Digitally Distilling the Magic of Lalgudi Jayaraman
This is how technology becomes dearer to us: by capturing for us things that are close to our heart. In bringing Lalgudi G Jayaraman’s pada varnams to us in a set of four DVDs, Swathi Soft Solutions has yet again employed the best of digital recording technology to preserve the legend and allow people to listen, learn, and enjoy.
True geniuses are characterized by their propensity to break the rule and create new ones. Sri Jayaraman has lived up to this definition of genius in many ways and this DVD series equips you with invaluable insider knowledge of the Lalgudi Bani.
This instructional Carnatic music DVD is a must-have for bharatanatyam dancers as well as musicians looking to perfect their art. The quartet that makes up the series – Nilambari, Charukesi, Shanmugapriya and Navarasa (Ragamalika) – features interactive lessons by Lalgudi G J R Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, along with Sri Jayaraman’s demonstrations obtained from the archives of Krishna Gana Sabha. These help the passionate music lover explore the uniqueness of the Lalgudi school of music.
The Charukesi varnam is among his most popular ones and the Nilambari varnam is one in which he strode new paths by disproving accepted beliefs that the raga would not be suitable for varnams.
Admirers of the Lalgudi Bani have a lot to look forward to from this DVD: the charukesi pada varnam is sung into life by none other than the maestro Maharajapuram Sri Santhanam. And the magic of the Navarasa (Ragamalika) is captured through a live lecture/demonstration of this Varnam by Lalgudi Jayaraman himself, held in Sri Krishna Gana Sabha.
The Lalgudi brand of violin lessons contained in this DVD can be re-visited again and again by the student of classical music who might otherwise never have a chance to learn directly from the greats. Music has been the purpose of his life and the DVD series has been expertly directed by S B Kanthan and the total play time is 6 hours and 28 minutes.