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Friday, October 12, 2018


Sorry for sounding too stereotypical but then certain things go well with certain combinations or when some people do it or render it that it gets engraved in our brain cells and gradually gets cemented into even a prejudice.

Similarly, Sarasamukhi song is identified with Madurai Mani Iyer rendering it with his two types of kalpana swaras one gushing forth in speed like flood waters in delta and another lilting and both of them decorate the kreethi to such an extent that such particular version and pace with which it is rendered is etched in our memory deep enough for most of those who have listened to those versions.

Hence such ears and minds are dissatisfied with all modern sedate versions.

Art is a matter of taste [aesthetic sensitivity] and bias [ entrenched contempt].

Right or wrong is open to debate.

This first one by him with gushing kalapana swaras listen and enjoy

second on lilting swaras

Here is some additional info
#1 Madurai Mani Iyer and Navagraha Kritis (question)
Post by KSJaishankar » 18 Jan 2012, 11:43
We are all familiar with the fact that the late MMI was a Navagraha Upasaka, who included a Navagraha kriti of MD in almost all his concerts. His firm belief extended to the fact that he would not sing a kriti like Grahabalamemi or Sakala Graha Bala Neene (which TVS sings quite regulalrly), because they went against his faith in the grahas.
He was also the prime disciple of Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar, and has popularized many of his guru's kritis (Bhuvaneswariya, Jalandhara, Sarasamukhi etc).
What I am unable to reconcile is that I have never heard a recording (or indeed heard of a recording) of MMI singing HMB's navagraha kritis. Does any one have a recording of atleast a few of these kritis?

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