M S Gopalakrishnan

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From the first time I listened to him on the radio, I became a die-hard fan of him. I would listen to a lot of Lalgudi and T N Krishnan who were great in their own ways, but it was MSG for me. And hearing him in person at Hubli only cast that fact in concrete.

The LP of MSG with TVG with bhavanuta and manamuleda was the first one that we bought at our home when a record player was purchased. And I must have heard that LP hundreds of times over the years and I still have that LP with me !! Over the years, I have attended a number of concerts in Mumbai and Hyderabad – needless to say they were great concerts.

It was Sriguha in Boston once again, from who I got the first full recording of a concert of MSG from his concert tour in the 70’s. It was a concert that he played in Montreal, Canada. The poorikalyani and RTP in shanmukapriya were the highlights of the concert. The cassettes were in my possession for a number of years and then I made the mistake of lending the tapes to someone who promptly lost it 😦

Here is a recording of one other concert during the same tour (Milwaukee, WI) with Tiruchi Sankaran on the mridangam.

Couple of things about this concert:

  • He plays the Mamava meenakshi in subhapantuvarali; when I heard the concert for the first time, I could not figure out the kriti at all. After a few attempts and listening to how the kriti was being played it was clear that it had to be mamava meenakshi, but the question remained on why he was not playing it in varali. It was only 1996 when I was learning from H K Narasimhamoorthy a student of MSG I got an explanation. As per Sundaram Iyer (MSG’s father), varali was not being sung or played correctly by anyone (particularly the gandharam per his interpretation) and so decided that in his gharana of sorts the composition will be played in subhapantuvarali !!
  • He plays a marathi natya sangeeth composition wonderfully; i believe it is in misra mand. While in Mumbai I have heard this piece on the radio a number of times sung by Asha Bhonsle – most people are surprised to know that she sang natya sangeeth and very well too. In 1986 I met MSG before the concert at Secunderabad and requested him to play natyasangeeth, but he said he could not because he did not have a table player; my suspicion is that Narmadha who was also playing with him that day was not into natya sangeeth then and he did not want that to be a factor. After all, in the concert above he has mridangam and not tabla.

Concert at Kalasagaram – Oct 1986

Narmadha + K V Prasad

  • recorded with a boombox on my lap; not that a great recording

Concert at Ragasudha, Coimbatore

Narmadha + Guruvayur Dorai + G Harishankar

From AIR, Madras Recording during the music season – 1985

Second Half of a concert at Chicago in the 70’s – Tiruchi Sankaran (RTP Kalyani)

Followed by recording from his LP from the 70’s

AIR Hyderabad 1988 Recording with Guruvayur Dorai.

  • This is a concert he is playing himself after playing with Narmadha for many years (must have been after her marriage). One can feel that something is off in the concert, although a lot of people at that time wanted him to play alone !

AIR National Program – Hindustani

AIR Hyderabad Program – late 80s with Narmadha + Yella Venkateswara Rao

  • raghunAyakA – hamsadwani
  • subramanyEna – suddha dhanyAsi
  • arunAchala nAdam – sArangA

Concert as a part of Tyagaraja Aradhana in Khairatabad, Hyderabad – 1990

recorded with a boombox on my lap; not that a great recording.

  • sree raghukula – hamsadwani
  • ninnE bhajana – nATa
  • gurulEka eTuvanTi – gowrimanOhari
  • nidhichAla sukamA – kalyANi
  • sAmaja vara gamana – hindOLam
  • orjoopu – kannaDagowla
  • vinAyakuni – madyamAvati
  • vallabha nAyakasya – begaDA
  • marivErE – latAngi
  • rAmA neeyaDa – karaharpriyA
  • janani ninnuvinA – reetigowLa
  • raghuvamsasudhA – kadanakuthoolam
  • raghuvara – pantuvarALi

First Half of a concert in the US 70’s – Tiruchi Sankaran

  • varnam – bhairavi – aTa
  • pavanAtmaja – nATa
  • terateeyaga rAdhA – gowLipantu
  • ninnuvinA – poorvikalyANi
  • enta vedukondu – saraswati manohari
  • sukhi evvarO – kAnaDA

Concert with Palakkad Mani Iyer – supposedly the only time he has played for MSG

  • varNam – kalyANi – aTa
  • ninnujooci – saurAshtram
  • angarakam AsrayAmi – suruTi
  • apparAma bakthi – pantuvarALi
  • raghuvamsasudhA – kadanakuthoolam
  • nAdOpAsana – bEgaDA
  • nannu brova – AbhOgi
  • RTP – kalyANi

Collection from concerts in Geneva – 70’s

  • varNam – navarAgam
  • raghunAyakA – hamsadwani
  • O jagadambA – Anandabhairavi
  • arunachala nADam – sArangA
  • natajana paripAla – simhendramadyamam
  • RTP – Abhogi (Incomplete)
  • varNam – kAnaDA – aTa
  • diwAkaratanujam – yadukulakAmbhOji
  • aparAdamullanu – latAngi
  • tera teeyaga rAdhA – gowLipantu
  • chAla kallalADu – Arabhi
  • ninnuvinA – navarasa kannaDA
  • RTP – bhairavi (Lots of missing parts)
  • misc…

Concert at Buffalo, NY in the 70’s – Tiruchi Sankaran

  • vAtApi gaNapatim – hamsadwani
  • jAnakiramaNA – suddhaseemandini
  • apparAmabakthi – pantuvaRALi
  • O jagadambA – Anandabhairavi
  • manavinAla – naLinakAnti
  • bhajan – shankarA
  • bhajan – bhimpaLAs
  • tarAnA – sindhubhairavi (incomplete)

Assorted pieces

  • sri mahAgaNapatE – malahari
  • janani ninnuvina – reetigowLa
  • varNam – sankarAbaraNam – aTa
  • telisi rAma – poorNachandrikA
  • angarakam AsrayAmi – suruTi
  • nidhichAla sukhamA – kalyANi
  • anAtudanagAnu – jingaLA
  • nAdOpAsana – bEgaDA
  • varNam – sArangA
  • vAtApi gaNapatim – hamsadwani
  • raghuvamsasudhA – kadanakuthoolam
  • apparAmabakthi – pantuvaRALi
  • O jagadambA – Anandabhairavi
  • bhavanuta – mOhanam

Concert at Hong Kong with Narmadha & Melkavaeri Balaji – May 25, 1994

  • varNam – kalyANi – Adi
  • mahAgaNapatim – nATa
  • parandhAmavati – sharmavati
  • giripai – sahAnA
  • velarE vera gati – sudhapantuvarALi
  • RTP – shanmukapriyA
  • mAnasa sanchararE – sAmA
  • bhajan – dEsh
  • thillAnA – hindoLam

Concert at Hong Kong with Narmadha & Melkavaeri Balaji – May 21, 1994

  • varNam – kAnaDA – aTa
  • vallabha nAyakasya – bEgaDA
  • raghuvamsasudhA – kadanakuthoolam
  • jnAna mosaga rAdA – poorvikalyANi
  • marivErE – Anandabhairavi
  • brOva bArama – bahudAri
  • chEta sri balakrishNam – dwijAvanti
  • bhajan – bAgeswari
  • taranA – sindhubhairavi

Concert at Sydney, Australia – June 12, 1994

M G Narmadha & M Ravichandra

  • varNam – kalyANi – aTa
  • pranamAmyaham – gowLa
  • sooryamoortE – saurashtram
  • amba paradEvatE – rudrapriyA
  • jnAna mosaga rAdA – poorvikalyANi
  • giripai – sahAnA (alapana incomplete)
  • seetamma mAyamma – vasantA
  • RTP – shanmukapriyA

Concert at Peoria, IL, US with Narmadha & Bhaktavatsalam – Nov 9, 2000

Person recording was rocking on his noisy chair which progressively gets worse as the concert progresses 😦

  • varNam – bilahari
  • giriraja sutA – bangaLA
  • jAnaki ramaNA – suddha seemandini
  • jAlandara – valaji
  • anupama guNAmbudi – aTANA
  • ardhanAreeswaram – kumudakriyA
  • paramapurusha – vasantA
  • enduku peddalavalE – sankarAbaraNam
  • yArE ranganA – hindOLam
  • venkATachala nilayam – sindhubhairavi

Concert with M S Anantaraman & Palakkad Raghu – Bangalore 1979

  • varNam – sahAnA
  • pavanAtmaja – nATA
  • tera teeyaga rAdhA – goWlipantu
  • ninnu vinA – poorvikalyANi
  • anAtudanugAnu – jingaLA
  • paridAnamicchidE – bilahari
  • bhavanuta – mOhanam
  • suki evvarO – kAnaDA
  • nee daya rAdhA – vasanta bhairavi
  • yArE ranganA – hindOLam
  • bhajan – yamuna kalyANi

A short recording of Abhogi in Hindustani idiom (incomplete)

Concert in Mysore with Umayalpuram Sivaraman – 1988

  • varNam – nArAyaNagowLa (aTa)
  • anurAgamulE – saraswati
  • marivErE – Anandabhairavi
  • nannupAlimpa – mOhanam
  • seetamma mAyamma – vasantA
  • RTP (saravaNa bhava guhanE) – shanmukapriyA

Concert at Mid Hudson University, US with Tiruchi Sankaran – Sept 26, 1975

  • vAtApi gaNapatim – hamsadwani
  • raghuvamsasudhA – kadanakuthoolam
  • apparAmabakthi – pantuvaRALi
  • manavinAla – naLinakAnti
  • bhajan – behAg

The nalinakanti composition is a special from the Parur school – in structure it is similar to most other versions, but the complexities in the sangatis specially suited for instrumental rendition is what makes it stand apart. The manner in which the sangatis in the pallavi have been sequenced is simply marvellous – as you listen to the sangatis, you are left salivating for what is to follow. And his execution is flawless. I have always wondered who was behind tuning these sangatis – was his father Sundaram Iyer or MSG himself.

In the swarams section of the ‘nalinakAnti’ piece, you can hear him briefly using harmonics to make the violin sound like a flute briefly. Instead of pressing down on the strings, one lets the finger touch the string to get harmonics. This technique is normally used occasionally and for a few notes at a time.

In another concert, where he plays this piece you can hear him use this technique for an extended period of time – that is phenomenal control on the instrument and precision that few violinists possess.

Parur Sundaram Iyer + M S Gopalakrishnan with T V Gopalakrishnan (educated guess)

Sundaram Iyer must have been quite old while playing this concert, which comes across in his playing.

  • sri mahAganapatim – gowLa
  • angarakam AsrayAmi – suruTi

Concert with Narmadha – unknown location

  • mahAgaNapatE – naTanArAyaNi
  • nijamarmamulanu – umAbharaNam
  • nityaroopa – darbAr
  • aruL seyyavEnDum ayyA – rasikapriyA
  • enduku peddalavalE – sankarAbaraNam

I believe that I got this recording from Prasad Mantraratnam

Parur Sundaram Iyer + M S Gopalakrishnan + M S Anantaraman with T V Gopalakrishnan (educated guess)

  • varNam – sArangA
  • bruhaspatE – aTANA
  • nADADina mATa – janaranjani
  • ardhanAreeswaram – kumudakriyA
  • bhajan – bAgesri

Unknown Source/location – Fabulous kumudakriyA

  • varNam – nArAyaNagowLa (aTa)
  • sukhi evarro – kAnaDA
  • seetApatE – kamAs
  • ardhanAreeswaram – kumudakriyA

Emani Sankara Sastry & M S Gopalakrishnan – Duets

For the first 2 minutes, the recording quality is poor; after that it is quite decent.

Possible that Jamshedpur is the venue of this concert.

  • bhajana sEyavE – kEdAram
  • kaLalanErchinA – deepakam
  • sri kAnthimatim – hEmavati
  • srungara lahari – neelAmbari
  • eTulA brOtuvo – chakravAgam
  • swararAgasudha – sankarAbaraNam
  • visweswara darshan – sindhubhairavi
  • various..
  • eTulAbrotuvO – chakravAgam
  • nata jana – simhendramadyamam
  • paramAtmuDu – vAgadeeswari

PARVATHI CONCERT with Gurvayur Dorai – April 10, 1971.

  • varnam – bhairavi – aTa
  • vatapi gaNapatim – hamsadwani
  • meusamana – mAyAmALavagowLa
  • orajoopu chuchedi – kannaDagowLa
  • gnana mosagarada – poorvikalyANi
  • raghuvamsa – kadanakuthoohalam
  • brochevArevururA – kamAs
  • sudhAmayi – amrutavarshiNi
  • RTP – karaharapriya
  • surdas bhajan
  • jagadodAraNa – kApi
  • varnam – amrutavarshiNi
  • telisi rAma – poorNachandrikA
  • teliyaleru – dhEnuka
  • rama nee samanamevaru – karaharapriya
  • rama ninnu nammina – mohanam + ragamalika
  • various
  • nAmakusuma – sri
  • visvEswara – sindhubhairavi

Emani Sankara Sastry & M S Gopalakrishnan have teamed together a number of times. Here is a link to a recording on Parvathi Blog.

Ramanavami 1973

New Additions

A wonderful rendering of ‘srikanta nee’ in bhavapriyA

Ragam Tanam Pallavi in tODi from the 70’s with M S Anantaraman. In the tanam portion, he uses pizzicato (plucking strings)  with such ease, clarity and gamakams too that makes it memorable.

Some more Additions

I had many more concerts on my hard disk, but with the duplication of concerts and other issues meant that I had to find time to check and clean up the recordings first. Finally I managed to find time in the last 4-6 weeks and after long hours of checking for duplicates, checking the quality and combining tracks into a single recording etc, here some more concerts. Still have a half a dozen concerts to review and some Hindustani concerts.


with M S Anantaraman, U K Sivaraman and V Nagarajan (70’s perhaps)

  • varNam – bEgaDA
  • raghunAyaka – hamsadwani
  • sooryamoortE – saurAshTram
  • brOvabArama – bahudAri
  • RTP – karaharapriyA


with Tiruchi Sankaran  – 70’s tour

  • varNam – sAranga
  • vAtApi gaNapatim – hamsadwani
  • raghuvamsa – kadanakuthoohalam
  • appa rAma bhakti – pantuvarALi
  • O Jagadamba – Anandhabhairavi
  • bhavanuta – mohanam – incomplete


with Tiruchi Sankaran – 70’s tour

  • raghu nayaka – hamsdwani
  • ennalu? – subhapantuvarali
  • rama bhakti – suddha bangala
  • enduku peddala – sankarabaranam
  • samajavaragamana – hindolam
  • durmargachara – ranjani
  • Arul seyyavendum – raskikapriya
  • various


with Tiruchi Sankaran – 70’s tour

  • varnam – bhairavi
  • pavanatmaja – nATa
  • terateeyaga – gowLipantu
  • ninnuvina – poorvikalyANi
  • enthaveduko – saraswati manOhari
  • sukhi evarro – kAnaDA
  • RTP – kalyAni
  • bhajan – bagesri
  • manavyala – nalinakAnti


Unknown accompaniments

  • varnam – bhairavi (ata)
  • pavanatmaja – nATa
  • terteeyaga rAda – gowLipantu
  • divakara tanujam – harikambhOji
  • jnana mosaga – poorvikalyANi
  • marivere – Anandabhairavi
  • jesina – tODi
  • nenaruncinanu – mALavi
  • RTP – shanmukapriya


Unknown accompaniments

  • varNam – sAranga
  • pavanAtmaja – nATa
  • niravati sukadAyaka – ravichandrika
  • raghuvara – pantuvarALi
  • nee dayarada – vasanta bhairavi
  • abhimanamennudu – bEgaDA
  • rama ika nannu – sahanA
  • various


Unknown accompaniments

  • varnam – bhairavi – ata (incomplete)
  • vatapi ganapatim – hamsadwani
  • tera teeyagarada – gowlipantu
  • sri saraswati – arabhi
  • ninnu vina – poorvikalyani
  • niravati sukada – ravichandrika
  • samaja varagamana – hindolam
  • RTP – nattaikurunji
  • venkatachala nilayam – bhimplas
  • various


Unknown accompaniments

  • varnam – darbar
  • vAranamuka – hamsadwani
  • subramanyEna – suddhadhanyAsi
  • RTP – simhEndramadyamam


Unknown accompaniments

  • vallabha nAyakasya – bEgaDA
  • yochanA – darbAr
  • mariverE – Anandhabhairavi
  • sarasa sAma dana – kApinArayaNi
  • lAvanya rAma – poorNashadjam
  • sAmaja vara gamana – hindOLam


with Narmadha and Unknown accompaniments (Bangalore or Mysore)

  • varnam – todi
  • rama neepai – kEdAram
  • gurulEka – gowrimanOhari
  • aparadamulannu – latAngi
  • sri kamalambAm – sahana
  • tanayuni – bhairavi
  • krishnA nee bEganE – yamunAkalyANi


with Narmadha and Unknown accompaniments

  • varNam – sankarAbarNam
  • gamganapatE – hamsadwani
  • jAnaki ramana – suddhaseemandini
  • intasowkya – kApi
  • paraloka bhaya – mandhAri
  • ?? – neelAmbari
  • nee daya radha – vasantabhairavi
  • enduku peddalavalE – sankarAbaraNam
  • RTP – brindavAnsAranga
  • various


with Narmadha, Dandamudi Ram Mohan Rao and Nemani Somayajulu (18-7-1994)

  • mahA gaNapatE – naTanarayani
  • nijamarmamulanu – umAbaraNam
  • nityaroopa – darbAr
  • arulseyyavendum ayyA – rasikapriyA – kotteswara iyer
  • manavinAla – nalinakAnti – adi – TYG (from swarams only)
  • enduku peddalavalE – sankarAbaraNam  (tAnam)
  • mAyE – tarangini – MD
  • bhajan – shyamkalyAn
  • tirupugaz – bageswari – incomplete


with Narmadha and Unknown accompaniments

Constant squishy background noise

  • varNam – sankarAbaraNam – aTa
  • telisi rAma – poorNachandrika
  • angAraka – suraTi
  • nidhichAla sukama – kalyANi
  • anAdudanugAni – jingaLA
  • nAdOpAsana – bEgadDA (incomplete)


with Narmadha and Unknown accompaniments

  • varnam – sahana – adi
  • pavanatmaja – chalanata – k chapu – MD
  • tera teeyaga rada – gowlipantu – adi – TYG
  • ninnu vina – poorvikalyani – m chapu – SSAS
  • anaduanukani – jingala – adi – tyg
  • paridanamichide – bilahari –
  • bhavanuta – mohanam – adi – TYG
  • suki evaro – lanada – adi – tyg
  • nee daya radha – vasanta bhairavi – roopakam – tyg
  • yare rangana – hindolam – adi – purandara
  • bhajan – shyamkalyan
  • bhajan – sindhubhairavi
  • tirupugazh – hamsanandi


AIR Concert with with Nemani Somayajulu

  • mAkelara – ravichandrika
  • etulabrOtuvO – chakravAgam
  • nOremi sree raama – varALi
  • nadupai – madyamavati


AIR Madras (11-3-2000) with Narmadha, Mannargudi Easwaran and T V Vasan

  • varnam – todi
  • gajavadana- sriranjani
  • hiranmayim – laita
  • manamuleda – hamirkalyani
  • kalaganti – neelambari
  • manasa sancharare – sama
  • hari smarane mado – yamunakalyani


AIR Hyderabad Concert with Narmadha and Unknown accompaniments

  • tatvamariya – reetigowLa
  • terateeyaga – gowLipantu
  • sevE srikantam – mOhanakalyANi
  • ramabhirama – darbAr
  • sobillu – jaganmOhini
  • O jagadamba – Anandhabhairavi
  • bhogindrasayinam – kuntalavarALi
  • kaliyugavaradan – brindAvanasAranga
  • manasa sancharare – sAmA
  • tirupugaz


AIR Concert with Narmadha, T K Murthy and T V Vasan

  • varnam – hamdadwani
  • gajananayutam – chakravagam
  • natajana – simhEndramadyamam
  • prakkala nilapadi – karaharapriyA


AIR Concert with Narmadha and Kuttalam Viswnata Iyer

  • varnam – reetigowla
  • sri ganapati – saurAshtram
  • amba paradEvatE – rudrapriyA
  • varanArada – vijayasri
  • giripai – sahAnA


AIR Concert (24-3-1999) with Narmadha, U K Sivaraman and T V Vasan

  • kulabirudunu – dEvamanOhari
  • evarura – mOhanam
  • paramapurusha – vasantA
  • gananayadesika – rishabapriyA
  • bhajan


AIR Concert (1999) with Narmadha, U K Sivaraman and G H arishankar

  • etulabrotuvo – chakravAgam
  • nAdhasudArasam – Arabhi
  • arulseyyavendum – rasikapriyA
  • ninnE namminAnu – tODi


AIR Concert (2000) with Narmadha, Mannargudi Easwaran and S Karthik

  • panchamAtanga – malahari
  • koniyAdE – kOkiladwani
  • indaparamukam – poorvikalyANi
  • sri subramanyaya – kAmbhOji
  • sadarangabhajam


AIR Concert (17-6-2000) with Narmadha, Mannargudi Easwaran and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan

  • varnam – saveri
  • EdayyAgati – chalanATa
  • intakandanandame – bilahari
  • nidhichala sukama – kalyani
  • chaliye – brindavanasaranga


AIR Concert (21-8-2000) with Narmadha and K V Prasad

  • rama ninne – huseni
  • merusamana – mAyAmALavagowLa
  • nee bakthi – jayamanOhari
  • aparadamulannu – latAngi
  • eddubaru – tilang ?


AIR Concert with Narmadha and Unknown accompaniments

  • sObillu – jaganmOhini
  • amba paradEvate – rudrapriyA
  • etAvunara – kalyANi


AIR Concert (21-8-2000) with Narmadha, Trichur Narendran & T V Vasan

  • gajananayutam – chakravaham
  • telisrama – poornachandrika
  • sangeeta gyanamu – dhanyasi
  • nidhichala – kalyani
  • chaliye – brindavanasaranga


AIR Bangalore Concert with Narmadha, Rajakesari and H P Ramachar

  • varNam – tODi – Adi
  • mahA gaNapatE (??) – hamsdwani
  • parama pAvanarAmA – poorvikalyANi
  • vandE sadA padmanAbham – navarasa kannaDA
  • nannupAlimpa – mOhanam
  • dharmasravana – durgA


Doordarshan (16-3-1987) with Narmadha and Gurvayur Dorai

  • yOchana – darbAr
  • durmArgacharA – ranjani
  • ninne namminAnu – tODi
  • bhajan


At Krishna Gana Sabha with Narmadha, T V Gopalakrishnana & E M Subramanian

  • varnam – bEgaDA
  • sri ganapatini – saurashtram
  • anuragamule – saraswati
  • dAsarati – tODi
  • manavamantralaya – shuddhsArang


At Narada Gana Sabha with Narmadha, R Ramesh and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan

  • varNam – bEgaDA
  • swaminAtha paripAlayAsumAm – nATa
  • rArA mA inTidAka – asAvEri
  • nAdasudhArasam – Arabhi
  • Ananda nadamAduvAr – poorvikalyANi
  • amba paradEvatE – rudrapriyA
  • ??? – tODi
  • RTP – nATakurunji
  • various


At BARC, Mumbai (20-9-1979) with Guruvayur Dorai

  • varNam – reetigowla
  • vallabha – bEgaDA
  • rAmabakthi – suddha bangaLA
  • neelAyadAkshi – paras
  • siva siva ena rAdA – pantuvarALi
  • raguvamsa – kadanakutoohalam
  • ninnE namminAnu – tODi
  • suki evvaro – kAnaDA
  • tatvameruga – garudwani
  • RTP – nATakurunji
  • mAnasa sanchararE – sAma
  • thillanA – darbAri
  • Erumayil – bAgeswari


At Dasara Sangeethotsava, Mysore (1991) with Karaikudi Mani and Coimbatore Mohan

  • varnam – kambhoji
  • pranamamyaham – gowLa
  • nada tanumanim anisam – chittaranjani
  • kamalambam – anadabhairavi
  • jnanamosagarada – poorvikalyANi
  • samukananilva – kOkilapriyA
  • ninne namminanu – tODi
  • sarasamuki – gowDmalhAr
  • endukupeddala – sankarAbaraNam
  • krishna nee bEganE – yamunAkalyANi
  • tarana – sindhubhairavi
  • sudmayi – amrutavarshiNi (superfast)
  • tirupugaz
  • jagadodarana – kApi


At Mysore with Narmadha and T V Gopalakrishnan

  • varnam – kalyani
  • mahaganapatim – nATa
  • kanchadalayadakshi – kamalAmanOhari
  • ninnuvina – poorvikalyANi
  • evarito – mAnavati
  • chalakallaladu – Arabhi
  • AnandamrutakarshiNi – amrutavarshiNi
  • RTP – todi
  • various


At Gandharva Sabha with Narmadha

  • Announcement
  • tatvamariya taramA – reetigowLa
  • Ananda nadamAduvAr – poorvikalyANi


At Anjaneya Utsavam with Narmadha, Mannargudi Easwaran and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (24 Dec 1998)

First minute to be ignored
Lots of temple sounds in the background at various times.
Hissing/crackling noise thru the recording

  • jalajakshi (varnam) – hamsadwani – Adi
  • pavanatmaja – nata – k chapu – MD
  • makelara – ravichandrika – adi – tyg
  • ne pogadakunte – subhapantuvarali
  • paripalayamam – reetigowla – roopakam – swati tirunal
  • brovabarama – bahudari – adi – TYG
  • tanayuni brova – bhairavi – – tyg
  • dharma sravana vijayatE – durga
  • thillana – sindhubhairavi
  • Speech
  • Mangalam


with Narmadha, Mannargudi Easwaran and V Suresh

  • varnam – darbar
  • vAranamukha – hamsadwani
  • subramanyena – suddhadhanyasi
  • paridanamicchide – bilahari
  • jnanamosagarada – poorvikalyani
  • rachna – misrayaman


At Krishna Gana Sabha (1984) with Narmadha, Vellore Ramabhardran and V Nagarajan

  • varNam – bEgaDA
  • siddhi vinAyakam – shanmukhapriya
  • endarO mahAnubhAvulu – sree
  • nijamarmamulanu – umabharanam
  • manasA eTulO – malaya mArutam
  • pAvanaguru – hamsanandi
  • RTP – bEgaDA
  • parulanna mATa – kApi
  • various


Concert at HongKong 1994 with Narmadha and Melakaveri Balaji

  • varNam – kalyANi
  • mahA gaNapathim – nATa – Eka – mutthuswAmi
  • parandAmavati – dharmavati –
  • giripai – Sahana – Adhi – thyAgarAjar
  • vElarE vera gati – subapantuvaRALi – m chapu – Koteeswara iyer
  • ??? – kamalmanohari – adi – tyg
  • rAgam tAnam pallavi – Shanmukapriya
  • mAnasa sancararE – sAmA – adi – sadAsiva bramEndrar
  • bhajan – Desh
  • Thillana – hindOLam – ramanathapuram srinivasa iyengar
  • tirupugaz & mangalam


with Narmadha and Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam

  • varnam – kambhoji
  • pranamamyaham – gowLa
  • ramabhirama – darbAr
  • sevesrikantam – mOhanakalyANi
  • janani ninnuvina – reetigowLa
  • terateeyaga – gowLipantu
  • nadopasana – bEgaDA
  • needayarada – vasantabhairavi
  • RTP – shanmukapriya
  • various


At Nadhopasana

  • varnam – darbAr – Adi
  • pahi pahi – hamsadwani – roopakam – mazhavi chidambara bhagavatar
  • kanchadalayadakshi – kamalamanohari –
  • rama neeve – narayani – adi – tyg
  • paraloka bhaya – mandhari – adi – tyg
  • pakkala nilapadi – karaharapriya – m chapu – tyg
  • mara vairi ramani – nasikabhooshani – tisra nadai adi – tyg
  • RTP – kambhoji
  • tirupugazh – hamsanandi
  • mangalam


At Australia 1994 with Narmadha & Ravichandra

  • varnam – bhairavi – ata
  • pavanatmaja – chalanata – k chapu – MD
  • niravati sukada – ravichandrika – adi – tyg
  • marivere – latangi – k chapu – psi
  • sukhi evvvaro – kanada – adi – tyg
  • ninnuvina – saraswati manohari – k chapu – tyg
  • RTP – sankarabaranam
  • ?? – behag
  • ramachandra prabho – sindhubhairavi – – swati tirunal
  • tirupugaz – hamsanandi
  • mangalam

Assorted Set

  • mahaganaptim – nATa
  • terateeyakarada – gowLipantu
  • manamuleda – hameerkalyANi
  • manavyala – nalinakAnti
  • bhajan – sindhubhairavi
  • anuragamule – saraswati
  • ?? – mohanakalyani?
  • vinata sutavahana
  • bhajan – behag
  • ?? – subhapantuvarali

AIR concert – CS murugaboopati – mridangam

  • seetApatE – kamAs
  • navaratna mAlini – gamagakriyA – deekshitar
  • sadAsivam upAsmahe – sankarabaranam – deekshitar
  • ranidi radhu – manirangu
  • bhajan – shyamkalyan

with Kuttalam Viswanata Iyer

  • RTP – shanmukapriya
  • sri lakshmi varaham – abhogi
  • RTP – mohanam

with M S Anantaraman and Kuttalam Viswanata Iyer

  • varNam – sArangA
  • pavanAtmaja – nATa
  • raghuvamsa – kadanakuthoohalam
  • apparAma bakthi – pantuvarALi
  • sukhi evvarO – kAnaDA
  • ??? – sahAnA
  • manavyAla – naliNakAnti
  • AlapanA – rAgamAlika
  • western piece
  • tirupugazh
  • mangalam

Parur Sundaram Iyer, MSG and MSA

  • ??? – dEsh

with M S Anantaraman – incomplete concert

  • varNam – nArAyaNagowLa
  • rAmA neepai – kEdAram
  • budhamAsrayAmyaham – nATakurunji
  • ardhanAreeswaram – kumudakriyA
  • janani ninnuvinA – reetigowLa
  • anAdudanu gAni – jingaLA
  • manavyala – nalinakAnti

13 thoughts on “M S Gopalakrishnan

  1. MSG as an accompanist too was also par excellence. The concerts of BMK and MMI stood out. Of course he was a favourite of the great Chembai. Teaming with Trissur V Ramachandran there are a number of great concerts, A concert with Madurai TNS where there was an RTP in Begada was simply outstanding. MSGs Begada tanam was so brilliant that one didn’t want him to stop at all.

  2. After Lalgudi, MSG was my favorite too. Esp. his Saranga (Neevada negana) and Subhapanthuvarali (Ne pogadakunte) often featured in AIR Hyderabad’s Sangeetha Sudha (a twice a week program for some years)

    Akella Mallikajuna Sarma of Hyderabad was a great fan of his and they both played together in Ravindra Bharathi once in mid 70s.

    I dimly recollect a full Hindustani concert in Ravindra Bharathi by MSG in 70s or 80s.

    The trio of ‘Krishna’s – MBK , MSG and TVG featured in many Sangeetha Sudha replays too.

    My aunt (now a resident of Bengaluru but who spent most of her years in Chennai was a great fan of MSG and his unique bowing technique.

    It would be great that you as a violinist yourself share your thoughts on his bowing technique.

  3. I am a devotee of MSG… quite speechless when I go through the collection.. There is an old Sangeeth Sammelan program where he has played Kannada.. I was looking for that and also the KG Sabha concert with MSA, UKS and Manjunath. If they are available, please post them.

    God bless

    • I have been a admirer of MSG from the time I heard him as a kid. I continue to listen to his recordings with the same enthusiasm as before and good to know that you are one of my kind.
      I added one more concert with MSA, but I don’t believe that is the one you are looking for.
      I have a few more concerts that I need clean and add – hopefully will do that in the near future.

      • Thank you so much. I live in the DC area. When I first saw your blog, saw that you had visited. Wish I had seen your blog earlier so we could have met.

      • That would have been nice; We can try the next time I visit DC or you visit Pittsburgh where I live.

      • Sir, I just listened to it. It’s the same concert. I got some excerpts long time back from my friend (a famous musician now, Madurai Sundar) which had parts of Nalinakanti and some post tani items (Behag, Subhapantuvarali, Sivaranjani etc). I got the first part at an archive site a few months ago (I am think you probably posted it there) but like the above link, it ends with the tani. I have heard Manavyala by MSG as part of many concerts but the above version stands out. The recording that I got years ago was on a bad quality casette (good ones were not available in 70s in India) so I am really hoping I can get a good quality of rest of the concert.
        Again, thank you so much

        regards
        Shiva

  4. The MisraMaand composition, which he has played in the clip, accompanied by mridangam is not a Marathi Natyageet. That natyageet, “kharaa to prema” is also in Misra Maand, but tuned differently

    • I am not expert in Marathi Natyageet, but knowing that MSG has played them at various times and that it does sound quite close to it, my thought is that he took liberties with it. I had asked him play Natyasangeet when he was playing at Secunderabad in the 80’s with Narmadha but he did not want to play without tabla !

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