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Topic: Gottuvadyam

  Ravi Kiran
The Instrument To the layman, the gottuvadyam appears as a strange hybrid between the veena, the sarod and the sitar.
The instrument is fretless; notes are produced by gliding a cylindrical piece of wood or horn called gottu (by which the name gottuvadyam is derived) over the strings by the left hand, while the right hand fingers pluck the strings.
The fretless nature of the gottuvadyam and the gliding quality of the gottu help to produce a rich, melodious and a continuous flow of sound in close approximation to the human voice.
www.chembur.com /anecdotes/carnatic/rkiran.htm   (767 words)

 CARNATIC MUSIC :: Concert Reviews
The programme gave a flying start to the sangeetholsavam, which is ongoing for the coming 77 days.
The concert was a combination of Gottuvadyam and flute, which was totally unknown for Keralites.
The flute by Sri.B.V.Balasai was extremely perfect and was turbulent with his Manodharma swaras.
www.carnaticindia.com /concert_reviews.html   (532 words)

 Artists Profiles : Durga Prasad
Durga Prasad born in a family of rich musical tradition, he was initiated into the niceties of music at an early age of nine by his father Shri.
ALLAM KOTESWARA RAO who is a great and well-known Gottuvadyam Vidwan retired from the service of All India Radio, Chennai.
Present Status: Durga Prasad as an 'A' grade performer, of a staff member of "vadya vrinda"-the orchestral group of ALL INDIA RADIO, Chennai.
www.indiamusicinfo.com /profiles/carnatic/durgaprasad.html   (469 words)

 The Hindu : Entertainment Thiruvananthapuram / Music : Of strings, rhythm and the Chitra veena
Gottuvadyam, also known as Chitra veena, has nine main strings and 12 sympathetic ones.
But once Durgaprasad plucks the strings of his improvised gottuvadyam and moves the gottu over them briskly, the musician's unmatched mastery over his instrument is evident.
It was a quest for improvising the tonal quality of the traditional gottuvadyam that inspired Durgaprasad to design a new instrument.
www.thehindu.com /thehindu/fr/2005/08/05/stories/2005080501330300.htm   (425 words)

 Review/Music; Gottuvadyam Concert By Ravikiran of India - New York Times
The gottuvadyam is a fretless vina that rests on the floor and is played with a sliding ebony block.
Taught by his family, he gave his debut recital on the gottuvadyam at the age of 12 (he had appeared as a singer at 5) and has since played throughout India and Europe.
As heard on Friday, the gottuvadyam is a subtle, veiled, almost muted instrument, its throaty quality (as well its infinite capacity for microtonal shadings) reminiscent of the human voice, which in turn is the core of Carnatic music.
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 Development of Slide Guitar Traditions-Intro to North Indian Traditiion
Krishnaswami states due to it's rather large size the instrument "is rather difficult to play fast passages on the vichitra vina but slow passages emerge on this instrument with a beauty and richness of tone which few other instruments possess." (pg.
The gottuvadyam is similar in construction to the vichitra vina and is played in the same manner.
In addition to the vichitra vina and gottuvadyam the sarod and sitar had the greatest impact on the classical guitar tradition.
home.comcast.net /~cmorda/pages/slidepaper/introni.htm   (2177 words)

 Gottuvadyam - South Indian Slide Vina (Chitra Vina)
Gottuvadyam - South Indian Slide Vina (Chitra Vina)
It is played with a slide in a manner somewhat like a Hawaiian guitar.
The gottuvadyam does not appear to be very old, probably around 100 years old.
chandrakantha.com /articles/indian_music/gotuvadyam.html   (269 words)

 6IndianMusic : Gottuvadyam
GOTTUVADYAM - One of the oldest musical instruments in South Indian music.
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Gottuvadyam one of the oldest of South Indian instruments
trumpet.sdsu.edu /M345/Knowledge_Webs/7Indian_MusicY/Gottuvadyam.htm   (36 words)

 The Hindu : Of great composers and unique instruments
To a certain extent the later part of the demonstration gave an impression of a concert.
Narayana Iyengar (1903-1959) was a pioneer and trendsetter in the field of gottuvadyam.
Narayana Iyengar standardised the string arrangement and influenced stalwarts of his times to either follow his technique on other instruments or take to Gottuvadyam.
www.hinduonnet.com /thehindu/fr/2004/01/02/stories/2004010202180900.htm   (1387 words)

 The Hindu : Friday Review Chennai / Focus : `I live in my father's music'
Narasimhan's clearest memory of his fifth birthday is the beating from his mother to get him to take a noon nap in order to be fresh for his evening recital.
Finding a gottuvadyam in his vocal music teacher's house in Trivandrum, father Narayanan decided to make it his own.
Narasimhan accepted a government fellowship to study gottuvadyam with Budalur Krishnamurti Sastrigal, in order to shift to Madras (1970) for Ravikiran's sake.
www.hindu.com /fr/2006/10/13/stories/2006101302310700.htm   (867 words)

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The gottuvadyam, a solo string instrument used in Carnatic music, is believed to have been created over a century ago.
To bring out the musical notes, a cylindrical piece of wood called the `gottu' is used on the fingerboard.
Since it does not have frets to help mark the positions of the notes, playing the gottuvadyam is a challenge.
www.hinduonnet.com /thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=2003052401790300.htm&date=2003/05/24/&prd=yw&   (150 words)

 Music of India --Part Two
The instruments that belong to the first category are: Tambura, Veena and Gottuvadyam.
The Gottuvadyam is structured exactly like the Veena minus the frets and the "waxi" ledge.
The Gottuvadyam has a total of twenty strings which are divided thus: five strings on the upper layer which are the playing strings, three Tala or drone/rhythm strings and twelve sympathetic strings below the main strings.
trumpet.sdsu.edu /M345/Music_of_India2.html   (2030 words)

Vinod has served as an integral collaborator with many legendary Indian performers including acclaimed musicians T. Krishnan, Dr. L.
Subramaniam, Gottuvadyam Ravi Kiran, and Flutist Shri K.S. Gopalakrishnan as well as jazz greats Hubert Laws, Stephane Grapelli, Larry Coryell, Alice Coltrane, and Emil Richards.
Aishu's mother Srividya Venkataraman, from Madras, India is a family physician practicing medicine in Long Beach, California.
www.divinestrings.com /bio.html   (431 words)

Gottuvadyam (Chitravina) was known much earlier as Maha Nataka Vina.
Gottuvadyam is also one of the earliest instruments and was known as Maha Nataka Vina earlier.
After that, there was a lull in the popularity till Ravikiran, the grandson of Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar brought it back to the concert stage as Chitravina.
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 Sony Music India :: Album / Artist
His father Sri Narasimhan is also a gifted gottuvadyam artiste and vocalist.
By the age of 5 the young prodigy had a repertoire of over 500 compositions.
By the age of twelve, Ravikiran was a full-fledged vocal artiste & at this age, he switched over from vocal music to the difficult “Chitra Vina” (formerly known as Gottuvadyam).
www.sonymusicindia.com /artist/artist.asp?artistid=1094   (491 words)

 Stayfinder.com - Karnataka - Art & Culture
The artiste maintains the ‘Tala’ with the sweep of one hand and by counting with the fingers of the same hand.
The instruments, which are usually used in a Carnatic concert, are veena, Violin, gottuvadyam (stringed), flute, nadaswaram, mukha veena (wind), and mridangam, thavil, ghatam, and kanjra (percussion).
With the exception of the latter group all others are used as accompanying instruments or solo instruments or as both.
www.stayfinder.com /travelguide/india/destinations/south/karnataka/sights_and_attractions/default.asp   (364 words)

 DIPAC | the darpana academy of performing arts
With Bharata Natyam as its principal form, Darpana also teaches Kathakali, Kuchipudi and Mohini Attam.
Classes in vocal and instrumental Carnatic music, including the rare gottuvadyam, the veena, violin, flute, nadaswaram, mrindangam, chenda, eddaka, kanjeera and ghatam are offered.
Since 1982, with the inception of Darpana’s folk and tribal wing, Janavak (the voice of the people), training is offered in traditional folk forms from 22 states in India including such rarely seen forms as those from the Bodo and Naga tribes.
www.darpana.com /dipac   (3512 words)

 Indian Musical Instruments :: Stringed Instruments,Discover Indians,Tata vadya, gintang, gontam, fifli, tuntune, ek ...
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Tata vadya, gintang, gontam, fifli, tuntune, ek tara, baul, dehatatva, khamak, chonka, jamidika, buang, tamboora, sitar, sarode, tanpoora, juari, tumburu, tumbi, moorcchana paddhati, villadi vadyam, gejjai, damaru, munja, vana veena, saptatantri veena, vipanchi, yazh, veenai, makara, santoor, qanoon, rabab, tritantri, tuila, alapini, gottuvadyam, memerajan, kinnari, rubaiya, yali, chikari, dhole, kamaicha and dilruba...
The present structure of the lute seems to have come to fruition at Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu by about the seventeenth century, during the reign of Raghunatha; it is, hence often referred to as the Tanjavur veena.
www.4to40.com /discoverindia/index.asp?article=discoverindia_stringedinstruments   (14104 words)

 Racheal Cogan :: Writings :: Asialink, India, 2003
I was not sure what would be expected of me, but a few months before leaving for India I received a study program with the possibility of a performance at the end of my time there.
He introduced the Slide Veena (Gottuvadyam) to me beautifully, which prompted me in the next lesson to talk a little more about my Ganassi recorder, some of its capabilities and to demonstrate some of this.
The Gottuvadyam is a beautiful looking instrument, it has a large hollow resonator carved out of a piece of wood which continues into a long neck with another resonator attached at the other end.
www.rachealcogan.com /writings/asialinkIndia2003.html   (1794 words)

 Laghu Gottuvadyam in India   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Laghu Gottuvadyam is a smaller sized Gottuvadyam, the long-necked stringed instrument of the lute family.
It is played in a way similar to the Gottuvadyam.
Laghu Gottuvadyam was designed and developed by the Development Center For Musical Instruments, Chennai.
www.india9.com /i9show/Laghu-Gottuvadyam-59955.htm   (47 words)

 Semmangudi, Carnatic music doyen, dead
Born on July 25, 1908, at Semmangudi village in Thanjavur district, Srinivasa Iyer started his music training at the age of eight.
Luminaries like Gottuvadyam Sakharama Rao and Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer taught him.
His debut as a concert singer came in 1926 and his 'patnapravesam' (entry to city) coincided with the birth of the Madras Music Academy in 1927, when he sang at the Indian National Congress convention.
in.rediff.com /news/2003/oct/31iyer.htm   (350 words)

 The Other Festival - 2004 - EERO HAMEENNIEMI (Finland) + INDIAN COLLABORATION — Music
Durga Prasad (gottuvadyam) has trained under his father, gottuvadyam vidwan Sri Allam Koteswara Rao as well as under late Guru Kalasikhamani Sri A Narayana Iyer.
According to ancient classification of stringed instruments, gottuvadyam is classified under the veena group of musical instruments.While the veena is fretted, the gottuvadyam is unfretted.
An orthodox musician with a rare rhythmic balance and tonal purity in his performances, Durga Prasad has performed around the globe at various music festivals and won appreciation from listeners and critics alike.
www.theotherfestival.com /2004/eeroh.html   (786 words)

 talentduniya.com - talentZine - Heritage
Gottuvadhyam also known as the chitravina, is almost exactly like saraswati vina except it has no frets.
Unlike the saraswati vina, the gottuvadyam has sympathetic strings.
It is a very demanding art and requires many years to master.
www.talentduniya.com /tzherit.shtml   (3138 words)

 Indian classical music at AllExperts
The musicians begin by tuning their instruments; this process often blends imperceptibly into the beginning of the music.
Indian musical instruments used in classical music include veena, mridangam, tabla, kanjira, tambura, flute, sitar, gottuvadyam, violin, and sarangi.
The fundmental authoritative book on the subject "Bharatiya Sangeet Vadya" was based on years of research carried out by Dr. Lalmani Misra.
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Armine Von Temsky is more for 1880 and the arrival of the "pianolos", cowboys from Spanish Mexico who came to capture the bulls offered by Captain Vancouver to King Kamehameha in 1793, and which had since become prolific, wild and destructive.
An attractive version of the story since it is well known that for a long time in India the gottuvadyam and the vichitra veena have been played by sliding a block of wood over the strings.
The "Slide Crazy" program attempts to present some of these innovators- in actual fact 15 of the best.
www.gibson.com /Whatsnew/pressrelease/1996/slide.html   (468 words)

 Indische Klassik   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Bedingt durch die Vielzahl der verschiedenen Völker in Indien gibt es auch eine große Vielfalt diverser Instrumente.
Die Gottuvadyam ist eines der ältesten und zugleich wichtigsten und charakteristischsten Instrumente des karnatischen Musik des Südens, mit all seinen musikalischen Formen und Stilen.
Die Gottuvadyam hat 21 Saiten, 6 Spielsaiten und weitere 3 Saiten für Rhythmus und Ausdruck, sowie ca.
www.destination-asien.de /indien/instrume.htm   (644 words)

 Interview - Eero Hämeenniemi & Group (Finland)
The Indian representation will be by A Durgaprasad (gottuvadyam) and R Ramesh (mridangist).
Ramesh has trained under maestro Karaikudi R Mani and won several awards for his expertise in percussion with the mridangam.
Durga Prasad has trained under his father, gottuvadyam vidwan Allam Koteswara Rao as well as under late Guru A Narayana Iyer.
www.narthaki.com /info/intervw/intrvw73a.html   (678 words)

 Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society - Event Calendar
As a soloist and "A" grade artiste, he has performed for many prestigious sabhas and organizations.
Durga Prasad, born in a family of rich musical tradition, began his tutelage with his father Shri Allam Koteswara Rao, the great Gottuvadyam Vidwan, in Chennai.
Durga Prasad an ‘A' grade artist has been playing for over a decade.
www.sifas.org /events/local-balasai-durgaprasad.php   (154 words)

 Tampere Jazz Happening
The climax of the concert was Mani’s “Spicy Joy.” The basic structure of the song is a series of four complex variations on the melody.
While leaving the technicalities to more astute observers, let me make this comment: The voicings of the three breath instruments with the piano and gottuvadyam (akin to a slide guitar) were gorgeous.
Their various combinations always made one feel as wafted through the air on a light breeze, a transport to tranquility.
www.svirchev.com /features/t/Tampere_Jazz.html   (2698 words)

Hi - I am in urgent need of an instrumental version of Sogasuga Mridanga Talamu in MP3 format.
Veena, violin, Flute, Gottuvadyam is OK for me. Need it to insert into a personal DVD of my son's Mridangam Arangetram.
Would be really grateful if someone could point me to a site where I can download the MP3 or just e-mail it to me (ravi2@[EMAIL PROTECTED]).
www.talkaboutthemusic.com /group/rec.music.indian.classical/messages/60445.html   (103 words)

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