RTP

Raga Keeravani

Madurai S Somasundaram sings an RTP in Raga Keeravani in his inimitable style.

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RJ: Mahadevan

Raga Keeravani

Madurai S Somasundaram sings an RTP in Raga Keeravani in his inimitable style.

The Ragam Tanam Pallavi has for long been the showpiece of performance, calling attention, as it does, to the technical competence of the artiste. It also provides a complete experience of all the improvisational elements. It is an added bonus when the kalpana swaras also include a ragamalika section, which most listeners look forward to. In this programme, Madurai Somasundaram sings a Ragam Tanam Pallavi in Raga Keeravani in his unique and inimitable style. He talks to his accompanists, praises them profusely, and generally enjoys himself. In the middle of the pallavi, he suddenly veers off and sings a completely different line, and one can guess it was the result of a thought that occurred to him at the moment. Somu also indicates right at the outset that this is a ragam tanam pallavi, with a bit of tanam right at the beginning. The quintessential Somu experience comes through in the ragamalika kalpana swaras, where the rapport between the main artiste and the violinist comes to the fore.

Songs in this Program