musings on music and life

April 1, 2014

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Filed under: Carnatic Music — Tags: — sankirnam @ 10:51 pm

I was listening to an old concert of M. Balamuralikrishna, and this was the second song:

It’s very catchy! Bhogachayanattai is melakartha number 34 in the asampurna (Vikatamaki) paddathi, the equivalent of Vaagadeeshwari. Most people will be familiar with Thyagaraja’s masterpiece in Vaagadeeshwari, “Paramathmudu”. That is usually sung in the slow speed, or vilambita kaalam. However, this krithi is rendered by Balamuralikrishna in the madhyama kalam. That gives the ragam a much different feel, very similar to Chalanattai (as in the krithi Yedayya Gathi).

This recording is from the 1975 Madras Music Academy concert of Balamuralikrishna. The violinist is Annavarappu Ramaswamy, and V. Kamalakar Rao on mrudangam. If I am not mistaken, Kamalakar Rao is now the oldest living disciple of the legendary Palghat Mani Iyer. Lately, I have been enraptured by Kamalakar Rao’s playing because it is so…. clean (for lack of a better word). There is a rare precision in every stroke he plays. He also uses the kappi mrudangam that was favored by Palghat Mani Iyer and maintains the tonal clarity that Mani Iyer was renowned for. This recording demonstrates that in spades.

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  1. […] written about this legendary musician – fortunately his legacy will live on in the numerous recordings that exist of his concerts, as well as the countless commercial albums that he has released, and […]

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