Raaga Rasika: Exploring the World of Carnatic Music

Archive for February 2009

Episode 30: Sri. Oothukadu Ventakakavi’s Compositional Style

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
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We continue our conversation from the last episode, and discuss Sri. Oothukadu's musical mastery, highlighting his rhythmic prowess as well as poetic genius. Vidya illustrates salient aspects of his compositional style using examples drawn from his compositions, including the universally popular Alaipayudhe Kanna.

Episode 29: Featured Composer — Sri. Oothukadu Venkatakavi

Friday, February 13th, 2009
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We begin the episode with an introduction to the three composers known as the Trinity of carnatic music – Sri Thyagaraja, Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar and Sri Shyama Shastry. We continue our exploration by featuring a prolific pre-trinity composer: Sri. Oothukadu Venkatasubbier, also known as Oothukadu Venkatakavi. In this episode, Vidya shares with us some his popular compositions and discussed his exemplary contributions to Carnatic music.

Episode 28: Raaga Quiz: Mukhari vs. Bhairavi

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
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We finish the discussion on Mukhari and its allied raaga Bhairavi with a quiz. Vidya sings two alapanas, one in Raaga Mukhari and the other in Raaga Bhairavi. Can you figure out which is which? If you know the answer, write to us! We will answer the quiz the next time we publish our Rasika's Voice segment. We will recognize winners as well!