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Kathakali Sangeetham frequent posts

#1  Postby kathakali » 26 Jul 2012 10:55

Here I'm going to start a thread on kathakali padam (Sangeetham) and will be often posting kathakalipadam uploads with all the related details ( like raga, Artists, story etc.)
I welcome all to share similar posts in this thread, and always welcome to share your feedback.

Let me start this thread with a beautiful padam in Raga 'Ranjini', perfectly sang by Venmany Haridas supported by kalanilayam Rajeevan.

"matHi maTHi ViHaaram Ini, AtHi MadhuRa vachane", [meaning: enough of playing.., hey sweet spoken lady ]

http://kathakalipadam.com/index.php/en/all-uploads/437-mathi-mathi-viharam-venmani-haridas-rajeevan#.UBDTKPVTIct


This is from story "Banayudham" ( aka: Usha Chithralekha ) , where 'Sakhi' Chithralekha requests the princess Usha to stop playing and and get to sleep as she look so tired .
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Kampopama Roopan in Charukeshi

#2  Postby kathakali » 02 Aug 2012 13:26

Kampopama Roopan kamanan vannu [ cupid-alike handsome came towords me]
raga : Charukeshi

This is again from story "Banayudham" ( aka: Usha Chithralekha ) sang by Kalamandalam Venmani Haridas and ably supported by Kalamandalam Krishnankutty

Context of this padam : To sakhi Chitralekha, princess Usha describes the dream she had in which she see a handsome prince near by her.

http://kathakalipadam.com/index.php/en/all-uploads/438-kamopama-roopan-venmani-haridas-charukeshi#.UBowZ6NTIcs


do listen and appreciate :)
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#3  Postby harimau » 07 Sep 2012 19:42

Some days back, there was a kathakali performance at the Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan in celebration of the Onam festival.

Tired of the same-old same-old "Alaipayudhe", "Krishna Nee Begane Baro", etc., of the Bharatha Natyam circuit (though recently a US NRI boy changed that -- not necessarily for the better -- by including "Madu Meikkum Kanne" in his Chennai arangetram; aaaarrrrgh! Is there no depravity to which people will not sink? :| ), I decided to attend the kathakali peformance.

The show was nothing short of brilliant. The story presented was "Kuchelavritam" where a poverty-stricken Kuchela visits his childhood playmate Krishna who is now King of Dwaraka.

The story was acted out brilliantly. The music went beyond anything you would normally hear in Chennai. With just a maddalam and chenda, played most of the time very softly, providing percussion support and with no koing-koing (that is musicians' parlance for violin) interfering with the music, one could just bask in the glorious vocal rendition.

There was nothing light classical about the music. The longest padam started out in Sankarabharanam, moved thru Abheri, Sri, Atana, Mohanam, etc., seamlessly and back to Sankarabharanam.

At the end of the program, I felt bad that I had not taken a video camera to record the program. There was an official video recorder but the likelihood of getting one's hand on the recording is zilch. Just an audio recorder so that I could listen to the music again would have been good enough.

This program proved that 90% of sabha music (that is, commercial music) in Chennai is just plain trash, aimed at the uninformed and promoted by organizers who are chasing crowds so that they can please their sponsors.

Somewhere someone lamented that Kerala musicians don't know the art of self-promotion. Thank God they don't; because you get good music from them.

For those of you interested, there is a review of the program in "The Hindu" today.
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#4  Postby arasi » 08 Sep 2012 21:31

Thanks, 'Sounds' good, Harimau.
Wonder if I can catch something like this when I'm in Chennai...
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#5  Postby harimau » 10 Sep 2012 07:18

arasi wrote:Thanks, 'Sounds' good, Harimau.
Wonder if I can catch something like this when I'm in Chennai...


Look for programs in Kalakshetra in the tail end of December when they start their series or early in the new year.

They have featured kathakali in some years.
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#6  Postby arasi » 10 Sep 2012 09:24

Thanks!
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#7  Postby harimau » 12 Sep 2012 05:20

arasi wrote:Thanks, 'Sounds' good, Harimau.
Wonder if I can catch something like this when I'm in Chennai...


Kalakshetra is holding a 5-day series "Nala Charitham" (actually, it should be four evenings but the first evening's show is split into two parts because of time taken up for inaugural speeches, etc.) starting yesterday in celebration of Onam. This particular play was written by Sri Unnayi Warrier who lived in the 17th century.

Do you think you can get on a flight right now? :(

Looks like Onam is the time to catch Kathakali programs in Chennai.
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#8  Postby arasi » 12 Sep 2012 08:19

'pon thiru ONam', a golden opportunity missed :(
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#9  Postby RaviSri » 13 Sep 2012 13:46

kathakali or anyone else. Some months ago there was a programme in Tiruvaiyyaru. 2 or 3 sopanam singers came from Kerala and sang the madhyamAvati song of Dikshitar, 'dharmasamvardhani' in the sopanam style at the Panchanadisha temple outside the Ambal sannidhi. It was thrilling it seems. By chance does anyone have a recording of that?
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#10  Postby kathakali » 07 Nov 2012 16:33

Thanks @harimau and others for your kind response..
@RaviSri, Sorry I'dont have that..

Just to continue from where @harimau had left, kathakali music cannot be compared to Classical music, as of course Classical music is much deeper and richer.. more over kathakali music should only be seen as a music which is used, to support the acting .. its more of a abhinaya sangeetham where the duty of the musician is to give bhava which need to supplement abhinaya. That way kathakali sangeetham has a unique advantage where almost all the the bhavas needs to projected through music.. , which you cant see much in other types of music ( apart from film music to certain extend :D )

for example here is a padam , which projects bhava Veera ( valour) , which to certain extend goes up to Krodha ( Anger) ..

http://kathakalipadam.com/index.php/en/all-uploads/694-sudhashanendra-narakasura-vadham-rammohan-vengeri#.UJo9M6NTIcs

This is in raga Ahiri, and you can see that the music is of high tempo.. , but of course one doesn't analyze these much about the classical aspect of it.. apart get charged up with it,,.
( the situation of the story is demon Narakasura challenges Indra for a war and harass him.)
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