Dr. Pinakapani – 98*

Shri Lalitharam Ramachandran spent two days with 98 years “young” Sangita Kalanidhi Shri Sripada Pinakapani recently at his home in Andhra Pradesh and has documented his conversations with the maestro in his blog post http://carnaticmusicreview.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/dr-pinakapani-98/ .  The English version of the same (translated by Shri V. Ramnarayan) has been published in the August 2010 edition of the Sruti Magazine.

I thank Shri Lalitharam Ramachandran for giving me permission to link to his posts and envy him for the wonderful time he got to spend with Shri Pinakapani ( just kidding ;-) )

Peepli Live

Certainly one of the best movies I have seen this year. A satirical take on the serious issue of farmer suicides in the country and a very good depiction of how politicians and media typically work/react. Wonderful performances by the cast. Kudos to Anusha Rizvi and her team and to Aamir Khan for bringing this gem to us.

Concert for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (2010 Gokulashtami Series)

Played mrudangam for the vocal concert of Subhiksha Rangarajan at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, in their annual Gokulashtami series.

The song list is as follows:

Vocal:  Subhiksha Rangarajan

Violin: Parur M.S. Ananthakrishnan

MrudangamR. Ramkumar

Khanjira: G. Hariharasarma

Venue:  Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, T. Nagar, Chennai

List of songs:

1) sarasUDa (varnam) – sAvEri – Adi – kothavAsal venkaTrAma iyer (S)

2) kSIra sAgara – dEvagAndhAri – Adi – tyAgarAja

3) kaNNanai paNi manamE – shanmukhapriyA – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (AS)

4) pAhi shrI girirAja sutE – Anandabhaivari – rUpakam – shyAma sAstri (AS)

5) bhOgIndra shAyinam – kuntalavarALi – kanDa cApu – swAti tiruNAL

6) ranganAyakam – nAyaki – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkSitar

7) rAgam tAnam pallavi – kAmbOji – Adi (2 kaLai) (T)

pallavi wordings: “harE rAma gOvinda murArE, mukunda shaurE murahara”

kalpanA swarams in kAmbOji, varALi, sivaranjani & behAg

8 ) kaNNanai kANbadeppo – rAgamAlikA – Adi – sudhAnanda bhArati

9) tanOm ta na tOm ta (tillAnA) – dvijAvanti – Adi – lAlguDi jayarAman

10) cUDarE celulAra – pantuvarALi – misra cApu – tyAgarAja


(Key: O=raga outline, A=raga alapana, t=tAnam, N=neraval, S=kalpana swaram T=taniavartanam)