Wednesday, December 30, 2009
A Thani Avarthanam 'Khanjira Solo' in Adi Tala - 2 Kalai (16 Beats per Cycle). This is an exerpt from a special concert of Violin Duet, Piano with Khanjira. Artists: Lalgudi Sri G.J.R.Krishnan & Smt. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi - Violin Duet. Sri Anil Srinivasan - Piano. Sri Amrit N. - Khanjira. Held in Bangalore on August 15th 2009.
This was probably prior to the 1980s when Sivaraman used Kappi mridangam. In recent years he started using Kutchi mridangam. You can hear the difference. Note: This video is not being used for profit
Chatusra Gati in Tisra Nadai roars off his hands and the Mridangam in the Tani Avarthanam in a concert accompanying Dr. Balamuralikrishna. Violin - Delhi Sundar Rajan. Ocassion - Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana, 2002
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Minimol(1977) Music - G Devarajan Lyrics - Sreekumaran Thampi Singer - K J Yesudas Keralam Keralam Kelikkottuyarunna keralam Kelee kadhambam ...
Friday, October 16, 2009
Pearl harvesting - a talent hunt and introduction of pearls amongst us
Diwali from Moscow.
If you ask me to name a conqueror after Napoleon, I will be happy to suggest Anand Narayan. Only a small difference, he is conquering the music and compering world. From all the towns in Kerala to different cities in India and now the Europe, he is on a journey.
Enjoy listening to this this one man power packed music and presentation army.
I wish him all the success on this Diwali day for a wonderful year ahead.
You may visit the following link to read more about him.http://q4music.blogspot.com/search/label/Anand%20Narayan
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Mishal Nazarudeen - a little master arriving to conquer the music world
Mishal Nazarudeen, a Grade I student of Our Own English High School Sharjah is the next best little thing to watch in the music world. Son of Mr. Nazarudeen and Mrs. Zaina Nazarudeen from Sharjah, he has already touched several musical hearts by his quality conscious and crisp rendering of Malayalam and Hindi songs. From a very young age of 2 years, he showed signs of his music brilliance and from 4 years he started performing on stage. He is now learning music from Master Santosh.
Mishal has performed all over UAE and is a regular performer in Radio ASIA 102.4 Oxygen FM and Asianet Radio.
Watch some of his music videos and you will prompt me for more. He can be contacted by email at: email@example.com
His Face Book profile is : http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000334096269
Enjoy his music and guide him with your comments and appreciations.
Monday, October 12, 2009
A long time dream of Sri K P Jayan. A song with Arab singers and pictured together!. Being an Indian and Non Arabic speaking, it was a great task to have a song recorded But at last it happned due to the great support of his welwishers in the Arab world. The casset name is Marjan and is produced in Kuwait and recorded in Al jazeera Studio in Abudhabi. It is a duet song with Najua Zoheir and currently she is based in Cairo and an established Arabic singer.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Mr. Sivadasvarma for ExpressBuzz
Sadanam Divakara Marar presenting sopana sangeetham at Thamaramkulangara Sree Dharma Sastha TempleSivadas VarmaFirst Published : 23 Sep 2009 11:45:00 PM ISTLast Updated : 23 Sep 2009 10:44:21 AM IST
KOCHI: Sadanam Divakara Marar is a living encyclopedia of temple art forms, both ritualistic and artistic. Hundreds of his disciples, who attained expertise over myriad temple art forms under Marar's strict and systematic teaching, are planning to honour their guru. In a colourful function, proposed to be held on October 4, at Ernakulathappan Hall, Marar will be honoured with a veera srunkhala. Divakara Marar started his formal training under his uncles Narayana Marar and Kunjikrishna Marar. After learning the basics of the ritualistic percussion ensemble Marar learned more from Thazhathedathu Govinda Marar. Then he turned towards the Unnayiwarrier Smaraka Kalanilayam, Irinjalakuda, and learned the unique kathakali chenda from Alankarathu Appu Marar. Then he shifted to thayambaka and learned under the strict guidance of the chenda maestro, Chandra Mannadiar. Marar mastered the intricacies of thayambaka from Peroor Gandhi Seva Sadanam and came to be known as Sadanam Divakara Marar.
The clarity of nerkol (straight beat by holding the stick perpendicular to the face of the drum) is the specialty of Divakara Marar. “Holding the stick vertically above the face of chenda in a symmetrical position, is most important,” Marar says elaborating on the strenuous training he underwent under the strict vigil of masters like Chandra Mannadiar and Appu Marar.
“That is the secret of clarity of the beats which play a crucial role in making a melam or thayambaka more attractive,” Marar observes.
Even while Marar was busy with the staging of thayambaka, kathakali chenda and other forms of traditional percussion ensemble, he was very keen to train the younger generation. He started his teaching career at RLV College of Music and Fine Arts as a kathakali chenda teacher. Later he became the Principal of Vaikkom Kshethra Kalapeetom, an art school run by Travancore Devaswom Board. After his retirement the Devaswom Board made use of his matchless skill by appointing him visiting professor.
Even in his late seventies Divakara Marar is very active as a teacher at Ernakulam Siva Kshethra Vadhya Kalalayam and Kanayannoor Vadhya Kalalayam.
Marar has a special skill to hand over the rich tradition rooted in typical Kerala rhythm to the young generation.
After recognising his teaching skill, institutions and individuals always depend on him to train the young generation in languishing temple art forms.
Marar’s deep knowledge in temple art forms like sopana sangeetham, marappani, parisha vadhyam and thimimila paani was systematically documented with the financial aid of Ministry of Cultural Affairs. “Most of the traditional percussion ensembles like parisha vadhyam and kotti paadi seva (ancient form of sopana sangeetham) have been handed over from generation to generation as an inherited art form,” Marar says. However the theoretical part of these languishing art forms is quite intricate. With an aim to document these art forms for posterity Marar started a two-year research and the Central Government has awarded a fellowship for this vast and deep study of the traditional Kerala percussion ensemble.
“Sopana sampradaayam of singing is quite different from Carnatic vocal or even kathakali sangeetham,” Marar says. It was only at a later stage ashtapadhi was added to the singing style of sopanam, Marar observes. Kottipadi seva, the earlier form of pure sopana sangeetham was designed by our great ancestors to praise the presiding deities of different temples. These compositions were popularly known as thyaanis and were in conventional keraleeya ragas like poraneera, paadi, indalam and kanakurinji.
Legendary sopanam singer the late Njaralathu Rama Poduval used to sing a song praising Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathy in poraneera raga which is very popular as ghanasangham. “Different baanis (schools) are there for sopana sangeetham like that of Ramamangalam baani developed by the legendary singer Shadkaala Govinda Marar, Poduvaal baani popularised by the saintly singer, the late Njaralathu Rama Pothuval, and also the Guruvayoor baani of Janardhanan Nedungadi,” Marar says.
Marar has also documented the customs to be followed by a temple artist for performing marappani and thimilapaani, which are inevitable percussion ensembles in connection with holy temple rituals ulsava bali, sree bhoota bali and various kalashams.
As a teacher Marar can boast of hundreds of disciples spread all over Kerala who can perform sopana sangeetham, parisha vadhyam and other traditional temple art forms. And now it is the turn of these disciples to honour their master with nothing less than a veera srunkhala.
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Kuldeep M. Pai stands in the forefront of the next generation of star performers of Carnatic music. With several years of pleasantly arduous training in vocal as well as instrumental music, continuously honed by some of the greatest of Indian musicians, Kuldeep’s music has a multi-directional discipline and feeling that are evident in his performances. His training in playing several accompanying instruments manifests clearly in the way he engages with the accompanying artists and their music.
Kuldeep M. Pai’s training began as early as age three, at Kochi from where he hails. His obvious versatility in playing mridangam, violin and harmonium were duly nurtured with adequate training. Kuldeep’s musical lineage is an illustrious one – he has been trained by Vidwan Shri N. P. Ramaswamy (Kochi) and later in Chennai by Vidwan Shri O. S. Thyagarajan. Vidwan Shri Mannargudi Easwaran has provided Kuldeep with a specialised training in the highly nuanced technical aspects of rhythm in Carnatic music. Kuldeep also has the academic vista open for him what with a Gold Medal in his Masters Degree in Indian Music from the University of Madras, Chennai.
Visit his website for more info:
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sri Karaikudi Mani, Guru and a great Mridangist. His Ensemble played NEERAJANAM, recorded and telecast by Jaya TV a few years ago during Margazhi Mahotsav.I have great pleasure in sharing this video.
Sri Karaikudi Mani, Guru and a great Mridangist. His Ensemble played NEERAJANAM, recorded and telecast by Jaya TV a few years ago during Margazhi Mahotsav.I have great pleasure in sharing this video with you. Mani Sir needs no introduction. He always stands out as an accomplished Mridangist with breathtaking performance. His CDs are available in the market and music lovers can buy them and enjoy. My gratitude to Tamil TV channels, JAYA, SUN VIJAY and RAJ. They have been doing yeoman service to music world.
Thanks to Source: carnatickulfi
This is a clipping from a percussion ensemble featuring Guru Karaikkudi Mani and Ghatam Suresh performed during an auspicious celebration at a friend's in Kolkata. Great form and great show.
Sri Karaikudi Mani, Guru and a great Mridangist. His Ensemble played "Amba Kamakshi" in Raga Bhairavi recorded and telecast by Jaya TV a few years ago during Margazhi Mahotsav.Part 1 is here. Mani ...
Sri Karaikudi Mani, Guru and a great Mridangist. His Ensemble played "Amba Kamakshi" in Raga Bhairavi recorded and telecast by Jaya TV a few years ago during Margazhi Mahotsav.
Mani Sir needs no introduction. He always stands out as an accomplished Mridangist with breathtaking performance. His CDs are available in the market and music lovers can buy them and enjoy. My gratitude to Tamil TV channels, JAYA, SUN VIJAY and RAJ. They have been doing yeoman service to music world
Saturday, June 20, 2009
This documentary chronicles the life of Shri Palghat R. Raghu, one of the most prolific and influential mridangists of the 20th century. The footage you see here was released in honor of his 80th birthday celebrations in January 2008.
Directed by Latha Menon
An Iris Films Presentation
"The Praise of Ganesh: Gaiye Ganapati", is a Hindu devotional song in praise of the elephant headed god Ganesh. Ganesh is variously referred to as Ganapati, Ekadanta, and a host of other names. His blessings are generally invoked at the start of any undertaking, because he is the remover of all obstacles. This song is sung by Chandra (Chandrakantha) Courtney and is accompanied by David Courtney on tabla and Bob Goldman on bansuri. Additionally, this song features rudra vina, tanpura, manjira, and thalam. This piece was written by the 16th century Saint Tulsidas.
This musical video was shot in a desert outside of Las Vegas in the spring of 2000 while we were on tour. It was shot and edited by Michael Beggs of Desert Morning Productions.
Chandra's Biography may be found at:
Information on Tulsidas may be found at:
Information on Bhajans may be found at:
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
By: Bhairavi Jhaveri
Chennai-based record label EarthSync is giving an unusual twist to folk music from around the world. iTalk chatted up co-founder, Sonya Mazumdar on their rare finds
Fusing Sufi singers from Nagore, Tamil Nadu with Middle Eastern percussion, sprucing up vocals by traditional singers from Myanmar using a soothing arrangement, even mixing electronica with folk in their latest project, EarthSync has managed to make folk music saleable without dipping into the "fusion" market.
The essence of EarthSync's music remains raw, with a naked representation of the soul of folk artists.
It was founded in 2005 by Sonya Mazumdar and Yotam Agam with the Laya Project as their first production, which captured a musical journey of the Tsunami-affected communities in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar and India and was distributed as a double CD + DVD pack.
The aim was to provide support to folk artists, their culture and the beauty of the lands without indulging in charity.
What kind of folk and traditional music were you looking at promoting when you started?
Our idea was to identify and provide global recognition to music forms that were popular locally, but not confined to boundaries of these lands. Laya Project was our first production, for which we travelled to six countries to record music among local communities, since we believed the Tsunami was affecting not only those in lands it had ravaged, but cultures here too.
The Laya Project's music documentary was sold along with a DVD. Why was a visual representation necessary?
It's a personal musical tribute to the survivors as well as the resilience of the human spirit. The production creates a composition that mixes and enhances original recordings, and embarks on an inspirational visual and musical journey crossing borders, while preserving the music of the people. Some of the performances are rare, and needed to
What is the focus of EarthSync's second production titled, Nagore Sessions?
Nagore Sessions features 3 dargah singers from the district of Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu. When we featured one of their songs in the Laya Project, we realised that their music needed a distinct platform. Here, Nagori singers collaborate with Middle Eastern percussion and Indian instruments from North India. The album marks the discovery of Sufi music from South India.
Is folk music difficult to sell?
It's not about the music per se, but about presenting it in a way that audiences appreciate the richness of the music. Fusion is often more easily absorbed by audiences, however, there is an ocean of traditional music forms that can stand alone in all its majesty. This is evident in Laya Project, in tracks such as Katalu Talu from Indonesia, and Tapattam from India, Buduburru from Maldives.
What does it take to source music, find the artists?
A lot of research! We search countries and localities for native music, often not very recognised in the other parts of the world.
Tell us about Business Class Refugees.
Business Class Refugees (Kartick & Gotam) is a collaboration between music producer Patrick Sebag and Yotam Agam, a sound designer, who have remixed EarthSync's folk productions to create an alternative, electronic album and a special live show.
What's unique about upcoming release, Shoshan?
Shoshan by acclaimed composer Shye Ben-Tzur, comes from Rajsathan. He performed with his group of Rajasthani vocalists and percussionists and set Hebrew poetry to Qawwali music.
The complete EarthSync range Laya Project, Nagore Sessions, Techari, Voice Over the Bridge and Business Class Refugees is available at all leading outlets like Landmark, Plant M and Rhythm House.
EarthSync distributes in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai and is priced between Rs 295 and Rs 800. Log onto www.earthsync.com for more information
Monday, June 15, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
You don’t have to be born a prodigy to know how to play an instrument and Dr Saubhagya Vardhan Bhahaspati proves just that with his new book ‘How to Play Harmonium’, published by Better Books. First of a ‘How To’ series, the book is a music enthusiasts’ bible on not only how to learn to play the instrument but also on the history of its arrival in India in the 16th century, its indigenous development to the various western versions and models of the instrument. The book has separate chapters dedicated to the use of harmonium along with visuals to help identify the keys, identification of one’s own set, parts of the device along with its tuning, maintenance and repair. Interestingly, there is a section devoted only to voice lessons and modulation to suit it. It also teaches both old and new raags and songs. “There has been no book in English dedicated to the Harmonium till now and I wanted to share it’s wonders with the world,” he tells us there are two editions of the book — a hard bound copy for Rs 395 and a soft bound for Rs 95.
A teacher of music, recipient of various honours and author of many music books, Brahaspati says, “This book is good for starting off. However, if one wants to learn the subtleties of playing the Harmonium, one definitely needs a guru. You cannot learn it in 20 days flat; it is a constant learning process. The more you play the better you get.” The book is available at all book stores in both English and Hindi.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
New music release - Ivar Vivahitharayal - SSG Ratheesh's first song
Song: Paazhmulam thandil....
more updates coming soon.
Special Correspondent THE HINDU
‘Musical extravaganza violates Copyrights Act’
National conference on Copyright Act concludes
Move to make law friendly to developing nations
KOCHI: Should performance by hired disc jockeys or highly-paid popular singers at wedding receptions, common among the well-off classes, be exempted from the copyright law?
No, feels G.R. Raghavender, deputy secretary and registrar of copyrights in the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD). While singing of songs and other music performances during wedding ceremonies is a cultural tradition in India and have been exempted from the law under Section 52(1) (za) of the Act, the musical extravaganza at wedding receptions needs to be brought under the copyright law, he says.
“There is a need for making a distinction between normal music performance during a wedding reception and the performance by disc jockeys or video jockeys or film actors and popular singers engaged through event managers by paying substantial amounts of remuneration,” Mr. Raghavender argued at a national conference on copyright law’s limitations and exceptions. “The latter is in conflict with normal exploitation of the work by the author or right holder.”
Section 52 (1) (za) (which exempts “the performance of a literary, dramatic or musical work or the communication to the public of such work or of a sound recording in the course of any bona fide religious ceremony or an official ceremony held by the Central Government or the State Government or any local authority”) also keeps wedding procession and other social festivities, which are defined as part of religious ceremony, out of the ambit of the Copyright Act.
(The Copyright Act protects literary and dramatic works, musical works, artistic works, including maps and technical drawings, photographs and audiovisual works, among other things. The rights recognised by copyright include the right to copy or otherwise reproduce a work; the right to perform it; the right to make a film or sound recording of the work; the right to communicate it to the public by broadcasting it or other means; the right to translate it and the right to make adaptations of it.)
Mr. Raghavender pointed out that the 1994 amendment to the Indian Copyright Act 1957 permitting wedding processions and other social festivities associated with marriage under the cover of religious ceremonies was criticised by some people. They had argued that marriage was a social institution, not a religious one. To them, since marriage itself was not associated with religion, the inclusion of wedding procession and other social festivities as part of religious ceremony was fallacious. They had also argued that ostentation and heavy spending on music performance at wedding receptions were undesirable and hence it was okay that the copyright owners were paid their due for the performance of music or sound recordings.
Mr. Raghavender, however, felt that while wedding and related festivities were essentially religious in nature, the expensive music and other lavish entertainment should be covered by the copyright law.
The two-day national conference, organised by the Cochin University of Science and Technology and sponsored by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, ended here recently with recommendations to make the law friendly to the needs of the developing countries.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
AN EVENT WITH A NOVEL CONCEPT.
BRINGS THE MEGASTAR PADMASHRI LT. COL. BHARATH MOHANLAL TO U A E AS A HOST.
A SHOW WHERE THE ART LOVERS GET A CHANCE TO SEE THEIR BELOVED ARTIST LIVE ON STAGE.
FELICITATION BY DIGNITARIES.
A SHOW DIRECTED BY RENOWNED DIRECTOR SHRI T. K. RAJEEVKUMAR.
A SYMPHONY BY THE RENOWNED MUSIC DIRECTOR SHRI SHARATH.
CELEBRATING THE CONFERRING OF THIS ARTIST PAR EXCELLENCE WITH THE HONORARY TITLE- ‘LIEUTENANT COLONEL’ BY THE INDIAN TERRITORIAL ARMY FOR HIS UNTIRING EFFORTS AND GIVING LIFE TO THE CHARACTER OF COLONEL MAHADEVAN IN THE TWO WAR BASED MOVIES KEERTHICHAKRA AND ITS SEQUEL KURUKSHETRA DIRECTED BY MAJOR RAVI - FIRST TIME IN THE INDIAN CINEMA.
MOHANLAL BECOMES THE GOODWILL AMBASSADOR OF THE INDIAN TERRITORIAL ARMY.
THE MEGA ENTERTAINER
PADMASRI BHARATH MOHANLAL IS CONSIDERED BY MANY CRITICS TO BE ONE OF THE FINEST ACTORS IN INDIAN CINEMA WHO EXCELS IN BOTH ART AND COMMERCIAL FILMS.
AN ARTIST PAR EXCELLENCE DECORATED WITH ONE INTERNATIONAL AWARD, FOUR NATIONAL AWARDS, TEN STATE AWARDS, TEN FILMFARE AWARDS AND NUMEROUS OTHER AWARDS FOR HIS ACTING.
AN ACTOR FAMOUS FOR HIS VERSATILITY AND NATURAL ACTING CAPABILITIES ALONG WITH AN EXCELLENT COMIC TIMING.
HE HOSTS “LAL SALAM” UNDER THE ABLE GUIDANCE OF SHRI. T.K. RAJEEVKUMAR.
25th June, 2009 THURSDAY Sheikh Rashid Hall Dubai World Trade Centre
26th June 2009 FRIDAY National Theatre Abu Dhabi
COFFEE TABLE BOOK LIMITED EDITION
• THE LIFE AND WORK OF AN ARTIST PAR EXCELLENCE IN PICTURES
A PRICED POSSESSION OF ANY ART LOVER, ON EXHIBITION AND SALE
• THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE SALE OF THE COFFEE TABLE BOOK GOES…
TOWARDS THE WELFARE OF MENTALLY CHALLENGED CHILDREN
A BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST
• A SOUVENIR FOR MOHANLAL FANS
• A WEEK LONG EXHIBITION AND SALE IN DUBAI AND ABU DHABI
CARICATURES - PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION & SALE
• 200 CARICATURES OF PADMASHRI MOHANLAL DONE BY ONE SINGLE ARTIST
- AN ENDEAVOR TO SET A WORLD RECORD
• A SELECTION OF THE CHOICEST PHOTOGRAPHS OF MOHANLAL
• A WEEK LONG EXHIBITIION AND SALE IN DUBAI & ABU DHABI
• A PERCENTAGE OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE SALE GOES TO CHARITY…
- FOR THE WELFARE OF PEOPLE STRANDED IN UAE DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS
AND WITH HIM ….
IDEA STAR SINGER WINNERS
ASHOK & TEAM
More on the EVENTS
A SPECIAL LUNCH FOR SELECTED GROUP WITH MOHANLAL
30 MEN HAVING THE SAME NAME “MOHANLAL”
30 PEOPLE WHO SHARE THE BIRTH DATE OF MOHANLAL
30 BEST DRESSED MEN - IN ANY OF MOHANLAL’S ON-SCREEN CHARACTERS
30 WOMEN – WHO WRITES MOST AFFECTIONATE EMAILS TO ANY OF MOHANLAL’S…
• OVER 4500 WILL WATCH THE SHOW IN DUBAI AND 3500 IN ABU DHABI
• BRANDING IN SOUVENIR
• 10 FULL PAGE PRINT ADS IN LEADING DAILIES
• FULL FLEDGED RADIO CAMPAIGN
• FULL FLEDGED TELEVISION CAMPAIGN
• A SPECIAL SMS DRIVEN CAMPAIGN
• PROMOTION ON A DEDICATED WEBSITE FOR THE EVENT
• BRANDING POSSIBILITY AT THE VENUE WITH KIOSKS
T K RAJEEV KUMAR
M B SANIL KUMAR
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And the show moves on to the US....
Bookmark and visit this link for regular updates on this epic tour of Mohanlal.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Dear UAE Music Lovers,
We have great pleasure in inviting you, your family and friends to a Grand Carnatic Classical Recital by the Renowned Musician Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri T V Sankaranarayanan and party on 22nd and 23rd May 2009 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively.
Please find attached the formal Invitation and the location maps for the venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. For any information regarding the concert and sponsorship, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to meeting you at the Concert and hope you enjoy the event. Please forward to other interested rasikas.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Anand Narayan in talks with Mr. K K Moidu, Gulf Today edition dated 6th May 2009.
Sparks of versatility
Singer-performer Anand Narayan was in Dubai recently to participate in Amrita TV’s 4th anniversary celebrations at Al Nasr Leisureland. KK Moidu met him
Although singer-performer and presenter Anand Narayan did not win the first prize as a participant in reality shows like Super Star Global and Idea Star Singer, he is more popular and successful than any of the participants from these shows today. He has made his mark as a presenter.
Anand was born in Thiruvananthapuram and completed his B.Tech degree in computer science from SCT College of Engineering. He first tasted being in the limelight as the presenter of Let's Dance, a highly popular dance reality show for couples, aired on Amrita TV. He was simultaneously working as a software engineer in Bangalore.
Soon TV music reality shows like Voice Hunt, Super Star Global and Idea Star Singer catapulted him into the public eye, making him a household name overnight.
His work as presenter also gave him a break as a playback singer and actor. Malayalam film Orkkuka Vallappozhum marks Anand’s debut as a playback singer. The song Mamboo Paadam is by him. His versatility is evident from the fact that he has sung a fast number, Sunday Sooryan, in the forthcoming Jayasoorya starrer Ivar Vivahitharayi.
Anand has a role in the Suresh Gopi starrer IG directed by B Unnikrishnan and is also anchoring Style Bhai, a show on men’s fashion currently being aired on Amrita TV. He has also made appearances as a presenter on Kiran TV and Asianet Plus. However, music is his forte and he has sung for many albums. At present, he has taken leave and is focusing on his career as a singer-artiste.
Tell us about your musical background and family?
I started learning music at the age of 10 and was trained in the Hindustani and Carnatic styles by Perumbavoor G Ravindranath, Ramesh Narayan and Adoor Sudarsan.
My father Purushothaman is a manager at Titanium and mother Savithri is working with State Bank of Travancore. I have an elder sister and she is married.
How did you get interested in music?
I have been addicted to Vayalar poems since childhood. At school I won several prizes for poetry recitation, including the first prize at the State Youth Festival. After joining college, my interest in poetry gradually led me to a music career.
How did you manage music and engineering studies together?
I participated in light music competitions at college functions. The inspiration and support of my friends and family helped me to continue my studies and music together.
How did you get the opportunity to participate in TV music reality shows?
After completing my graduation, I was working in Bangalore as a software engineer. At that time I attended the audition of SS Music Voice Hunt. I also cleared the audition of Superstar Global and Idea Star Singer.
How did you get the opportunity to present Let's Dance?
I was one among the 21 final participants of Super Star Global aired on Amrita TV. When Amrita started the new programme Let's Dance I was selected as the host.
What was your experience as a host of Let's Dance like?
It was a very good experience in my career. It increased my confidence and gave me the opportunity to meet many celebrity guests present on the show. My dancing skills also improved during this time.
After presenting the programme, I received offers to perform on stage and present shows in India and abroad in countries like the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
How did you get the opportunity to sing for Orkkuka Vallappozhum?
Music director M Jayachandran was a judge at the Super Star Global and he gave me the opportunity to sing in the film.
You also made your film debut as an actor in IG, How did you get the role? Do you intend to continue your acting career in films?
I would like to continue my career as an actor. Director B Unnikrishnan, who was a celebrity guest at Let's Dance offered me the role in IG and he has a good opinion about my performance.
Tell us about your ongoing and future projects?
I am singing a fast number Sunday Sooryan in the forthcoming Jayasoorya starrer Ivar Vivahitharayi. I have completed a few albums and anchoring Style Bhai on Amrita TV.
I will also be participating in stage programmes in Switzerland and Germany as a host-cum-singer.
Who is your favourite singer and music director?
I like Shankar Mahadevan’s stage performances and love the music of Raveendran, AR Rehman and Ilayaraja.
You are a singer, a host and an actor…what do you like the most?
I like to be a presenter and singer on stage shows. As a playback singer I have sung only two songs and acted in only one film.
Photograph: Nisham A Manaf
Report: K K Moidu, Gulf Today
Monday, May 4, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Learn Mridangam Online
Korambu Mridanga Kalari founded by Sri Korambu Subramanyan Namboodiri has started classes for learning Mridangam online. The institution targets cultivating the potential of the students to perform kacheri and do the pakkamelam to the classical dance like Bharathanatyam through one year course. By performing the mridangamela students develop qualities like self-confidents, self-respect etc. The main feature of KMK is to develop young students to perform stage Programmes.Sri Vikraman Namboodiri, son and gifted disciple of Subramanyan Namboodiri, present Director and chief instructor of the kalari is now on an international tour to promote online learning of Mridangam.
Those who are interested may contact:
Korambu Mridanga Kalari
Nada, Irinjalakuda, Thrissur District, Kerala State INDIA PIN: 680121
Mob: +91 9349855088
+91 9249122037( 0ffice) 0480 2833857
Dubai : 00971 557758718 - Preethi Sathesh
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Watch out for this space. Coming soon - My journey through the world of music by Anand Narayan.
Anand Narayan - a bundle of talents. You name it, he has it. Singer, TV presenter, Event co-ordinator and many more that we all yet to experience from this power pack of talent. He has started his journey through the world of music and share it exclusively with Q4music, his experience.
Enjoy reading his experiences as he travels from his native Trivandrum to various parts of the world - Abu Dhabi - his first stage, Dubai, Thailand, Russia, Switzerland and various other countries and not to forget Bangalore, Trivandrum, Cochin, Calicut, Trichur and other cities in India.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Mame Khan, Dewoo Khan, Manjoor Khan, Dare Khan, Imam Khan, Abu Dhabi, Indo- Arab Culture Fest 2009, Manganiyar Music
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Text is from www.amritapuri.org/amma/ & nowhere else. Song by Amma, "Ichamayi", can be found on the "Amma Sings at Home - Amritapuri Bhajans Vol. 3" CD. All Amma pictures are copyrighted MA Center...
Text is from www.amritapuri.org/amma/ & nowhere else.
Song by Amma, "Ichamayi", can be found on the "Amma Sings at Home - Amritapuri Bhajans Vol. 3" CD.
All Amma pictures are copyrighted MA Center. I do not own any other picture from this video, No copyright infringement intended.
This video is offered at the Lotus Feet of Satguru Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.
He sings a few charming rounds of swarams too afterwards.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Contact :: P. Nandakumar
Geethanjali, West Nada Street
680 121 Irinjalakuda
Trichur District, Kerala, India
Tel. +91 (0)480 2828080
Mobile +91 (0)94473 50780
Korambu Mridanga Kalari is now started online Mridanga classes. The aim of this online mridanga class is to popularise. The art form “Mridangamela” which is a master piece of Kurumba Mridanga Kalari.
Goulren Appepry (france) Fabienne Joubaud (france) visited Korambu Mridanga Kalari,Irinjalakuda
Korambu Mridanga Kalari
Nada, Irinjalakuda, Thrissur District, Kerala State INDIA PIN: 680121
Mob: +91 9349855088
+91 9249122037( 0ffice) 0480 2833857
Dubai : 00971 557758718 - Preethi Sathesh
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Excerpts about various news articles on Mr. K P Jayan:
Indian expat to sing Arabic songs
By Barbara Bibbo / GULF NEWS(published 2002)
The Arabic musical world boasts hundreds of singers from different nationalities, but all from Arab countries. The exception is K.P. Jayan, an Indian living in Dubai, who is probably the first non-Arab to sing in Arabic.
The Back-2-School Surprises Organising Committee has given Jayan a chance to sing for the first time in front of a UAE audience during the weeklong programme.
Jayan made his debut yesterday evening at the BurJuman Centre where the crowds at the mall listened amazed at the Indian singing in Arabic.
Today, he will perform at the Oasis Centre at 7.30 pm and later the same day at BurJuman and Al Mazaya centres. His repertoire includes songs by the most popular Arabic singers such as Nabil Shail, Mohammed Abdouh, Amr Diab, Hisham Abbas and many others.
Jayan's love of Arabic music started when he heard 'Rahalti', the refrain of a song by the Kuwaiti singer, Abdallah Ruwaishi. At that time he was living in Bahrain and was a singer of classical Indian and Western music.
So deeply impressed was he by "Rahalti" that he started to listen to Arabic music and to repeat the sounds and words that he heard on tapes and over the radio. He directed all his passion and vocal abilities towards Arabic music.
He sang in Arabic for the first time on the occasion of Bahrain National Day and was praised for his voice and singing abilities.
"It was my debut in Arabic and I was terribly sad. Even though the public appreciated the performance, somebody noticed that my pronunciation was not good. So I promised myself that I would learn the correct accent and I did not sing again until I had learned how to pronounce all the words properly."
Jayan has been living in Dubai with his family since 1993 and works as a marketing executive in a Dubai-based company.
So far, he has performed in Bahrain and Qatar, where he has been appreciated and admired for his singing and his love of the Arabic musical heritage.
"I have received important support from UAE national friends, who have helped me improve my language and my pronunciation. Their generosity has supported me throughout the years and nowadays I prefer to sing in Arabic rather than in my mother tongue, Malayalam."
Jayan is currently recording his own album with original Arabic songs written and composed in cooperation with his national friends.
"I dedicate all my spare time to Arabic music and I dream of becoming a full-time singer and holding concerts all over the Arab countries," he revealed.
Jayan, who now speaks Arabic fluently, takes part in a radio programme on Asianet, giving lessons in Arabic, Indian and Western classical music.
"I love music and spend all my spare time on it together with my son. My son is a percussionist and my daughter a singer. She is performing with me this week."
His 12-year-old son, Tulsi, who is learning Arabic, supports his father by singing with him in Arabic and helping him realise his dream and turn these into reality.
Khaled Chaabi, from the Back-2-School Organising Committee, noted: "His debut is going to be a real success. This is the first time we are listening to an expatriate singing in Arabic. The public will love him. "
An Arabic singer from Kerala
Staff Reporter /THE HINDU April 2006
Kozhikode: A Dubai-based Arabic singer, K.P. Jayan, and his daughter Tulasi, who performs along with her father, have been accorded a reception at their native village, Chombal, at Vadakara in Kozhikode district. The programme was organised by Gopi Arts and Sports Club, in connection with Chombal Mahotsavam, on Saturday.
The father and daughter performed in a concert on the occasion.
The lyricist Kaithapram Damodaran Namboodiri and the playback singers Gayatri, Rajesh and Vijay participated.
Jayan has been living in Dubai since 1993 and works as managing director of a company there. Said to be the first Keralite to sing Arabic songs,
Mr. Jayan is a familiar face to Arabs and non-Resident Indians in the Gulf nations. His style and pronunciation are so natural that he will be mistaken as an original Arabic singer, says T.P. Devaraj of Chombal.
Jayan's love for Arabic music started when he listened to a song, Rahalti, sung by a Kuwaiti singer, Abdulla Ruwaishi. At that time, he was staying in Bahrain. He then started to listen to Arabic music on the tape recorder and the local radio.
Mr. Jayan staged his maiden performance on Bahrain National Day. He sang one of his favourite Arabic songs, Awafi, sung by K.J. Jesudas.
However to his dismay, an Arab who was present among the audience later told him that his pronunciation was wrong.
The incident became the turning point in his career. Gradually he learned to master Arabic songs.
Nowadays, even Arabs, after hearing him sing, disbelieve that he is not an Arab. Mr. Jayan learned music from Mathoor Hariharan Aiyer and Harippad K.P.N. Pillai.
Any music lover who wish to contact Mr. K P Jayan may write to him at email@example.com