Monday, June 26, 2006

mAmi plays mAnjI

This recording of my guru Smt. Kalpagam Swaminathan playing the Muttuswami Dikshitar kRti rAmachandrENa samrakShito'ham (rAga: mAnjI, tAla: rUpaka) was made by Srini Pichumani in 1997 at mAmi's Indira Nagar home in Chennai. It has recently made its way to the internet, thanks to Ramji and Vidya.

I have listened to this rendition so many times, and never cease to be amazed by the precision with which she plays it. Or you can listen to what I - my own harshest critic - would consider a pale imitation (requires Real Player).

The antara gAndhAra is probably the only feature that sets mAmi's version apart from the Semmangudi/MSS version. It also figures noticeably in her rendition of the other MD kRti shrI sarasvatI hitE (also requires Real Player).


bharath said...

beautiful video and needless to say i loved the rendition. hope i can have a copy.

divide_by_zero said...

your recording is great too!!