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Vidwan: Music of South India
Ramnad Krishnan
Vidwan: Music of South India
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music
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All Artists: Ramnad Krishnan
Title: Vidwan: Music of South India
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Label: Wea
Release Date: 2/7/2001
Album Type: Import
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music
Styles: World Dance, Far East & Asia, Reggae, India & Pakistan, India
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Simply Classic
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Another review mentioned "violin, tanpura and tabla". There is of course NO TABLA on this record, which is south Indian classical; the drums are mridangam and kanjira. By the way, this is much better than the trend today towards mridangam only, and does wonders for the drum solo, which is actually exciting, very much so.This is simply a classic album. The first recording of a south Indian classical singer released on LP in America, and not only was it a top-level singer, but a performance where everything clicked - singing, accompaniment, material selection, everything is top-notch. The song chosen for ragam-tanam-pallavi elaboration (long, main item) is catchy even in the Western sense and with its fantastic drum solo will certainly appeal to many more listeners than the average recording in the genre. Track subdivision and liner notes are also very good and pedagogic."
Telugu Devotional Songs
Randy LeJeune | 09/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These are beautiful traditional devotional songs in the best Carnatic tradition. The singer is accompanied by violin, tanpura, and tabla. Each song is a wonder of South India's finest classical music. A treasure for all who enjoy classical Indian classical Carnatic music. In Telugu."
Classy Classic
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I think this was the first recording of south Indian classical singing that came out on LP in the USA. And it's a fantastic recording. Three short songs (kritis) and one long piece, the ragam-tanam-pallavi. The latter is a complicated form, where ragam and tanam are long improvisations (a bit like alap/jod in north India), and pallavi is a structurally complex form of elaboration on melodic lines of a kriti. It also contains a drum solo. Now, this form (RTP) in concert can run up to three hours; the feat on this album was to condense it into half an hour and the way they did it was so succesful it has been a recording norm ever since.Ramnad Krishnan was a singer from the top level, and the accompaniment is also top-notch. Violin and kanjira playing especially. In some ways, this album is better than many being recorded today, since it features both mridangam and kanjira drums, instead of the current unfortunate trend towards mridangam only.The three kritis, sweet as they are to the south Indian ear, are probably bitter fodder for beginner foreigners, but, and this is important about this groundbreaking release, the RTP is catchy even in the Western sense, and with its long and fantastic drum solo (remember, mridangam AND kanjira) it will certainly appeal to many, many more listeners than the average recording in the genre. It is also divided into tracks for the various sections, which is rare but absolutely examplary for someone who hasn't even heard an RTP before but wants to understand how it works.Liner notes are also very good, and extensive enough to convey a little more than basic background information."