"Sangeetha Kalanidhi" for 2011 ?

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Post  Vignesh_Sings on Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:01 am

One thing about the Music Academy is that it never gives both the Sangeetha Kalanidhi and Kala Acharya awards to one person.
So, Vikku Vinayakaram and Guruvayur Dorai will most probably not get the award. I feel that Trichy Sankaran or Kaaraikudi Mani have a great chance. I am also their huge fans. I also expect the Academy to confer the title on Vidushi Suguna Purushothaman.

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"The Title said it All" ...an extract from Hindu Nov. 30th....very interesting..thot of sharing

Post  simiradha on Fri Dec 10, 2010 5:29 am

Enjoy!!!

In the early 1900-s, some of the top-ranking Carnatic stars were known by titles unique to them.

Yet another music season is here. And with it, come the titles – a slew of them, with high-sounding Sanskrit and Tamil titles, accompanied by citation, garlands, shawl and cash. Awards also mean a felicitation function with identical speeches repeated ad-nauseam often by a chief guest who knows nothing about music or musicians.

To be fair to the Music Season, awards and titles did not emerge from it. They have been around since time immemorial. After all, Sarngadeva, the scholar to whom we trace the beginnings of musicology, referred to himself as Nissanka (one without doubt). That could have well been a title. Since then, we have carried on a tradition as befitting a classical art.

In the early days, titles often indicated something about the person to whom it was given. Thus we had ‘Murukku Meesai Jigi Bigi Ghana Naya Desya Rettai Pallavi Kunrakkudi Krishna Iyer', which more or less gave all details about the man – his distinctive facial features, his areas of expertise in music and his home town. What more did you want! You also had ‘Sura Veera Veera Sura Khantamani Venu,' who challenged all and sundry to musical duels. He met his match in Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan, another instance of an artist who was given a title – Maha.

In the 20th century, perhaps 'Tiger' Varadachariar was the only musician to have a title that truly reflected his personality.

In the previous century, there was a Kudirai Vaidyanatha Iyer but then the equine prefix was more to do with his being gifted a horse. He most certainly did not neigh!

Titles may have ceased being reflective of the personality in the 20th century, but in the early 1900s, some of the top-ranking stars were known by titles that were unique to them. Thus Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar was 'Gayaka Shikhamani' while 'Sangita Sastra Ratna' meant Mysore Vasudevachar. Chembai was referred to as 'Gayana Gandharva' and Madurai Mani Iyer was 'Gana Kaladhara', a title that still proudly prefixes his name on the plaque outside his residence. Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer was referred to as 'Sangita Bhupati'. He was known for his superb renditions of Mohanam with flourishes of the Hindustani style and so the prefix was often split as 'Sangita Bhup Pati'. And does Sangita Ratnakara not conjure up visions of Ariyakkudi?

Titles were more colourful when it came to nagaswaram and thavil performers. Woe betides anyone who forgot the prefixes while addressing T.N. Rajarathinam Pillai. His letterhead had them all and occupied half the page!

The longest name

His favourite was 'Akhila Ulaga Nagaswara Eka Chakradhipati'. Tiruvengadu Subramania Pillai received titles such as 'Isai Ulaga Swara Raga Nadha Thilagam', ‘Sangeetha Bhooshana Rathnakara Nadhaswara Raja' and 'Maha Maho Isai Nada Sarasara Mannar'. Among the Harikatha doyens, Mangudi Chidambara Bhagavatar had perhaps the longest name– he was 'Mahakathakakantirava Abhinava Bhatta Bana Brahmasri Chidambara Bhagavatar of Agaramangudi'. It befitted his gargantuan frame.

Women had their titles too. Bangalore Nagarathnamma was 'Vidyasundari' and was particular that it preceded her name in all official correspondence. C. Saraswathi Bai was 'Gayanapatu Kirtanapatu', the two titles having been bestowed on her by Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar and Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Before such prefixes became unfashionable, M.S. Subbulakshmi had them too. She was ‘Kokilagana' and ‘Isai Vani.'

The Music Academy really began the modern-day award/title tradition and contrary to what is often said, the Sangita Kalanidhi was not its first offering. As early as in 1935, the organisation resolved to confer titles on musicians. Sangita Sahitya Vallabha was conferred on Mysore Vasudevachar and Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar, Sangita Kala Acharya on T.S. Sabhesa Iyer and K. Ponniah Pillai and Gayakasirobhushana on Tiger Varadachariar. Interestingly, none of them used these titles.

The 10-year wait

In 1943, the Music Academy instituted the Sangita Kalanidhi. A few years later came the Sangita Kalashikhamani from the rival organisation – the Indian Fine Arts Society. The music world had to wait 10 more years for the next award – Isai Perarignar from Tamil Isai Sangam. From the 1970s, the number of titles and awards burgeoned and went completely out of control.

Today, we have Nada Brahmams, Sangita Kala Nipunas, Sangita Mamanis, Vani Kala Sudhakaras, Sangita Kala Sarathys, Isai Perolis and many more. As a consequence, the uniqueness of each musician's title, and which often defined his/her status in the music world, is lost.

Perhaps, time has come for a rethink on whether titles are at all relevant today. But what cannot be questioned is the desire to honour a musician. It is after all a small gesture towards someone who gives many hours of joy through the art form.

(The author can be contacted at srirambts@gmail.com)


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Re: "Sangeetha Kalanidhi" for 2011 ?

Post  hrishikesh on Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:08 am

Well IB ,both LJ and TNK were awarded , my choice is Vinayagaram. Who is yours

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Post  ibeauty on Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:00 am

ravi wrote:Well, if you speak of experience, how did TN Krishnan receive before Lalgudi J?
LJ had more experience than TNK.



Dear Sir/Madam

Who said LJ sir started playing before TNK sir did.. TNK sir s the senior and the world knows it. may be u dont

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Sangeetha Kalanidhi" for 2011 ?

Post  ramanujam1962 on Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:03 pm

You cannot compare Oscar and Sangeetha Kalanidhi . Oscar is in a different league all together. During Illayaraja's days , reach of tamil cinema is not much with hollywood like it is now. If there was such reach at those times MSV and Illayaraja would have bagged atleast dozen oscars.The next thing is each country will choose its official Submission of Films for Oscar nominees. I dont think any of the raja's films would have been submitted. Adding to that Oscar is not given based on experience , Longitivity in the corresponding field. It is decided based on that year's Performance in a particular movie.

To start with , TNK is the senior among the Violin Trios TNK, LJ, MSG . Also Semmangudi was the youngest sangita kalanidhi not chembai.

I agree that Aruna sairam is the most popular Female carnatic singer at present . Also her concept of abhangs is truly appreciative. The Great Ariyakudi was the one who framed the structure of a concert. Starting from varnam to Mangalam. At those days the concert will be atleast for 4 hours where they will sing a Ghana raga like Baiaravi , Thodi elaborately and definetly there will be a Ragam Tanam Pallavi rendition. Now 4 hour concert is out of question because of the life style and work. So as a Carnatic Musician it is their responsiblities to entertain the rasikas but they should also try to sustain the Traditional Flavour of carnatic Music.

Singing an Abhang , Ghazal , Bhajan even a piece from Beethoven's symphony is welcomed but the primary essence of carnatic music should not be lost. Or else in the next 50 years Krithis like Ethavunara , Sri Krishnam Bhaja Manasa and ragas like Atana , Begada will be history.

Have you ever seen / heard a Hindustani concert atleast with one thygaraja Krithi or any other great composers krithi. It is not something like they don't know to sing/play those. But they stick with their Tradition. All i'm saying is we also have to do the same atleast up to an extent to preserve ours.

Sangeetha Kalanidhi is not the one where a musician has to wait for 40 years. My point is there are many Vidwans/Vidhushis who has excelled in CM is still on the List waiting for 40 years. As i Mentioned in my earlier post Aruna's name is also on the list but should not be in the first Five.

My Vote would be to Tiruchur Ramachandran For 2011

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Re: "Sangeetha Kalanidhi" for 2011 ?

Post  ravi on Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:00 am

Well, if you speak of experience, how did TN Krishnan receive before Lalgudi J?
LJ had more experience than TNK.

You are also satirical that Aruna has crossed the boundaries of Carnatic music. Are you referring to her Abangs and Ghazal renderings, which are not music.

If you say that experience and service are counted for award, then Ilayaraja must have got the Oscar first than our most popular AR R.

Today, Aruna is at peak and every concert of her' has full auditorum. She is able to bring all classes together through her rendering. If there is a public vote today, she would get the maximum votes.

Certainly TH V deserves a recogonition and the highest award, who popularised tha Ghattam. No one was able to achieve the feat as he did by also winning a grammy award

Chembai got the award at the age of 32 and if he was recogonized at an early age, then do you say it is a mistake?. Hardly, at that time, he had probably 10-12 years of stage experience.

I disagree that one has to wait for 40 years to earn the highest award.


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Sangeetha Kalanidhi" for 2011 ?

Post  ramanujam1962 on Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:35 am

Dear Rasika

First of all i'm a very big fan of Aruna Sairam. She is now the Superstar in CM which is undeniable. Lets take a few list of past sangeetha kalanidhi's like M.S.Subbulakshmi , MLV , DKP ,Nedunuri Krishnamoorthy , K.V.Narayanaswamy , T.N.Seshagopalan , Umalyapuram Sivaraman , Vellore Ramabadran , T.N.Krishnan and so on. All the above stalwarts were in the field of CM for atleast 40 Years before they were honoured with Sangeetha Kalanidhi.

Sangeetha Kalanidhi is an award which was given based on the experience, their service to the music , Innovation and improvement within the boundary of Carnatic traditionalism passed on by their ancestors.I'm not saying that Aruna Sairam is not a deserving candidate. There are still stalwarts like Trichy Sankaran , V.V.Subramanian , Tiruchur Ramachandran , Guruvayoor Durai ,Karaikudi Mani , T.H. Vinayagaram and many more who must be honored with Sangeetha Kalanidhi as they have the experience , Unquestionable Vidwat. So Popularity alone cannot be the prime criteria for choosing the Sangitha Kalanidhi.But Definetly Aruna Sairam's Name will be in the List of kalanidhis in the near future.



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"Sangeetha Kalanidhi" for 2011 ?

Post  ravi on Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:32 am

This highest honour award from Music Academy for the year 2010, went to Bombay Sisters (C. Saroja and C. Lalitha).


My choice for 2011 is Arunu Sairam.She is one of the best as of now.

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