Rajamani Mohan was a disciple of Tanjore Kittappa Pillai. She moved to Europe in the 70’s and started teaching dance. Although she was far away from Tanjore, on her annual trip to Bangalore, she also made it a point to also visit Tanjore, to meet her vadyar, and she did so till he passed away in 1999, “to pick up a gem” - as she would say. Rajamani passed away in 2003. She left me all her dance notes and music.
When I first unpacked the boxes, it was just stacks of paper, tapes, and videos. But when I really went through it all, I discovered a treasure trove of dance repertoire. Notations of Tanjore varnams, in her handwriting and Kittappa Pillai's, who would write notations for students, if asked. There were also notes with mudras, interpretations, and context of compositions. Some repertoire of other composers as well, such as Patnam Subrahmanya Iyer.
During her years of as a dance teacher, she more or less stopped teaching the courtesan varnams, except to a few of her disciples. The varnams she kept on teaching in general were, Saminine Korinanura in the choreography of Kittappa Pillai, with jathis throughout the varnam, which she in later teaching changed to the usual five jathis. Manavi in sankarabharanam, for which she in later years used a version of Guru Adyar Lakshman.
She never used varnams of other composers, except for Rupamu Juci, in the format of the music attached in the link. This is the only version of Rupamu I can bear listening to, it rambles from all sides, and is scratchy - but the jathis are excellent, and the two singers go all out in the caranam stanzas.
I have tried and remastered as much as possible to make it clear and balanced - but the beauty of the recording is that it isn't perfect - it's old and scratchy, just as it should be. The recording is from the 1970’s, as far as I know.
Email for the link to get the varnam music - or if we are connected on Facebook, you can download from my timeline.