Music

MS Repertoire – Range of Genres

The galaxy of genres span South Indian Classical (Carnatic) and North Indian Classical (Hindustani) Music.

A glimpse from the vast repertoire of MS.

1.Namavali  

MS and Radha participated in a Bhajan Mandali held at Vasant Vihar Chennai.   MS is leading this Namavali – Gowri Nandana Gajanana

2. Adi Tala Varnam 

Entho Prema in Ragam Surutti composed by Tiruvottiyur Thyagaraja

3. Ata Tala Varnam

Viribhoni – in Ragam Bhairavi  sung in 1960s

4. Abhang 

Sundarathey Dhyana in Raga Yaman Kalyan

5. Bhajan 

Gave Guni Gani  in Raga Desh sung in 1950s

6. Kavadi Chindu 

Manju Nihar

7. Svarajathi 

Amba Kamakshi in Ragam Bhairavi, Mishra Chapu Talam composed by Shyama Sastri

Nee Saati in Ragam Shriranjani composed by Dikshithar

8. Pancharatnams composed by Thyagaraja

Link : https://blog.msstribute.org/pancharatna-kritis/

9. Devar Nama composed by Purandaradasa

The Karnataka Government had organised the 400th Purandara Jayanti at the Purandara Mantap on the banks of the Tungabhadra in Hampi. M.S. was to inaugurate the concert in the evening.On the morning of the concert, a few women near the riverbank were talking among themselves in Tamil, wondering whether they would get a darshan of M.S.At the same time, a group of Tamil women was walking towards the river to have a holy dip. The women walked up to those seated and inquired about their welfare.On learning about their desire, a middle-aged woman instantaneously squatted on the sands and sang Dasana madiko enna swami, Elliruvano Ranga emba samshaya beda and Enduro mahanubhavulu!u. TRS who was present there was so overwhelmed by the bhakti that he fell prostrate before the great M.S. “Every rasika is a Purandara-Kanaka-Tyagaraja and other saint composers to me. So a rasika’s wish is a command to be obeyed at once,” she told him.G.T. Narayana Rao, Tiruchi, T.N.” (from Letters to the Editor, Hindu)

Listen to the songs from this concert at Hampi, 1964 at the link below

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqEa-zdNa5xdMWua5bih_PY1_U16I2j2K

 

10. Dadra 

Muraliya in Raag Mishra Khamaj

11. Shabad

Thakur Tum Charan in Raag Maand

12. Rabindra Sangeet

Link : https://blog.msstribute.org/ms-repertoire-rabindra-sangeet-bengali/

13. Tarangam composed by Narayana Teertha

Govinda Miha in Ragam Bageshri, Talam Khanda Chapu

14. Pasurams –  verses written between 7th – 9th Century AD

Link : https://blog.msstribute.org/ms-repertoire-pasurams/

15. Tevaram – verses written in 7th century AD 

Link: https://blog.msstribute.org/ms-repertoire-tevaram/

16. Viruttams

Link : https://blog.msstribute.org/ms-repertoire-viruttams/

17. Sanskrit Slokas

Link: https://blog.msstribute.org/ms-repertoire-iconic-slokams/

18. Suprabhatam – Recordings

Venkateswara Suprabhatham

Kamakshi Suprabhatham

Kasi Rameshwara Suprabhatham

tiruvenkatamudaiyaan tiruppalliye (Sri venkatesa suprabhatam in tamil)

Meenakshi Suprabhatam

19. Kritis 

Marubalka in Ragam Shriranjani composed by Thyagaraja

Shri Krishna Bhaja manasa in Ragam Thodi composed by Dikshithar 

Mayamma in Ragam Ahiri composed by Shyama Sastri 

20. Thillana 

Surutti Thillana composed by Mysore Vasudevacharya

21. Ghazal  

Ishrate Qatra composed by Mirza Galib; Part of  11 Languages Record

22. Thiruppugazh 

Apakaara Nindai in Ragam Chakravaham ; Verses written by Arunagirinathar

23. Javali

Cheli nenetlu in ragam Paras,  composition of Tanjore Chinnayya,

24. Ragam Tanam Pallavi 

Link : https://blog.msstribute.org/ms-repertoire-ragam-tanam-pallavi/

25. Padam

moratopu calada in ragam sahana, composer Kshetragna

26.  MelaRagaMalika Chakra composed by Shri Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer  – Recording in 1989

 

MS Repertoire – Ragam Tanam Pallavi

A  compilation of some of the Ragam Tanam Pallavis that MS has sung in various concerts. 

We thank Smt. Kiranavali Vidyasankar for sharing additional insights about the Pallavis. 

Terms : Starting point of the line (eduppu),  landing point (arudi)

1.RTP in Ragam Begada   : Kailasapate, pasupate, umapate, namostute  

Adi tala (2-Kalai) ; Eduppu at 3/4ths of the first beat of the tala; arudi kaarvai of 5 counts

Concert at Madras Music Academy on Dec 26,1955
Accompaniments:
Smt Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support
Sri Thiruvalangadu N.Sundaresa Iyer – Violin
Sri T.K.Murthy – Mridangam
Sri Umayalpuram N.Kodhandarama Aiyar – Ghatam

In the Hindu Frontline Article titled The MS phenomenon, Gowri Ramnarayan writes  “The Alathur brothers, known to be masters of laya and pallavi exposition, were to call on M.S. the next day and offer their congratulations. “We have no words to describe the beauty and balance of your presentation. What anchored every part firmly to a finished whole was the accent on the raga and the bhava you brought to it. This is what makes your music so enchanting, so durable. This is what the great Dakshinamurti Pillai found to be special in your singing years ago.”


2. RTP in Ragam Thodi  :  Ananda poorna bodhoham, shivoham sacchida (ananda)

Mishra jati Triputa tala (2-Kalai); Eduppu at 2/4ths (1/2) of the first beat; arudi karvai of 7 counts

Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer used to also sing this Pallavi.

Concert at Mumbai in 1959
Accompanists:
Sri R.S.Gopalakrishnan – Violin
Sri T.K.Murthy – Mridangam
Sri T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam

 

3. RTP in Ragam Sankarabaranam  : Saravana bhava guru guha shanmukha saminathane

Chaturashra jati Rupaka tala (4-Kalai); Eduppu at 2/4ths (1/2) of the first beat; arudi karvai of 3/4ths

Concert  at Madras Music Academy on 27th Dec,1964 
Accompanists :
Sri Tiruvalangadu N. Sundaresa Iyer (Violin)
Sri Tanjore T. K. Murthi (Mridangam)
Sri Umayalpuram N. Kodandarama Iyer (Ghatam)

Note : Saravana bhava guru guha shanmukha saminathane pallavi sung in Ragam Kharaharapriya in Concert at Madras Music Academy in 1960 (Paddhati CD by Charsur)


4. RTP in Ragam Keeravani : Ma Madura Meenakshi Maam Pahi 

Tishra jati Triputa tala, Khanda gati – Starting point of the line (eduppu) is 1/5ths of the first beat; landing point (arudi) kaarvai is 6 counts (basically it spills over to the second beat in the second half of the tala).

Ragam and Tanam

Pallavi

 Concert at Madras Music Academy On Dec 25,1965
Accompanists:
Smt Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support
Sri V.V.Subrahmanyam – Violin
Sri T.K.Murti – Mridangam
Sri T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam


5. RTP in Ragam Kalyani : Un Darisanam Kidaikkumo Nataraja Dayanidhe 

Tishra jati Triputa (2-Kalai); Eduppu 1/2 of the last beat of the tala – this is called ateeta eduppu because it comes at the end of the tala cycle. Arudi is camouflaged by the fact that the word Raja lands there (total count of 7 for Raja, 4 for Ra and 3 for ja)

Concert at Chennai in 1967 

Same Pallavi in Ragam Dharmavati 

Concert in Bengaluru in 1975


6. RTP in Ragam Bhairavi : Amba Madura Meenakshi Maam Pahi Devi

Tishra jati Triputa tala 4-Kalai;Eduppu of 3/4ths at the last beat of the tala; arudi kaarvai is 3/4ths of the beat

Concert  at Madras Music Academy on  Dec 22, 1968  (Year that MS was awarded the Sangita Kalanidhi)
Accompanists:
Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support
V.V.Subrahmanyam – Violin
T.K.Murthy – Mridangam
T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam
Pudukottai S.Mahadevan – Morsing


7. RTP in Ragam Thodi : Chinthai Valar Senthil Velava Siva Mainda Enthan  

Khanda jati Triputa tala (2-Kalai); Eduppu is at 1/2 of the first beat; arudi kaarvai 7 counts

Concert at Madras Music Academy on Dec 25,1969
Accompanists
Smt Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support
Sri V.V.Subrahmanyam-Violin
Sri T.K.Murti -Mridangam
Sri V.Nagarajan -Kanjira
Sri T.H.Vinayakaram-Ghatam


8. RTP in Ragam Shanmukapriya : Sharavanabhava Guhane Shanmukhane

Adi (2-Kalai);Eduppu at little finger; arudi kaarvai is 7 counts

Concert in 1969
Accompanists:
Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support
V.V.Subrahmanyam – Violin
T.K.Murthy – Mridangam
V.Nagarajan – Khanjira
T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam


9. RTP  in Ragam Bhairavi,  Daravidalita Kuvalayadala Neela

Chatusra jati Jhampa tala (4-kalai) or Tishra jati Triputa tala (4-Kalai);

Eduppu at 3/4ths of the first beat; arudi is camouflaged by the word “laya” (total of 6 counts; 3 for la and 3 for ya)

Concert at the Madras Music Academy on  Dec 25, 1970
Accompanists:
Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support
V.V.Subrahmanyam – Violin
T.K.Murthy – Mridangam
V.Nagarajan – Khanjira
T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam


10. RTP in Ragam Sankarabaranam : Dasharathe Karunapayonidhe Inakulatilaka 

Adi (4-Kalai); Eduppu at 1/2 of the first beat; arudi karvai is 3/4ths of the beat

Concert at Madras Music Academy on Dec 25,1971
Accompanists:
Radha Viswanathan – Vocal
Kandadevi S.Azhagiriswami – Violin
T.K.Murthy – Mridangam
V.Nagarajan – Khanjira
T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam

Note: MS has also sung this Pallavi in Ragam Thodi


11. RTP in Ragam Kambodhi, Parimala Rangapate Maampahi

Chaturashra Rupaka (4-Kalai); Eduppu at 3/4ths of the laghu; arudi karvai is 3/4ths of the beat

Concert at Madras Music Academy on Dec 24, 1973
Accompanists:
Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support
V.V.Subrahmanyam – Violin
Karaikkudi R.Mani – Mridangam
V.Nagarajan – Khanjira
T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam


12. RTP in Ragam Dhanyasi : Varada Venkatasaila 

Tisra Triputa (1-Kalai) but spread over 2 Avartanams;  Very interesting and unusual 1-Kalai Pallavi but spread over 2 avartanams (2 rounds of tala).

Eduppu 6 counts; arudi 14 karvais

Concert at Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai on  Aug 16,1974
Accompanists:
Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support
Kandadevi S.Azhagiriswami – Violin
T.K.Murthy – Mridangam
V.Nagarajan – Kanjira
T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam


13. RTP in Ragam Hemavati :Ninne Nammiti Nivegati Neerajadalanayana

Khanda jati Jhampa tala, Khada gati; Eduppu at 2/5ths the flip; Arudi karvai 3/5ths of a beat

Concert at  Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai in 1976
Accompanists:
Smt Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support
Sri V.V.Subrahmanyam – Violin
Sri T.K.Murthy – Mridangam
Sri V.Nagarajan – Kanjira
Sri T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam


14 A. RTP in Ragam Kharaharapriya : Mal Marugane Murugane Guhane Umayaal Magane Arul Thiru

Khanda jati Triputa tala (2-Kalai); Eduppu at 1/2 of the first beat; arudi karvai of 4 counts

Ragam and Tanam

Pallavi 

14 B. Mal Marugane Murugane Guhane Umayaal Magane Arul Thiru Pallavi  in Ragam Mayamalavagowla : 

Ragam and Tanam

Pallavi 


15A. RTP in  Ragam Simhendramadhyamam, Talam Adi (2 Kalai) : Nandagopala Mukunda Hare Govinda

Adi tala (2-Kalai);Eduppu at 3/4ths of the first beat; arudi karvai of 7 counts

15B.  Ragam Mohanam :Nandagopala Mukunda Hare Govinda

Chaturashra jati Rupaka tala (4-Kalai);Eduppu at 3/4ths of the first beat in the laghu; arudi karvai of 3 counts (3/4ths of beat in the dhrtam)

Concert at Indian Fine Arts, Chennai in 1975


16. RTP in Ragam Dharmavathi : Sundara Sakhi Sumangali Madura Meenakshi 

Adi (2-Kalai);Eduppu at 1/2 of the first beat; arudi karvai of 7 counts


17. RTP in Ragam Bhairavi : Velavane unadu padam thunaiye orarumugane arumugane

Khanda jati Jhampa tala (4-Kalai);Eduppu at 1/2 of the first beat; arudi karvai of 3/4ths of the dhrtam beat

Source : Sangeethapriya.org


18. RTP in Ragam Saveri : Orudharam Siva Chidambaramenru Uraithaal Podhum Podhum ; Talam : Adi (Tisra Gati)  – Tiruvadi Charanam  CD released by Charsur

19. RTP in Ragam Thodi : Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama ; Talam : Adi  (4 Kalai)  ; Concert at Madras Music Academy in 1957

20. RTP in Ragam Bhairavi : Govindanadi Mukundanadi Enakkavar Sondamadi 

Ragam and Tanam: 

Pallavi:

Source: Rasikas.org

MS Repertoire – Songs on Lakshmi

1.Slokam followed by Hiranmayim Lakshmim in Ragam Lalitha composed by Muthuswami Dikshithar

2. Shri Varalakshmi in Ragam Shri composed  by Muthuswami Dikshithar

 

MS Repertoire – Shri Krishnam Bhaja Manasa (Composer : Muthuswami Dikshithar)

Music Academy Concert on Sunday 27th December 1964

Accompanists :
Tiruvalangadu N. Sundaresa Iyer (Violin)
T. K. Murthy (Mridangam)
Umayalpuram N. Kodandarama Iyer (Ghatam)

Shri Krishnam Bhaja Manasa in Ragam Thodi composed by Muthuswami Dikshithar

source:sangeethapriya.org

 

MS Repertoire – Marubalka (Composer: Thyagaraja)

 

Marubalka in Ragam Sriranjani composed by Thyagaraja

Accompanists:
R.K.Venkatarama Shastri – Violin
V.Nagarajan – Mridangam
Umayalpuram N.Kodhandarama Aiyar – Ghatam