Seshagopalan TN (HMV)

TN. Seshagopalan

Violin Player
Sridhar SD
Ghatam Player
Subramanian EM
Mridangam Player
Prasad KV

About this album

Born on 15th Sep. 1948, in Nagapattinam in Tanjore district, a place replete with musical history. A science graduate, T.N. Seshagopalan was inspired by his mother into devotional music and he took to it like fish to water. He was giving programmes at the age of seven. At 16, he underwent training with Ramanathapuram C.S. Sankarasivan, who was a disciple of Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar.

Later on, he became the Assistant Professor of Music at the Music College of Madurai University. Hence the name TNS enjoys a refreshing, velvetty voice, an enterprising and dynamic style of rendering raga, krithi and swaras. Creativity and technical mastery, an enthralling treatment bring out the emotional features of the rendition. He can also play on the Veena and given concerts. The vidwan is highly popular and even had a brief strict at the movies. Has composed Thillanas and music for many krithis. his titles include 'Sangita Choodamani' in 1983, 'Gayaka Choodamani' in 1984, 'Kalaimamani' in 1985 and 'Neidakanal' in 1985.

1. The first rendition is 'Marivere' (Shanmukhapriya - Adi) by Patnam Subramanya Iyer. Here, the composer entreatingly tells that there is no other solace in this world except the path that leads to Lord Rama, should he keep remainding the Lord about his plight.

2. The next one is 'Soundararajam' (Brindavani - Rupakam). This is a krithi of Dikshitar composed on Nagapattinam Soundararajan. Here the saint poet bows to the Lord, who protected the head of elephants and granted a boon to Gajendra, son of Nandagopan, King of Nagapattinam, spouse of the beautiful Lakshmi and who vanquishes our sins, falsehood and ignorance.

3. This side opens with 'Ramabhadra Raara' (Anandabhairavi - Adi), a composition of Bhadrachala Ramadaas where he pleads with Rama to come and take refuge in his heart.

4. The next number is 'Ksheera Sagara' (Devagandhari - Adi) where Thyagaraja expostulates with Rama, reclining in the Ocean of Milk as to why he should keep his favourite devotee in sorrow when he could rush to the succor of the elephant King Gjendra, protect the honour of Draupadi and those who place their belief in Him.

5. The next is an Ashtapadi of Jayadeva 'Ramathe' (Revathi -Adi). This is the fifneeth Ashtapadi in the seventh sargam where Krishna is misunderstood by Radha for indulging in amorous sports with another maiden in the woodlands adjoining the sands of Yamuna while she pines for him in the groves.

6. 'Devaki Namdana' (Ragamalika - Adi) is the nect number where Purandara Dasa prays to Devaki's son, who gnats salvation, protects the world, holds the conch and the wheel, wears the makara and kundala and the slayer of Kamsa.

7. The next number is a Meera Bhajan in which composition she extols all to sing praises of Hari, her favourite Lord.

8. The last number is a thirupugazh in Ragamalika. It is believed that Arunagirinathar got inspiration for composing these sacred hymns from the Divine command of Lord Subramanya when he had the Darshan of the Lord who even suggested the Talas or rhthm. The term 'Thirupugazh' was suggested by 'Poyya Ganapathi' in his dream, meaning Thiru (God) Pugazh (Praise). In the hymns, naturally, Lord Shanmukha is addressed and referred to.


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