Tomorrow is the one hundred and thirtieth delivery anniversary of Papanasam Sivan, who enriched Carnatic music along with his Tamil kritis
For Carnatic music lovers, the identify Papanasam Sivan immediately brings to thoughts the picture of an previous, unassuming man with gray beard and vibhuti smeared on his broad brow. An excellent composer, he has enriched the world of classical music with gems in Tamil comparable to ‘Naan Oru Vilaiyattu Bommaiya,’ (Navarasa Kanada); ‘Paratpara Parameswara’ (Vachaspati); ‘Kaana Kann Kodi Vendum’ (Khambodi); ‘Devi Neeye Thunai’ (Kiravani); ‘Ka Vaa Vaa’ (Varali) and ‘Kapaali’ (Mohanam).
Papanasam Sivan developed a ardour for composing songs after he shifted base from Kerala to Tamil Nadu. His father died when Sivan was simply seven. He used to stay along with his ailing mom in Thiruvananthapuram. As a younger boy, he labored as a prepare dinner in Ootupara. He would work by means of the day and spend the evening listening to harikatha. Thus started his love for bhajans and non secular discourses.
In 1910, Sivan travelled to Papanasam to stick with his brother. It’s right here that he started to take heed to Carnatic live shows, changing into so keen about music that he took to writing kritis. The legendary vocalist Konerirajapuram Vaidyanatha Iyer, whose live shows Sivan would take heed to probably the most, additionally impressed him to compose songs. Vaidyanatha Iyer was recognized for his Thodi renditions, and Sivan composed greater than 20 kritis within the raga. Quickly the 2 developed a deep bonding, with Sivan trying as much as Iyer as his guru.
Sivan would by no means miss Iyer’s live shows and he as soon as walked greater than seven miles from Kumbakonam to Ammankudi to attend one. Iyer made Sivan sit subsequent to him on stage and rendered his track ‘Sikkalmeviya’ in Kambodi raga.
When Sivan settled in Madras in 1929, Rukmini Devi was among the many first to recognise his genius. He was related to Kalakshetra from 1934 to 1939 and Rukmini Devi was certainly one of his college students. Maybe this tenure at Kalakshetra impressed Sivan to compose a number of pada varnams that at the moment are carried out in Bharatanatyam. Many main musicians comparable to S. Rajam learnt music from Sivan.
Sri Papanasam Sivan, Mr. Okay.Okay. Shah, Governor of Tamil Nadu, and Rukmini Arundale on the forty fifth Annual Convention of the Music Academy held on December 19, 1971 in Madras.
He can even be remembered for his bhajans. He would lead the early morning processions by means of Mylapore’s temple streets through the Tamil month of Margazhi. Many Carnatic stalwarts comparable to S. Ramanathan, D.Okay. Jayaraman and Ramnad Krishnan would be a part of him. Even after Sivan’s demise, the custom has been continued by musicians comparable to Sanjay Subrahmanyam, S. Sowmya, Vijay Siva and Gayatri Venkatraghavan.
Papanasam Sivan through the Margazhi bhajan session
Considered one of Sivan’s first songs on Lord Kapaleeswarar ‘Kaana Kankodi’ in Kambodi, was composed throughout certainly one of these outings. His composition, ‘Srirama nama bhajanaisei maname’ was composed to indicate his devotion to Lord Rama. Additionally, since his unique identify is Ramayya, he used it because the mudra in his kritis.
The net celebration
This 12 months marks the one hundred and thirtieth delivery anniversary of Papanasam Sivan. To commemorate the event, Sivan High quality Arts Academy in affiliation with Papanasam Sivan Rasigar Sangam will host a particular on-line occasion from tomorrow to October 1. It will likely be inaugurated by N. Murali, president, The Music Academy, at 7.30 p.m. The night will start with Dushyant Sridhar’s speak on Papanasam Sivan adopted by the rendition of Sivan’s ‘Iha Param’ kriti in Simhendramadhyamam by 80 college students from the U.S.
The six-day celebration will characteristic 130 musicians from throughout the globe, who will current 130 of Sivan’s kritis, (with out repetition). On the inaugural day, Sudha Ragunathan, Sowmya, Sikkil Gurucharan, Gayathri Venkataraghavan, Rukmini Ramani and Mallika Ramani, Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna, Bharat Sundar and Ashok Ramani will carry out.
Live shows of musicians together with Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, Gayathri Girish, Saketharaman, Mahathi, Nisha Rajagopal, Okay. Gayathri, Ashwath Narayanan, Vishnudev Nambootiri, Vignesh Ishwar, Vasudha Ravi and Suryaprakash will likely be screened from September 27 to October 1.
Every day can even characteristic the solo performances of near 25 artistes. On the final day, the Sivan memorial lecture will likely be delivered by Okay. Harishankar, secretary, Narada Gana Sabha, and Cleveland V.V. Sundaram.
The one hundred and thirtieth delivery anniversary celebrations for Papanasam Sivan will start along with his ‘Iha Param’ kriti in Simhendramadhyamam. “One of many causes to decide on this track was as a result of it was popularised by M.S. Subbulakshmi, and we’re singing it in her reminiscence too, since her 104th delivery anniversary was celebrated just lately. We deliberate to current it at this 12 months’s Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana with 150 college students, however because the occasion was cancelled because of the pandemic, I made a decision to make it part of this occasion with 80 college students,” says Ashok Ramani, who has conceived this musical ode to his grandfather.
The collaborating college students had been skilled by Srividhya Vasudevan, Prarthana Sai Narasimhan and Trichur Rithu for the Cleveland pageant. “One group of scholars will sing the pallavi portion adopted by one other group rendering the sangatis. This sample follows until the charanam.”
The occasion could be considered on Ashok Ramani’s YouTube cahnnel and Fb: https://www.facebook.com/ashok.ramani.18
The author is a Carnatic vocalist and grandson of Papanasam Sivan.