Karukurichi Arunachalam (Nadaswaram)

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#26  Postby chalanata » 26 May 2007 17:14

once TN Rajarathnam pillai happened to visit a place where he heard a distant and melodious nadhaswaram recital. he was inquiring whether someone was playing his gramaphone plate and he was surprised to be informed that it was actually a live recital by the son of the temple 'pandaram'. that is how karukurichi started accompanying TNR and came to lime light. he was actually an 'ekalavya' worshipping the 'drona' TNR.
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#27  Postby chalanata » 26 May 2007 17:22

i've heard a story about veerusamy pillai. once a nadaswaram genius was sleeping after a booze. when reminded about his concert he it seems said in an irritated voice 'why mahalinga swami will not wait for a genius like me?' it was veerysami pillai who had control over the genius managed to prevail and made him ready for the concert.
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#28  Postby kns » 27 May 2007 22:17

I remember reading in an old vikatan something like Karukurichi and the great thavil vidwan Ragava Pillai died unexpectedly with in days of each other. This is right after performing together for "Theppam" of the famous Thiagaraja swamy temple in Tiruvarur. that was the last performance for both of them.

Can someone comment if this is so?

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#29  Postby Sam Swaminathan » 28 May 2007 01:45

kns....you are correct.........immediately after the death of Sri Raghava Pillai, there was a cartoon in Vikatan....there the cartoonist had depicted, Karukurichi standing at the heaven's gate and receiving Sri Raghava Pillai with a huge smile on his face and saying " vanduuteegala" !!! What a place to finish one's career and what a Samarpanam !!!
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#30  Postby coolkarni » 30 May 2007 22:08

http://www.sendspace.com/file/b5o59j

features an amazing Sabhapathikku-Abhogi and also a breathtaking Kalyani (Sivakameswarim) from a Concert.
I keep pinching myself to make sure this is not some kind of hallucination.
can someone confirm that he indeed passed away at the age of 43 , as someone told me ?
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#31  Postby vinayo » 31 May 2007 05:34

coolkarni,
Yes KPA passed away when he was at his peak and at an young age of 43 (He was born in 1920). I distinctly remember Radio Ceylon break the (heart breaking news) during its evening popular tramsmission.
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#32  Postby emyesbee » 28 Jun 2007 00:59

Coolkarni sir....can u plzz reupload sabapathikku and the kalyani piece :)
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#33  Postby ajit » 28 Jun 2007 04:08

I am sorry but I have missed all the audio clips that have been uploaded. Can someone please tell me how I could get them? I am a big fan of Nadhaswaram and I would not like to miss these clips.

thanks,
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#34  Postby mahakavi » 28 Jun 2007 04:29

>>I would not like to listen to these clips. <<

Yes, you would! I am sure you meant to say "I would like to listen to these clips"
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#35  Postby rajeshnat » 28 Jun 2007 11:40

ajit
Look at Post #5 in this thread, thanjavur has already provided the url links for you to download...
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#36  Postby ajit » 28 Jun 2007 23:43

Thanks. I will check the links. Yes, I meant I would like to listen and not miss these clips.

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#37  Postby emyesbee » 29 Jun 2007 05:24

rajeshnat.....thanks for pointing to the fifth post.....:)


That was an interesting read Vinayo and Rajeshnat :)
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#38  Postby A.Pitchiah » 24 Dec 2007 16:56

Hi,

I have posted a message on KPA under TNR. May please read the same.

I happen to be the son - in - law of KPA Mr.Coolkarni is referring to in his posting.

Regards,

A.Pitchiah

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#39  Postby A.Pitchiah » 24 Dec 2007 17:14

I have met KPA's co - artist, KNA, a few times. KNA usually would attend our family functions ( I am one of KPA's sons - in - law). He was there at my marriage too. He confessed to me that he had not touched the instrument after KPA's death. He took to agriculture.

I also understood from him that Nachiarkoil Raghav Pillai too fell sick, perhaps as a strange coincidence and hardly played tavil afterwards; he passed away within a short sapn of time after KPA's death.
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