CD Releases South Indian Vina Karaikudi Tradition

SonicSoul Acoustics has produced and released the following CDs of the illustrious Karaikudi Vina tradition. The recordings have been done digitally and mastered tastefully with sensitivity. Each CD is accompanied by a 12-page booklet detailing the tradition, the artists and the songs.

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CD Title: Surabi


Rajeswari Padmanabhan (Vina & Voice) 9th Generation Descendent
Mannargudi Easwaran (Mridangam)

Track 1:
Varnam: Karunimpa
Composer: Tiruvotriyur Tyagaiyer
Raga: Sahana  Tala: Adi
Track 2:
Kriti: Vidiye Vazhi
Poet: Subramanya Bharati
Raga: Varali  Tala: Adi
Track 3: 
Kriti : Raja Raja Radite
Composer: Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar
Raga: Niroshta  Tala: Tisra Adi
Track 4: 
Ragam, Tanam
Kriti: Evari Mata
Composer: Tyagaraja
Raga: Kamboji  Tala: Adi
Track 5:
Kriti: Om Nama Shivaya
Composer: Svarna Venkatesa Dikshitar
Raga: Hindolam  Tala: Adi

   Total Play time: 76 min 21 secs (approx)

CD Title: Maruta


Sreevidhya Chandramouli (Vina & Voice) 10th Generation Descendent
Mannargudi Easwaran (Mridangam)

Track 1: 
Varnam: Charanagatuni
Composer: Dr.S.Pinakapani
Raga: Ritigaula  Tala: Adi
Track 2: 
Kriti: Sobillu
Composer: Tyagaraja
Raga: Jaganmohini  Tala: Rupakam
Track 3:
Kriti : Marivera
Composer: Patnam Subramanya Iyer
Raga: Latangi  Tala: Kanda Chapu
Track 4: Ragam, Tanam
Kriti - Tanayuni
Composer: Tyagaraja
Raga: Bhairavi  Tala: Adi

Track 5: 
Pasuram: Nadanda Kalkal
Poet: Tirumazhisai Azhvar
Raga: Sindhubhairavi  Tala: Tisra Adi

Total Play time: 74 min 40 secs (approx)


Karaikudi Vina Tradition

Through the years, the art of Veena playing has produced many great musicians. Among the Tanjore traditions, the Karaikudi style of Veena playing stands out and has produced many generations of musicians dedicated to the mastery of the art. Tracing back the lineage, one encounters a series of Veena players of note: Malayappa Iyer (c.1750) of third generation, Venkatesa Iyer (c. 1780), Subbaraya Iyer (c.1810) and the Karaikudi Veena Brothers Subbarama Iyer (1883 - 1936) and Sambasiva Iyer (1888 - 1958) of the seventh generation. The Karaikudi Veena tradition has, over the years, been preserved in its purity. Contemporary musicians of this tradition continue to work and enhance within the traditional parameters.