Neyveli Santhanagopalan’s musical journey like an unbridled horse in the formative years, has now, mellowed down a lot. Sowkhiyam in music alone can lift both the vidwan and the rasika to a higher plane. Realising this, he has made it his forte. His meditative vocal style was evident in his veena concert too. He chiselled a beautiful Poornachandrika (‘Telisi Rama’-Adi-Tygaraja) after the Darbar varnam. By the time he completed Varali ragam the rasikas were almost tranquilised. Exquisitely graceful was the rendition of ‘Kaa Va Va’ (Adi-Sivan). With a mellifluous approach he showcased the multi-hued richness of Khambodi. The intervals between phrases and deft touches bore testimony to the level of gnanam attained by him. Full justice was done to the perennial charm of ‘Maragadhavallim’ (Adi-Dikshitar). With practice, Santhanagopalan can elevate his art to great heights. The Hindu, 2013
AN AWARD THAT GETS HONOURED BY
HONOURING A TRUE ACHARYA OF
GOOD CARNATIC MUSIC
SPREADING THE LAKSHANAS AND LAKSHYAS
AN ICON THAT LIGHTS THE PATH
FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW.
Anantha koti namaskaarams to
Dear Santhanagopalan ji,
I am glad to hear that you reached SFO safely. Words cannot describe my gratitude to you for the tremendous impact that you have had amongst the kids in North America in our divine music. The music camp was a great success and the kids are truly blessed to be a part of that wonderful experience. The program on Thursday was very gratifying and inspires me to do even more for Carnatic music. We are proud, honored and blessed to have you as our YSL guru. Take care. I will be in touch.
Ram Suresh, Mridanga vidwan, New Jersey
" கர்னாடக இசை" தவிர வேறு எதற்கு இந்த மனதை அள்ளிக்கொண்டு போக சக்தி இருக்கு... இந்த "இசை அரசர்" எங்கள் மனசை எல்லாம் அசைத்து விட்டார்... இன்ப வெள்ளத்தில் மூழ்கடித்துவிட்டார்.. ... பாலாஜி அண்ணாவின் தனி ஆவர்த்தனம், திரு.புருஷோத்தமன் அவர்களின் கஞ்சிராவும், திரு. சுந்தரேசன் அவர்களின் வயலின் இசையோடு, தங்களின் அசத்தல்
"நா" வின் நயமான இசை ஒலி....இன்னும் என் செவியில் ரீங்காரம் இட்டுக் கொண்டு இருக்கிறது.
வந்த விருந்தினர்களை நாங்கள் விருந்து வைத்து கவனிக்க வேண்டும். ஆனால், இங்கு மாறாக வந்த விருந்தினரான "இசை அரசரோ" எங்கள் செவிக்கு திகட்டாத் இனிய இசை விருந்தை படைத்து விட்டார்.
"நன்றி" தவிர வேறு வார்த்தை எதுவும் இல்லை என்னிடம்...
தமிழிடமும் கேட்டுப்பார்த்தேன் பதில் இல்லை அதனிடம் .... GURUMURTHY,A RASIKA
An acclaimed Carnatic vocalist steeped in
classicism, drenched in bhakti and bhava, a respected guru with an endearing personality, Sri Santhanagopalan has distinguished himself with his successful performing and teaching career. Through his great concerts, elevating lecture demonstrations, informative TV shows and efforts to imbibe technology for
e-learning , Sri.Santhanagopalan is an ideal cultural ambassador for chaste Carnatic music worldwide, propagating music in its highest elegance and charm. May God bless him with all that is good in life and my best wishes to all his disciples too.
- Dr. 'Ghatam' S. Karthick
What can I say about Neyveli Santhanagopalan Sir? Whenever I play for him, I learn so much from him. It is always a thrilling experience. There is freshness in his rAga AlApanAs and kalpanA swaras. His AlApana for the same rAga would have different flavours on different days. His concerts are memorable and the divinity in his music is just inexplicable. Once he made the secretary of a sabhA announce that I am one of his favorite violinists. This is the greatest tribute any violinist can get! This also speaks volumes about his karuNai and respect for accompanists. I feel proud that I have got the bhAgyam of playing for such a mahAvidvAn.
- Pakkala Ramdas, violinist
Neyveli Santhanagopalan and I have been great friends for over two decades. We have
shared the stage on many occasions all over the world. Neyveli's music is one of my
favorites in the sense that he strikes an instant rapport with the accompanists and skillfully taps the musical acumen of the co-artistes and creates a success out of them. The fact that he has followed the gurukula system along with his own creative spark which is evident from the way he develops the rAga, he has the unique ability to extract ideas from the accompanists on the spot and improvise on them in a manner to suit the situation. His success is largely due to his hard work and his indomitable spirit of quest for knowledge.; whether it is a temple concert or a big sabhA concert, I have always found a bubbling spirit in him and his readiness to sing anywhere and at any time. This has amazed me over the years. May God give him the health and prosperity to sustain a great tradition.
- V.V. Ravi, violinist
Neyveli Anna has been and will always remain one of my greatest inspirations.
Listening to Anna, I always feel that he is having an intimate conversation with the rAgAs. When he sings the kritis he makes you feel that the composer must have meant it to be sung just that way; that is the regard he has for the rAga dEvatAs and the composers. He fondles each kriti like a precious baby. Listening to him is an experience by itself. What makes his music so divine is his pure heart and his ever helpful nature. With namaskarams to Anna on this special occasion.
- Gayathri Venkataraghavan
It is a matter of great pride that Shri Neyveli has completed 25 years of yeomen service to
the field of Carnatic music teaching. I learn that the function held at Chennai in this regard was a grand success. I am very happy to learn that the same function is being held at USA by Shri Neyveli's beloved students and rasikas. "Music is not only singing, playing, education or entertaining; it is love, warmth and beyond this, a feeling of oneness on the dais which is so important to get the best out of the co-artistes. It is like a typical family with all these elements. All these converge to a point and that is Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan. "
- H.S. Sudhindra, mridangist
Neyveli Santhanagopalan, a musician 'par excellence' has carved a niche for himself in the galaxy of musicians in the field of Carnatic music. His music is soaked in bhakti and his musical expressions are filtered essence of our great tradition. A musician who remains a vivid link between the past and the future creates a great present, thereby becoming a living legend. Neyveli is one such living legend, who as imbibed the true spirit of classical music and imparts it through modern methods apart from the traditional gurukula system. His rAgAs are filled with rasa, his kritis are filled with rakti and thus his concerts become a journey into the untrodden realms of Carnatic music. swaras rejuvenate, ragas relive, laya gets revitalized and the audience get a breath of fresh air filled with peace and harmony. May GOD give Sir all strength to carry this forward with good health, prosperity and long life. May this Silver become Golden very soon.
- Mannarkoil J. Balaji (Mridangist)
I am so pleased to talk about vidvAn Santhanagopalan. How much ever I speak about him or his commendable service to sangItam, it will not suffice. His kutcheris are
filled with bhAva. They are very interesting like harikathAs. He has learnt music from many elders and earned all this fame through his merit. I pray that he continues to sing for many more years and achieve many laurels.
- Chengalpet Ranganathan, senior music vidvAn
I regard Sri Neyveli Santhagopalan as a truly inspired musician in thoughts and action. He has a great mind and is a true nAdOpAsaka .I respect his intimacy with the sangIta dEvatai. My interactions with him have all been thought provoking and have motivated me in my journey in the quest of this great art form. A guru par excellence and a sincere human being, he undoubtedly remains the man for all seasons for all who look upon him. A vAggEyakAra too, his style is a unique blend of bhakti and bhAva. There are several great musical moments we shared over the phone and in person and I always look forward to those discussions with Sri Santhanagopalan
sir. My sincere prayers to the nAda dEvatA to bestow more laurels on him.
- Shashikiran (of the Carnatica brothers fame)