Raaga Rasika: Exploring the World of Carnatic Music

Archive for April 2009

Episode 36: Featured Person — Smt. Veena Dhanammal

Monday, April 27th, 2009
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In the last segment, we heard a veena rendition by Smt. Veena Dhanammal. In this episode, we discuss her life, times, and contributions to the world of Carnatic music. Vidya shares with us additional details regarding the snippet we heard in the last episode - a raagamalika thanam in the five ghana raagas. We also discuss the term “ghana raagas”.

Episode 35: Featured Instrument — Veena: Part II

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
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We conclude our two-part series on the Veena in this segment. We discuss the physical structure of the veena, how and where it is made, as well as how it is played. Finally, we share with you a snippet of a thaanam rendition by a very renowned vainika (veena player), Smt. Veena Dhanammal.

Episode 34: Featured Instrument — Veena Part I

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
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In this segment, we feature the Veena, a plucked string instrument unique to Carnatic music. We discuss the revered status given to this instrument in the Hindu tradition. The veena is mentioned in several Carnatic music compositions. Vidya renders a few snippets of compositions that have references to the veena.