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Hi everyone!! This is Charulatha Mani. I have taken up blogging to interact with my rasikas worldwide. I would like to thank all of you for your support and appreciation for my Isai Payanam show on Jaya TV, "Isai Cafe" on Raj TV and live concerts. I am here to blog on my concerts, latest film songs, and updates on Isai Payanam and Sahitya Payanam. Happy reading :-)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Passing of a Legend


The passing away of Carlo Bergonzi recently, marks the end of an era in Opera. One of the foremost Verdian tenors of the 20th century, Bergonzi will always be remembered and admired for his velvety timbre, impeccable taste, unsurpassed lyricism. Bergonzi's musicianship was exemplary, a master of technique and taste. Listening to Bergonzi sing, is like attending a masterclass in voice production, breath control, legato, colouring, one could go on and on...

While Bergonzi's interpretation of lyrical roles was the gold standard for many, including Edgardo (Lucia), Riccardo (Un Ballo), both Rodolfos (Boheme and Luisa Miller), Alfredo (Traviata), Pinkerton (Butterfly) and others, he still had the heft for successfully essaying heavier roles like Radames (Aida), Manrico (Trovatore).

Bergonzi was an exponent of the old-school "stand-and-deliver" style, with minimal emphasis on acting, preferring to act through his voice, with finely chiseled detail in his interpretations. We attended a performance of L'Elisir d'Amore at Munich this summer, where the very fit tenor actually climbed a lampost on set and delivered "Una furtiva lagrima" perched at the top! Bergonzi's performances were in contrast low on stage antics and maximal in musicality.

His career, spanning half a century, is a shining example to all singers, his last major public performance being at the age of 75! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sri Varalakshmi - Kriti for Varalakshmi Vratha

Sri Varalaksmi is a brilliant Kriti of Dikshitar that describes the importance of Varalakshmi Puja that happens on the Full moon day of Shraavan month, on. Friday to usher in the grace of the goddess of fortune Varalakshmi.
I have rendered the piece in Sri raga with a video.
Do listen, watch, enjoy and share the joy.

- love, Charulatha Mani

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Oslo - Geiranger Trip






Had an awesome vacation at Oslo and Geiranger in Norway with my husband. Thanks to my Norwegian friends Nalayani and Mohan for making our trip most enjoyable!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kannukkul Pothivaippen Official Full Video Song




My latest movie song, based on ragas Mukhari and Hamirkalyani

Movie: Thirumanam Enum Nikkah
Starcast: Jai, Nazriya Nazim
Director: Anis
Composer: Ghibran
Singer: Charulatha Mani, Vijay Prakash, Sadhana Sargam, , Dr.R.Ganesh
Lyricist: Parvathy
Producer: Aascar Ravichandran
Banner: Aascar Films Pvt Ltd
Label: Think Music

Raga Mukhari in Carnatic and Film Music:

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Raga's Journey - New Videos in English

Continuing where "Isai Payanam" left off, a new series of videos in English are coming out on my YouTube channel:
A Raga's Journey -  Raga Mukhari in Carnatic Music:


Related blog on Raga Mukhari:
http://charulathamani.blogspot.in/2013/01/notes-of-peace-raga-mukhari.html

Upcoming videos:
  • Raga Mukhari in Film Music
  • Raga Hamsanandi
  • Raga Kambhoji
  • Raga Tilang
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