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Shyama Priya on Rajkumar Bharathi:
14 Jul,2009 at 09:35 PM
Rajkumar Bharathi, great grandson of Mahakavi Subrahmanya Bharathi, learnt vocal music from his mother, Lalitha Bharathi, and later from Valliyur Gurumurthi. He then underwent advanced training from Dr. M Balamuralikrishna and T V Gopalakrishnan. His talent blossomed under TVG and he stands today as one of the most popular artistes of his generation.



A native of Chennai, Rajkumar has a great following in Karnataka owing to his pleasing style of rendering ‘Dasara Padagalu‘. He has made forays into films and devotional music. A qualified engineer, music is his profession now. A strong attractive style of singing with clear diction and enunciation of ‘sahithya bhava’ are his hallmarks. Rajkumar has performed all over India, USA, Europe and the Orient as a part of concert tour and teaching assignments.

Rajkumar Bharathi has collaborated with me as a music composer since 1992. As an invited artist of Rangoli Foundation, Rajkumar gave his United States debut concert in Los Angeles in 1992. I was introduced to Rajkumar by my guru Narmada in 1991 and have since worked with him on several projects together. In addition to having composed songs for ‘Bharata Natyam Margams‘, Rajkumar has composed music for Rangoli‘s productions including ‘Anubhava (94)’, ‘Creation Myth (95)’, ’Mustard Seeds (96)’, ’Soorya Kanti (97)’, and ’Sacred Geometry (2002)’.

Rajkumar has also composed music for Udupi Lakshminarayan, Ambika Kameshwar, Jothi Raghavan, Madhu Manjunath, Menaka Thakkar, Nina Rajarani, Anandavalli, Ramaa Bharadvaj, Ramana Maharshi Center, Mysore Sachidananda Swami Ashrama, and several other artists and organizations.
Writing music for preexisting themes create a different challenge than that of composing for new imagery involving abstract or social themes. The constraints imposed by the dance narrow down the numerous possibilities and force certain creativity within an existing framework. The challenge is to endure whatever that one composes synchronizes perfectly with live dance not only on a technical level, but also on an emotional level.

The legendary Tanjore Quartet deserves the credit for composing a vast number of songs for dance and arriving at the ‘Bharatanatyam Margam’ practiced today. Since then, dancers have been fortunate to have had scores of great musicians, dance masters and practicing dancers who composed songs including the lilting melodies of Thillanas, Jatiswarams, Kritis, and of course the glorious Varnams. The list of musicians who have composed for dance is exhaustive. Much credit also goes to several practicing dancers who have not only contributed ideas, text, and research materials but also have demonstrated a flair for composing music for dance.

Rajkumar Bharathi, belonging to the present generation of musicians and composers has commanded a certain dignity in the field of classical music, which is of no surprise to people who have met and heard his extraordinary baritone voice. Rajkumar is an artist of conscience who characterizes his music with impeccable seriousness, energy, and inventiveness. Rajkumar’s sound knowledge, imagination, and aesthetic presentation has made him a sought after composer. While composing for dance, Rajkumar is skillful in understanding phrasing (the way the elements of a particular work are interrelated including articulation, melodic construction, and links), harmony (scales, intervals, and chords), and variation (melodic and rhythmic). Rajkumar accomplishes this well. He has accumulated an impressive resume of creative explorations and never reproduces the same tunes. His music brings out endless possibilities for dance improvisation. Endowed with a certain sense of style and finesse, he explores various possibilities to arrive at something that is innovative and divine.

I have often given him my concept and choreography in the form of scripts, descriptions and transitions between acts, exits, entries, mood of the scene, emotional content, movement choices, rhythmic variations, costume and lighting ideas, and many other details. In addition to fulfilling my needs, he is always eager to add his own originality and creativity. As a result, a true artistic collaboration is forged and the choreography is enriched. I recently composed ‘sollukatu’ (rhythmic vocalization) and choreography for a dance. I hesitated at first, but called him from a Chennai hotel where I was staying and asked him if he would consider tuning the piece in a particular raga. He readily agreed and asked me to recite it over the phone. Within an hour, I got a call from him and he sang the piece. Of course the morning when we were in the recording studio, it was no doubt ready in its entire splendor. The times spent in the studios with him are memorable due to his work ethics, enthusiasm, and humor. The notations and directions he gives to the accompanying musicians are so precise that there is never any lingering doubt. I have never encountered Rajkumar discussing another dancer’s choreographic work or the music composition. I am touched by his loyalty and appreciate his professionalism.

Conceiving visual imagery to Rajkumar Bharathi’s music has always been a wholesome fulfilling endeavor. Rajkumar’s altruistic resignation, in singing and composing is akin to the divine. His strength is felt when it comes to anything musical.
By Malathi Iyengar

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Malathi Iyengar has a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from University of California, Los Angeles. She is the artistic director of Rangoli Foundation, Los Angeles, USA.
www.rangoli.org.





Shyama Priya on Rajkumar Bharathi:
14 Jul,2009 at 09:31 PM
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Rajkumar Bharathi is the great grandson of the Great Renaissance poet, Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi, a poet laurete par excellence. Mahakavi Bharathi had a tremendous liking for singing and probably that wish, the Almighty granted in the form of his great grandson.

Initiation into Music

His mother, Smt.Lalitha Bharathi, initiated Rajkumar into music at a tender age of 5. later on, the great musician Sri.Valliyur Gurumurthi, the stalwart Dr.Balamuralikrishna and the musical maestro T.V.Gopalakrishnan, groomed him.

As a budding musician

As a youngster, Rajkumar has won innumerable awards and prizes in various competitions conducted by various premier Music Institutions. Awards include Inter Collegiate festivals, All India level competitions conducted by All India Radio, The Music Academy, Indian Fine Arts, Tamil Isai Sangam among others.

As a Professional

Rajkumar graduated as an Electronics and telecommunications engineer from the prestigious Guindy College of Engineering, Chennai, but turned to music as a full time career after a short stint as an engineer.

He has been giving Classical Carnatic music concerts all over India and abroad. He has traveled widely to USA, Canada, U.K. Gulf countries, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

Rajkumar has many cassettes and CDs to his credit, which has won him many acclaim. He has had the unique opportunity of rendering all the 18 chapters of “Srimad Bhagavd Gita’, in 4 volumes produced by Ramakrishna Math.

Versatility

Impelled by an urge for genuine music, Rajkumar endeavours to achieve musical versatility. - He was a member of the “Madras Youth Choir”, of the late music director Mr.M.B.Srinivasan.

He has sung in films – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit and Tulu and was the leading Indian singer along with Sharon Rose the widely respected Black American singer in the adventurous venture, the Asian Mafia – a daring interplay between Indian and Pop style singers.


Rajkumar does teaching workshops every summer for the London based Carnatic music students and has performed Jugalbandi concerts with Sri.Ramesh Narayan, Sri.Parameshwar Hegde and Sri.Sanjeev Abyangar. He also has performed in the prestigious Canadian `India Festival’ to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Indian Independence, in 1997.

Awards

He has won many awards like ‘Outstanding Young Person Award’, by the Rotary Club of South Madras.‘Sangeetha Gana Sudha Nidhi’ by Thyagaraja Samithi, Anantapur. ‘Sangeetha Sudhakara’, by his Holiness Sri Sringeri Sankaracharya, Sringeri Math. Asthana Vidwan of Shri Datta Peetham, Mysore and Sri Sringeri Math, Sringeri. `Gana Kala Bharathi’ by Hindu American Temple and Cultural Centre, NJ, USA. `Outstanding Young Musician Award’ by Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer trust, Madras. `Kalki Award’ for Young Musician, given by the Kalki Magazine, Madras. `Central Excise Award for Young Achiever’ by the Central Excise Department, Government of India. `Sahitya Priya’ Award given for clear diction and soulful singing, by Jankalyan Trust, Madras.

As a Composer

Rajkumar has donned the role of composer and music director and has been involved in composing music for Audio CD’s, thematic presentations, dance ballets and also for fusion projects. He also has
composed many Varnams, Thillanas and Padams especially for dance projects. As the great grand-son of the Poet Bharathi, he has tuned many of Bharathis lesser known compositions and presented them in the Clssical Carnatic forums. Nominated for the prestigious Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Composing Music for “Creation Myth”, a dance ballet for the UCLA Centre for Performing Arts (University of California, LA, USA) in 1995.

He has composed the title music and the background music for the teleserial `Ramana Oli’ depicting the life history of Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi. This was telecast in the Indian TV Channel for about 14 weeks.

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