karnATik kritique

December, 2003All the Carnatic music you need!
What's new?

Check out the latest in the kartoon section. Take the time to relax and not take your music quite SO seriously. You can also send it as a greeting card to a friend and share the laughs.

Downloadable Lessons
There have been LOTS of requests for the downloadable lessons. Please keep in mind to send a Yahoo ID and mention that you want them in your email. I'll give you access each Friday for a week.:
Zipped lessons

Soap opera story - Music is forever

Last time, we began the continuing fiction series. Here is installment 2 - read and cry and laugh and enjoy. Story

Notations and meanings

From now on, you'll start to see more notations and meanings crop up on the pages. Keep visiting the lyrics to see if your favorite song has more info. If you want more, just ask!

Featured Links

Indian Classical MP3
MP3 audio of Yesudas and M Balamuralikrishna's RTP, plus more MP3s from around the world.

KarnATaka sangItam
Downloadable Real Audio and MP3 versions of over 100 different songs by well-known artists on vocal and veena.

If you missed the latest additions or last month's issue, don't worry. All our new stuff is on the site.

What's new page

Articles and trivia

Last time, K. Sundararajan described the greatness of Tyagaraja. This month, M.G. Vasudevan returns with a detailed description of Papanasam Shivan's Enna Thavam. Send us your thoughts on this article. Click to go to the article.

Trivia answers:
1) Researchers at Cornell University, who made a working "nanoharp" six by eight thousandths of a millimeter (the size of a human cell)!
2) The Tamil film "Raja Bhakthi"
3) MD Ramanathan (although many others have given the same warning recently!)

And here are few more trivia for you to puzzle over until next time:

a. Who has won the Sangeetha Kalanidhi award for 2003?

b. What upcoming English movie will describe the trials of a Carnatic musician?

c. How many vivadi melas are in the melakartha system?

I have added another 300 songs! This includes ALL Tyagaraja songs now. Also included are songs by Dayananda Saraswati, Tanjavur Shankara Iyer, Sadashiva Bruhmendrar, Padma Veeraraghavan (lyrics contributed by MG Vasudevan), Tiruvettiyur Tyagayya, and others. Below are a few of the songs.
Tyaagaraaja compositions

More songs now on the site:

  • hari hara vinuta (geetam) - naaTTai
  • kaal maari aaDiya - kuntala varaaLi - AP
  • kaaNa vENum laksham kaNgaL - shuruTTi - AK
  • mandara dhararE (geetam) - kaambhOji - PGS
  • saakEta nagara naatha - harikaambhOji - MSR
  • karnATik this month

    Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.

    - Sir Thomas Beecham

    If you haven't in a while, visit karnATik! The site has grown immensely.

    This month brings a HUGE number of lyrics (phew!) and some more fun stuff, not to mention a new story,

    article, and more!

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