and i have seriously fallen in love with with semmangudi srinivasa iyer’s music. I like him on both counts: as a person and as a musician.
Unnecessarily overanalytical wherever it’s strictly not my business — that would me:-).
some people i don’t like but love their music ( balamuralikrishna)
some musicians i don’t like but i like em as people ( tm krishna)
But Iyer, to borrow from facebook , gets my double like.
i love the unhurried pace of the music. leisurely type B kind of singing. carnatic music like it should be.
i’ve been watching documentaries and reading up about him: apparently he didnt charge a fee to teach his students — he kept a box and students could contribute what they felt like, and the money would go to charity;
one student said that Iyer would be immensely pleased and appreciative if she sang well during a class.
(My music teachers, I remember, cringed and cowered and offered to refund my fees, whenever I played my veena with abandon)
here are my top three.
This one i hear on loop. there’s no coordination between lip movement and music. it’s an ancient video. look at the audience. not even people in my family wear such specs any more (and my family is not choosy, they are happiest in a time machine with a monkey at the controls)
but the song is so beautiful esp. at 6.28 where he sings “sadasivam, paramsivam”
kamas is the smiley raga. even novices don’t go wrong. and when the master takes on this…
and when I watch this one, there’s very little song, a very brief video , i gather he was a happy man who enjoyed singing…
and that makes me, a listener, very happy too…