Next Mani Iyer Listening session on 28th May (Sunday). All are Welcome!
This great Presentation on Mani Iyer was prepared by Sri. Vishnuramprasad and presented on 26th Febraury 2017 at the Listening session. It is a must see for anybody who is looking for an introduction to the great man and his music.
This event report is admittedly a month overdue, but better late than never. so here we go.
Invitation for the Madurai Mani Iyer listening session on 26th Feb. Report on the event will follow.
There was this post on YouTube by Sri. Yesh Prabhu who apparently had been learning under Sri. T.N. Bala for many years. In this post, he mentions how T.N. Bala became Mani Iyer’s disciple. I will simply quote his post here.
“I am so happy to see that Sri Madurai Mani Iyer is respected and so revered even now, after all these years of his passing away. (He passed away on June 8, 1968). Sri Mani Iyer was my guru’s guru. My guru, the late Sri T N Bala (composer of the famous kriti Vilaiyada idu nerama? in Shanmukhapriya raga), was a very senior disciple of Sri MMI. My guru told me how he was chosen by Sri MMI to be his shishya: Sri MMI was sitting in his yard one Sunday morning, listening to Madras AIR. Two young boys were singing Shree Muthuswami Dikshitar’s kriti Surya murthe in Sowrashtra raga. Impressed, he called the radio station to find out who the boys were, and was astonished that the boys were the sons of his neighbor across the street. He then approached their father to express his wish to teach the boys. Their father was only too happy, of course, and consented. Occasionally, after my lesson, Sri Bala sang for me, imitating Sri MMI’s voice, a Navagraha kriti or a Navaavarana kiti. It was as if Sri MMI sat in front of me and sang; and it was an amazing experience! I have learnt Carnatic vocal from Sri T N Bala for more than 29 years. YeshPrabhu, Bushkill, Pennsylvania “
This is a synopsis of the event that took place at P.S. High school on 22nd January 2017.
Madurai Mani Iyer Rasikas Association Proudly presents ” Great South Indian Carnatic Vocalists of the 50’s”. All are Welcome! Review of the event to be posted later in this site.
After Gandhiji’s death, Mani Iyer asked his good friend ‘Chitti’ to compose a song on the Mahatma. Chitti obliged and composed the following song, which was often sung by Mani Iyer in the raga Shanmugapriya. Madurai Mani Iyer was an ardent follower of the Mahatma and was called “Gandhi” by his close associates.
Source: Pasupathy sir’s blog, source link: http://s-pasupathy.blogspot.in/2016/10/96_25.html
Presenting here Mani Iyer’s concert review by a popular critic “Neelam” (Neelamegam). You can see the published date as 15-4-1945 and the newspaper as “Swadesamithran”. Mani Iyer was severely ill during 1944, at the young age of 32 and could not perform in concerts for nearly a year. This review reflects it.
Source: Pasupathy sir’s blog, source link : http://s-pasupathy.blogspot.in/2016/10/96_25.html
Mani Iyer was awarded the “Ganakaladhara” title in 1943. Here is a report from the newspaper “Swadesamitharan” covering it. Published on 26-12-1943.
Here is an advertisement for Mani Iyer’s new LP records released during 1948. Published in the 1948 edition of “Vellimani”.