Tribute

Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar

A tribute to a leading musician of the Golden Era in connection with his birth anniversary on Sep 1.

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RJ: Srividya

Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar

A tribute to a leading musician of the Golden Era in connection with his birth anniversary on Sep 1.

Chembai, as he was popularly called, had a voice with a 'Bell Metal' quality, and his child-like manner endeared him to audiences. In his successful career spanning seven decades, he attributed all his success to his favorite deity, Guruvayurappan; after he regained his voice, he also donated all his earnings to Guruvayurappan. As a performer, his creative ability was astonishing, and as a guru, he was sensitive and revered by all his disciples, whom he encouraged and helped to the maximum. Chembai could also play the violin and flute capably, and he has played both instruments on stage - when he was suffering from his throat ailment and couldn't sing, he gave occasional flute concerts. Chembai was one of the stars of the recording era, and was one of the first Carnatic musicians to have a "concert set" released commercially. Apart from having an amazing voice, Chembai was also a musician whose sense of shruti was perfect. On the occasion of Chembai's birth anniversary, this programme plays some of his vintage recordings, where the clarity of his singing, and his complete control singing at great speed, are evident. These recordings are 60-75 years old, and the age of the recording is inevitably reflected in the audio quality.

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