Who Am I?

January 29, 2016


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The Mahabharata has made me ask those questions and that is what the text means to me. There is an obvious counter- question. Have I found answers to those questions? No, I haven’t. I am not sure there are clear-cut answers, and the answers for me won’t be the same as the answers for you. It is a journey and not a terminal goal and the Mahabharata has been the trigger and my companion.

2016: Leap into the New Year!

December 31, 2015


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40 more Songs that make me cry – Part 1

December 19, 2015

1. Sur Na Saje (Basant Bahar): Can experience the beauty of Raag Piloo here! The alap at the very beginning, the sitar piece all through the song and the line when Manna Dey sings ‘swar ki sadhana’.

2. Pucho Na Kaise Maine (Mere Surat Tere Ankhen): The intense pathos associated with raag Ahir Bhirav is captured beautifully in Shailedra’s lyric, incorporated in SD Burman’s musical composition and expressed uniquely in Manna Dey’s singing. Beginning till end, this song makes me cry.

3. Rishtey Bante Hain (non film: Dil Padosi Hai): Asha Bhonsle had teamed up with Gulzar and R.D. Burman to produce this soulful number. This was included in the album Dil Padosi Hai. A music lover will know that the songs in this album were experimental in nature with a completely new sound, an extension of the sounds introduced by RDB in Ijaazat. The oneiric ambience in “Rishte Bante Hain” is maybe due to Asha’s overlapping phrases which float like clouds over swelling strings, soft tabla beats… love the second stanza:
ek hi lamhe pe ik saath gire the dono
ho ek hi lamhe pe ik saath gire the dono
o khud sanbhalate yaa zaraa mujhako sanbhalane dete
kachche lamhe ko zaraa shaakh pe pakane dete
pakane dete

o rishte banate hai bade dhire-se banane dete
kachche lamhe ko zaraa shaakh pe pakane dete
pakane dete

4. Bheeni Bheeni Bhor Aayi (non film: Dil Padosi Hai): Again Pancham + Asha + Gulzar (1987)! Raag Miyan ki Todi at its best! I bow to RD Burman for composing, Gulzar saab for penning and Asha Bhosle for singing this song. She has brought this raga to life.

5. Tanha Dil (non film: Tanha Dil): Shaan’s best solo album to date! Released a year after my mother passed away. I was working at Music World when this was released. If you have a lump in your throat listening to this song, you are normal and alive! Excellent picturisation and very well rendered by Shaan.

6. Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Guzar Jaate Hain Jo Maqaam (Aap Ki Kasam): Life”s philosophy so melodiously sung by Kishore Kumar! You can feel the pathos in his voice here.
Umr Bhar Chahe Koi Pukaara Kare Unka Naam
Voh Phir Nahin Aate, Voh Phir Nahin Aate

Aadmi Theek Se Dekh Paata Nahin
Aur Pardey Pe Manzar Badal Jaata Hai
Ek Baar Chale Jaate Hain Jo Din-Raat, Subah-o-Shaam
Voh Phir Nahin Aate, Vo Phir Nahin Aate
Zindagi Ke Safar Mein..

Pierces my heart in the memories of whomever I have lost… True reality of life…

7. Theme music of Minchina Ota (1980): One of the best theme music I have heard, thanks to Prabhakar Badri. Me and my son simply love to hear the guitar and violin combination that brings to life the various hues of life.

8. Theme music of Kasturi Nivasa (1971): Close to the ending, where Raj is writing a letter (his Will) and hands it over to Ashwath. The guitar strings and the violin crescendo add up to the tragic scene. I don’t look at my son when this scene comes. He doesn’t see mine. We both know our eyes are moist.


Also read:

40 Songs that make me cry – Part 1
40 Songs that make me cry – Part 2

Suleena Nair Madam no more

December 3, 2015


Our beloved teacher at KV Malleswaram, Smt.Suleena Nair passed away on November 7, 2015. She was a very soft spoken and friendly teacher. RIP, Suleena madam.

Thank you Anand Rao for posting the news on this blog.

Anand Rao Says:
November 7, 2015 at 3:57 pm
Today 7th of November 2015, I got a news that Suleena Nair madam has passed away. May her soul rest in peace.

Remembered by 1993 Class 10 passout students, now members of Alumni

Warm Regards
Anand Rao

Lecture on Gadya Traya by Dr.KS Narayanacharya

August 7, 2015


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Remember the Thirsty Crow?

July 3, 2015


Cartoon: RK

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Mobile phone mania

May 27, 2015


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Mosquito menace cartoon

May 26, 2015


Cartoon: RK

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77th Sree Rama Navami National Music Festival by Sree Rama Seva Mandali

March 30, 2015


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Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri Anoints His Successor

January 23, 2015


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Preserving the Oldest Unbroken Heritage of Sanatana Dharma
Today, on January 23, 2015, continuing this unbroken Guru-Shisya lineage that stretches directly back to Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the 36th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji anointed His successor. In a traditional ceremony, the Jagadguru initiated Brahmachari Sri Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma into Sannyasa and bestowed upon him the Yoga Patta (monastic name) of Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati. More information in the Press Release below.

The Official Press Release:

Ceremonies related to the Shishya Sweekara of Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peethadhipati, Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji commenced at Sringeri on 22nd January 2015.

At 8 am, the successor-designate, Brahmachari Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma first had Darshan of the Jagadguru Mahaswamiji in Guru Nivas, Narasimha Vanam and offered Guru Vandanam. After receiving the Jagadguru’s blessings, the Brahmachari accompanied by Vedic Pundits proceeded to the northern banks of the Tunga and entered the temple of Goddess Sharadamba. Inside the temple, the Brahmachari participated in the Poornahuti of the Mahaganapati Homa held near the Shakti Ganapati shrine. He then had Darshan of Goddess Sharadamba. CEO & Administrator of the Peetham, Dr. V R Gowrishankar and senior devotees then accompanied the Brahmachari for Darshan at the temples of Sri Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Torana Ganapati, Sri Kodanda Rama
Swami, Malayala Brahma, Sri Sureshwaracharya, Sri Vageeshwari Vidyaranya, Sri Vriddha Narasimha Bharati Samadhi, Sri Janardana Swami (along with Sri Anjaneya and Sri Garuda), Sri Vidyashankara, Sri Balasubrahmanya Swamy and Sri Sakshi Ganapati (inside the Yagashala). He then returned to Narasimha Vanam and had Darshan at the Adhishtanam shrines of the 33rd Acharya, Jagadguru Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Narasimha Bharati Mahaswamiji; the 34th Acharya, Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji and the 35th Acharya, Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji.

The Brahamchari then performed Krichraacharana where he made offerings of Vastra, Hiranya, Dhaanya and Aajyam. The Brahmachari then performed the Ashta-Shraadha ceremony. Tis ceremony is performed to free oneself of the three debts towards the Devas, Rishis and Pitrus. As part of the ceremony, the Brahmachari made offerings to 18 Vaidika Brahmanas and sought their blessings. Te Brahmachari will spend the day in Upavaasa (fasting) and Jagarane (staying awake all night performing Japa and Parayana).

On 23rd January 2015, the Brahmachari will perform the Purusha Sookta Homa and Virajaa Homa early in the morning and then receive the Sannyasa Deeksha from Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji on the banks of the river Tunga. Devotees from all over the world have been pouring into Sringeri to witness this historic event.


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