Thursday, June 10, 2010

Dr. N Ramani - Flute

Nadaswaram and Flute had been my choice instruments for ever.
Ramani Sir has always been brnging the best out of the flute.
Here is an old LP album of Sri Natesan Ramani!!
This is a favourite album with the class expressed as briefly as it could be.
I had this album with me for decades.
Good things are meant to be shared!
Here it is!

A write up:

Padmashri Nadesan Ramani (also known as Flute Ramani, b. 1934) is a renowned Indian Carnatic flautist from Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu. He is a disciple of the legendary T. R. Mahalingam, known more commonly as "Mali," who first popularised the Carnatic flute in Indian music. The birthplace of Ramani is symbolic in that Carnatic musicians consider Tiruvarur the sacred sanctuary of Carnatic music, being the birthplace of the "trinity" of Carnatic composers, Saint Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Shastri who laid the foundation for the tradition. Aside from the influence of his place of birth, Ramani was born into a musical family. Ramani's grandfather, Sri Aazhiyur Narayanaswami Iyer, was his first guru and was a well known flute artist and singer himself. Aware of young Ramani's keen interest in the Carnatic flute, Ramani's initiation to Carnatic music began at the age of five. Although Palladam Sanjeeva Rao was Sharaba Shastri's successor, it was "Mali" and N. Ramani, who brought international attention to the Carnatic flute both in their own distinct flute playing techniques, with the latter improving on the former's methods. The "Mali" bani encompassed facial expressions such as slight tilting of the head, varied movement of the lips which produced the vocal effect in the Carnatic never explored before by Sharaba Shastri or Palladam Sanjeeva Rao. Bringing out more of the tradition Mali introduced in the playing of the Carnatic flute, Ramani's distinctive style is the transformation of the Carnatic flute into the voice of a proficient Carnatic vocalist. Stressing such importance on the emphasis of vocal style of playing, he displayed characteristics of the human voice in his concerts often observed in his fast paced yet melodious performances. According to Ramani, "Mali's teaching methods were worth emulating. A good teacher should be open to learning from his students too. Mali learnt Aahiri raga from me, which I had learnt from T. Vishwanathan, Balasaraswathi's brother". In 1996, he gained the most prestigious title/award in Carnatic music, Sangeetha Kalanidhi. N. Ramani's performances in All India Radio (AIR) have received numerous praises from renonwned Hindustani and Carnatic musicians alike and his performances overseas had been recognised with numerous awards. Some of the highlights include the Sangeetha Kalanidhi, awarded by the Music Academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, the Sangeetha Acharya award from Wasser College, U.S., the honorary citizenship status in Maryland, Ohio, U.S., and the Padma Shri Award from the President of India. He holds an honorary Cultural Doctorate from The World University of Arizona.



Let us enjoy good music!!


Ayalurv said...

Many thanks for this upload.

Would you please check the upload of first song- Idi Nyayama since I am unable to download it.

Best Regards.

Vijayagopal said...

Dear Friend,
The file is very much in order.
Many people have downloaded it.
Try again and you should be able to d/l it!

maheshbvm said...

This is a wonderful blog, thanks to Mr. Vijayagopal for uploading the sensational flute performances of Dr. N. Ramani. I would like request you to upload the compositions of kunnakudi vaidyanathan and few other legendary classical musicians of our country. Also, If you have any good books related to Indian culture or its languages please upload it too.