Rasikas gather in large numbers to listen to Madurai Mani Iyer’s recordings

A hall in Luz was jam packed on Thursday evening last to listen to a recording.

Just recordings but that of a maestro.

At the Arkay Hall in Luz, rasiukas of the late Madurai Mani Iyer, a great vocalist gathered to listen to a concert he had given in the city on the occasion of Sri Ram Navamai.

His pieces were played on a modern player via the hall’s audio system on April 12 and it made listening a great pleasure. The hall was packed and rasikas had to stand and make do in the space outside.

The concert lasted for over two hours and some of Mani Iyer’s popular pieces were played.

This was organised by the MMI Birth Centenary Committee. This is the maestro’s centenary year and fans have been hosting such listening sessions at various places across the city.

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3 Comments on “Rasikas gather in large numbers to listen to Madurai Mani Iyer’s recordings”

  1. Yes! I was also one of the lucky to having come and got a good seat from what appeared to be just hall full swelled into a very large packed audience with people finding for every nook and corner leaving just the Maestros photos!..a record crowd for a recorded music programme of 1966 in spite of previous day of shopping of Tamil new year/Vishu and cricket at Chepauk!…I had shared this in the website of Iyers column and other forums ; it would be nice to repeat in a larger hall or Tag centre or other places!Congrats to team members ; keep the great efforts !

  2. Believe it or not!On April 12th 2012 at 6-30PM the ARKAY HALL AT THE LUZ was overflowing with 300+rasikas of Madurai Mani Iyer 44 years after the death of the legendary musician and it was an emotional evening.The live concert was held during the RAMANAVAMI SERIES AT THE VENUS COLONY ALWARPET IN 1966 APRIL 12TH.MMI Birth Centenary Commitee organised the function to listen to the Master MAdurai Mani Iyer and the accompaniments were again the legendary Chowdiah on Violin and Palghat Mani Iyer on Mridangam and PMI 100 is also coinciding with the MMI 100!Sri Krishnan was on the Kanjira.MMI started off with Telsirama folllowed by RARA MINTIDAGA and APPA RAMA BHAKTI!Sarasa SAMA DANA was the main piece in Kapi narayaini and the concert included Entha Sowkiya Panile a Kapi ragam and incidentlaly MMI was a true good Coffee lover.MMI focussed on songs on LORD RAMA and it was MUSIC filled with BHAKTHI
    all the way.The audience were the lucky lot and they responded very well and the hall was JAM PACKED TO SAY THE LEAST>ALL along 2and half hour concert all the fans of yesters of MMI PMI TS AND KRISH sat and stood in full attendance in spite of the fact it was Tamil New Year EVe and also CSK match was at the Chepauk on 12th evening.The organisation of the event was SIMPLY SUPERB one.Full credit goes to the parnership of the DUO S/S JAYARAMAKRISHNAN AND SLS AS HE IS known SLS NARASIMHAN for the FANTASTIC efforts.SLS was incharge of AUDIO and it was like MMI came down and treated us with his company of TS PMI AND KRISH.JRK SHOULD BEcomplimented for his silent and sincere work which brought out such great musical event.Arkay organisers did a fine job.KUDOS TO ALL

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