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
- Immigrant communities]
- African American Anglo-American White Australian Cajun and Louisiana Creole Caribbean-British Immigrants to Australia
- Immigrants to the United States Indian-British Indo-Caribbean
- Irish- and Scottish-Canadian Irish- and Scottish-American
- Latino-American North African-French Tex-Mex and Tejano
International ethnic groups
- Afro-American(also Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean) Andean Arabic Assyrian Basque Bedouin Berber Celtic Garifuna Korean Kurd Jewish Ashkenazi Bene Israel Beta Israel Secular Sephardic Lao Maroon Miskito Native American and First Nations Nordic Romani Sami
Native Sub-Saharan African ethnic groups
- Ashante Baganda Bakongo Bushman Dogon Ewe Fulani Hausa Igbo Kasena Khoikhoi Khoisan Kikuyu Kongo Malinke
- Masai Ndebele Pedo Pygmy San Shona Sotho Swazi Tiw Tswana Venda Wolof Xhosa Yoruba Zulu
Native American ethnic groups
- Aleut Apache Arapaho Blackfoot Chippewa Choctaw Cree Dene Haida Iroquois Innu Inuit Kiowa Kwakiutl Navajo Ojibwe Omaha Pueblo (Hopi, Zuni) Seminole Sioux (Lakota, Dakota) Tlingit Tsimshian Yaqui Yuman
Indigenous Caribbean, Mexican, South and Central American people
- Assyrian Church Buddhism Christianity Anglicanism and Episcopalianism Amish Baptist Christian Scientist Latter-Day Saints Mar Thoma Melkite Methodist Nestorian Orthodox Greek Orthodox Coptic Orthodox Russian Orthodox Serbian Orthodox Ukrainian Orthodox Pentecostal and Renewal Roman Catholic Salvation Army Shakers Unitarian Church United Church of Christ United Reformed Church Hare Krishna Hinduism Judaism Karaite Islam Dervish Native American religion Rastafari movement Santeria Shintoism Sikhism Taoism Voodoo Zoroastrianism
- Afghanistan Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan
- Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Central African RepublicChad
- Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo-Kinsasha Congo Brazzaville Costa Rica Côte d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Fiji Finland France Gabon
- Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Kosovo Kuwait
- Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Madagascar
- Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Marshall Islands Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Federated States of Micronesia
- Moldova Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Zealand
- Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North Korea Norway Oman Pakistan Palau Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru
- Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino São Tomé and Príncipe SaudiArabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Korea Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden
- Switzerland Syria Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom
- United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vatican City Venezuela Vietnam Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe
By continent or other international region
By province, region or other sub-national entity
|· Classical and art music traditions
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.
1 M. S. Subbulakshmi Died at 88 (1916-2004)
2 M. Balamuralikrishna age 86
3 Lalgudi Jayaraman Died at 83 (1930-2013) – violin
5 T. N. Seshagopalan age 67
6 Maharajapuram Santhanam Died at 64 (1928-1992) – singer
7 T. N. Krishnan age 87
8 D. K. Jayaraman Died at 63 (1928-1991)
9 Dr. N. Ramani age 81
- K. J. Yesudas age 77
12 D K Pattammal Died at 90 (1919-2009)
13 Upalappu Srinivas Died at 45 (1969-2014)
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
30 Shoba Chandrasekar
- Vijaya Siva
33 Mambalam Sisters.
34 Madurai Ranganayaki Sachidanandam
35 Sachidanandam Violin
- Dr. M. Thiyagarajan Mridangam
37 T V Rajagopal Pillai Nadaswaram
38 Suguna varadachari
39 Mahati- Sudharaja-Anil Srinivasan
40 Rajesh Vaidya – Veena
- Neyveli Santhana Gopalan
- Aruna Sairam
- S. Sowmya
- P. Unnikrishnan
45 Priya sisters.
The list indeed is endless!
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:
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.
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.
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
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!