Time for a few e-pointers
I am pleased to direct you to a couple of nice websites.
The first one is a dedicated website that propagates Jaya Deva's immortal Gita Govinda.
The website features a nice commentary on Gita govinda, some great paintings , audio and video. Don't miss to check out the video clippings of
1. O.S Sunder, one of the proponents of Naama Sankeerthanam. He follows the maruthanallur padhathi(style). Here ,here and here are his video clips .
UPDATE: Friend Sivakumar actually says that Sri O.S Sundar follows the PudhuKOtai Padhathi.
2. Janardhan Nedungadi, the renowned Sopaana Sangitham artist who has more than five decades of experience in sopaana sangeetham. He has been the ashtapadi bhaagavathar of the famous guravayoor temple. If you are alien to Sopaana Sangeetham, it is a kind of bhakthi music that has its roots in kerala. Shadgala Govinda Marar, the famed musician and devout poet , praised by Tyagaayya in Endaro Mahanubavulu is considered to be the father of Sopanapattu.
Sopana means the stairs leading to the Garba Graha (sanctum sanctorum) . Just like the stairs , the saahhitya are rendered in ascending and descending tones. This kind of music is usually supported by a drum called Edakka (sort of like a Udukkai in tamil:) . In Guruvayur, no offering to the lord is made without the ashtapadi bhavagavathar singing with devout fervor the verses from Ashtapadi. SopAna Sangeetham is a music that emphasizes bhaavam (expressions and feelings). Hence, traditionally , sopana sangeetham was sung to support the dance forms like Kathakali and Mohiniattam but since Swathi Tirunals time, the influence of carnatic music has forced this pracitise extinct. Here is another clip of sri Nedungadi from that site.
3. Dr Leela Omchery , one of the great proponents of Keralite folk and classical music. Here is her clip
You might want to buy the Sri Janaardhanan Nedungaadi's rendition of ashtapadis here>
Site 2 :
Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt T. Brinda (or Brindammma as she is affectionaly called) who passed away in 1996 ,is a great and highly respected vocalist known for her adherence to tradition(padhathi). She ,and her sister, muktha are very popular for rendering Kshtrayaas padams, which are songs that are laden in shrungara rasam. Hailing from the great Vainika, Veena Dhanammal , they are equally great vainikas too. Their music is very melodious and as they strictly adhered to the tradtion , they were able to bring about the bhaava(the feelings) exquisitely. This is something that is lacking in most of the budding vocalists. Even great musicians including Smt M.S.S Amma and Semmangudi Srinvasa Iyer have learnt compositions from Brindamma.
In this site you can find a couple of video clippings of Brindamma and her daughter in Settle,Washington ,1969
The third site is actually my new audio blog:) . Castpost is a free audio blogging service. So, why wait? g , if you don't have one.
Om Namo NaadaBrahmaaya Nama: