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Nithyasri – God bless!


It was always in the back of my mind  -  a small throbbing of uncomfortable feeling!   From the time when I heard about Nithyasri’s personal incident, I was more concerned on when she will come back  -  I never had any doubt about her coming back, but was not sure of the period she is going to take to get back with confidence.

When I came to know that she was back on music academy with the support of her dear friend musician Sowmya, I had stop my work and google to get more inputs on her comeback.  It indeed was so heartening to see her back in her normal avatar..

 Courtesy -  Sowmya.org
Courtesy – Sowmya.org

While we will never know the real reasons of why and what caused this talented woman to face such an incident in her life, I only want to say that it is extremely important for many women to know that Nithya came back to get on with her life and her life’s purpose!  Her comeback exhibits the courage of an individual, a woman who wants to put the trauma behind her!   She indeed will be a role model not just for the budding musicians but also for those scores of South Indian Women!

WELCOME BACK, NithyaSri  -  God Bless!

Unique prayer – KURAI ONRUM ILLAI


Music is a way of life…….it is the meaning of life for many

It made a big difference……..when u hear such a positive song, especially from the legendary karnatic singer MS…

If you understand the lyrics, the uniqueness hits u on the face that there is nothing requested to the great Lord……there is no sorrow that he did not grant the wishes, he did not come in front of you…………nothing , nothing at all……

You hear the song and you feel that these can be words which can come only from a sage…..or a person who has understood life, seen the ups and downs, understood the purpose of it…….a great song to listen and lose yourself to

If you are interested in the lyrics…here it is!!   The lyrics are by the great leader Rajaji and this song is rendered by none other than the legendary MS.

Pallavi (Sivaranjani Raagam)
KURAI ONRUM ILLAI MARAI MOORTTHI KANNAA
KURAI ONRUM ILLAI KANNAA
KURAI ONRUM ILLAI GOVINDAA

Anupallavi (Sivaranjani Raagam)

KANNUKKU THERIYAAMAL NIRKINRAAY KANNAA
KANNUKKU THERIYAAMAL NINRAALUM ENAKKU
KURAI ONRUM ILLAI MARAI MOORTTHI KANNAA

Charanam 1 (Sivaranjani Raagam)
VENDIYATHAI THANNTHIDA VENKATESAN ENRIRUKKA
VENDIYATHU VERILLAI MARAI MOORTTHI KANNAA
MANIVANNAA MALAYAPPA GOVINDAA GOVINDAA

Charanam 2 (Kaapi Raagam)
THIRAIYIN PIN NIRKINRAAY KANNAA, KANNA
THIRAIYIN PIN NIRKINRAAY KANNAA, UNNAI
MARAI ODUM NYAANIYAR MATTUME KAANPAAR
THIRAIYIN PIN NIRKINRAAY KANNAA, UNNAI
MARAI ODUM NYAANIYAR MATTUME KAANPAAR
ENRAALUM KURAI ONRUM ENAKKILLAI KANNAA
ENRAALUM KURAI ONRUM ENAKKILLAI KANNAA

Charanam 3 (Kaapi Raagam)
KUNRIN MEL KALLAAKI NIRKINRA VARADAA
KUNRIN MEL KALLAAKI NIRKINRA VARADAA
KURAI ONRUM ILLAI MARAI MOORTTHI KANNAA
KURAI ONRUM ILLAI MARAI MOORTTHI KANNAA
MANIVANNAA MALAIAPPAA GOVINDAA GOVINDAA

Charanam 4 (Sindu Bhairavi Raagam)
KALI NAALUKKIRANGI KALLILE IRANGI
NILAIYAAGA KOVILIL NIRKINRAAY KESAVAA
KALI NAALUKKIRANGI KALLILE IRANGI
NILAIYAAGA KOVILIL NIRKINRAAY KESAVAA
KURAI ONRUM ILLAI MARAI MOORTTHI KANNAA

Charanam 5 (Sindu Bhairavi Raagam)
YAATHUM MARUKKAATHA MALAIYAPPAA – UN MAARBIL
EDUM THARA NIRKUM KARUNAI KADAL ANNAI
ENRUM IRUNTHIDA EDU KURAI ENAKKU
ENRUM IRUNTHIDA EDU KURAI ENAKKU
ONRUM KURAI ILLAI MARAI MOORTTHI KANNAA
MANIVANNAA MALAIAPPAA GOVINDAA GOVINDAA
GOVINDAA GOVINDAA
GOVINDAA GOVINDAA

“Jalajakshi ninne” varnam in Hamsadhvani


While we started this varnam in today’s class, master wanted us to list on the characteristics on  Hamsadhvani…As always, he gave the answers…here are those for starters like me!!

1. This raga is sung mostly as the first one in concerts  – it is suppose to warm up the musician.  You may notice most of the Ganesha stutui are in Hamsadhvani

2. It is the born from the 29th Mela Kartha – Theera Sankara baranam (suddha madhyama ragam)

3. It is ‘OUDAVAM’ ragam  - it has 5 swaras

Count your blessings!


The nuances and intricacies of Carnatic music are many, it may need multiple lives to master the art. This tamil month of “Margazhi”  (mid December to mid January) in Chennai  is a great time for the Carnatic music lovers -  people in and around Chennai , people from other states in India and even people from abroad flock Chennai during this time to enjoy the music season  – veterans in the field and the budding artists perform in various ‘sabhas’ (theatres) in the city.

While witnessing a live event is the best way to enjoy any performance, viewing the performance telecast in a television has its own advantage -  we can continue with our daily schedules and catch up these telecast in our own living room.  Jaya TV , a regional TV in Tamilnadu has made it possible for lakhs of viewers across the country to listen and view the performances of many great Carnatic music artists.  Every day during this month, they have a telecast of one hour of these concerts titled as a program called “Marghazhi Maha Utsavam”.  To make it more interesting, there is a short interview with the performing artists of the day – the questions are pretty much standard  -  your best moment, worst moment, etc.

Last week (having taken a vacation from work), I was watching the performance of Aruna Sairam. For beginners, Aruna Sairam is one of the greatest Carnatic musician – what makes her unique is that she started her career very late (After she married off her kids and completed her so called “parental duties”) and made it to the top in no time.  She was completely involved in her singing which catches up on the viewers also.   She looked so cheerful and happy!

Towards the end of the program, there was the short interview session – one of the questions was “What is that one important blessing you have got without asking?” and “What is that one blessing in your life which you are still awaiting to happen to you?”….She did not even wink a moment before she answered – she said “there was this sportsperson who won the highest order of the country and later in his life became bedridden at his young age.  One of the reporters asked him “do you feel bad that you have ended up in this situation after all your successes in life?”  The sportsperson said “No, I never questioned when I was the best sportsperson and how can i question now?.  I can never question now and no rights to complain”.   I also feel the same way.  I think whatever I have got so far in my life are all blessings – you as the carnatic music fans are the best gift andthere is nothing like which I can ask for more.”  -  She reinforced that we can only COUNT OUR BLESSINGS!!!

note  – this video is in the regional language ‘Tamil’

Though it is a well established fact to celebrate the blessings, it is always nice to hear it again – proved that her smartness reflects in things outside her art also!!  God bless!!  :) :)

Guru


I was watching  this karnatik concert of Vijay Siva, and the following question was asked to him. 

“When does a person become a ‘Guru’ and start teaching?” 

He responded -” a person is a ‘Guru’ only when he continues to learn and realises that he is also learning along with his pupils”

As RK commented , it is indeed,  “So profound!!”

Awesome Twosome


Whatever you call it…it gives lot of experiences when you get in touch with your roots….

I was watching a TV program on   Indira Nooyi” and was bowled over by where she has reached today……..i could not stop smiling when one of her associates from IIM C mentioned that she is from Chennai, Tamilnadu!!….indeed, she is one woman to be watched!

It was just a coincidence that i happened to watch another women in Chennai……..she is no where in the field of business, but by her knowledge and the skills she presented in her discourse, i am sure she is indeed qualified to be part of the most powerful women of the world!!………yeah, i am talking about Visaka Hari“……..she just bowled over the crowd….i could see people with tears in their eyes when she was presenting her discourse……..such clarity of thoughts, enormous knowledge, super self confidence ……….name it, and she has all ingredients for being the most powerful women!!   

What an awesome twosome from  Tamilnadu!!!

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