Ramnad Krishnan

Carnatic Musicians

#1  Postby Radhakrishnan » 10 May 2006 14:57

Somebody known as 'Vidwan of Vidwans' naturally finds a place here at vidwan section!
He was born at Alappuzha,Kerala in 1918.Learnt music from Subramania iyer,Somu bhagavathar,Ramnad Sankarasivam and Brinda Muktha.
Taught at Central college Chennai for nearly 5 years and was visiting prof. at Wesleyan college.
His style was unique,known for rendition of complex pallavis.
He was a good teacher also.Ritha Rajan,Nagamani Srinath,Neyyattinkara Vasudevan are some of his students.Sri.Vasudevan,though known as disciple of Semmangudi,learnt under Ramnad in 1967 for an year and whenever Vasudevan gives performance in Chennai, Ramnad Krishnan's sons used to attend the concert.
Never bothered about fame and popularity,this musician passed away in 1973 at the age of 55.
There are some commercial recordings available.Rasikas are welcome to comment on his music.Anbody having non commercial concerts,pl u/l.Thank you.
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#2  Postby Mahesh » 10 May 2006 15:31

Two things about the maestro comes to mind.

One - Akshyalingavibho, his rendition of the MD masterpiece has been acknowledged as one of the best.

Two - He once asked Papanasam Sivan to sing a Thygaraja swami krithi in Navarasa Kanada and Sivan on the spot composed "Naan oru vilayattu bommaya" and sang it.

I have a concert of Ramnad Krishanan - Lalgudi - Mani Iyer with Akshyalingavibho as the main piece, I can upload it if anyone is interested. The concert list is as follos.

Thulasidhala - Mayamalavagowla
Smarane sugamu - Janaranjani
Raghuvara - Panthuvarali
Raghupathaye - Sahana
Nee bhajana - Nayaki
Akshyalingavibho - Shankarabaranam
Lavanya Rama - Poorna Shadjam
Thulasamma - Devagandhari
Modi- Khamas
Smarasundara - Paras
Slokam - Ragamalika
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#3  Postby Radhakrishnan » 10 May 2006 15:54

Mahesh,if it is a non commercial recording,please go ahead;with Lalgudi/Mani Iyer,that too akshaya linga vibho as main,should be a treat.
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#4  Postby Mahesh » 10 May 2006 16:17

I am not sure whether this is a commercial recording or not to be honest. Can someone please confirm? If it isn't then I will upload it shortly. I haven't heard this concert in a *long* time, just to make sure, I'm hearing it now. Will let you know my thoughts on the concert as well.
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#5  Postby venravi » 10 May 2006 18:38

I have a Recording of Ramnad Krishnan with lagudi and Sivaraman.(AIR Concert). I will upload sometime this weekend.
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#6  Postby coolkarni » 10 May 2006 19:18

An artist whose concert recordings are very difficult to get :cry: :cry:

Whatever is in circulation moves around a small bunch of ragas / krithis .
janaranjini , varali , sahana , reethigowla , harikhamboji ,madhyamavathi all get a fine lustre in his renderings

Here is a slightly different concert .With Papa Venkatramiah / Pazhani Subr Pillay
The first half of the concert

http://rapidshare.de/files/20090925/01- ... a.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.de/files/20091572/02- ... u.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.de/files/20092139/03- ... m.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.de/files/20092779/04- ... m.mp3.html
http://rapidshare.de/files/20093859/05- ... am.mp3.htm

Will post the second half (with marivere gathi,kamalambam -in a breathtaking kalyani,nennerunchi,pakkala nilabadi,etc) tomorrow.

I have another concert with T Viswanathan on the flute.A very relaxed , slow moving concert.Can post it later if anyone wants it.

#7  Postby Mahesh » 10 May 2006 19:26

Coolkarni sir, *how* can we ever thank you for the services to CM? You said you wanted some some movies from here, I'm eagerly waiting so that I, atleast, can do something personally to your generosity! My Dad says you are ace!!!!!!!!

Can't wait for the Kamalambam upload!

Thank you, thank you and thank you.
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#8  Postby coolkarni » 10 May 2006 19:42

I owe a visit to your Dad.I am still basking in the wonderful experience of my last visit .I am beginning to believe in miracles now .More in email.

Movies ..i have troubled DRS already..

even before we get to kamlambam and pakkala let me know about janaranjini :) :)

#9  Postby kiransurya » 10 May 2006 19:57

Thanks coolkarni
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#11  Postby Mahesh » 11 May 2006 14:01

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#12  Postby Mahesh » 11 May 2006 15:48

There is another concert up in Rasikapriya. You can download it from here.

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#13  Postby mahesh3 » 12 May 2006 05:26

Beautiful Kalyani...As for Akshaya Linga Vibho, haven't heard anybody render this as well as Sri KVN, but this one was a fantastic renedition by RK. Nice, Nice, Nice!

Thanks K-ji/Mahesh for the goodwork.
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#15  Postby vs_manjunath » 17 Oct 2006 15:03

I have joined rasikas.org recently ( of course very late! ), thereby I have lost a treasure of downloads. Since, past five(5) decades i was looking for Sri Ramnad Krishnan's concerts. As a new member when i visited this thread, i felt very sad that I am unable to download any of the Ramnad Krishnan concerts mentioned in this thread. I request, the concert with "Akshaya Linga Vibho" as well as the concert with Papa Venkataramiah etc as the accompanists for a reload please. Many many thanks in advance.
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#16  Postby jayaram » 18 Oct 2006 17:50

Ditto to vs_manjunath's request. I am very interested in the concert that Coolkarni-ji had uploaded a while back. C-ji, please do oblige!

Ramnad Krishnan...what a great artiste! It is when I listen to musicians like him that I wish I had belonged to the previous generation. How lucky they were, our parents, to listen live to all the 'golden age' singers! My father used to tell me about the 6-hour Madurai Mani Iyer kutcheris or a whole night of nadaswaram by the great Rajaratnam Pillai (where they would go round the temple, stopping at each corner, and TNR would belt out a Todi or Kambhoji for hours!) - and I would get goosebumps just listening to my father's narration.

Those were the days, my friend...
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#17  Postby hareesh_panicker » 19 Oct 2006 12:46

I think he has beautifully sung nejesina(poornachandrika
),kavava(varali),and especially palinchu kamakshi(madhyamavadhi).His laya is exceptional.
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#18  Postby rc » 21 Dec 2006 15:44

could you pls upload kirshnaiyer's concert with Vishwa on the flute... would love to hear ....
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#19  Postby jayaram » 21 Feb 2007 04:01

Ramnad Krishnan - V. Thyagarajan - V. Nagarajan - Palghat Raghu:

RNK/TNK/Raghu: Sari Evvare Maa Jaanaki - Sahana - Adi - Tirupati Narayanasvami
- great rendition by the maestro -
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#20  Postby mahavishnu » 21 Feb 2007 04:16

There is also the late V. Nagarajan on the kanjira. Great picture, Jayaram!
Do you know where/when this photo is from?
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#21  Postby arasi » 21 Feb 2007 13:10

Are you sure it is TNK? No glasses, and the profile--at least in this picture--does not look like him to me...
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#22  Postby vijay » 21 Feb 2007 16:50

arasi wrote:Are you sure it is TNK? No glasses, and the profile--at least in this picture--does not look like him to me...

Yes, I would imagine that TNK would be a strapping, handsome young man around the time this photo was taken! Somehow the gentleman in the photo doesn't come across as such...
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#23  Postby coolkarni » 21 Feb 2007 17:15

that slight tilt towards the left is more indicative of V Thyagarajan

#24  Postby jayaram » 21 Feb 2007 23:38

My apologies for creating any confusion - the photo and the kutcheri recording are not related.
The violinist for sure is not TNK.
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#25  Postby sirsub11 » 22 Feb 2007 10:36

Coolkarni is on the button. The violinist in the picture is V. Thyagarajan. He and his brother V. Nagarajan spent a great deal of time with Ramnad Krishnan in the USA.
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