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Second Mridanga Thaniaavarthanam Programme and Book release function, 2004

Korvais Made Easy

Our second Thaniavarthanam programme was held on the 27th of July, 2004 at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan (Main Hall), Mylapore. This programme also marked the release of the book Korvais Made Easy by M N Hariharan. The book provides an easy way to compose Korvais for any Thalam, Nadai and Eduppu of a composition. The book has been reviewed by several leading musicians, and forewords are by Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani, Madurai Shri T Srinivasan, Shri T R Subramanyam, Mannargudi Shri A Easwaran, Padma Shri Haridwaramangalam Shri A K Palanivel, Mambalam Shri M K S Siva and Mambalam Shri M K S Natarajan. The forewords in english are available at our website. Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani released the book, and Madurai Shri T Srinivasan received the first copy. The speech by Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani included a Korvai in Adhi Thalam, composed using the book, in the Nadais Chatusram (4), Tisra Mel Kalam (6), and Chatusra Mel Kalam (8), for an Eduppu of 4 Mathirai (mp3 ).

The book release function was preceded by our second Thaniavarthanam, this time in Adhi Thalam. We performed all the five Nadais this year as well. A distinguishing feature of this programme was the fact that the Pallavis were sung in the same Nadais as the Thaniavarthanam. The Pallavis extolling the Nadais themselves were composed by Shri T A P Ravishankar. The programme also featured a demonstration of the book Korvais Made Easy . A review of the programme appeared in The Hindu.

In addition to all the musicians who wrote the forewords, senior musicians including Chinglepet Shri Ranganathan, Sangitha Kalanidhi Dr N Ramani, Prof. S R Janakiraman, Shri V S Narasimhan, Smt. Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari and Shri M V Narasimhachari, a lot of other young musicians, and journalists attended the programme.

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