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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 :-)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Isai Payanam - 3rd December 2010


"Isai Payanam with Charulatha Mani"

Ragas in Classical & Film Music

4:30pm, 3rd December 2010 @ Kartik Fine Arts

Venue: Narada Gana Sabha (Main Hall)

Tickets: 91-44-24997788 / 91-9094829675 / 91-9962623387

*** Updates:

Report of this concert on Kartik Fine Arts' website:

http://kartikfinearts.com/news_12032010.html

Kungumam Article:

Quiz Winners:

Parvathy Sankaran - Alwarpet

Champakala - R.A.Puram

Ganga Srinivasan - Trustpakkam South

Meena Ramaswamy - Thiruvanmiyur

Mahalakshmi N. - Royapettah

Shantha Narasimhan - T.Nagar

Swarna Swaminathan - R.A.Puram

Sankaralingam K. - Teynampet

Aruna Parthasarathy - Mylapore

Padmini B. - Alwarpet

Saroja - Royapettah

Sandhya Ram S. - R.A.Puram

Nalini R. - Adyar

Raji Subramaniam - R.A.Puram

Radha Krishnamoorthy - T.Nagar

Narayanan R. - Adyar

Saroja M. - Mylapore

Indra Sankaran - Adyar

Nellayappan S. - Adyar

Uma Gopalan - Saidapet

Murthy R.K. - R.A.Puram

Congratulations!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sahithya Payanam #4 - Vani Mahal



The fourth installment of Sahithya Payanam was held at Vani Mahal on 13th November.

The concert was preceded by a donation by the Isai Payanam Trust (Regd.) to "RASA" - a special education school that reaches out to developmentally disabled children in Chennai through dance, music, and art. RASA is run by Bharatnatyam dancer Dr. Ambika Kameshwar. 

MP3 Audio Excerpts from the concert:

Video Excerpts:


  

Video clips contributed by: Mr. N.Kandasamy

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quiz Answers for Sahitya Payanam #3, and the Winner

  1. Which of the following ragas does NOT feature in Thayagaraja's Pancharathna kritis? Bilahari (c)

  2. M L Vasanthakumari's illustrious guru was - (a) G. N. Balasubramaniam
  3. The beginner's exercises in Classical music were composed by -              (b) Purandaradasa
  4. The  mudra  of Shyama Sastri was - (a) Shyama Krishna
  5.  The “Tiruppavais” were composed by - (b) Andal

Winner: Smt Vijayalakshmi Ganesan, Triplicane. Congratulations!!

The next Sahitya Payanam concert #4 is at Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Vani Mahal, Obul Reddy Hall on Nov 13th, 6:30 pm. Await the quiz!

Isai Payanam Trust (Regd.) team.




Sunday, November 7, 2010

RajTV Diwali Fusion

Video Clips of Raj TV's Diwali music programme are  available on YouTube:


Charulatha Mani - Vocal
Raviram -Flute
Nagarajan - Pads and Tabla
Suryanarayanan - Mridangam
Manigandan - Keyboard

Part 1 - Ragamalika:





Part 2 - Maadu meikum kanne:






Sahitya Payanam - A Divine Experience


On October 31st 2010 I performed the Sahitya Payanam concert at R. K. Swamy Auditorium, Mylapore. I performed "Pranamamyaham" in Gowla, "Panchashat Peetha" in Karnataka Devagandhari, "Todudaiya Seviyan", "Venkatachala Nilayam", "Raghuvamsa Suthambudi", "Sakala Graha" in Atana, "Shankari Shankuru" in Saveri and finally "Baro Krishnayya", a Ragamalika. Oct 31st being MLV's rememberance day I sang a few pieces popularised by her.
All these pieces were preceded by interesting anecdotes regarding the composer, composition, the meaning, as well as side stories from the puranas and ancient scriptures. The audience thoroughly enjoyed my speech as well as music. I was enjoying myself too; it is truly divine to understand and impart to all the glorious lyrical beauty contained in the treasure trove of Classical music.
The concert was preceded by the presenting of a cash award from the Isai Payanam Trust to veteran Tambura artiste Ms. Vijayalakshmi as token of appreciation for her services to Carnatic Music. In addition to accompanying many musicians on the tambura, Ms. Vijayalakshmi is also an accomplished singer, having sung in film choruses in her younger days.
MP3 clips:

Pranamamyaham - Gaula
Thevaram
Panchashatpitarupini - Karnataka Devagandhari
Raghuvamsasudha - Kadanakutuhalam
Maand
Venkatachalanilayam - Sindhubhairavi
Sakalagrahabalamemi - Atana
Sankarisankuru - Saveri
Haritumaharo - Bhajan
Baro Krishnaiya and Mangalam



By the way, hope you all had a great Diwali! I am sure you did!! I am still gorging on the sweets made with tonnes of love, lots of cashew, raisins, sugar, ghee by my dear grand mother. The mixture and then kuzhal were lovely too. I have to head to the kitchen right now, feeling very peckish!!

Raga Ritigaula


An excerpt from Isai Payanam - Volume 3 is available on YouTube:




Click here for the PDF

Isai Payanam on Jaya TV - Ritigaula Episode:



Audio Clip:
Cheraravade - Ritigaula - Thyagaraja kriti (MP3 clip)

Previously covered Ragas:
Isai Payanam DVDs and CDs are available at:
http://charulathamani.com/albums/carnatic_music_charulatha_albums.php