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Manasunilpa Shakthi leka pothe, a famous krithi of Thyagaraja warning all devotees not fell into the trap of Hypocracy!
Madurai Mani Iyer has rendered this Krithi, with the accompaniment of Mysore T.Chowdia on the Violin and the virtuoso
Palani Subramaniya Pillai on the Mridangam and Umayalpuram Kothandarama Iyer on the Ghatam. This is a live recording of a
1960 concert. Upon listening to this recording one could appreciate the clarity of dictions in Mani Iyer's rendering
with appropriate stresses in words like Kaama krodhudu thapam ponarchitha...(meaning what is the use of one doing pooja
with lust and anger in his inner self). Also the mind bogling sarvalagu swara prasthara that he has engaged in this song with
an awesome grip in the laya, is an example of how he handles laya, with alankara swara prayogams. And what a superb mridangam
accompaniment from the great Palani!. All these makes this krithi an example of how a stalwart sings in a concert with the
accompaniment of great masters! Click on the link below to listen!
Manasunilipa - Abhogi - Adhi
Presenting below 'Meenalochani Amba Vega Nannu Brovave' a nice small krithi in the raga Thodi composed by Mani Iyer's
Guru Shri Muthiah Bhagavathar. The accompanists are T.N.Krishnan, Vellore Ramabhadran and Alangudi Ramachandran.
Meenalochani - Thodi - Rupakam
This Krithi of Shri Papanasam Sivan in the rAga kAmbhOji, brought lots of name and fame to both Shri
Sivan as well as Shri Madurai Mani Iyer. After the release of the Gramaphone
plate of this wonderful Krithi sung by Mani Iyer, in praise of lord kapAleeswarar's athikAranandhi festival, the whole
music world coined Mani Iyer as THE kAmbhOji Specialist. Click on the link below to
listen to the Immortal kAnakankOdi vEndum (1939, Gramaphone recording with the accompaniment of Varahur Muthuswamy Iyer on
the Violin and Madras Venu Naicker on the Mridangam)
kAnakankOdi vEndum - rAgA kAmbhOji
Chakkani Rajamargamu is one of Mani Iyer's favourite pieces composed by Shri Thyagaraja in the Raga Karaharapriya . Click
on the link to listen to the Gramaphone Recording of 1958. Mani Iyer is accompanied by V.Govindaswamy Naicker on the Violin
and Palani Subramanya Pillai on the Mridangam.
'Vellai Thamarai Poovil Iruppal' is a Bharathiar Song, another Mani Iyer favourite in the Raga Bhimplas. Click on the
link below to listen to the song sung by Mani Iyer during 1960 at the Music Academy, accompanied by Mysore Chowdia on the
Violin, Vellore Ramabhadran on the Mridangam and Alangudi Ramachandran on the Ghatam.
Vellai Thamarai Poovil Iruppaal