What's New? A Log of Recent Changes to the Carnatic Music Archives.

Updates to the web site will also be posted on Facebook Community page and Twitter ID: @shivkuma2010. @shivkuma2010

December 2016 Posted a number of class versions to my Youtube channel .

New song classes / lessons: Narayana (Shuddha Dhanyasi, Purandara Dasa), Andavane (Shanmukhapriya, Papanasam Sivan), Arul Seyya Vendum (Rasikapriya, Kotishvara Iyer), Enna Thavam Seidanai (Kapi, Papanasam Sivan), Maragatha Mani Varna (Varali, Tyagaraja), Nirajakshi Kamakshi (Hindolam, Dikshitar), Parama Pavana (Ranjani, Misu Krisha Iyer), and Smarane Sukhamu (Janaranjani, Tyagaraja).

December 2015 Rama Katha Sudha (Madhyamavathi, Tyagaraja, Adi, TM Krishna version) Audio (mp4, mp3) class.

Mid 2015 Smarane Sukhamu Notations, Audio (mp4) class for VishweshwarO (kanada, dikshitar, ram kaushik version), Sudhamayi (Amrutavarshini, Rupakam, Muthaiah Bhagavatar, Hyd Brothers version).

1 Jan 2014 Added mp4a / mp3 class & updated notation for O Jagadamba (Ananda Bhairavi, Adi, Shyama Shastry, T M Krishna version). Added mp4a / mp3 class & updated notation for Sevikka Vendum Ayya (Andolika, Adi, Muthu Thandavar, Ram Kaushik (Madurai Mani/TVS) version). Happy new year!

30 Dec 2013 Added notations & class for Idadhu Padam Thooki (Khamas, Adi, Papanasam Shivan, Ram Kaushik version).
Added notations for Amba Vani (Keeravani, Adi, Mutthaiah Bhagavathar, Ram Kaushik version), O Jagadamba (Ananda Bhairavi, Adi, Shyama Shastry, TM Krishna version), VishweshwarO (Kanada, Adi, Dikshitar, Ram Kaushik Version).

24 Dec 2013 Added notations for Palimchu Kamakshi (Madhyamavathi, Adi, Syamashastri, MalladiBros version), Sri Satyanarayana (Subha Panthuvarali, Rupakam, Dikshitar, TM Krishna version), Rama Katha Sudha (Madhyamavathi, Adi, Tyagaraja, TM Krishna version).

1 Jan 2013 Updated mp4a / mp3 class & notations for Sangeethagnanamu (Dhanyasi, Adi, Tyagaraja, Peri Sriramamurthy version).

31 December 2012 Added mp4a / mp3 class & notations for Samba Siva (Khamas Swarajati, Khamas, Adi). Added notations for Chalamela (Durbar, Adi tala varnam) - thanks to Apoorva Raghunandan for the varnam notations.

30 December 2012 Added mp4a / mp3 class & notations for Alakalladaga (Madhyamavathi, Rupakam, Peri Sriramamurthy version), Upacharamu (Bhairavi, Rupakam, Peri Sriramamurthy version).

29 December 2012 Added mp4a / mp3 class & notations for Brochevarevarura(Khamas, Adi, Mysore Vasudevacharya, T M Krishna Version), updated class/notations for Vinatasuta (Jayanthasena, Adi, Tyagaraja, Hyd Bros version).

27 December 2012 Updated mp4a / mp3 class & notations for O Rangashaayi(Kambhoji, Adi, Tyagaraja, T Rukmini/MSS Version), Vara Narada (Vijayashree, Adi, MN Subramanian version), Vinaradha (Devagandhari, DeshAdi, Semmangudi version), Vidajaladura (Janaranjani, Adi, Tyagaraja, Hyd Bros version), Sri Kumara (Atana, Adi, Swati Tirunal, MS Subbalakshmi Version).

26 December 2012 Added mp4 / mp3 class & notations for Manavyalakincara (Nalinakanthi, Deshadi, Tyagaraja, T M Krishna version) and Vachamagocharame (Kaikavaasi, Deshadi, MS Subbalakshmi version).

25 December 2012 Added mp4 / mp3 class for Ardhanaareeshwaram (Kumudakriya, Rupakam, Dikshitar, Semmangudi version), Gunijanadi (Gurjari, Adi, Dikshitar, DKJ Version).

24 December 2012 Setup a . Selected classes posted there.
Added mp4 / mp3 class for Shri Ramachandro (Sri Ranjani, Dikshitar, T M Krishna Version), Shri MahaGanapathim Bhajeham (Atana, Jayachamaraja Wodeyar, Soolamangalam Sisters version), Santana Ramaswaminam (Hindola Vasantam, Dikshitar, TM Krishna version).

23 December 2012 Added mp4 / mp3 class for Kshitija Ramanam (Devagandhari), Janaki Ramana (Suddha Seemanthini) & Evari Maata (Kambodhi). NOTE: Adding mp4 format (plays in iTunes and most players, and it is much smaller file size - eg. 4-5MB MP4a vs 10-15MB for MP3 (56 kbps-64kbps)!). Please right-click & download those to reduce server load, where possible. Free MP4 to MP3 converters available online.

22 December 2012 Added mp3 class for Ramachandrena (Manji). Revised notations for Janaki Ramana (Suddha Seemanthini), Evari Maata (Kambhoji). Added notations for Chalamela (Shankarabharanam, Ata tala varnam) & KVN version, and other Ata Tala varnams notations (Kalyani, Kambodhi, Reethigowlai). Thanks to Apoorva Raghunandan for the varnam notations.

26 August 2012 Added notations for Sri Ramam (Narayanagowla, Dikshitar, T M Krishna version), Ramachandrena (Manji, Dikshitar, T M Krishna version), Santana Ramaswaminam (Hindola Vasantam, Dikshitar, T M Krishna version).

December 31st, 2011. Added audio class of Malarinai Thunaiye (Reethigowlai, Papanasam Sivan, Ram Kaushik version).
Added audio class of Ananda Natana Prakasham (Kedaram, Dikshitar, D.K. Jayaraman (DKJ) version).
Added audio class of nIvanti Deivamu (Thodi, Tyagaraja, Hyderabad Brothers version).

December 29th, 2011. Added audio class of Paraloka Bhaya(Mandari, Tyagaraja, Hyderabad Brothers version).

December 23rd, 2011. Added audio class of Tulasi Dalamulache(Mayamalavagowla, Tyagaraja, Hyderabad Brothers version).
Added audio class of Ramachandram Bhaavayami (Vasanta, Dikshitar, Ram Kaushik version).

December 21st, 2011. Added audio class of Gaanamurthe(Ganamurthi, Tyagaraja, T.N.Seshagopalan version, simplified by Ram Kaushik).

December 20th, 2011. Added audio class of Maayamma Nannu (Nata Kuranji, Shyama Shastry, CV Shankar/Semmangudi version).

December 19th, 2011. Added audio class of Ee Vasudha (Sahana, Tyagaraja, CV Shankar version).

December 18th, 2011. Added audio class of Parandhamavathi (Dharmavathi, Dikshitar, Hyd Bros version).
Added audio class of Jalandhara (Valaji, Muthaiah Bhagavathar, Hyd Bros version).

Jan 22nd, 2011. Added audio class of Okapari (Kharaharapriya, Annamacharya).

Jan 16th, 2011. Updated notation/meanings of Okapari (Kharaharapriya). Audio class will be updated next week. A new experiment with a technical commentary section (second half of notation file).

Jan 1st, 2011. Added Gajavadana (Sri Ranjani, Papanasam Sivan, CV Shankar version): updated notation & audio class.

Dec 30, 2010. Added Rama Ninnu Nammina(Mohanam, Tyagaraja, Ram Kaushik version): updated notation & audio class.

Dec 26, 2010. Added srI sarasvati (Arabhi, Dikshitar, Ram Kaushik version): notation & audio class.

Dec 25, 2010. Added Bantureethi (Hamsanadam, Tyagaraja, TM Krishna version), Janakipathe (Kharahapriya, Papanasam Sivan): audio class & notation. Added Bhajare Re Manasa (Abheri / Karnataka Devagandhari): audio class.

Dec 24, 2010. Added Muruga Muruga (P. Thooran, Saveri): audio class & notation. Added Karunimpa Idi (Sahana varnam, adi talam) - Audio lesson / class http://www.shivkumar.org/music/varnams/index.html#karunimpa-varnam

Dec 23, 2010. Added Piravaavaram (Lathangi), Karpagame (Madhyamavathi):Papanasam Sivan, updated notations & audio lessons. Added Karunimpa Idi (Sahana varnam, adi talam) notation (was there earlier - but got lost in the transition of web sites) http://www.shivkumar.org/music/varnams/index.html#karunimpa-varnam

Dec 22, 2010. Added Ranjani Mrudu Pankaja (ranjani mala; audio lesson). Added Sriman Narayana (Bowli), Namo Namo Raghukula (Nattai): Annamacharya krithis, Audio Class & Notation, based upon MS Subbalakshmi's version. Added notations contributed by Vidya Subramanian for: Alamelu Manga Nee (Kalyani, Annamacharya), Bhajare Gopalam (Hindolam, Sadasiva Brahmendra), Nannu Kanna Thalli (Sindhu Kannada, Tyagaraja), .

Dec 21, 2010. Added Parameshwara (Nattai; Dikshitar: Audio Class) based upon Malladi Brothers' version.

Dec 20, 2010. Added Nambikettavar (Hindolam: Audio Class), Kanada Ata Tala Varnam (Nera Nammithi) notation; Parvai Onre Podhume (Surutti, Oothukadu): notation and audio class.

Dec 19, 2010. Added Alai Payudhe (Kanada, class + notation), Maal Maruga (audio class)

Dec 12, 2010. Added Bhajare Re Manasa (Abheri / Karnataka Devagandhari), Maal Maruga (Vasantha) The site also has moved to the new URL (shivkumar.org) recently.

Nov 24, 2006. Added Vishalakshim (Panthuvarali), Innam En Manam (Charukesi Varnam: Lalgudi), Ram Kaushik's versions of Angarakam (surutti), Dharmasamvardhani (Madhyamavathi). Thanks to Vidya Subramanian for the the Charukesi varnam notations.

2006: Latest addition: Oct 7, 2006.
Added some varnams. Krithis: Okapari (Kharaharapriya), Ranjani Mrudu Pankaja {Ranjanimala} (ragamalika), Vadera (Panthuvarali), Rama Ninnu Nammina (Mohanam), Mahalakshmi (Shankarabharanam), Meenakshi Me Mudam (Purvi Kalyani), Parameshwara (Nattai), Koluvamaregada (Thodi). Thanks to Vidya Subramanian for the audios of tapes of her renditions of Lalgudi Varnams and for notations of Ranjani maala.

Jan 2005: Added notations for Nambikettavar (Hindolam) and Janakipathe (Kharaharapriya) . Thanks to Ram Kaushik for the original!

Dec 2004 Removed realaudio zip files (given the ra and mp3 formats, and lack of downloads of this format). Included PDFs of notations in addition to Word/HTML. Will get back to adding more class and notations content during the holidays and more in Spring 2005 (i have been very busy due to the birth of my twins last summer, and getting adjusted to parenthood).

Aug 21st, 2004: Added Entani Ne (Mukhari), Sogasuga (sriranjani), and Parvati Pathim (Hamsadhwani). Thanks to Ram Kaushik for the original version of Entani Ne. In process: Kurai Onrum Illai (ragamalika), Annapurne (Sama), Padavini (Salaka Bhairavi), Vidulaku Mrokkeda (Mayamalavagowla), Toli Janmamula (Bilahari), Vaarana mukha Vaa (Hamsadhwani), Vinave O Manasa (Vivardhini)... Should be up online soon... Some of the notations and originals are up online.

ORIGINALS
Aug 14th 2004 Due to popular requests, I am adding selected originals (MP3s) of the songs starting from "A". It will take me a while to dig out my MP3s, or record to MP3 if I have analog versions etc. The originals will stay on the website tentatively : my goal is to provide a reference for students and rasikas (to complement my classes and notations based upon these originals). I have been falling behind in putting up a reference version of the song in addition to the "class" or "detailed" versions, and what better reference version than the original itself! The originals convey the depth, bhava and energy which I simply cannot capture in my "class" based commentaries and they should inspire students to learn these songs. Some of these originals are available from other websites like musicindia.com etc for quite a while.

Errata in Varnams and Meanings of varnams have been updated. Thanks to Dr. Aruna Turaga from California for her kind help in doing the translation and word-by-word meanings!

June-July 2004 I am out of commission for a while due to the birth of my twins, Vaishnavi and Shambhavi. Will get back with more updates on the web page in a couple of months or so.

Mar 10-12th, 2004: Updated word-by-word meanings for the Pancharatnas: thanks to Jayasri Akella for the word-by-word meanings! Added classes for Ranganayakam (Nayaki), Dharma Samvarddhani (Madhyamavathi), Parama Pavani (Atana). Thanks to my mother (Smt. Geetha Kalyanaraman) and my wife (Sharanya) for transcribing word-by-word meanings for these songs. Thanks to Ram Kaushik for the original for Parama Pavani. These classes have more alapana content in them (i.e. exploration of alapana phrases from the krithis). Set up a link for frequent users . Thanks to Karthik Lakshminarayanan for preparing a flyer for the archives' web pages.

Feb 18th, 2004: Added class for Chintayamaa (Bhairavi)

Jan 25th, 2004: Added meanings for Vishnu Sahasranamam (Audio Narration). Upto Stanza 30.

Dec 25, 26, 27th, 2003: Added a comprehensive set of beginners' lessons: sarali, janta, dhatu, melsthayi, alankaras. Added Raravenu (swarajati). Added some professional renditions of varnams (Bombay Sisters and M.S. Subbalakshmi) as reference (especially for comparison after you have learnt the "class versions"). Added songs: Jnanamosagarada (Purvi Kalyani), Ela Nee Daya Raadu (Atana), Krupaya Palaya (Charukesi), Samaja Vara Gamana (Hindolam), Manasa Sancharare (Sama), Rama Nipai (Kedaram), Paridhana Micchithe (Bilahari) and Prakkala Nilabadi (Kharaharapriya).

Nov 28th, 2003: Added Intro to Carnatic Music (4 parts): audio and music illustrations based upon Ramesh Mahadevan's articles. Kicked off a "basics/elementary lessons" addenda to the varnams/geethams page -- this page (basics, geethams, varnams) will be expanded substantially over Dec. Also reorganized the varnams and geethams.

July 30-31st, 1-2 August, 2003: Added Rere Sriramachandra (Geetham: Arabhi), Sri Kamalambikayah (Bhairavi: navavarnam krithi), Sri Kamalambike Shive (Sriragam: navavarna mangala krithi), Kamalambikayai (Kambodhi), Kamalambam Bhajare (Kalyani), Kamalambike (Thodi), Kamalamba Samrakshatu (Ananda Bhairavi), Sujana Jeevana (Khamas), Chintayamaa (Bhairavi: pancha linga kshetra krithi), Sri Ramachandra (Bhairavi Geetham).

July 22nd, 2003: Added a section on Navavarna Krithis lyrics, and specifically a class on Sri Kamalambikaya (Sahana).

Jul 11-13th, 2003: Added Ninnukori (Vasanta Varnam), Viriboni (Bhairavi Ata Tala Varnam), Kamalajathala (Kalyani Geetham), Sri Mahaganapathi (Gowla). Inaugurated the Manodharma web page (with a large number of sample alapanas, swarakalpanas, neraval, tanam, viruttam, ragamalikas etc) . At a later stage I plan to add classes on these manodharma topics.

mid-&-last Week of June, 2003: Added Analekara (Geetham: shuddha saveri), Varaveena (Geetham: Mohanam), and Vishnu Sahasranamam (based upon MSS rendition: an experiment!). Fixed up meanings etc of Ambaneelayatakshi, Angarakam, Apparamabhakthi, Chetasri, Chintayamaa.

1st Week of June, 2003: Added Sadachaleshwaram (Bhupalam) and Pamarajana Palini (Simhendramadhyamam).

May 31th, 2003: Added Kamakshi Sri Varalakshmi (Bilahari) and Enduku Nirdaya (Hari Kambodhi), Emaanadicchevo (Sahana), Antaranga Bhakti (Shadvidhamargini). Thanks to Ram Kaushik for the "song" versions of Kamakshi, Emaana and Antaranga.

May 20th, 2003: Added Manamuleda (Hamir Kalyani), Maa Ramanan (Hindolam). Thanks to Ram Kaushik for the "song" version of the latter.

April 19th, 2003: Added Soundararajam (Brindavani), Dasharatha Nandana (Asaveri), Budhamashrayami (Nata Kuranji, Navagraha krithi), and Chandram Bhaja (Asaveri, Navagraha Krithi). Thanks to Ram Kaushik for the "song" versions of the navagraha krithis.

April 5th, 2003: Added SriKanchinayike (Asaveri). Thanks to my friend Ram Kaushik for the "song" version.

Feb 21, 2003 weekend: added paratpara (vachaspati), brahma kadigina (mukhari) and paraamukham yennaiyya (kharaharapriya). Thanks to my friend Ram Kaushik for the "song" versions of the latter two krithis.
* Added a link to karnatik.com's "basics" lessons web page, and a couple of more interesting sahitya links (sangeetham.com and Todd McComb's web pages).

Feb 15, 2003 weekend: added rangapuravihara (Brindavana saranga), neebhajana (nayaki), divakara tanujam (yadukula khambodhi), chakkani raja (kharaharapriya), dakshinamurthe (shankarabharanam), ramabhirama (durbar), venuganaloluni (kedaragowlai), saragunapalimpa (kedaragowla) classes;
* Added this "whats new" link to help you identify latest/new songs to download...
* Added some extra navigation points to help you quickly jump around within the page.

Feb 8th, 2003 weekend: added Seethapathe (khamas), Kalaharana (shuddha saveri), Ninne Nera (panthuvarali) classes;
* Added a "recommend-to-friend" link...