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Song of the Day #548

From: bb (@ on: Mon Dec 13, 2004 12:23 am

Song of the Day: Nanati Bathuku by M.S.Subbulakshmi.

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Writing about MS seems to be an exercise doomed right from the start. Words don't seem to fall into place when any experience of listening to her music needs to be put in writing. If there is anything close to a divine experience in music, it is when we listen to her sing.

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era.murukan mentioned his ten favorite songs of M.S.Subbulakshmi here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RaayarKaapiKlub/message/10300

The songs in that list are ones that everyone can relate to and appreciate. Here is one song that is my favorite too. Nanati Brathuku is an Annamacharya Krithi set in Revathi raagam. I don't understand the lyrics fully but the song never fails to move me.

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As tributes and condolences and articles flow in, I keep searching for articles that really put across why she is adored, what was in her music that people could relate to? Appreciation is such a subjective thing. When millions fall at the feet of her voice, both the technically knowledgeable and the uneducated listener, it is interesting to see how MS was able to achieve this. Was it purely because of the "bakthi bhava" in her singing? Was it because of her pronounciation? Was it because of her personality and the radiance on her face that reflects a life of supreme content and happiness and inner peace? Was it because of the songs that she chose to sing? Was it because of the vibrancy of her voice?

Questions roll on; the answers are somewhere there, a mix of all of the above, may be.

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If there is one person whose articles do quite a justice to MS and her life, it is Gowri Ramnarayanan. Check out her article "Genius of song" in Frontline here:


or http://www.chembur.com/anecdotes/carnatic/ms.htm .

Her article on the making of "Meera" : http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=2004091702890600.htm&date=2004/09/17/&prd=fr&


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