S Balachandar

Known as the eccentric genius who in addition to being master of Veena, also directed movies and many other things.

While there are a lot of recordings out there in the youtube world, there are a couple of recordings that I listen quite frequently and today was one such day.

The first one is an elaborate bhavapriyA and I relish it every time I listen. The other equally good bhavapriyA I listen to is by MSG who takes a very different approach in the alapana part. No idea who the violin accompaniment, but has done well to keep with SB without interfering a wee bit – love that model of accompaniment.

The next one is hamsAnAdam with MSG and UKS (thanks to Arvind Raghuraman for the recording on archive.org). One could question the melody part of the rendering which is at a breakneck speed – both SB and MSG exhibit the mastery on their instruments. Would love to listen to the rest of that concert.

These tracks are uploaded to archive.org; of late, I have encountered problems playing the tracks in Chrome. If you get an error please use Firefox.

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