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Carnatic music can be enjoyed only by knowing its nuances, says Rangarajan

G.Srinivasan
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C.Rangarajan, Chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (right)and his wife at the inauguration of 167th Thiyagaraja Aradhana in Thiruvaiyaru on Friday. At left, Sunitha Vasan, wife of G.K.Vasan, Union Minister of Shipping.— Photo: B.Velankanni Raj
C.Rangarajan, Chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (right)and his wife at the inauguration of 167th Thiyagaraja Aradhana in Thiruvaiyaru on Friday. At left, Sunitha Vasan, wife of G.K.Vasan, Union Minister of Shipping.— Photo: B.Velankanni Raj

People should learn to appreciate carnatic music by knowing its nuances fully said C. Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister, at Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur district on Friday.

Inaugurating the 167th aradhana of saint composer Thyagaraja at the saint’s samadhi on the banks of Cauvery, Dr. Rangarajan said that in the West , music appreciation courses are conducted.

“We can enjoy carnatic music fully only when we know its nuances,” the noted economist said.

Sri Thyagaraja gave a new dimension to carnatic music.

“Carnatic Music is ancient and it was there even many years before Thyagaraja. But Thyagraja renewed it by his innovative Kriits. We should introduce novelty in Carnataic music without chaning its basics,” Dr. Rangarajan advised young musicians.

“Music and songs are two instruments of Bhakthi for Thyagraja. He was not a mere Bhaktha but a music genius. Words are less in many of his kritis except ‘Pancha rathna Kritis.’

This is because he gave importance to Raga and Bhava. These were brought out in full form in his kritis. Music can be appreciated in many forms. A child sleeps on hearing the lullaby of the mother.

“It is said that when Lord Krishna played flute, even animals and trees enjoyed it. Like the English saying ‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder,’ sweetness of music will depend upon the hearing ability of a listener,” Dr. Rangarajan said.

He said: “Carnatic music is not a stagnant water. But a lively river.

“It is not static. It is dynamic. We should strengthen carnatic music.”

Dr. Rangarajan said he was glad to inaugurate the aradhana at Thiruvaiyaru as his mother’s place is Kalyanapuram which is very near Thiruvaiyaru and he stayed there for sometime.

N.Subbaiyan, Thanjavur District Collector said Thyagraja was a Rama Bhaktha and remained pure in heart. He was not swayed by earthly pleasures or wealth. He shunned them and remained a saint.

G. Rangasamy Moopanar, president, Sri Thyagrabrahma Mahotsava Sabha, S.Suresh Moopanar, Trustee, Sunitha Vasan, wife of G.K.Vasan, Union Shipping Minister took part in the inauguration.

Singing of pancharathna kritis in chorus by musicians will take place on January 21.

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