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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#76  Postby Nick H » 02 Dec 2011 18:55

Just learnt that Sri Trichy Sankaran has been chosen as this year's Sangitha Kalanidhi!


Good news is still good news, whether heard early or late :)
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#77  Postby cienu » 02 Jan 2012 09:56

An interview with Sri Trichy Sankaran in "The Hindu" is available in the link below :
http://www.thehindu.com/arts/music/arti ... epage=true
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#78  Postby rajeshnat » 27 Jan 2012 00:32

May I also know who are the leading disciples of TS (Attn: mahavishnu )
http://www.thehindu.com/arts/music/article2834744.ece
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#79  Postby mahavishnu » 27 Jan 2012 08:14

Rajesh, many of his disciples are based in N. America.
A list (with pictures) can be found here.http://www.trichysankaran.com/bio/teach ... layam.html
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#80  Postby rajeshnat » 28 Jan 2012 14:32

mahavishnu wrote:Rajesh, many of his disciples are based in N. America.
A list (with pictures) can be found here.http://www.trichysankaran.com/bio/teach ... layam.html


Mahavishnu,
Tx for the link. I also saw just now that his young student sai kaushik, is son of Madurai Sundar.
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Trichy Sankaran - amazing

#81  Postby rananthga » 15 Apr 2012 10:51

I've been listening to many recordings of Sangeetha Kalanidhi TS on the mridangam these days and have been really amazed. What amazes me is the clarity of the strokes, the variety of cholkattu, modulation of the cholkattu and his gumkaram's. His cholkattu has azhuttham - chollus like thi, ta have a special emphasis. His chaappu is outstanding - be it arai chaappu or full chappu. His nadais make you tilt - esp. when he plays chatusram strokes in thisra nadai. Also how he changes nadai from one to another is smooth. (not easy to go to kandam from chatusram).

I know for many of the experts in the forum, I am probably preaching to choir and sharing nothing new :-).

He is truly a role model mridangist and for aspiring ones like me - he's been a source of great inspiration. THANK YOU Sankaran sir. Had he lived in India - I'd have loved to take some lessons from him.
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Re: Trichy Sankaran - amazing

#82  Postby Nick H » 17 Apr 2012 14:45

He comes to Chennai every December. i think he does have students here.

A little bird told me that he and his wife intend to spend more time in India each year in the future. :)

I am probably preaching to choir and sharing nothing new


I'm sure you are! But many of us feel the same. Only thing is, I'm sure we must have a thread[s] about him already. Maybe the moderators may merge.
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Re: Trichy Sankaran - amazing

#83  Postby mridhangam » 28 May 2012 23:47

Sangita Kalanidhi Trichy Sankaran
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Trichy Sankaran sir is really a doyen among mridanga vidwans worthy of praise, laurels and huge following. As members have pointed out about his clarity, azutham and others things TS has achieved mastery over this instrument. In trichy he had rigorous training which included waking up at 4 am to practice for many hours. My aunt who lived next door at the Panju Iyer Stores in trichy used to recall a lot about sankaran sir's practice sessions and his rigorous training. A fitting example of the adage "Hardwork Never fails", TS sir had the good fortune to learn under stalwarts like Puvalur Venkatraman and Palani Sri M Subramania Pillai. If training alone matters, then each and every student learning from doyens become masters. Whereas the sad fact is not so. Each one earns their merit through self discipline, timely guidance and opportunities, and above all Eeshwaranugraham. TS earned all these through patience, perseverence, hardwork, commitment and strict adherence to tradition. He has shown very clearly through his playing that real merit lies in adherence to tradition than mere stage gimmickry. I have never seen him do any stage gimmickry. The greatest asset of his playing lies in his vallinam/mellinam, hard/soft strokes (loose translation though), a joyful mixture of these producing lilting tone both to the artiste on stage as well as the audience. The azutham, clarity can come only through long hours of practice and applying body, mind and soul to the patterns with full concentration. It is not easy but looks easy on performance. Strokes breathe fire, patterns find expressions, melody soothes, beats re-live, layam transcends and his whole playing touches the soul of the entire audience present on the particular day.

I have heard innumerable concerts of TS sir. His commitment to the traditional methods of playing remain unchanged. An example for this can be cited from OST sir's comment which he made about TMT sir. It seems a kriti was taught to OST sir in the 60s and the same kriti was rendered by TMT sir in the 80s without any change in the paataantara. That is the sort of commitment doyens had towards tradition was the point made by OST which can apply to TS sir's playing too. His innovations are within the tradition. His creativity surpasses the common man's imagination but stays within the boundary.

Much can be said about his accompaniment. Right from varnam till mangalam maintenance of the weight of the playing is very important. Of course all doyens have it but special mention should be made to TS sir whose weight increases as the concert progresses. This is a great quality for a mridanga vidwan. A grand fact of TS sir's playing is in the method of accompanying different types of kritis with different kalapramanams. His accompaniment for Ninnujeppakaranamemi manasa in mandari for Lalgudi sir played at Krishna Gana Sabha 1984 is a classic example of vallinam/mellinam. Especially his accompaniment during the anupallavi stands out as exceptionally brilliant. Another example i can cite is a TV recording with DKJ, MSG and TS in which DKJ sir sang Guruvarulum tiruvarulum enakkarulum ganapathiye in khanda chaapu. He has played with full vigour in that kriti without marring the beauty of either the kriti or the layam. His accompaniment to Veena recitals and playing for Tanam stands out as one of the best. One more pre-recorded with S Balachandar, in which TS has played a beautiful, unimaginable tani avartanam for 3/4 idam in Hindolam kriti. TS has known to play outstandingly for kritis like Marubalka, Padavini, Ninnujeppa and the like. Equally adept is his playing for chowkka kala kritis like Janani Ninnuvina, marivere and the likes of swarajathis. I have also observed his pauses are minimal but his vallinam/mellinam compensates for the long pauses that the other mridangists give to create effects. In other words, if one gets the vallinam/mellinam combination of TS, long pauses become redundant and unnecessary. Palani school is famous for accompanying Tiruppugazh compositions and TS is no exception to this. His accompaniment to Paniyin vinduliyagave in Khanda Dhuruva Tala set in faster pace is a classic example. There is also a CD of TS named Count 21 based on the tiruppugazh Kaadi Modi Vaadadu Nool katriduvorum, which contains two tisra beat, one khanda chaapu followed by khanda laghu totalling to 21.

Vidwan Karaikudi Subramaniam used to talk a lot about TS sir and his playing whenever i had a chance to interact with him shows the level of respect TS had with co-musicians.

The title Sangita Kalanidhi earns respect through adorning such persons of calibre and merit.

Mannarkoil J Balaji
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Re: Trichy Sankaran - amazing

#84  Postby mahavishnu » 29 May 2012 01:03

Beatifully written, Sri Balaji.
Thank you!
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Re: Trichy Sankaran - amazing

#85  Postby rajeshnat » 29 May 2012 08:17

Mods
Can we merge this thread to TS thread in vidwans and vidushis
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=705&p=215684#p215684

(mod note: Done)

Balaji
Beautifully written,I will pay attention to those concerts that you have mentioned .
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#86  Postby mahavishnu » 15 Aug 2013 21:52

No discussion of great mridangists can be complete without a few samples of the ever brilliant Prof. Sankaran (a personal favourite for both Semmu and myself).

Here is a vintage TS with Ramnad Krishnan, Lalgudi circa 1970. The sarievvarE mA jAnaki, just drips with the beauty of sahAnA.
https://archive.org/details/RNK-LGJ-TS-1970
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#87  Postby semmu86 » 16 Aug 2013 07:38

Ah, its just a matter of time before this thread got opened up. :D

I have always believed, KVN was best heard with UKS/ Raghu. Not any-more, after having listened to this concert. KVN_MSG_Sankaran Circa 1982, Sastri Hall. The clarity of the sollus sit with a precision of a surgeon's knife. Blistering accompaniment and thani.

Especially loved the part between 37:30 - 38:00, where he finishes the thisram and takes off. The weight, The clarity, The value of each "Num" & "Dhin" is breahtaking to say the least. So beautiful. To play that sollu in such a kAlaprAmANam, with such nonchalance, that too in the fag end of a thani and after managing KVN & MSG without an upapakkavAdhyam support is unbelievable. Even KVN's coughing sits so perfectly aligned to the misra chApu :ymapplause:

https://archive.org/details/05AKSHYALIN ... RANAMTHANI
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#88  Postby mahavishnu » 16 Aug 2013 08:02

Superb track, Semmu!

Of course, KVN's neraval is top class, goes without saying. Something magical about misra-chapu; it is like it is made for neravals. There are great opportunities for the mridangist to embellish between and within the spaces here and TS does that so well!

Interesting that you bring up the KVN/TS combination, which has received less attention compared to KVN/UKS or KVN/Raghu. I think TS has indeed played fewer concerts for KVN than the other two stalwarts, perhaps due to geographical limitations. But every one that I have heard has been riveting to say the least. TS himself considers his concerts with KVN to be some of the most memorable ones he has played!

Another great one that comes to my mind is the one that was screened at the rasikas.org function for TS, which is KVN's "Evarikai" in devamanohari. TS's vallinam-mellinam exposition in that is superb as well.
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#89  Postby semmu86 » 16 Aug 2013 10:34

Thats a great concert with "piravA varam thArum" as main. By any chance is the full video available of that concert?
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#90  Postby mahavishnu » 16 Aug 2013 10:38

Unfortunately, I have not seen the full video. Nothing on youtube either.
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#91  Postby rajeshnat » 16 Aug 2013 12:03

semmu and Mahavishnu
For many years listening to UKS and TS gives me always goosebumps . I have some kind of mental model where i think Shri TS has got bit more calculated aggression (especially during tani) than UKS, whereas Shri UKS has a little more sunaada naadham than TS. Is that observation OK or am i way off in generalizing.
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#92  Postby mahavishnu » 16 Aug 2013 21:27

Rajesh, they are from different schools, so a direct comparison of the kind you speak of is very difficult. Fingering techniques, thoppi usage, the kanakku arrangements and the nadai amaippu/development are also very different, reflecting the PMI/PSP bAnis respectively.

Perhaps Semmu can provide better insight.
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#93  Postby semmu86 » 01 Dec 2013 20:40

I thought we left this activity abruptly. Thought of reviving it again, when i heard this "Unbelievably out of the World" thani today morning. Even though this thani is quite famous in the public domain, still thought of sharing it. Personally for me, this should go down as arguably the "greatest of all time thani" that Vid. Trichy Sankaran has played.

https://archive.org/details/RKTVTSNarayanaswamy

- Impeccable form of TS. Considering that this concert was in 1965, TS must have been around 22-23 years old that time.
- At such an higher kAlapramANam, the play the kind of sollus that he has played, is simply Jaw dropping stuff.
- The meetu-chapu shuddham, the clarity of the uruttai sollus, the thoppi mastery; All at this express kAlapramANam :: A lesson for generations of Mrudangam artists to come.
- Plain attractive sollu build up. It takes an incredible amount of sAdhakam, just beyond imagination, to achieve such mastery.
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#94  Postby cacm » 02 Dec 2013 01:25

In my opinion the publicly available LGJ-N.R- R.R.-TIRUCHY SANKARAN NYC 1971 CONCERT HAS HIS BEST EFFORT. This effort while great to me is equivalent to many others- one with Harishankar for SEM SECOND BEST- & SEVERAL AT MFAC WITH LGJ GREAT ALSO bec LGJ knew how to give thani at RIGHT PLACE!....VKV
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#95  Postby mahavishnu » 02 Dec 2013 03:25

Semmu, thanks for that link. Yes, the 65-70 concerts of TS before he left for N.America are all superb! And he accompanied a wide variety of artistes then (MDR, SSI and RK), each very different to play for.

VKV, not only is TS's performance in that 1971 concert amazing, but I would probably rate that as one of the best CM concerts ever. The swarams for vAtApi and the brilliant chakkanirAja mArgamu are both to die for.

Incidentally, TS is giving a lec-dem on this superb and rich topic of tani avartanams this season. Details below. I will be there fighting for a seat in the first row (after battling cross town traffic).

Monday 30th Dec: 8:30 AM
Lecture Demonstration
An ideal approach towards structuring tani avartanam
Trichy Sankaran (Mrdangam) Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha
Vidya Bharathi Kalyana Mandapam (Chennai)


He is also giving a lec-dem on historical and modern perspectives on tisram/chatusram at the Academy. But unfortunately, I cannot attend that one due to other travel commitments. Semmu, if you attend this, I would be much obliged if you could post a report. I have heard TS talk (on a few occasions) about keezhkAla tisram and his guru's unique contributions to this nadai development; but I would love to hear what his take is on how this has evolved over the years.
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#96  Postby cacm » 02 Dec 2013 03:40

Dear Mahavishnu,
We are taking efforts & planning to celebrate & commemorate this event early next year in you know where! VKV I AGREE THAT if I have to CHOOSE ONLY ONE CONCERT IN ALL THE YEARS OF MY LISTENING THIS HAS TO BE CHOSEN AS THE BEST; MAYBE we shd. start a poll about this. So far at least 1 dozen persons have chosen this concert as BEST FOR BRILLIANCE AS WELL AS JOINT EFFORT BY THE EFFORTS TO MAKE THE CONCERT FOR THE AGES.As they stayed in my house the days before the concert I was privy to the preparations. IT WAS ZERO ie ZILCH! ATOTAL OF 2 MINS DISCUSSION BETWEEN T.S. & R.R. ON HOW TO END THE THANI! I was CONTINUALLY AMAZED & SHOCKED THRU' OUT THAT '71 TOUR AT LGJ& N.R. MESHING THE WAY THEY DID without even DISCUSSING what they were going to do! I USED to think that a rendtion by Alathoor-Chowdiah- PSP & ANOTHER BY MMI-LGJ-CSM of CHAKKANI RAJA were the best till this came along!My month long vacation to drive them around ditching the very intense schedule bound Moon Landing was well worth it!....VKV
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#97  Postby alpajnani » 02 Dec 2013 07:00

cacm wrote:In my opinion the publicly available LGJ-N.R- R.R.-TIRUCHY SANKARAN NYC 1971 CONCERT


Is this on Sangeethapriya? If so would be great if someone could point me to the right ID #.

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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#98  Postby mahavishnu » 02 Dec 2013 10:51

Alpajnani: I believe this concert is on Sangeethapriya, but it might be one of the public domain recordings that has some hissing background noise.

We discussed this concert at length some time ago here: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=19956 I believe Varsha posted a better recording. The link should be in that thread.

We are taking efforts & planning to celebrate & commemorate this event early next year in you know where!


VKV sir: I look forward to it!
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#99  Postby Gumkhi » 10 Dec 2013 00:23

one of Sankaran mama's finest ever.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl74M03i9E0.
Many thanks to the uploader.
What a rendition by the great MDR. And mind blowing accompaniment at such a difficult tempo[both fast & slow at the same time]. The way he embellishes takes the song to dizzying heights. The phrases he plays for anu pallavi & the way he fills the gap before MDR starts with "Ibha Rajendarudu" in charanam shows his class. The thoppi modulation & clarity of strokes at this speed are things only Sankaran mama could do.

There are many more gems out there & some famous ones like the ones mention above & airport concert, but in my opinion this one stands out for :
    Making the mrudangam sing at such a difficult pitch [The low pitch is not the ideal pitch for mrudangam, In general its best heard when pitch is around D or D#]
    Breathtaking phrases & thoppi modulation at a difficult tempo.
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Re: Trichy Sankaran

#100  Postby rajeshnat » 10 Jan 2014 15:20

Lecdem report of Shri TS. Any first hand reports of this lecdem
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday ... 557639.ece
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