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This picture needs no explanation. This was one of the early publications of Rajam i the early 1940s (I think in Kalaimagal). There are few more in this series. I’ll publish them tomorrow.

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A Fairly detailed exposition of this rare ragam with an alapana and some lilting swaras. This was part of an AIR concert during the later days of Rajam. He was accompanied by Vidwan VL Kumar on the violin and Vidwan K.V.Prasad on the mridangam.

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It is usually easy to identify Rajam’s works by just looking at them. The fingers, the lines, the eyes etc. are unmistakable. However, some rare works of his demand a relook to confirm that it was indeed done Rajam. Here is one such line drawing from Kalaimagal in the 1950s, illustrating writer Akilan’s story.

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Rajam100 – Song 10 of 365

Today I present a rare Anai Ayya Kriti in Dhanyasi. This again is a private recording. Each and every phrase drips with Dhanyasi. This recording without accompaniments should be useful particularly for students who would like to learn the song.

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Today I present a wrapper from Vanoli depicting Tyagaraja. Apart from water colours, Rajam sir’s was known for his portrayal through line drawings. This a good example for his steady yet graceful lines.

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Rajam sir was always looking to learn new compositions. It didn’t matter if it was a composition of old masters or his contemporaries or even his juniors. Here we present a composition of his slightly senior contemporary artist, G.N.Balasubramaniam in raga Sarangatarangini. A fairly detailed presentation with a short introduction.

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Today I present one of the most famous works of Rajam sir – “Rama Pattabishekam”. This was published in 1956 Kalaimagal Deepavali Malar. Quite likely isnpired from Kamban’s “AriyaNai anuman thaanga”

 

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Today’s musical selection is the lovely alapana of raga Naganandini. What stands out is the effortlessness as he traverses the scale.

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Not many know that S.Rajam was commissioned to illustrate for Kalki’s Parthiban Kanavu. The advertisement for the series had illustrations from Rajam. However, he fell apart with the author and did not work for the magazine until the demise of Kalki Krishnamurthi.

Here is one of those illustrations that was published as part of the advertisement. If you had been to Mamallapuram caves, you can relate to this work. I particularly like the way he depicted the fight in a silhouette.parthiban kanavu 2

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Rajam100 – Song 7 of 365

Today I present a Neelakanta Sivan Kriti is Raga Varali. This was part of AIR concert with krithis based on Neelakanta Sivan’s composition.

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The published works in the fifties and sixties are personal favorites of mine. The deepavali malar’s especially had many pages dedicated for paintings with several themes explored elaborately.

Today I present one such painting that was published in Kalki Deepavali Malar, It is interesting that in the later years, Rajam uses a more prominent outlines with ink, while his earlier works have only a suggestive outline. The depth and shades of colour obtained through his wash technique and the detailing makes this one of his all time best.

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Today I present a very rare song of Subbarama Dikshitar in Nattaikurunji. The liting rendition and the unique chittaswarams laced with solkattus makes it special. #Rajam100

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I had the pleasure of meeting Rajam sir almost every weekend for about five years. Sometimes, I would find a painting based on our previous conversation. There were some extempore sketches too.

Once I asked him, if the similies in the song “antha rama saundharyam” made sense? As an artist, was he able to visualise them?

He responded extempore with a line drawing. It is a prized possession for me. I’m happy to share that drawing along with the song rendered by him today.

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Rajam100 – Song 4 of 365

Today I present a song from Arunachala Kavi’s Rama Natakam. This is a private recording, rendered at home, without any accompaniments.

He had actually rendered over fifty kritis covering the entire stoty in this recording.

I asked him on whatoccasion he sang this.

He said, “My son had brought a new recorder. I wanted to check if it worked fine!”.

We are glad that the recorder worked fine and the recording survived.

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