy. He requested the artists to convey his appreciation and compliments to the translator.

 

A small memento Dr. Kalam

Then was his time for dinner. Knowing his taste ‘hot dosa and kuzippaniyaram’ with ‘coconut chatni and sambar served in hygienically cleaned plates. The guest relished the items and enquired as to who prepared such delicious food. When he was told that it was by the vocal artist, he made a comment: “Your rendering was so sweet and nice as is your dosa and kuzippaniyaram with tasty accompaniments. .You are a great musician and also a great cook. Your kuzippaniyaram and chatni a great combination as ypur melodious rendering perfectly matched with the mridhangam and violin!”

After a few snaps with the artists and others former President – dignitary Guest- left the house by 10.30 in the night.

 

(left to right) Dr. Thiyagarajan, Dr. Abdul Kalam , Shri Sachidanandam, Smt. Ranganayaki

 

Naturally the hosts could not sleep ruminating over the dream like visit of the former President His Excellency DR. Abdul Kalam to their abode in Madurai.

Yes: who are the dramatic personae- in this lovely event on that happy night of 13th February 2015? That is the team of three musicians who with great efforts brought out the CD of Tamil Pancharathna Keerthanas at the instance of Dr. Meenakshi Pattabiraman, former English Professor, a poet, writer and scholar of Madurai.

Mrs RANGANAYAKI SACHIDANANTHAM B.Com, M A, M Phil (Music)- Vocal: B High grade AIR artist, TV artist, teaching music to a large number of children, has participated in the NADHA NEERAJANAM” program of TTD Devasthanam; Thirumala, Widely travelled in Singapore and Malaysia for spreading the great carnatic music.

Mr. D Sachidanandam Violinist: AIR ‘A’ Grade artist; Kanchi Mutt Asthana Vidwan. TV artist. Has widely travelled in America, Singapore and Malaysia and rendered Solo violin and accompanied famous vocalists. Has trained a large number of students.

Dr. K Thiyagarajan, B. Com; M A (Music) Ph.D- Mridhangist:  Serving as Assistant Professor Mridhangam in the Sri Sadguru Sangeetha Vidhyalaya Music college, Madurai.Awarded the titles “Miruudhanga Vadhyamani”, “Kalaivalarmani” etc. Kanchi aasthana vidhvan. AIR, TV artist. Visited Singapore and Malaysia. A large number of students have been trained by him.

All the three have founded an organization called “THISRADWANI” in Madurai to promote Karnatic music in the Society. It is rendering very effective, efficient and excellent service in the cause of Karnatic music in its third year now.

N V Subbaraman –Translator of the Telugu Pancharathna Keerthanas intoTamil – a desire that was expressed by the then Prime Minister of India Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1963 while inaugurating the annual Thiyagabramma Aradhana Festival in Thiruvaiyaru. Saint Composer’s period is 1767- 1847.

Narayanamurthy – Common friend of former President Dr. Abdul Kalam who gave the copy of the CD to him. Mr. Murthy served with Dr.Kalam as a Director in ISRO. He is the brother of the violinist D.Sachidanandam, husband of the vocalist Smt. Ranganayaki.

PUBLICITY THROUGH MEDIA

The innovative translation of the keerthanas from Telugu to Tamil attracted the attention of the media – most powerful instruments-.and the leading Tamil monthly magazine named KALAIMAGAL made a review of the CD in one of its issues-February 2013.

On 22nd of this month THE HINDU-India’s National Newspaper since 1878 made out a news about this CD with tremendous response from the readers of Hindu interested in Karnatic Music and in particular Thyagayya’s keerthanas.

In one of the ongoing music festivals organized by the first referred CHENNAIYIL THIRUVAIYARU I was honored on 25th December with a shawl and sandal garland for my translating the Keerthanas to Tamil.

In the second one a reference was made to the translation work.

A neighborhood news paper ANNA NAGAR TIMES in a story on ENVIUS in detail referred to this translated keerthanas which evoked the curiosity of the readers.

 

CONCLUSION

In this way MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD is exhilarating, ennobling and entertaining. This much is for this Sunday story today and we shall meet tomorrow. Thanks.

 

 

ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,22,000 views

I am glad to share with you that with the 83rd view at 15.00 hours yester viz Saturday the 30th December 2017, total views of ENVIUS THOUGHTS crossed ONE LAKH AND TWENTY TWO THOUSAND (1,22,000) from more than 210 countries around the world on the 1037th day and 1084th post, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue. Thanks aplenty

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BYE TO 2017!

Stock taking of the year-positives only!

(NEGATIVES many not to be shared and disturb the peace of my esteemed Viewers.)

Participated in the FLAMINGO FESTIVAL in Sulurpeta and presented  my Tamil poem SIBERIAN BIRDS

Awards-“KAVI NILAVU”  “KAVI OVIYA”, “SINDHANAI SIRPI”, “ARIVUK KA:LANJIYAM” received

Participated  in several POETS MEET including the National Seminar organized by CHENNAI POETS CIRCLE and presented my poem “DANCE OF WIND”

Awarded “INDIA BOOK OF RECORDS HOLDER 2017” for my Blogging activities-ENVIUS THOUGHTS-MOST ENGLISH POEMS AND ARTICLES BLOGGED REGULARLY WITHOUT FAIL ALL THE 365 days of the year 2017

The HINDU and ANNA NAGAR Times carried news and story in their respective news papers.

It is not decent to trumpet what I GAVE TO THE SOCIETY in the year and hence I don’t but only gratefully recollect what THE SOCIETY HAS GIVEN ME with all HIS GRACE AND ELDERS BLESSINGS!

GOOD BYE to TWO THOUSAND AND SEVENTEEN!

Let me welcome the TWO THOUSAND EIGHTEEN tomorrow!

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WHAT A “FALL”!

When a man falls in disgrace from high pedestal
We pity and say “What a fall” in contempt-total!
Our thoughts, words and deeds must hence be pure and noble
That serves the purpose of Lord’s creation-stable!

Seasons four manifestation of nature –  Divine
“If winter comes can spring be far behind” Shelly’s
Powerful voice of optimism! Spring, Summer, Fall
And Winter! Seasons four- lovely and beautiful!

“FALL” is nice bringing down the leaves and flowers of Mayflower
As rain drops from the Heaven- leaves and flowers falling-from tower
Of the tree making a carpet beautiful on Mother
Earth- a sight grand one cannot get in seasons other!