There are 103 Panns.
Today 21,24 or 27 are used in Temples.
There are 72 Mela Kartha Raagas in Carnatic Music.
Please read my article on this.
Tamil is unique in that it assigns a particular Pann to one landmass.
There are five landscapes described.
TM Soundararajan, fondly called TMS by his fans is no more,
Tamil film Industry moved into Light Music genre with entry of TMS.
Before him were Singers cum Actors like Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, PU.Chinnappa and others were from the Classical Mould, not that they were professionally well-informed in Carnatic Music, but they followed the Classical pattern as advised by the Music Directors.
It was TMS, who brought the light music touch to Classical music.
Even the tough ragas were rendered in an effortless and easy manner that reached the common man’s ears easily, as in ,
Maharajan Ulagai Aalallaam,(Karnan)
Madhavi Ponmayilaal Thohai Viriththaaal-(Iru Malarkal)
Born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu on September 16, 1916, as Kunjamma, Subbulakshmi grew up surrounded by music. Initially, her mother Shanmugavadivu, a veena player, trained her. Intrigued by gramophone records, Kunjamma would roll a piece of paper and sing into it for hours. She cut her first disc at the age of 10. The songs were maragatavadivu andOothukuzhiyinile in an impossibly high pitch.
The mellifluous voice that enthralled the music lovers of Tamil,Kannada,and Telugu people is no more.
A simple man who could sing effortlessly in all the languages of India with perfect local accent and linguist passed away in Chennai on 14 , the Tamil New Year’s Day yesterday .
I met him in Hotel Woodlands Drive in Restaurant, Chennai,which is his favorite haunt, when I was studying my Degree between 1967-70.
He used to sit in the Drive in , wit ha cloth shoulder bag, about a dozen pens, and a thick ruled note book-with a plate of Rava Kitchdi in front of him.
I approached him and started talking to him as if I knew him about his various songs.
I asked him why he had so many pens with him(can you think of any thing more silly to ask of a legend? )
He replied that he could write well in about 12 languages, including Sanskrit , pen poems and lyrics and used a different pen for each language.
He added that he had written about one lakh poems, this he expressed as a matter of fact, no airs!
He was so humble that he spent nearly 20 minutes with a green horn with out any airs.
PBS would pronounce words as he is afraid that he might hurt the words.
The Pancharatna kritis are written in praise of the Hindu deity, Rama. They are set to Adi Tala and each raga represents the mood of the song and the meaning of its lyrics. All the kritis are set in the style of a Ragam Tanam Pallavi (RTP) with the charanas (stanzas) substituting for the kalpana swaras (improvisatory passages) in the pallavi section of the RTP. The Pancharatna Kritis are: Jagadananda Karaka – Ragam