Come January 26th, we will be celebrating one of the most legendary Mrudangam artises of all time, Padma Vibhushan Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman who has completed 80 years. A plethora of contemporary stars from various spectrums of the art field gather to perform and celebrate this momentous occasion and pay tribute to the living legend. Featuring Malladi Brothers, Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Maa Zila Khan, Fabrizio Cassol, Shwetha Mohan, Stephen Devassy, Rajiv Menon, Roja Kannan, Priya Murle and many more in a star-studded lineup…
Straight From The Heart
“. . .While pursuing this path, among the many attributes, I have tried to focus on one primary aspect, which in my mind is the prime differentiator in Carnatic music. – “Nadhaa”. This is the core aspect of our divine music that elevates the artistes and listeners. I have been personally experiencing this phenomenon. My revered gurus have shown me this fantastic and wonderful, yet novel way, to dive deep into the ocean of bliss, known as ‘Sangeetha Saagara’ and ‘Taala samudhra’. With great reverence, I know full well how my gurus appreciate the new approach that I have strived to create, with my original contributions being built on the strong platform of their inimitable pedagogy. . .”
Overtone – a documentary on Dr UKS by Rajiv Menon
A documentary by the ace Cinematographer and cine Director, Mr Rajiv Menon, ‘Overtone’ is a film on Umayalpuram K Sivaraman. The film traces the origin of carnatic music, paints a vivid picture on the early days of Sri Sivaraman, his bani, the highlights of his style as he accompanies legends of Carnatic music and fusion music. Importantly, the film conveys the personality of Sri Sivaraman through some beautiful visuals and narratives that makes the viewer glued to the screen, as is customary by Mr Rajiv Menon.
Throughout his unparalleled journey in the world of Carnatic music, Dr. UKS has accompanied almost every stalwart, spanning several generations. Kalakendra is proud to present ‘Dr.UKS with the legends’, a compilation of products involving UKS in performance with some of the biggest names.
Be there on Jan 26th to watch the Audio Visual show, showcasing his journey along with such illustrious contemporaries. This unique show is written and directed by Mr S B Kanthan and sponsored by Swathi Soft Solutions.
Experiences with the maestro
- Sri Madurai T.N. SeshagopalanRenowned Vocalist
Among many such illustrious artistes, Palghat Sri T S Mani Iyer, Pazhani Sri Subramania Pillai, Ramanathapuram Sri C S Murugaboopathy were stalwarts who enriched the Carnatic percussion world with their seminal contributions. As a torchbearer for the subsequent generation, we all can acclaim, without an iota of doubt..
- Sri.R.K. SrikanthanRenowned Vocalist
Sri.M.A. Baby, Smt. Leela Samson, Dr.T. Ramaswamy, Sri.A.K. Palanivel, Srimushnam Raja Rao, Sangeeta Vidvans, Vidushees, Music Lovers, ladies and gentlemen, Namaskaram to all of you. What a pleasure it is for me to participate in today's function and honour and confer Sri Yangnaraman's Life Time achievement.
- Leela SamsonBharatanatyam exponent
My memories are fresh yet of the many times, when I was a child, growing up in Kalakshetra, that Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman Sir came time and again to accompany one or another great musician and regale us with his craft. His dignified stance and minimalist movements on stage, his prowess and genius in accompaniment..
- Sri.N.NarishmanChitra Veena Vidwan
It was in the late 1950s that I first heard of Sri.Umayalpuram Sivaraman from Sri. Venkatesha Devar and Sri. M.L. Veerabhadrayya, both great mrudangam exponents of Karnataka. It was therefore coincidental that soon after this, I got a chance to hear him in some live and All India Radio (AIR) concerts.
- Palghat Shri. RajaRasika
I was 6 years old and had just come out of a Carnatic Music concert in RR Sabha Calcutta the city where we lived. It seems I told my father rather loudly "Appa innime lendu yennukku intha mrudangam than favourite" The vidwan in context was none other than the living legend Sangita Kalanidhi Sri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman ...
- Srirangam S.KannanMorsing Artist
Looking back into one's own life always throws up some experiences that would still give goosebumbs. My musical life from my intial quest to learn the art of playing Morsing to becoming a performing musican and beyond, has so many memorable experiences and unforgettable anecdotes.
- Sri. Pazhani Subramania PillaiMrudangam Legend
The much acclaimed Sangita vidwan, Pattamadai Sri. Krishna Iyer, years ago, honoured Umayalpuram Sri.K. Sivaraman with the title of “Naada Kanal”. Among the people who attended the felicitation function was the esteemed mrudanga maha vidwan Ramanathapuram Sri.C.S. Murugaboopathy.
- Palghat T.R.ThiagarajanMusician
I distinctly remember my association with Umayalpuram K Sivaraman Mama and it dates back to 1948 in our Lakshmipuram house and later in Tanjavur during 1954. Sivaraman mama is an embodiment of politeness and courtesy, whose only world was his mentor and father, Dr. Kasi Viswanatha Iyer.
- Sri.P. SrinivasanRenowned Mrudanga Vidwan
My guru was residing in Lakshmipuram in Royapettah during late 1940s. Sri. Sivaraman used to come to this place for learning mrudangam. One day, after Sivaraman left, after taking his lessons, I vividly remember my guru acclaiming Sri. Sivaraman of playing with great clarity and speed.
- Shengottai Sri. Rajamani IyerRenowned Mrudanga Vidwan
My guru, maha vidwan late Palghat Sri Mani Iyer’s comments about Umayalpuram Sri. K. Sivaraman, his scholarship on mrudangam, the glorious fame and name that Sivaraman would attain, his prophetic vision and the benign blessings of my guru conferred on Sri. Sivaraman, as told to me
- N. JayakumarCoimbatore
I used to visit Thanjavur for summer holidays during 1975/79 and at that time, my uncle was residing as a tenant in the house of Thanjavur Sri Vaidyanatha Iyer. A conversation that I distinctly recollect, was what late Mathusri Meenakshi Ammal, w/o late maha vidwan Thanjavur Vaidyanatha Iyer had mentioned to me.
- Palghat T.R RajaramanMusician
It was in 1959 -60 that I have seen Umayalpuram Sri K Sivaraman learning from my father. He used to come for very few classes for formal learning. My father used to sit on a bench and teach. At one time, he used to come regularly to Thanjavur in the mornings from Kumbakonam.
- Sri. V.M. GanesanRenowned Mrudangam Vidwan
My father had an exceptionally great affection for Sri Sivaraman. On hearing him playing, my father opined “Sri Sivaramannuku mrudangam siddhi aahivitadhu. Whatever runs in the mind is translated very effortlessly on his fingers. Sivaraman has made mrudangam ‘his own’ is the meaning”.
- Sri.M. RajendranRenowned Mrudanga Vidwan
My guru, used to emotionally articulate this incident. While discussing about disciples, Sri. Vaidyanatha Iyer had opined that Sri. Sivaraman had great potential to be developed as an expert in the playing of mrudangam, parallel to none and Sri. Vaidyanatha Iyer would develop him to be the top most mrudanga vidwan
- Sri. G. Kitappa IyerAnanda lodge, Tanjavur
After Iyerval’s (Palghat Sri. Mani Iyer) mrudangam, what I relish most is your style of playing. I have personally experienced the impact, nadam, varieties and the ability to gain public attraction and attention, which I have found in Iyerval’s mrudangam in your playing.