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Jewels Of Rhythm
File:Jewels Of Rhythm - Vol1.jpg
Studio album by T S Nandakumar
Released 1993
Language
Label AVM Audio,Gitaa,Giri
Producer T S Nandakumar

Jewels Of Rhythm is a percussion music album composed by T S Nandakumar. It consists of instrumental music followed by well structured Laya Vinyasam composed in Sankeerna Chappu Thalam. It includes string instruments like violin, Tambura, woodwind instruments like flute, percussion instruments like Mridangam, Thavil, Kanjira, Ghatam, Morsing and Konnakol.This masterpiece of Rhythm is an integral part of Indian classical music.Through traditional raga and pallavi rendition and delineation through sitar, violin and flute. This album presents the intricacies of the beats set to Mathematical perfection and grace bringing out the elegance of 'Nada' coupled with 'Sahitya'. The uniqueness of this album is the rendering of Laya Vinyasam by artists who either belong to teenage group or below which are the disciples of T S Nandakumar[1][2].

Development[edit | edit source]

Nandakumar was interested in promoting his students so he decided to compose an album and he was very particular that in his album the performance of percussion instruments should be his students. He trained his students in the percussion instruments like Mridangam,Kanjira,Ghatam,Morsing,Thavil and Konnakol and put all his efforts for giving in-depth and advanced training to his young disciples who have provided percussion support in this album[3] this composition and training was done in Mumbai, India.[4].

  • Jewels Of Rhythm - Volume 1: Side 1 presents Adi thalam of 8 rhythmic units in chatusra nadai followed by Tisram,Khandam and Misram with suitable variations delicately woven into them.The Second side presents an avartanam in Misra Chappu Thalam set to 7 rhythmic units.It is climaxed with traditional Mohara and Korvais.
  • Jewels Of Rhythm - Volume 2: Side 1 presents the Viribhoni Varnam subjected to innovation in varying speed making it grand presentation in Bhairavi Raga set to Ata Thalam,This is followed by Nagumomu in Abheri Ragam set to Adi thalam.The masterpiece in the Ragam Thanam Pallavi is set to Raga Kalyani.This is set to the extraordinary rhythmic combinations of Chathurasra jathi in Khandagati.The Second Side continues the Ragam Thanam Pallavi followed by Laya Vinyasam.
  • Jewels Of Rhythm - Volume 3: This volume offers the divine flute and mellifluous violin with the added beauty to a Pallavi rendition in majestic Mohanam.This is taken over by the percussion ensemble presenting the unique Sankeerna Chapu Talam with depth and elegance.All Permutations and Combinations have been worked out to bring out the rhythmic sequence.The Side 1 begins with Gajavadana in Sriranjani Ragam set to Adi Thalam.This is followed by Sobillu in Jaganmohini ragam set to Rupaka Thalam.This is in true sense a Jewel that the Ragam Thanam Pallavi in the Majestic mohanam set to the intricate and rare Sankeerna Chapu Thalam and the Pallavi composed by T S Nandakumar has carried the fragrance to many music lovers.The same is continued on Side 2 followed by Laya Vinyasam.

These albums turned to be a “prized possessions” for all aspirants, young and old, learning the arts of percussion.[5]

Release[edit | edit source]

This album has received the patronage of A.V.M Audio Company which was released in the year 1993.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

The soundtrack consists of seven tracks[6].

Original version[edit | edit source]

No.TitleLength
1."Introduction and Commentary"03:28
2."Keertanam Hamsadhwani Adi Layavinyasam"22:53
3."Pallavi Kamboji Misrachapu Layavinyasam"30:05
4."Brief Commentary"01:22
5."Viriboni Varnam Bhairavi Ata"14:39
6."Nagumomu Keertanam Abheri Adi"05:53
7."Ragam Tanam Pallavi Raga Kalyani Chatushra Triputa Khanda Gati Laya Vinyasam"23:23
Notes
  • Jathi is a term in carnatic music that signifies the beat count of the rhythm cycle. It specifically applies to lagu component(s) of the thalam and not necessarily to the entire thalam. The different jathis are tisra (three beats in lagu), chathusra (four), khanda (five), misra (seven) and sankeerna (nine).

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Introductory Commentary – Dr.S.Srinivasan
  • Flute – P.S.Krishnamurthy
  • Violin – Vanamala Dikshit, K.Venugopal.Shanbhogue
  • Tambura – Raju
  • Mridangam – Vivek Rajagopalan, Vijay Natesan
  • Thavil – K.Kumar
  • Kanjira – S.Sriram
  • Ghatam – Shankar Lakshman
  • Morsing – K.N.Gopalan
  • Konnakol – Vidya Balasubramanian

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