M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#451  Postby vasanthakokilam » 10 Oct 2010 06:14

Indeed. Especially the Surutti ( Angarakam ashrayamyaham ) is wonderful. MDR slows down the tempo just the right amount to give himself the necessary space so he can give it his special touch and make it his own.
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#452  Postby PALLOORKAR » 12 Dec 2010 23:05

on 9th december(thursday) there was a kutchery by Amritha Venkatesh at Poornathrayeesa Temple, Tripoonithura. She rendered the kriti "Paripahimam Poornathrayeesa" in bilahari. It is very nice composition.
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#453  Postby Pratyaksham Bala » 17 Dec 2010 06:45

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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#454  Postby sakthi.balan » 28 Apr 2011 09:30

Can someone tell me who is the composer of the Sloga Ratnakarosti Sadanam sung by MDR. Also can someone give me the lyrics of the sloga....
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#455  Postby venkatakailasam » 04 May 2011 19:48

I could not come across any thread under Vidwans for MDR.

rAma rAma - nIlAmbari can be listened at my blog 'e'-swara at

http://myblogkumara.blogspot.com/

at this link:

http://myblogkumara.blogspot.com/2011/0 ... an_30.html

There are 68 audio files of MDR.
rama rama is at sl.no. 031



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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#456  Postby sruthi » 08 May 2011 02:44

MAJOR SCOOP!
Recently I came across the famous 1-hour VIDEO (yes!) of MDR's 1977 house concert at Adayar - uploaded at youtube!

http://youtu.be/_SVBjp_gJlo

He is accompanied by a young TN Krishnan - and a very young looking UKS on mridangam!
This is truly a treasure for music lovers.
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#457  Postby rajeshnat » 08 May 2011 21:01

MDR is an intersection of sowkhyam and aggression, aggression not in speed but all inside him bringing every sangathi that "carnatic" weight and coupled with an exquisite "masculine" voice that creates a little more sustained aural feeling. See where the mike is kept atleast 4 to 5 feet away from shri MDR's mouth , perhaps the mike was kept closer to MDR's nAbhi :lol: .
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#458  Postby cienu » 09 May 2011 20:43

Thank you Sruthi .
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#459  Postby sramaswamy » 10 May 2011 23:25

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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#460  Postby sruthi » 21 May 2011 01:37

Sri MDR was born on 20th May 1923. He would have been 88 today.
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#461  Postby vasanthakokilam » 21 May 2011 02:39

The Yadukulakambhoji charanam of the NavaRagaMalika varnam is too small in the hands of many musicians to bring out YKK but MDR does an amazing job with that.
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#462  Postby vasanthakokilam » 24 May 2011 10:28

While watching the link posted by Sruthi, I stumbled upon this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tVoB_CzZgA
Begada at its best! Wow!!
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#463  Postby viswanathmysore » 29 May 2011 06:31

Are his compositions sung by other musicians ?
Who are his performing disciples ?
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#464  Postby Enna_Solven » 29 May 2011 09:36

His sAgara shayana vibhO-bAgeshri is sung by many including KVN.
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#465  Postby bilahari » 29 May 2011 19:50

VK, you are right. MDR is the only one who seems to bring yadukulakAmbOji into that varNam! That one hour concert is nice but not too probing; I like the elaborate varNam more than any other item. TrilOka mAtAnanu is sung beautifully, too. Of course, MDR's gestures and facial expressions are almost worthy of being classified as nATyam! (OK, I exaggerate.)
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#466  Postby bilahari » 29 May 2011 19:52

While sAgara sayana vibhO is a brilliant composition, I have a soft spot for several other MDR compositions like his enna kuTRam seidEnO in husEni (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdbevDaSYco) and vElavanE in sahAna.
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#467  Postby vasanthakokilam » 29 May 2011 20:35

Of course, MDR's gestures and facial expressions are almost worthy of being classified as nATyam! (OK, I exaggerate.)


Yes, very much so.. The dictionary meaning of abhinaya is "indication of a passion or purpose or expression of sentiment by look and gesture" and MDR fits that bill!! He can not help get into the character and so bhAvam in his music is natural.

What I am realizing over time is this: For MDR, gamaka is not (just) a musical attribute but a tool for expression of the sentiment, thala avartha is not (just) a rhythmical attribute but a tool for appropriately proportioning the sentiment and emotion in meaningful chunks etc. Similarly for other melodic and laya attributes.. In his music, they are all deployed for a purpose beyond just music.

If he can exhibit/cast other's compositions in such terms, his own compositions should be even more reflective of those things. Glimpses of that can be seen in the compositions you have referenced above.
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#468  Postby shripathi_g » 31 May 2011 12:28

Was going through the MDR thread on sangeetham.com http://web.archive.org/web/200104182119 ... 00248.html

Very nostalgic! I think I had just started listening to MDR at that time. 10 years later, I'm a MDR addict. Regardless of who I listen to, I just go back to MDR. There is an inherent sowkhyam in his music that I cannot find in others except Madurai Mani Iyer. I listen to his varnams every day on my way to work and I can never tire of them. People just talk about his sahana or yadukulakambodhi but I feel that he owned pretty much every raga he sang in his own unique way. One of his Balagopala renditions with neraval at Drona Karna Duryodhanadhi hara is just out of this world. After listening to his Amba Kamakshi numerous times, I've become a Bhairavi addict too. Very few people talk about his Koniyadina. Having listened to pretty much every Koniyadina rendition available, only MDR and Sanjay sing all the sangathis. I highly recommend MDR's rendition to get a good dose of Kamboji.
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#469  Postby vasanthakokilam » 31 May 2011 12:36

One of his Balagopala renditions with neraval at Drona Karna Duryodhanadhi hara is just out of this world.


In one such Balagopala renditions ( which I can not locate now, I will try later ), the beginning itself, the first few seconds, is just awesome and quite special.
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#470  Postby advaitin » 31 May 2011 20:47

Hi VK

here is an MDR rendering which keeps me stunned everytime i hear it. Maybe someone would like it on the forum, i would say very unique the way the kriti is delivered. Believe it is MSG on the violin, do not have details of accompanists. apologies for that.

http://www.mediafire.com/?ah62lbc28ccac4g
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#471  Postby Enna_Solven » 01 Jun 2011 06:58

Thank you advaitin.

Here is a noise-cleaned version of your upload. No good deed shall go unpunished :)
http://www.mediafire.com/?9iuqlvrwo21uadj

Very powerful version rendered in his own unique way. I have not heard this song by him before.
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#472  Postby advaitin » 01 Jun 2011 20:56

Enna Solven

that was a nice one :) I agree, i do have another rendering somewhere of his with me. But this one is unique, the other one is more along common lines. I can try and search for the same. But i rarely go to that, this is the one that keeps me on a high.

here is another piece which i would call smooth, may not exude the power of the earlier one.
http://www.mediafire.com/?d46tnrsdahi0lre
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#473  Postby Enna_Solven » 02 Jun 2011 08:44

thank you.
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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#474  Postby ranjanimalavi » 03 Jun 2011 09:15

This concert is itself amazing. I thought the violin was TNK and mridangam G. Durai
One of the beautiful bhairavi's and excellent khamas, nerval is too good, and a fast paced hindolam.
It took me several years to get back the bhairavi neraval, but its still not salvaged fully.

01-Varnam-Ninnu Kori-Mohanam-RSI.mp3
02-Navagraha-Diwakara Tanujam-YadukulaKambhoji-MD.mp3
03-Thera Theeyaga-GowliPanthu-T.mp3
04a-Seethapathe-Kamas-T.mp3
04b-Seethapathe-Kamas-T.mp3
05-Samaja Vara Gamana-Hindolam-T.mp3
07-Balagopala-Bhairavi-MD.mp3


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Re: M.D. Ramanathan (MDR)

#475  Postby advaitin » 03 Jun 2011 09:21

hi ranjanimalavi

i would love to get that entire concert if it is available. by the way, once i was listening to this at the airport. I had embar kannan as a co traveller and requested him to identify the violinist. he heard the whole piece, said it was MSG for sure he even wanted a copy
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