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The second picture I would like to share is the first ever published work of Rajam.

His first work was published in 1938 in Kalaimagal. He was still a student at the college of arts then. His long association with the magazine and ts editor Ki.Va.Jagannathan made a telling impact on his style ad subjects that he would dedicate his rest of his life to.

In the documentary we made on him, when he was 90. Rajam recalled this work and recreated for us to record it. It gives me goosebumps to see the line drawing unfold. Interested folks may buy the DVD from kalakendra.com.

 

first published work

 

The second song I would like to share is a rare kriti in raga Chandrakauns.

Rajam sir was a great admirer of Hindustani music. Bal Gandharva’s recordings were his treasured possessions. During the shooting of “Rukmini Kalyanam” in Pune, Rajam would visit a hotel next to the talkies and would listen to Bal gandharva’s rendition in the movie “Dharmatma” everyday.

In this rendition, he weaves magic with his effortless rendition of the ragam and also adds some lovely kalpana swarams. Kalyani Varadarajan is a rare composer of merit. Rajam chooses to highlight a not so heard song of hers in this concert. #Rajam100

There is a repetition in the recording after the first few minutes. Excuse the glitch.

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