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South India: Ranganayaki Rajagopalan—Continuity in the Karaikudi Vina Style

South India: Ranganayaki Rajagopalan—Continuity in the Karaikudi Vina Style

Vīṇā player Ranganayaki Rajagopalan (b. 1932) is a much-honored master of a South Indian classical (Karnatak/Carnatic) instrumental style named after the town of Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu, South India. She apprenticed from early childhood with Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer, a prominent member of a long lineage of court musicians. In this two-disc set, she is brilliantly accompanied by the eminent mridangaṃ (double-headed barrel drum) player Srimushnam Raja Rao. This album includes a complete concert cycle of rāgam and tānam expositions and compositions by much beloved composers Tyāgarāja, Muthuswamy Dikshitar, and others. The subtleties and complexities are illuminated by extensive explanatory notes by Richard K. Wolf. 2 discs, 2 hours 17 minutes, 24 pages of notes.

This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

101
Rāga: Gauḷa / ālāpana Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 0:56
102
Kriti: “Śri Mahāgaṇapati” / pallavi Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:15
103
Kriti: “Śri Mahāgaṇapati” / anupallavi Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 0:55
104
Kriti: “Śri Mahāgaṇapati” / madhyamakāla sāhitya (1) Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 0:29
105
Kriti: “Śri Mahāgaṇapati” / colkaṭṭu svara Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:39
106
Kriti: “Śri Mahāgaṇapati” / caraṇam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:24
107
Kriti: “Śri Mahāgaṇapati” / svara kalpana Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:10
108
Kriti: “Śri Mahāgaṇapati” / svara kalpana, second speed Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 3:10
109
Kriti: “Śri Mahāgaṇapati” / madhyamakāla sāhitya (2) Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 0:27
110
Kriti: “Śri Mahāgaṇapati” / colkaṭṭu svara, third speed Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 0:51
111
Rāga: Valaji / ālāpana Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 5:16
112
Kriti: “Jālandhara” / pallavi Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:13
113
Kriti: “Jālandhara” / anupallavi Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:32
114
Kriti: “Jālandhara” / caraṇam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:55
115
Kriti: “Jālandhara” / svara kalpana Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 5:52
116
Rāga: Pūrvikalyāṇi / ālāpana Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 8:07
117
Kriti: “Mīnākṣi Me Mudam” / pallavi Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:46
118
Kriti: “Mīnākṣi Me Mudam” / anupallavi Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:41
119
Kriti: “Mīnākṣi Me Mudam” / madhyamakāla sāhitya (1) Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:16
120
Kriti: “Mīnākṣi Me Mudam” / caraṇam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 2:02
121
Kriti: “Mīnākṣi Me Mudam” / madhyamakāla sāhitya (2) Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:56
122
Kriti: “Mīnākṣi Me Mudam” / niraval Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 4:58
123
Kriti: “Mīnākṣi Me Mudam” / svara kalpana Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 6:44
124
Rāga: Bēgaḍa / ālāpana Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 4:35
125
Kriti: “Nādōpāsana” / pallavi Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 2:47
126
Kriti: “Nādōpāsana” / anupallavi Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 2:38
127
Kriti: “Nādōpāsana” / caraṇam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 3:29
201
Rāga: Hamsavinōdhini / ālāpana Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 0:35
202
Kriti: “Caraṇam Bhava” / pallavi Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:15
203
Kriti: “Caraṇam Bhava” / anupallavi Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:43
204
Kriti: “Caraṇam Bhava” / caraṇam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 2:15
205
Kriti: “Caraṇam Bhava” / svara kalpana Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 2:31
206
Rāga: Kharaharapriya / ālāpana Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 7:49
207
Rāga: Kharaharapriya / rāgamalika tānam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 4:59
208
Rāga: Nāṭā / tānam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 3:04
209
Rāga: Gauḷa / tānam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 2:14
210
Rāga: Arabhi / tānam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 2:14
211
Rāga: Varāḷi / tānam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 1:53
212
Rāga: Srī / tānam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 3:14
213
Rāga: Kharaharapriya / tānam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 1:05
214
Kriti: “Ĉakkanirāja” / pallavi Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 6:05
215
Kriti: “Ĉakkanirāja” / anupallavi Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 3:26
216
Kriti: “Ĉakkanirāja” / caraṇam Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 3:52
217
Kriti: “Ĉakkanirāja” / niraval Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 4:25
218
Kriti: “Ĉakkanirāja” / svara kalpana Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 5:08
219
Kriti: “Ĉakkanirāja” / tani āvartana (drum solo) Raja Rao 5:07
220
Bhajan: “Krīḍata Madhubana” Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 3:18
221
Mangaḷam: “Pavamāna” Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, Raja Rao 1:03

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