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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Exams are fast approaching. Boys beware !

Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this video!

Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bagawathar accompanied by Mysore T.Chowdiah- Nikhilla Papa Vinasini(composed by T.Chowdiah) in Ragam-Shanmugapriya- circa 1940s

Please click below to see this rare video

Blogger Varadarajan.R said...
A ton of thanks.
February 21, 2012 11:40 PM
Blogger BHASKARAN19 said...
It is golden treasure you have stuck.

PS: Now a days posting comments have become extremely difficult becoz the words identification becomes too difficult atleast for me.
February 22, 2012 8:14 PM
Anonymous said...
Mr. Vaidyanathan...
Some further details from The Hindu archives on this film:

"The story of “Vani” was written by Hirannaiah who directed the film jointly with N.M. Gopal. As expected Chowdiah composed the music along with one of the veterans of the Kannada stage and cinema. ‘Harmonium’ H.K. Seshagiri Rao.

One of the interesting features of “Vani” was the on-screen appearance of the giant of Carnatic music, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. Chowdiah, a charismatic person with strong persuasive powers succeeded in bringing Chembai to appear in “Vani.” Chembai renders a Carnatic music performance in the film accompanied by Chowdiah on the violin and the accompanying artiste who played on the inndangam was the greatest ‘tala’ vidwan of all times and percussion maestro, Paighat T. S. Mani Iyer. Chowdiah composed in Shanmugapriya raga. the song “Nikhilla Papa Vinasini” which was sung by Chembai. The duration of the sequence which contains a solo performance on the mridangam by the immortal Mani Iyer is nearly ten minutes. May not be pure cinema but certainly a musical treat.’

Chowdiah offered Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar Rs. 5,000 (quite a fortune in 1940’s) as remuneration but the famed vidwan who thought poorly of movies refused to touch it However he was persuaded to accept the money which he donated to the Parthasarathy swami temple in Chembai village for making a goldarmour’ for the presiding deity.

“Vani” narrated the story of a musician and the problems and pressures of his life. "
March 4, 2012 10:42 AM