Flute vidvan N. Ramani remembered by students and lovers of Carnatic music

When a big tree falls after living its full life in an evergreen forest’s eco-system, it continues to be a part of the system by converting itself as a bio-world for other species to flourish … and the news about the passing away of N. Ramani, Carnatic flute maestro, at the age of 82, yesterday brought to me the afterlife image of a huge fallen tree in an active eco-system.

Of course, all loved T.R. Mahalingam ( Mali) and his life in music, the paradigm shift that he made in his field of creativity. Having said this, from my very limited understanding about the evolution of the flute as a classical music instrument in Carnatic music, I would say that N. Ramani took the art forward as far as ‘kelvisukham’ is mattered … I meant to say, the pleasure of listening.

Coming back to the after-life of a fallen tree, I optimistically hope that an active eco-system in the carnatic music would assimilate the best from Ramani’s music and life, and we, the listeners of course will continue to listen to his music, though recorded. My tributes to the maestro.

Source: Tribute by S. Gopalakrishnan (New Delhi) received by email on 10 October 2015

B. Kolappan, The Hindu,  CHENNAI, October 9, 2015

Ramani was an experimenter. The concept — Venu, Veena and Violin — in the company of Trivandram Venkatraman on veena and Lalgudi G. Jayaraman on the violin was a hit. He also played together with his childhood friend and clarinet maestro A.K.C. Natarajan and even with K.V. Nararayanasamy in his vocal concert. […] Ramani also performed jugalbandhis with Hariprasad Chaurasia, M.S. Gopalakrishnan, N. Rajam, Pandit Viswamohan Bhat and even with later mandolin U. Srinivas. […]

Source: Flautist N. Ramani passes away – The Hindu
Address: http://www.thehindu.com/news/flautist-n-ramani-passes-away/article7743461.ece
Date Visited: Sat Oct 10 2015 12:26:48 GMT+0200 (CEST)

A full concert for duration of 1 hour 3 minutes:

Published on Nov 3, 2014

Dr. Natesan Ramani (born 1934) commonly known as N. Ramani or N. Flute Ramani, is an eminent Indian Carnatic flautist. Ramani is also credited for introducing the long flute in Carnatic music.
Ramani was born in Tiruvarur, a city in Tamil Nadu which is honoured by its association with the Trinity of Carnatic music. Ramani was born into a family of flautists. Ramani first learnt music from his grandfather, Sri Aazhiyur Narayanaswami Iyer, a well known flute artist and singer himself. Aware of young Ramani’s keen interest in the Carnatic flute, Ramani’s initiation to Carnatic music began at the age of five.
Ramani performed his very first concert at the age of 8. The turning point in Ramani’s career was when he became a disciple of his maternal uncle and eminent flautist, the late T. R. Mahalingam (known more commonly as “Flute Mali”), who first popularised the Carnatic flute in Indian music. By the age of 11 years, Ramani accompanied his guru T. R. Mahalingam in a concert for the first time
In 1945, Ramani performed his first concert on All India Radio. Following Ramani’s first concert at the Madras Music Academy in 1956, at the age of 22, Ramani had reached the highest point in his career and become an artist of international fame, and his concerts became a regular feature.
Ramani started the “Ramani Academy of Flute”, and has trained more than 50 disciples.
Some of the highlights include the Sangeetha Kalanidhi, awarded by the Music Academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,the Sangeetha Kalasikhamani award for the year 2007 given by The Indian Fine arts Society, Chennai, the Sangeetha Acharya award from Wasser College, US, the honorary citizenship status in Maryland, Ohio, US, and the Padma Shri Award from the President of India. He holds an honorary Cultural Doctorate from The World University of Arizona.

Instrumental Tracks:
1. Ninnukori 00:00
2. Gajavadhana 03:10
3. Yochana 10:02
4. Ksheerasagara 13:15
5. Nidhi Chaala 21:09
6. Evarani 31:21
7. Raghuvamsa 37:18
8. Intha Sowkhya 42:58
9. Theeradha Vilayattu Pillai 57:48

==Track Details==
Track – Ninnukori
Artist – Dr.N.Ramani
Lyrics – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar
Tune – Traditional

Track – Gajavadhana
Artist – Dr.N.Ramani
Lyrics – Papanasam Sivan
Tune – Traditional

Track – Yochana
Artist – Dr.N.Ramani
Lyrics – Thyagaraja
Tune – Traditional

Track – Ksheerasagara
Artist – Dr.N.Ramani
Lyrics – Thyagaraja
Tune – Traditional

Track – Nidhi Chaala
Artist – Dr.N.Ramani
Lyrics – Thyagaraja
Tune – Traditional

Track – Evarani
Artist – Dr.N.Ramani
Lyrics – Thyagaraja
Tune – Traditional

Track – Raghuvamsa
Artist – Dr.N.Ramani
Lyrics – Pattnam Subramaniaiyer
Tune – Traditional

Track – Intha Sowkhya
Artist – Dr.N.Ramani
Lyrics – Thyagaraja
Tune – Traditional

Track – Theeradha Vilayattu Pillai
Artist – Dr.N.Ramani
Lyr & Tune – Subramaniya Bharathiyaar

Label – VANI
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