Music We’re Listening to – Kadri Gopalnath

Having just discovered the existence on this planet of saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath (via a New Yorker profile of Rudresh Mahanthappa), we can’t get enough of this virtuoso.

So we trooped over to Apple’s iTunes digital media store yesterday and like any cheapo desi searched for a good deal. And boy did we find one.

Yes, we found a really nice Kadri Gopalnath album for just $3.99. Sweet deal, na? 🙂

Kadri Gopalnath – Saxophone Vol 3 is the album we purchased and downloaded to our laptop and later synced to the iPod on our iPhone:

These are the tracks in the album:

Gnana Vinayagane
Theeradha Vilayattu Pillai
Maanasa Sancharare
Bharo Krishnaiah
Venkatachala Nilayam
Krishna Nee

Sheer Bliss
First we listened spellbound to the music on the laptop’s speakers.

Then after syncing the purchased album to the iPod on our iPhone, we hit the couch, switched off the lights and listened to the music yet again.

After listening to them twice, and yes experiencing nirvana twice, we’re still having a hard time figuring the track we love the most.

But if you press us, we’d say our favorites were Theeradha Vilayattu Pillai and Magudi. The music  in these two tracks transported us to a completely different world, particularly the second half of Magudi.

In these tracks, Kadri on the saxophone is accompanied by unknown others on other instruments including most likely the violin and mrudangam.

Don’t worry if Carnatic music is not your usual thing. Good music transcends genre-preferences.

Folks, we strongly recommend Kadri Gopalnath – Saxophone Vol 3.

At $3.99 for the album, you can’t go wrong.

4 Responses to "Music We’re Listening to – Kadri Gopalnath"

  1. guruprasad.s   March 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Kadri Gopalnath is a renowned name in Indian classical music scene. Some six years back, he and a guy called Kieth Peters (hope I am right) rendered a fusion program
    at IIT Madras Chennai, which I happened to attend, and which was well recieved. I am no classical music buff, but the music on that day had a soothing feeling to it. Kadri is from Mangalore, Karnataka. Responds:

    You write above: I am no classical music buff, but the music on that day had a soothing feeling to it

    We are no classical music buffs either.

    We agree with you 100% on the soothing effect of Kadri Gopalnath’s music.

    The best $3.99 we’ve spent. 🙂

    Do you know where Kadri Gopalnath is based now? – Mangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, U.S…..???

  2. guruprasad.s   March 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I do not know where kadri is now.
    But I guess that he is still in India.
    You might have checked out his profile at Wikipedia by now.

    The following is unrealted to the above topic:

    When Rahman won the Oscar, a reader commented on how he happened to know or relate to Rahman (through his friend
    or someone), and you too mentioned about your association with Shivaji (Maratha).
    In both cases, I had a chuckle, wondered about coincidences, and forgot the issue.

    Recently, I read about this guy called Vijay Prakash, who has sung the first few lines of Jai Ho song of Slumdog, which won the Oscar for Rahman. The main singer is Sukhwinder Singh.

    It so happens that this guy Vijay Prakash was known to me in my childhood, when we used to live in the same neighbourhood. Back in 1982-83 in Mysore, we used to call him Paapu, and I didnt even know his name. His elder brother Phani (or Pani) and my elder brother were classmates, and we used to play together. Then we moved out of Mysore, and after several years, when I came back to Mysore, I came to know from neighbourhood friends that the he has left for Bombay to pursue music. Some guys back home informed me recently that Vijay Prakash is same as Paapu, and now he is singing and composing music for Hindi and Tamil movies. I am really happy that he has found success, because in India, making a living out of art and sport is not easy, and people who intend to do so often do not find encouragement from their close ones.

    Again, I am wondering about the nature of coincidences, and the fact that you never know the kind of surprises that are in store. Responds:

    You write above: Again, I am wondering about the nature of coincidences, and the fact that you never know the kind of surprises that are in store.

    Very true.

    We’ve had our share of life’s surprises and coincidences.

  3. SRINIVAS   March 3, 2009 at 5:39 am

    can help noticing …all are religious songs on saxophone …..even an atheist like you has to – “experiencing nirvana twice” …. Responds:

    We enjoyed the music (Kadri Gopalnath). Listened to him again last night while writing the Congress post.

    Have you listened to him?

  4. SRINIVAS   March 5, 2009 at 6:37 am

    yes – I have listened to him

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