Carnatic Tradition

Carnatic Tradition

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Carnatic Tradition
  • Hari Kumar | Abheri

    In this scintillating performance of Raag Abheri, S. Hari Kumar Sivan plays his piece de resistance, luxuriantly expanding and elaborating the raga in his 7-stringed violin with traditional and contemporary nuances. His lively deliverance is supported whole-heartedly on the mridangam by Neyveli V...

  • Mysore A Chandan | Thillana in Vasanthi

    Mysore A Chandan is the first Carnatic artist to be presented by Darbar. This concert took place in 2007, when Begum Parveen Sultana too was part of the line-up and was present in the audience. In this video, Chandan performs a thillana in Raag Vasanthi upon the request of Begum Sultana. Composed...

  • Mysore A Chandan | Revagupthi

    ‘Gopalaka Pahimam’ is a composition of Maharaja Swati Tirunal (1813-1846) in Raag Revagupthi. Set to Misra Chapu tala, the composition is a beautiful narrative of all the ‘kalyana guna’ or the magnificent qualities of Lord Krishna, the flute-playing diety of the Hindus. Maharaja Tirunal was the k...

  • Hari Kumar | Saraswati

    S. Hari Kumar Sivan’s spirited rendition of ‘Anuragamu Leni Manasuna’ is a traditional kriti of Saint Thyagaraja that is loaded with conventional as well as contemporary nuances, making for a delightful hear. Accompanying him on the mridangam is Neyveli Venkatesh and on the ghatam is RN Prakash.
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  • Hari Kumar | Ram Bhajan

    S. Hari Kumar Sivan gives a passionate rendition of this popular bhajan, ‘Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram’ with his 7-stringed electric violin. This soulful rendition sounds stunning not just for the uniqueness of the instrument but the manner in which, he puts its features to their optimal use.

    Siva...

  • Mysore A Chandan | RTP Mohana

    Raag Mohana is the Carnatic correspondent of the Hindustani Raag Bhoop. Although similar in scale and movement, Mohana’s treatment is very different than Bhoop and is well demonstrated by Mysore A Chandan in this ragam tanam pallavi.

    With a serene alapana, he lsecures the foundation of Mohana, ...

  • Malladi Brothers | Kambhoji

    ‘Kailasa Nathena’, is a Sanskrit devotional kriti (composition) in Raag Kambhoji composed by Muthuswamy Dikshitar (1775 – 1835). It is set to Raag Kambhoji which can portray rasas (emotions) like vira (valour) and sṛingara (romantic) very effectively.

    With a sharp sense of coordination, the M...

  • Mysore A Chandan | Vijayshri

    ‘Varanarada Narayana’ is a composition of Saint Thyagaraja (1767-1847). Set to Raag Vijaysri in Adi talam, it is one of the fast instrumental kritis that has been composed by the doyen of Carnatic musical trinity. Laden with murkis (curly notes), gamaks and drawn-out, patient notes, Mysore A Chan...

  • Hari Kumar | Malayamurtum

    S. Hari Kumar Sivan makes an impressive choice of this Patnam Subramania Iyer kriti, ‘Dhanyadevudo’ in Raag Malayamarutham and peppers it with the versatility of his 7-stringed violin. It is set to Adi talam and has a distinctive lilt to it. He gives a commendable performance of this masterpiece ...

  • Mysore A Chandan | Nata

    The kriti ‘Mahaganapathim Manasa Smarami,’ is a composition of Muthuswamy Dikshitar (1775-1835). Inspired by the depictions of the elephant-headed Hindu deity on the walls of the Tiruvarur temple in Tamil Nadu, Dikshitar has written and given tune to at least 27 kritis defining and praising the v...

  • Jayanthi Kumaresh | Raga Basanta

    Jayanthi Kumaresh’s enthralling rendition of Raag Basanta is a carrier of joy, hope and positivity. This is the third presentation, a piece filled with youthful spirit from her concert at the Darbar festival 2013. She performs a Saint Thyagaraja composition set to Rupak talam. In the Carnatic dis...

  • Mysore A Chandan | Saveri

    ‘Sarasuda Ninne’ is a composition by Kothavasal Venkatarama Iyer, a renowned composer, singer and also the guru of Patnam Subramania Iyer. This varnam is set to Raag Saveri in a rhythmic cycle of Adi talam. Mysore A Chandan opens his concert with this evocative piece, bringing out the flavours of...

  • P. Unnikrishnan | Hamsanandi

    A structurally outstanding piece, this thillana composed by Calcutta Krishnamurthy (1921-1999) is set to Raag Hamsanandi in Adi talam. Krishnamurthy was one of Unnikrishnan’s gurus who had shaped his formative years as a musician.

    Embellishing each line of the thillana diligently with an exqui...

  • Malladi Brothers | Salaga Bhairavi

    ‘Nama Vadami’ is a composition of Ganapathi Sachchidananda (born May 1942) set to Raag Salaga Bhairavi. A saint from southern India, Ganapathi Sachchidananda has been serving humanity, conducting spiritual healing for the physically and mentally distressed for many decades now. His ashram (hermit...

  • Jayanti Kumaresh | Behag

    Raag Behag is the concluding piece of Jayanthi's performance from Darbar 2013.It is a contemporarily conceived folk song, also known as Kavadi Chindu in Tamil, composed by Ganesh and Kumaresh Rajagopalan. A lilting, instrumental piece, the rhythmic structure of which is set to Teeshra Gati (3-3),...

  • Kadri Gopalnath | Raag Kathanakuthuhalam

    In this piece, legendary saxophonist Dr. Kadri Gopalnath plays ‘Raghuvamsasudhambudhi’, a Patnam Subramania Iyer (1845-1902) composition in Raag Kathanakuthuhalam set to adi talam. He is supported beautifully on the violin by Jyotsna Srikanth and by Bangalore Praveen (mridangam) and RN Prakash (g...

  • Malladi Brothers | RTP Ananda Bhairavi

    For a widely multicultural audience as Darbar’s, the delectable ragas selected by the Malladi brothers proved enthralling and hugely successful. The duo chose Raag Anandabhairavi as their central piece and gave a compelling performance with a stellar ensemble.

    This piece, ends with a magical ta...

  • Kadri Gopalnath | Raag Abheri

    This piece, ‘Nagumomu Ganaleni’ in Raag Abheri, is a popular kirtan composed by Saint Tyagaraja (1767-1847). Dr. Kadri Gopalnath chooses this piece as his fourth presentation during his concert at the Darbar Festival in 2011.

    Devotion to Lord Rama being the mainstay of Saint Thyagaraja songs, th...

  • Malladi Brothers | Dhanyasi

    Raag Dhanyasi can portray emotions like karuṇa (compassion) very effectively, just as it can convey the feeling of devotion or bhakti bhava. In this concert, the Malladi brothers bring an extraordinary choice of ragas. They perform a Saint Thyagaraja kriti - ‘Sangeetha Gyanamu,’ a gem of a compo...

  • Shashank Subramanyam | Bindumalini

    Shashank Subramanyam started learning early in life - some say he could recognise all 72 Melakarta scales by the age of two-and-a-half. His first musical immersions came with singing and violin, but he fell in love with the venu bamboo flute as soon as he picked it up, focusing on it from that po...

  • P. Unnikrishnan | RTP in Raag Todi

    The piece de resistance of the concert – ragam tanam pallavi - is sung in Raag Todi and comes as a refreshing twist with the beautiful composition ‘Hare Rama Govinda Murare’ set to Adi talam.

    An excellent choice in the sequence of his presentations, Unnikrishnan revs up this section with a stu...

  • Kadri Gopalnath | Raag Hamsadhwani

    This is the opening piece of Dr. Kadri Gopalnath’s concert from the Darbar Festival 2011. Following old traditions, he begins his performance with a salutation to the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha. This Hindu deity is regarded as the harbinger of good fortune and a remover of obstacles. He gi...

  • Jayanthi Kumaresh | Ananda Bhairavi

  • Bharat Sundar | Tillana in Raga Behag

    Young Carnatic vocalist Bharat Sundar sings Behag, a raga imported from Hindustani Music. It is popular for tukda (‘little pieces’) and other lighter songs.

    Bharat Sundar is a young Carnatic vocalist. He first studied under Gayathri Mahesh, and became the first winner of Jaya TV’s Carnatic Music...