OCORA: India part 4 - Dirty South

South India: Pandam, Tanjore Style of Singing (Inde Du Sud: Padam, le Chant de Tanjore) - Aruna Sairam

originally posted by Op. Two reviews from Amazonworld:

*****Austere beauty, a great singer, September 18, 2000
Reviewer: ST (pensacola, fl USA)
As a total fan of M.S. Subbulakhsmi for over 30 years, it is a joy to find a near 'rival', this artist from Tanjore and this form, Padam. It's a style of singing she represents wonderfully, a form that we're told is fast disappearing. Her presentation is languid, leisurely, dignified and charged with the deepest feeling. A special surprise and gem is her rendering of a Sloka in raga Hamsanadi which is counterpart to raag Marwa in the Hindustani system.

*****Tanjore style, September 30, 2003
Reviewer: A music fan
Following up on the previous review, more than a "rival," the Tanjore school is a genre of the many schools (others being Karaikudi, etc.) and Aruna Sairam is a protege of this school through her association with the heiress of the great Veena Dhannammal, the late Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. T. Brinda (1912-1996). T Brinda along with her sister T Muktha are reputed to be repositories of many padams and javalis, some rarely heard today in concerts.

Listeners can treat this album as an exposure to the Tanjore style, with particular emphasis on rendering of padams, which are difficult pieces of the Karnatic repertoire to learn and perform. In this album, Aruna has rendered 3 of Kshetrayya's padams as well as one of Govindaswamy's. And not precluding the trinity of Karnatic Music, she includes a kriti of Tyagaraja in the Vivadi raga (raga with dissonant notes) Vagadhishvari. And what a thoughtful way to conclude her tribute to her masters with a Sanskrit sloka from the Krishna Karnamrutham of Bilwamangala Lilasuka in a garland of ragas!


and from jed Zshare mirrors: part A part B

Thayambaka, a complex, sacred art of percussion-playing from the temples of South India, performed to drive away demons.

Inde du Sud - Kerala, Le Thayambaka

India: Une Anthologie de la Musique Classique de l'Inde du Sud
Compiled by L. Subramaniam. originally posted by Goldfinger.

The best general primer for the vocal and instrumental music of South India. Compiled by Dr. L. Subramaniam, this four-volume set has excellent booklet notes explaining the wonders of Carnatic music and boasts contributions from many of the genre's greatest exponents illustrating vocal genres or instrumental techniques or instruments. Contributing vocalists include M.S. Subbulakshmi, Trivandrum R.S. Mani, Alathur SrinivasaIyer and T. Mukti. All the major instruments traditionally found in Carnatic music are illustrated -- among others, violin (L. Subramaniam, V.V. Subrahmanyam -- Subramaniam in the text), vina (Raajeshwari Padmanabhan), gottuvadyam (N. Ravikiran), flute (T.R. Mahalingam), morsing or Jew's harp (T.H. Subashchandran), kanjira, that is, a type of small drum (V. Nagarajan), ghatam or clay pot drum (T.H. Vinayakram), jalatarangam or tuned liquid-filled porcelain cups (Seeta Doraiswamy) and clarionet or clarinet (A.K.C. Natarajan). An anthology of great vision, essential for any general appreciation of Carnatic music. (AMG)

VOL. 1
VOL. 2
VOL. 3 A VOL. 3 B
VOL. 4



Anonymous said...

Totally great. Thanks for sticking with the original project, this is so much fun!

Anonymous said...

oh woah; pretty hefty part four; will take me several days to download. Fantastic. All this stuff much appreciated: keep up the good work :)

FreeCT said...

great post
would you ever consider usign Xirror or other multiple upload services..?

eastern_branch said...

Thanks very much for posting this - I'm really looking forward to hearing it!

Is it possible to get a larger scan of the front cover?

Anonymous said...

Thanks alot, this stuff is fantastic! I don't suppose you have the Javanese Ocora recordings (Yogyakarta, 4 volumes)? Very hard to get hold of at present!

zhao said...

i will try to remember to use some mirror sites in addition to (not so apparently for some) Rapid. but people please feel free to re-up these to any service you want and if you leave link in comments i will put them in the post.

no scans of the covers. as the ones i ripped myself i never had time to scan and the discs are not accessible at the mo. and the rest i downloaded digitally also so your best bet is google.

PLENTY of indonesian love including Java (and the series you mention) in my collection. as i look at the ship's itinerari for sure that is one of the upcoming stops. i dare say we will likely spend quite some time on those islands as those are some of the SICKEST sounds on earth.

Jed said...

Thanks for these. I've mirrored Le Thayambaka at:


(see comments for India parts 2 & 3 for more zshare mirror links)

Jed said...

Le chant de Tanjore is mirrored at zshare:

Part 1


Part 2


Anonymous said...

thanks for the mirrors jed; I had a hard-disk fail a week ago, so having a few different hosts is speeding up my reclamation a lot :)ff

rickdog said...


Anonymous said...

I download this file but I couldn't open.
Could you please post it in zshare mirror?
Thanks a lot :)

The DoorKeeper said...

interesting about the "music mafia" - maybe that's why I can't find Rajendra Prasanna anywhere on CD

VK said...

From someone who has had these and hundreds of other Karnatic CDs for many years, but cant resist comment: The primer is stupid, the Thambayaka probably of interest mainly to world-music fans, but the Padam CD: glorious. A real gem from early in Aruna’s career, when she had fantastic vidwat, that she is just recently finding her way back to. Yes, get it!

Venkataraman said...

Who are you calling "dirty", you oaf?!

zhao said...

haha are you from Southern India?

the name of this post is a joke, made about the Style of Hip Hop and Rap music from Southern United States called "Dirty South", which appears elsewhere on this blog.

Art of Peace Collective said...

Beautiful music! Thank you. Coulf someone please please reupload the aruna pandam - both links are dead!

Art of Peace Collective said...


Ajay said...

I know I am probably commenting on this post very late. Would it be possible to re-upload the Padam album. The links do not work.