Saturday, April 18, 2009

Music breeds success - all about music

Rangasami ParthasarathyPodUniversal Edition 72

Whether music can cure diseases or reduce stress? Whether music can breed success? What is the difference between Carnatic music, Hindustani music and Western classical? What is the origin of music?

With so much of questions, we approached Mr Rangasami Parthasarathy, a doyen in the music industry. Mr Parthasarathy started his music journey at Chennai as Tamil film music director in early 1950s. The first published song of the well known singer Ms S Janaki was in his Music direction. After a successful stint as music director, he migrated to United States in 1971. He started his music publishing company Oriental Records Inc in USA. The first audio CD of Indian classical music was produced by him in 1986 with Pandit Ravishankar playing Sitar and Allah Rakha, father of world renowned Tabala maestro Zakir Hussain, playing tabala. Name any renowned singer either in Karnatik or Hindustani, you will find their exclusive albums in his production. When Dr Abdul Kalam was the President of India, Parthasarathy composed music for Dr Kalam's poems with popular singers S P Balasubramaniam and Unnikrishnan singing them.

Even in mid 70s, he is so passionate about music, that he always breaths, eats, talks only music. When we, (Prime Point Foundation ) started the podcasts in June 2006, he gave us lot of encouragement. In December 2006, we started publishing PodMagazines. Mr Parthasarathy suggested the name "PodUniversal" and offered the background music, (which you will be listening in our PodMagzines), produced by him with Kadri Gopalnath, on Saxaphone. Though he holds the copyright of this music, he has permitted generously to use this music as our background music. We have now completed around 200 podcasts. Many of the podcasts carry this background music. This music has been admired by all across the globe and this music has positioned the PodUnivrsal well.

On behalf of PodUniversal, I interviewed him during his visit to India. He has talked interesting facts about music, in a very simple language to be understood by every one. Please listen to his interview by clicking 'play' button in the flash player. (The audio streaming will be smooth in broadbands. If the streaming is not smooth, please right click this link and download the mp3 audio by saving to your desktop and listen through any mp3 player.)

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  1. மிக அரிய பதிவு. இசையை அறிவியல்பூர்வமாக அணுகியமை மிக நன்று. ஒவ்வொரு பேட்டியிலும் முன்னோட்டமாக வரும் இசை, மிக அருமை. இதனை வழங்கிய ரங்கசாமி பார்த்தசாரதி அவர்களுக்கு நன்றி.

  2. I quite enjoyed the interview with Sri. R. Parthasarathy, who has been our close family friend since our days of working together for the Carnatic Music Association of North America in the 1970s. I wish him all the best in his life and commendable contribution to the Indian Music through Oriental Records.
    Glenville, New York, USA


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