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07-Feb-09 5:32 PM
I stumbled upon your website while googling for some information about Dhira Shankarabharanam and found it extremely useful and interesting.
I am looking for more information on the Carnatic equivalents of the ragas listed below and would be extremely grateful if you could point me in the right direction.
1. Bilaval (will also cover Ahilya Bilaval)
As you can see in my signature below I live in London. I am currently trying to gather information and draw parallels of Carnatic and Hindustani music
Your response will be much appreciated.
Thanks and regards
Department of BioMolecular Medicine,
Division of Surgery,Oncology,Reproductive Biology and Anaesthetics (SORA)
Faculty Of Medicine,
Sir Alexander Fleming Building,
Imperial College London,
London SW7 2AZ
Name: Srikanthan Krishnamachari
Date: Sunday, Dec 28, 2008
My Pranams. I am Srikanthan Krishnamachari from tamil nadu.
I came across your website. It was a wonderful experience. I am also tried to develop a website like that for a while but I give up everytime. After reading that you have been maintaining the website for a long time, I am so impressed. Do you have any other blogs in tamil, english etc? Do you know sanskrit?
Wish you best of luck.
Name: Pradeep PRJ
Date: Friday, Dec 26 2008
Its amazing that you have such an amount of information. Wonder if the author of the article you have given about the history of Kalidai Kurichi can be contacted.
As a student of history and based in Thiruvananthapuram this is the first time that I am seeing the links of Venadu to these parts. In a lucid way, what takes a lot of effort and reading.
Due to linguistic biases not many Tamil historians talk about the Venad / Chera connection of this region. Which is so obvious, the Kerala look of the people and their traditions cannot be wished away. And for Kerala historians it does not matter at all.
I would wish to met Shri Sankaranarayanan IAS retired if possible. Let me know if it is possible. By the way I am now in Ambasamudram, for a visit to Papanasam, Bana theertham which I occasionally come to.
Best wishes dear Hari.
Date: 3, Sep 2008
I spent my 'forming years' in the 'rich' town of Kallidaikurichi, between 1950 and 1959 (3rd grade through 11th) with my grand father T R Mahadeva Iyer. My daily morning trek to Thambrabarani for bath and 'drinking water' for the household is unforgettable. Depending upon the bulletin board size at Tilak Vidyalaya, my name may still be there for 1959.
As the generation would dictate, you have accomplished so much more at your age. I am a Radiation Physicist by training and am on the verge of retirement, here in California. What are your plans for your future?
About 15 years ago, I brought my wife and son (who is now 28) to Kallidai and I took them for a visit to Saraswathi Vidhyalaya and Tilak Vidyalaya
Please be in touch; your progress will be very worthwhile to know!
May God bless you with all the energy you need in your endeavors.
T S Subramanian
Walnut Creek, Ca
Date: Friday, March 21, 2008 11:31 PM
Nice site on music, Wish you all the best for your future accomplishments.
I am from Kallidai and your site has brought a smile and some wonderful thoughts of my childhood in Kallidai. I hail from Ekambarapuram (My father) and ThonthiVilagam (My mother) in Kallidai.
Keep up the good work.
Name: N. Sandya
Date: Friday, November 23, 2007 7:31 AM
I am Sandhya. I am a student, pursuing masters in Information Technology and management in USA. We have to complete a project of building a web site as part of our course curriculum. I am planning to build a site on "Carnatic music". I will be very grateful if you can kindly give me the permission to use the pictures of the musical instruments from your site
Please let me know.
Name : Abdul Rahman
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Date : Monday, November 19, 2007 7:54 PM
I also belong to kallidaikurichi, North thaikkal street, now in Chennai. I completed my studies during the year 1992-1998
good work done by you keep it up
Name : ajit kavin
E-mail : email@example.com
Date : Sunday, November 04, 2007 2:24 PM
I am Ajit, a student of Thiagarajar engg college, Madurai doing my third year in b.architecture. we are in a process of studying mannar kovil temple. I browsed through your web pages. they were very informative, but we need more for analysis. if possible shall we meet there at kallidaikurichi. i can come anytime. its urgent hari and it would be very kind of you if reply me soon.
Name : Ramasubramanian
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Date : Thursday, July 19, 2007 5:26 AM
City : Bombay
Country : India
Dear Mr. Hari
My father (who is no more) was born in Kallidai and my mother is from Ambasamudram. My mother learnt Carnatic music from Kallidai Ramalinga Bhagavathar who was the brother of the redoubtable Vedanta Bhagavathar. They were giants during that time. My father was associated with Sangeeth sabhas in Mumbai. It was music always at home. Those were the days when all had so much time and we could listen to all the great pioneers who sacrificed so much for the betterment of C Music. In fact my father used to say, that sometimes, they would take only Sambhavanai as fees and sing for 3 to 4 hrs. GNB style, MMI singing of swaras, Semmangudi and Ariyakudi's hard work in raising music to glorious levels were the talking point of everybody, affectionately called Mama's. With a plate of vadai, and steaming coffee, music used to be discussed and even Vidwan's used to sing with the Sabha secy's. It was so informal those days.
The best Kutcheri for hearing is GNB, MS Chowdiah and Pazhani Subramaniam Pillai and Ghatam. I am giving you a web site were all the 1957 Mysore (immortal concert is posted).
There are many more songs of GNB posted there. His singing of Manasu Nilpa -- in Abogi is superb.
Please go thru the web site, click on the songs in the web site. Rithigowlai raaga is so elevating that your tensions of exams will be driven off. Listen to this rendering and GNB's style of Nattai. GNB was a Prince in rendering Nattai Raagam. The legendary Fidelu Chowdiah with 7 strings had a mystical hold on the audience. Once again, enjoy, my friend.
Here is the web site : www.sangeethapriya.org/~gnb/downloads.html
You can download entire GNB 1957 concert in your hard drive if you have space - 187 MB. There are other songs in blue Click with Windows media player on. See the video tribute about GNB .
Do not think I like GNB only. I feel that all have their own style of singing. I like late Palghat Narayanaswami, MDR's Akhilandeswari rendering, Santhanam's Pannaga Sayana Padmanabha.... Ariyakudi with Palghat Mani Iyer, great combination, very rare nowadays.
Among ladies of course MSS is there. MLV's rendering of Tirupati Venkata Ramana ... RTP is outstanding. New singers, male OS Thygarajan and Sanjay Subramanian are good. Ladies Sudha Raghunathan is very good. She invariably starts the concert with Nattai.
Name: Jeyarama S.Ananta
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 8:15 AM
I used to be a resident of Kallidai kurichi. I am not that old to say I used to be. I studied in Lakshmipathy middle school and then continued in Tilakar Vidhyalaya upto 11 standard. You could see my name on the SSLC toppers for the year 1996-97. I stumbled upon your site as I googled Kallidai kurichi. But truly I am amazed at the wealth of information you posted there. You are one special kid (having Musical acumen is not possible for all). I still have my family out there and my best ever friends. I would be happy to meet you the next time I come there.
Name: Binesh Polisheri
Date: Thursday, April 05, 2007 6:47 PM
accessed ur site
was absolutely great
The Literature was very informational
Also it wud b gr8 if u could include Sri Raja rajeshwari Ashtagam in the download section
Name: V. J. Jois
Date: 31 May, 2006 3:02 PM
I enjoy going to your website for the songs.
Could you kindly send me Thiruppugal-Niraimadhi mukamenum oli song pls.
Thanks and rgds
Name: K. V. Subramanian
Date: 31 May, 2006 1: 56 AM
I came across your website while casually surfing the net. I am the nephew of late Mr. K.C.Sankaranarayan, an illustrous resident of Kallidaikkurichi, being his sister's son. It was very gratifying for me to read his article once again after a long time.
I am a resident of Mumbai, working for ICICI Bank.
What are you doing now and where are you located ? Are you still resident in Kallidaikkurichi ? If so pls give me your address so that I can meet you the next time I visit Kallidaikkurichi.
Homepage: R.Ramachandran, Advocate, coimbatore.
Date: 01-Oct-2005 11:28:03
Hello, I am native of Kallidaikurichi. I appreciate your work. All the best.
Name: Jeyakumar Lakshminar
Date: 26-Sep-2005 23:07:46
Hi Hari, Good work keep it up. It was a higly
informative site and well researched. This
reflects your tremendous initiative and
Incidentally my parents hail from Kallidai too
and one of my my grand father Dr Subbier was a
medical practioner in kallidai for a long time.
Name: Vivek Shankar Natara
City: Arlington( Dallas),
Date: 23-Sep-2005 02:05:30
Good job. Impressive coming from an young man
like you. Keep it up
Name: GANESH K
Date: 29-Aug-2005 16:26:38
HATS OFF TO YOU. THE INFORMATION AND DETAILS
ABOUT KALLIDAIKURICHI ARE VERY EXHAUSTIVE AND
THANKS FOR YOUR EFFORTS.
Name: Sam Narayanan
City: Overland Park
Country: United States
Date: 09-Aug-2005 17:40:30
Great work, Hari! Keep it up. Wishes for you
to attain great achievements. I'll try to meet
you when I come to Kallidai next.
S/O S. Narayanan (SN Sir, Tilak Vidhyala)
Name: Mani Ramachandran
Date: 26-Jul-2005 07:36:45
my name is mani, and i am a relative of Lakshmi
Pathi. I just wanted to say your site is
verygood, and to keep upthe good work.
Name: k. hariharaputhiran
Country: 400 037
Date: 18-Jul-2005 04:47:13
I belong to Kallidaikurichi. I had completed
my studies from Tilak Vidyalaya High School in
the year 1973. I was the resident of
Viswanathapuram Street (Kee Muu Mama Street).
Now I am settled in Mumbai and working as PA to
General Manager, Central Railway. My wife also
belongs to Kallidaikurichi, Mudaliappapuram
Street. I have only one son. He is a Tabla
player and have won so many awards/prizes. As
you mentioned about Dr. Mani. He knew me since
Name: Ramesh Kannan Balasu
City: San Francisco
Country: CA, USA
Date: 22-Jun-2005 18:05:14
Your pages brought back my great memories. I do
hail from Kallidai Kurichi and I studied in the
same school you are going to. It was great to
see some one speak about Kallidai Kurichi. Good
Name: Aravind Balan
Date: 10-May-2005 12:14:32
Well done Hari. Your site serves as excellent
source of information. I will keep visiting
Date: 23-Apr-2005 03:16:47
The page is very informative.It may be nice if
the paragraphs in the essays have captions.That
will make the reader enjoy the contents
more.Pointers and key worda may please be added
so that any history student will be able to
access the same in a search by engines.Congrats
for the effort put in at such magnitude. good
luck and god bless you
City: Burr Ridge
Date: 09-Apr-2005 22:50:42
I am really pleased to visit your site.I hail
from Kallidaikurichi.My father who passed away 1
year back was Dr.Mani who almost everybody
there knew.He was a long time medical
practitioner there. I also studied in Tilak
Vidyalaya and Lakshmipathy elementary school. I
am living in United states for the past 30 years.
Your site brings back old memories.
Date: 07-Mar-2005 12:45:27
nwa olu lovelly site
Date: 22-Feb-2005 11:54:32
Listened to your rendition of Ujjaini and liked
it very much.Could not listen to other songs or
see the script as I got error msgs.Keep up the
good work.You have a bright future with your
wonderful voice and pronunciation.
Date: 14-Dec-2004 01:21:02
Date: 25-Sep-2004 06:54:14
I am from Ekambarapuram St, Kallidaikurichi.
Those were the years where Religion, music and
life were all mixed together.Lived till 1980 and
have a house. It is very heartening to see the
enthusiasm at a very young age. keep it up. Hope
oneday we will meet.
Name: R S RAMASUBRAMANIAN
City: NEW DELHI
Date: 24-Sep-2004 11:21:59
Do you know or heard about Sri Vedantha
Baghavathar of Mudaliappapuram Street,
Kallidaikurichi,and if so, kindly communicate.
My Uncle Sri Ramalinga Baghavathar of Kuttikal
Street, Kallidaikurichi, was very close to and
principal student of Sri Vedantha Baghavathar
and his brother Sri Ramalinga Baghavathar.
Date: 10-Sep-2004 21:55:19
though i myself am not a
specialist in the
classical music ,i am so much impressed with
these pages created by hari ,brilliant young boy
who has remarkable talents in several fields, my
only irequest to hari is, dont stop probing and
learning more and more re indian music,
computers, IT,culture,linguistics,and try to
learn more about the earth and all nine
planets,since i believe u can do much more than
u are doing at present,wish u all blessings luck
in all ventures yours loving anni uncle
Date: 14-Aug-2004 18:48:42
Commendable effort. dear hari
Wishing you all the best
Date: 09-Aug-2004 07:10:51
As a fellow Kallidaikurichian, I am please to
see your achievements at such an young age. I
wish you all the best. I have the interests of
my village at heart, particularly my schools -
Lakshmipathi Elementary school and Tilak
Vidyalaya. You may notice my name on the board
carrying the names of those students who topped
the class in SSLC in the year l952. Yes that
long ago. I have some plan to visit Kallidai at
the end of this year and will be happy to meet
you. Lakshmi Pathi
Name: kumar manyam
Date: 01-Jul-2004 12:22:21
Appreciate your devotion to Carnatic Music and
the interest in providing the indepth
informations. I look forward for more research
articles from you on carnatic music.
May God bless you success in all your attempts.
Date: 28-Jun-2004 03:19:16
This is smitha from bangalore. I liked ur site
very much and u have lots and lots of
information about classical music. Iam a
classical music singer and this site wud be of
great help for me. Please do inform me if at
all any help is needed from my side.
City: new york
Country: u s a
Date: 23-Jun-2004 09:55:28
mugu boy i dey hereooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Date: 06-May-2004 14:46:35
hi, hari. its me prabhu from kalldaikuruchi
telephone SDE's son. ur site is well built.
good. keep it up.
now i'm at chandigarh working.
my best wishes to u and ur family.
keep in touch
Name: Roger (Rajagopal)
City: Montvale, New Jersey
Date: 04-May-2004 21:42:56
Dear Hari Krishnan!
As an India-born American, I was impressed with
what you have written. My 17 year old daughter,
who was born here in USA is learning to play
the Veena and I often translate some of our
classical songs, so she can understand. Keep up
the good work. Please write if you need
anything from me. You have all my encouragement
and I am highly impressed with your devoted
Roger (aka Rajan, originally)
Name: Bijoy Philipose
Date: 09-Mar-2004 06:16:05
Hi Hari, This is Bijoy Chetan, visited your site.
Name: Krishnan Nair
Date: 22-Feb-2004 07:59:31
This is a very informative and interesting site
on Carnatic Music. Please keep it up. Wish You