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

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

Ranganayaki Rajagopalan UNES08311

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.

Year Released 2014
Record Label UNESCO
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) India; World
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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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