Ideas for a Seemantham concert?

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#1  Postby tribute » 23 Mar 2009 14:22

I will be playing Veena in a seemantham(a ceremony for pregnant women). Is there any prescribed format to play in a Seemantham? Are there specific songs that are a must/part of seemantham?
Somebody, please give me suggestions on how to choose songs and other things. Are there any songs that are apt for the function?
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#2  Postby mohan » 23 Mar 2009 14:44

Sri mAthrubhUtam, Dikshitar's krithi in Kannada relates the story of how Lord Shiva takes the form of a woman to help a pregnant woman during childbirth.

My wife used to sing this often during her pregnancy and am happy to note that a baby boy was born last week.
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#3  Postby cienu » 23 Mar 2009 14:54

That is indeed wonderful news Mohan. Congratulations to you and your wife. :)

Incidentally I happened to see Vijay Siva sing a superb Mathrubootham in "youtube" 2 days back, after explaining in detail about the background of the story and how MD was able to crunch the gist of the entire story in just one line.
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#4  Postby vainika » 23 Mar 2009 14:59

Tribute, assuming this function is in a Hindu family, I would add to Mohan's point by suggesting kRtis on juvenile forms of deities. While on the topic, I can think of N kRitis on bAlakRShNa/bAlagOpAla/bAlasubrahmaNya but not on any goddess in child form. Are there any?

Mohan, congratulations to you and Mrs. Mohan!
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#5  Postby Sreeni Rajarao » 23 Mar 2009 15:16

In our family, it has been a tradition to sing / sing along with a veena rendition a great lullaby song "jo jo sree krshna."

This is a Purandara dasa pada that my Father Veena Raja Rao had set to kuranji rAga.

I should be able to upload a version. Just a need some time to do so.
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#6  Postby mohan » 23 Mar 2009 15:25

cienu wrote:That is indeed wonderful news Mohan. Congratulations to you and your wife. :)

Incidentally I happened to see Vijay Siva sing a superb Mathrubootham in "youtube" 2 days back, after explaining in detail about the background of the story and how MD was able to crunch the gist of the entire story in just one line.

Thanks for the wishes

Here is the link on you tube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx0TRzelaLM&feature=related
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#7  Postby ragam-talam » 23 Mar 2009 15:37

Perhaps it would be a good idea to play non-Vivadi ragams on this occasion.
Mangala ragas such as Sri, Madhyamavati, Atana would be nice.
Kritis such as Santhana gopalakrishnam would be appropriate I think, although for a veena concert the sahityam aspect is not so evident.
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#8  Postby prashant » 23 Mar 2009 16:21

vainika wrote:I can think of N kRitis on bAlakRShNa/bAlagOpAla/bAlasubrahmaNya but not on any goddess in child form. Are there any?


bhajarE rE Citta bAlAmbikAm, maybe?

Also these krithis are attributed to Dikshitar - bAlAmbikayA kaTAkshitOham - shriranjani / bAlAmbikAyA param nahi rE - kAnaDA. IIRC Dikshitar addresses Devi as bAlAmbikE in a couple other pieces [ghanTA navAvaraNam?].

karuNanidhiyE tAyE - bauLi / mAtA innum vAdA - shriranjani / trilOka mAtA - paraju might be nice songs for this concert since they all refer to Devi in 'motherly' terms. shri mAtrubhUtam is of course most apt for this occasion.

Mohan, congratulations to you, your wife and your families!!!
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#9  Postby uday_shankar » 23 Mar 2009 17:11

Does it make sense to suggest shuddha seemantini for a seemantam :-) ?

Nice kriti...jAnaki ramana.

mohan, congratulations.
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#10  Postby coolkarni » 23 Mar 2009 18:42

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#11  Postby PUNARVASU » 23 Mar 2009 19:14

Mohan, Congratulations to you and your wife.
Playing veeNai for seemantham is a part of the rituals; good that this particular seemantham will have a live performance. I had to depend on music india online for my daughter in law's seemantham.
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#12  Postby arasi » 23 Mar 2009 20:00

Mohan,
Congratulations to you both! Just a few days ago. I was wondering if the baby was due around this time.
The best to you all!
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#13  Postby arasi » 23 Mar 2009 20:07

Tribute,
cinnanjiRu kiLiyE kaNNammA, jagadOddhArana, kAntimatip piLLait tamizh (nI vArAdirundAl), mAmava mAdhava and other child-oriented songs are apt. A nIlAmbari would add a special touch since the words will not be heard on the instrument and all those present may not catch on to the words. Then again, the care with which you choose the songs would be appreciated by the mother-to be and the family...
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#14  Postby rshankar » 23 Mar 2009 20:44

Tribute - if the couple who are having their sImantam know the sex of the child, some other songs could be:

Boy:

bAro krishNayyA
oLi paDaitta kaNNinAi vA vA vA
konji konji vA guhane, murugane
rA rA cinnaNNA, rArO ri cinnavADa
muddugAre yaSOdA
OmaNa tingal kiDAvO (especially the caraNam 'ingunni krishNan janiccu...')

Girl:

bhAgyada lakshmI bArammA (especially the caraNam 'sankhye illada bhAgyava koTTu...')
himavAn perum bhAgyavAn, umA gauri tanai kumAriyAi pera enna puNNiyam SeidAnO?
tunban nergaiyil yAzh eduttu nI yemakku inbam Serka mATAyA?
cinnanciru kiLiyE
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#15  Postby chalanata » 23 Mar 2009 20:58

my choice:
1. rama bakthi samrajyam
2. paluke bangara mayana
3. sobillu sapthaswara
4. mamava madhava deva
5. kripaya palaya chowre
6. seetha kalyana vaibogame
7. swaminatha (brindavani)
8. santhi panchakam in revathi
9. neeraja dhala nayana
10. venkatachala nilayam
11. kosale ragavendraya (mangalam)
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#16  Postby rbharath » 23 Mar 2009 22:58

the only time i knew off a veenai concert at a seemandam...

the list was

mEru samAna
varadarAjam upAsmahE
mAmava paTTAbhirAma (with a short sketchy alapanai and a shorter tanam)
some short piece to finish off
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#17  Postby vijay » 23 Mar 2009 23:31

Mohan many congratulations!
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#18  Postby vasanthakokilam » 24 Mar 2009 00:09

Mohan, Congratulations!!

This is the first time I am even hearing that there are concerts arranged in connection with seemandam.
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#19  Postby sureshvv » 24 Mar 2009 00:26

mohan wrote:My wife used to sing this often during her pregnancy and am happy to note that a baby boy was born last week.


Congratulations! May you soon be blessed with a baby girl too - as they are so much more fun!
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#20  Postby sureshvv » 24 Mar 2009 00:28

tribute wrote:seemantham(a ceremony for pregnant women).


Minor correction. Seemantham is celebrated only for the 1st pregnancy.
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#21  Postby Nick H » 24 Mar 2009 00:56

Mohan, Happy to hear about your child; wishing you all joy :)
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#22  Postby rshankar » 24 Mar 2009 02:35

Mohan, Sangeetha - CONGRATULATIONS!!

sureshvv wrote:May you soon be blessed with a baby girl too


Mohan and Sangeetha (Ayyar) do have a cute daughter too!
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#23  Postby arasi » 24 Mar 2009 02:45

Yes, I that's what I thought!
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#24  Postby arasi » 24 Mar 2009 02:54

Bharath,
Any song is fine but for those which lament, complain, has statements about the worthlessness of worldly pleasures! There are countless songs in every language which celebrate bAla (young) krishnA, RamA or murugan. gudittODi vArAi guhanE in Suddha sAvEri is another one.
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#25  Postby ragam-talam » 24 Mar 2009 03:31

sureshvv wrote:Minor correction. Seemantham is celebrated only for the 1st pregnancy.

Apparently Seemantham function used to be celebrated for all issues in earlier times:
http://www.trsiyengar.com/id156.shtml
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