S Kalyanaraman

 

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He is another great musician, who did not get recognized in his hey days, but now has a great following. And not surprisingly, I did not have much exposure to his music till the late 80’s and when I did it was an eye opener. It is unfortunate that I did not get an opportunity to listen to him in person.

Though a prime disciple of GNB, her carved out his own style while retaining a lot of the GNB bani. His inclusion of vivadi ragams in all his concerts and of the vivadi ragams, his handling of the hindustani based ragams and his overall approach to music makes him quite unique. Add to this his thillanas, tuning of bhajans in hindustani ragams and transforming the so called tukkadas into something else – these keep ringing in one’s ears for a long long time.

According to H K Narasimhamuthy (violin), he used to listen to and participate in long practice sessions at Kalyanaraman’s house in the 70’s when he was living in Chennai. These sessions would last 5 to 6 hours and HKN says that he learnt a lot from these sessions. I am sure it would have been a great experience to have been fly on the wall during these sessions.

Let me start of with some recordings of his concerts with MSG (apparently his favorite accompanist).

S Kalyanarman with MSG Collection

Recordings with Lalgudi Jayaraman as the accompaniment

with Lalgudi Jayaraman and U K Sivaraman

  • mahA gaNapatim – nATa
  • yOchanA – darbAr
  • mAkElarA – ravichandrikA
  • appa rAma bakthi – pantuvarALi
  • mOhana rAma – mOhanam

with Lalgudi Jayaraman and C S Murugaboopathy

  • karuNA samudrA – dEvagAndhAri
  • parAku neekElara – kiraNAvaLi
  • RTP – simhendramadyamam
  • ashTapadi – kApi
  • various

with Lalgudi Jayaraman, U K Sivaraman and T H Vinayakaram

  • sri mahAgaNapati – gowLa
  • seetA manOhara – rAmapriyA
  • nee pAdamE tiNai – naLinakAnti
  • ninnE namminAnu – tODi
  • enta muddO – bindumAlini
  • parAmukhamElanamma – kAnaDA
  • various

with Lalgudi Jayaraman and C S Murugaboopathy – GNB Day

  • varNam – ranjani
  • karimuka varadA – nATa
  • pada malariNaiyE – begaDA
  • kAraNamEmi kAnanE – AndOLikA
  • sivAnanda – pantuvarALi
  • en manattAmarai mEl – reetigowLa
  • saraswati namOstutE – saraswati
  • parAmukhamElanamma – kAnaDA
  • ranjani niranjani – ranjani
  • neekeavvaru (?) – subhapantuvarALi
  • nee dayA – shanmukapriyA
  • marivErE gati – mALavi
  • pAda bhajana – kamAs

Recordings with M Chandrasekaran as the accompaniment

with M Chandrasekaran, U K Sivaraman and T H Vinayakaram – Mutthiah Bhagavatar day

  • varNam – suddhadhanyAsi
  • tudikkaikkuriya AdiyE – poorNachandrikA
  • vAgeeswari – saraswati
  • xxxx
  • ennALLU tirugudunu – mandhAri
  • jAlandara – valaji
  • vallI nAyakA neevE – shanmukapriyA
  • bhuvanEsvariyA – mOhanakalyANi
  • muttu kumaran (??) – hindOLam
  • neetu mahima – hamsAnandi

with M Chandrasekaran and Tiruchi Sankaran

  • shObillu saptaswara – jaganmOhini
  • krupa joochuaTaku – chAyatarangiNi
  • sivAnanda – pantuvarALi
  • sivakAma sundari – mukhAri
  • parama purusham – lalitapancamam
  • kamalAmbam bhajarE – kalyANi
  • aruL seyya – rasikapriyA
  • parAmukamE – kAnaDA
  • RTP – shanmukapriyA
  • various

with M Chandrasekaran and Yella Venkatewara Rao

  • varNam – kalyANi – aTa
  • mahAgaNapatim – nATa
  • angArakam – suruTi
  • parama pAvani – aTANA
  • manasAvrtA garvamEtikE – AbhOgi (Patnam Subramanya Iyer)
  • sri charanAmbhuja – keervANi
  • swara rAgasudhA – sankarAbaraNam (Incomplete)

with M Chandrasekaran and U K  Sivaraman

  • praNamAmyaham – gowLa
  • ninnu nEra namminAnu – dEva manOhari (HMB)
  • ghaNanaya – rishabapriyA (Kotteswara Iyer)
  • rAma nee samAnam evaru – karaharapriyA
  • konji konji vA guhanE – kamAs (Periyasami Thooran)
  • sri (??) jAnaki manOhara – ???
  • brOvavammA – mAnji
  • nenaruncinAnu – mALavi
  • RTP – hindOLam
  • hariguna gAvat – deepAli

with M Chandrasekaran, Palakkad Raghu and T H Vinayakaram – AIR National Program Concert – Struggles with his voice

  • gaNapatE mahAmayE – kalyANi
  • sAmaja vara gamana – hindOLam
  • sulabha poojeya mADi – gAngEyabhooshaNi
  • ninnu pogaDa taramA – kuntalavarALi (GNB)
  • loong gap with some music at very low volume
  • RTP – shanmukapriyA (Incomplete)

with M Chandrasekaran and C S Murugaboopathy

  • varNam – kAnaDA – aTa (Initial part missing)
  • vAtApi gaNapatim – hamsadwani
  • evarani – dEvAmrutavarshiNi
  • appa rAma bakthi – pantuvarALi
  • manasAvrtA garvamEtikE – AbhOgi (Patnam Subramanya Iyer)
  • nennE namminAnu – tODi
  • anAtuDanu gAnu – jingalA

with M Chandrasekaran and S V Raja Rao – Krishna Gana Sabha – Sep 16, 1982

  • varNam – rAgamAlikA
  • Alapana – dhanyAsi
  • Alapana – rAmapriyA
  • swara rAgasudhA – sankarAbaraNam
  • Alapana – rasikapriyA
  • RTP – shanmukapriyA

with M Chandrasekaran and Tiruchi Sankaran – Krishna Gana Sabha – 1981

High Mridangam volume and Muffled recording

  • kOrina vara – rAmapriyA
  • sangeeta gyAnamu – dhanyAsi
  • kandhA baktha – dharmavati (Koteeswara Iyer)
  • sivakAma sundari – mukhAri
  • jAlndara – valaji
  • AlapanA – sAveri  (Incomplete)
  • various

Recordings with V V Subramaniam as the accompaniment

with V V Subramaniam and U K Sivaraman – Shanmukananda Hall, Mumbai – 1972

  • karimuka varadA – nATa
  • nEnendu – karnATaka behAg
  • kanDa judumi – vAchaspati
  • para dEvate – dhanyAsi
  • nAn oru vilAyATTu bommayA – navarasas kannaDa
  • RTP – bhairavi
  • kshana madurA – valaji
  • dharasan karO – dwijAvanti

with V V Subramaniam and C S Murugaboopathy

  • tatvamariya taramA – reetigowLa
  • easanai inda – chakravAgam
  • durgAlakshmi saraswati – Arabhi
  • sri jagadambikayE – latAngi
  • kANa kaNkODI vEndum – kAmbhOji
  • sadA sivAya – kuntalavarALi
  • kOlamagaL – kalyANavasantam
  • srinivAsa – hamsAnandi
  • mangalam

with V V Subramaniam and Tanjavur Upendran – Mylapore Fine Arts – 1983

noisy accompaniment

  • gaNanAyakam – poorNashadjam
  • sObillu – jaganmOhini
  • nee samAna – subhapantuvarALi
  • o rAjeevAksha – Arabhi
  • chakkani rAja – karaharapriyA
  • koovi azhaitAl -valaji
  • ??? – madhuvanti
  • sApasya – jOnpuri
  • mangalam

with V V Subramaniam and Vellore Ramabhadran

  • sri mahAgaNapatE – Abhogi
  • nee muddumOmu – kamalAmanOhari
  • saraswati – saraswati
  • sattaLeni – nAgAnandini
  • tAmadamEn – tODi
  • kamala charaNE – amrutA behAg
  • RTP – simhendramadyamam
  • various

with V V Subramaniam and unknown

  • varNam – kEdAragowla
  • yOchanA – darbAr
  • aparAdamulannu – latAngi
  • suguNamulE – chakravAgam
  • ninnE namminAnu – tODi
  • sri tulasamma – dEvagAndhAri
  • various

with V V Subramaniam and unknown

  • varNam – bEdaDA
  • AraNa poruLE – karaharapriyA
  • paralOka sAdhanamE – poorvikalyANi
  • annapoorNE – sAmA
  • RTP – varALi
  • various

with V V Subramaniam and unknown

  • nadupai – madyamAvati
  • kandhA baktha – dharmavati

with V V Subramaniam and unknown

  • karuNA samudrA – dEvagAndhAri
  • parAku neekElara – kiraNAvaLi
  • RTP – simhendramadyamam
  • ashTapadi – kApi
  • various

with V V Subramaniam and U K Sivaraman – Rasika Ranjani Sabha – 1986

  • sri mahAgaNapatE – Abhogi
  • alapana of vandandAriNi
  • manasA eTulO – malayamArutam
  • enduku nee manasau – kalyANi
  • RTP – shanmukapriyA
  • mAruti varuvAn – ShuddhsArang
  • various

6 thoughts on “S Kalyanaraman

  1. Thanks Sir. Kindly/Please upload a concert with Raghu Sir if you have apart from the one you have uploaded (AIR) here. God bless you.

  2. A GREAT VIDWAN WITH EXCELLENT MANODHARMA .When he first went to GNB to be his disciple and after listnig to him ramarke that he already a full vidwan and what is there for him to teach

  3. Hi Shankar – first of all, a huge thanks to you for your efforts to upload all these
    wonderful concerts.
    Specifically, the Rasika Ranjini Sabha concert (1986)
    You have cut VVS violin raga alapana for the ragam Kalyani. Would you please upload it as I think it is one of the most beautiful concise raga alapanas played in Kalyani. If you could upload it, I will be very grateful

    Thank you
    Raman

    • Unfortunately the cut you are referring to is the recording that I received. Hopefully someone else has the recording with this cut.

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