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MAYABAZAAR: Way ahead of time

January 25, 2017


MAYABAZAAR: The first movie to conceptualize the Lie Detector and Laptop with Video Calling decades before they came into existence! Have been in awe of MAYABAZAAR’s technical wizardry ever since I saw it as a kid!

40 more Songs that make me cry – Part 3

October 10, 2016

17. Antaryami Alasiti Solasiti (Annamayya): The deep meaning words makes me cry throughout the song. SP Balasubrahmanyam and SP Sailaja have sung this soulful Annamacharya composition set to tune (Shivaranjini) by MM Keeravani with complete divinity.

18. Elu Narayane (Udayaraga album by Sri Vidyabhushana): This album was played everyday for years in my childhood. The flute bit at the beginning sets the mood of the song. When Sri Vidyabhushana starts ‘Elu Narayanane’… it simply means one has to wake up from slumber!

19. Ranganaayaka (Udayaraga album by Sri Vidyabhushana): The slow paced stotra at the beginning “kuNdala-maNdita-gaNda kambugreevam” gives us a hint of what is to follow. “Ranganaayaka” is sung in vilamba kala. It gives immense pleasure and mental peace to hear this devaranama, wonderfully sung by Sri Vidyabhushana. When he sings the line “Ghana shuka Shaunaka Vyasa Valmikaru nenedu nenedu kondaduvaro hariye” tears swell!

A word about the music director. H.K. Narayana was a well known singer and music composer from Karnataka, India. He was an icon of Light music and played an important role in popularizing the genre of Sugama Sangeetha in Kannada.

20. Shiva Shiva Ennada Naalige (Hemavathi): This song is out-of-the-world! It’s one of the most complex classical songs (half in abhogi and other half in todi – carnatic todi is different from Hindustani todi) sung by S Janaki whose rendition is energetic, vibrant and her felicity all through the very long and daunting song is remarkable. The composition is by L Vaidyanathan. Except for the last 1 minute or so you will enjoy the rest of the song and it’s sublime singing. Not that the last one minute is disappointing. It is just extremely hard to sing and Janaki has done a commendable job at it.

Janaki has managed the level of difficulty involved in singing the swaras really well. Singing the same swaras as a taan with akaaras (which is what the violin is doing) is quite different from actually saying the swaras as you sing it. That’s why you don’t hear too many carnatic singers attempting to render kalpana swaras (actual swaras not akaaras) at the 4th kaala (8 swaras per beat). But this song would have been better without the last few swaras at 4th speed when you sing two ragas.

The swarasthanam do go out of synch at super high speed to an extent. Though it is not bad. It is impossible to go back and forth between two ragas at that speed with human voice, with two different set of notes and assent and descent pattern.

21. Jag Mein Sundar Hai Do Naam (Anup Jalota): The comparisons are so perfect between lord Ram and Shyam… when Anup Jalota sings “Chaahe seetha-ram kaho ya bolo raadhe shyam” there are tears in my eyes.

22. Rang de chunariya (Anup Jalota): This bhajan takes you to another world…Anup jalota was born only to sing bhajans! When he gives answers to those set of questions “Jal se patla kaun hai…” I cry.

23. Patta Patta Boota Boota (Mehdi Hassan): One of the most fascinating yet intricate renditions by Shahensha-e gazal. I would never get enough by listening to this masterpiece of one and only Khan sahib Mehdi Hassan. When he begins this ghazal “Patta patta, boota boota, haal hamaaraa jaane hai” (Every leaf and every shrub here knows of my state), tears in my eyes!

24. Giripai (M.D Ramanathan): If you want to hear Raga Sahana, you must listen to MD Ramanathan which is medicine when you are in distress. MDR firmly believed that Carnatic music should give emotional satisfaction, instead of being merely an intellectual exercise.

When I was a three-year old, the great musician MD Ramanathan treated me with a ‘Masale Dose’. The story goes like this. I was taken by my uncle to MDR’s concert that was in Bangalore and I waited for the kruthi ‘Giripai’ and he didn’t sing it in this concert. My uncle, who knew the singer personally, took me the next day to the hotel where MDR was staying. The singer asked me what ‘M.D.’ stood for in his name and it seems I said ‘Masale Dose’. And not only did he treat me with my favourite number, he treated me with my favourite dish as well!


Also read:

40 more Songs that make me cry – Part 1

40 more Songs that make me cry – Part 2

40 Songs that make me cry – Part 1

40 Songs that make me cry – Part 2

Which Indian God are you?

October 3, 2016

If I play “Which Indian God are you?” game on Facebook, I am sure it will match me with my god:


Ganesha jokes

September 6, 2016

Two days in a year must be declared as: Veda Brahma Sri Ganapati Shastry Day.
{need i say which 2 days}


ದೇವಲೋಕದ ಮೈದಾನ.
ಪುಟ್ಟ ಮಕ್ಕಳಾದ ರಾಮ, ಹನುಮ, ಕೃಷ್ಣ, ಸುಬ್ರಮಣ್ಯ, ಅಯ್ಯಪ್ಪ, ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ಆಡಕ್ಕೆ ಇನ್ನೇನು ರೆಡಿ ಆಗ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ರಾಮ: ಎಲ್ಲ ರೆಡಿನಾ. ಕೃಷ್ಣನ್ ಟೀಮ್ ಬ್ಯಾಟಿಂಗ್.
ಹನುಮ: ನಾನ್ ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಫೀಲ್ಡಿಂಗು?
ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸ: ನೀನ್ ಸ್ಲಿಪ್ಸ್. ಚೆನ್ನಾಗ್ ಡೈವ್ ಹೋಡೀತ್ಯಾ.
ಸುಬ್ರಮಣ್ಯ: ಇರ್ರಪ್ಪ. ಗಣೇಶಾನೇ ಬಂದಿಲ್ಲ. ಅವನಿಗೆ ತಾನೆ first ಬ್ಯಾಟಿಂಗ್, first ಬೌಲಿಂಗು.


ಗೌರಿ (ಅಡಿಗೆ ಮನೆಯಿಂದ): ಗಣೇಶ, ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ ತಾತ ಬಂದಿದಾರೆ. ರೂಮಿಂದ ಬಾ ಹೊರಗೆ. ಐ ಪ್ಯಾಡ್ ಸಾಕು.
ಐದ್ ನಿಮಿಷ ನೋ ರೆಸ್ಪಾನ್ಸ್.
ಗೌರಿ: ಗಣೇಶಾ!
ಗಣೇಶ (ಮೈ ಮುರ್ಕೊಂಡ್ ರೂಮಿಂದ ಬರ್ತಿದಾನೆ ಲೇಜ಼ಿಲಿ): ಯೇನು?
ಗೌರಿ: ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ ತಾತ ನೋಡು, ನಿಂಗೋಸ್ಕ್ರ ಯೇನೇನೋ ತಂದಿದಾರೆ. ಅವ್ರಿವತ್ತೇ ನಿನ್ ಬರ್ತಡೇ ಅಂದ್ಕೊಂಡ್ರಂತೆ.
ಗಣೇಶ: ಹೈ ತಾತ! ಹೌವಾರ್ಯು?
ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ:ಯೆನೋ! ಯಾವಾಗ್ಲೂ ಮೌಸು, ಐ ಪ್ಯಾಡು! ನಮ್ಮನ್ನೆಲ್ಲ ಮರ್ತೇಬಿಡು! ನೀನಾದ್ರು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ದೊಡ್ಡೋರು ಚಿಕ್ಕೋರು ಅಂತ ಇಟ್ಕೊಂಡಿದ್ಯ. ನಿನ್ ತಮ್ಮ ಸುಬ್ಬು ಬಿಡು, ಯಾವಾಗ್ಲೂ ಕೋಪಾ…ಆ ಅಯ್ಯಪ್ಪ, ವರ್ಷಕ್ ಒಂದೋ ಎರಡೋ ಸಲ ಕಾಣಸ್ಕೋ ತಾನೆ. ಅದ್ಸರಿ…ಯಾವಾಗ್ ನಿನ್ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ್ ಹಬ್ಬ?
ಗಣೇಶ: B.Sc. ತಾತ.
ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ: ಹುಡುಗಾಟದ್ ಬುದ್ಧಿ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿಲ್ಲ ನೋಡು. ನಂಗ್ ವಯಸ್ಸಾಗಿದೆ ನಿಜ. ಆದ್ರೆ ಕಿವಿ ಕೇಳತ್ತೆ. ನಾ ಕೇಳಿದ್ದು ಬರ್ತಡೆ. ನೀನ್ ಡಿಗ್ರಿ ಹೇಳ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲೋ?
ಗಣೇಶ: ತಾತ, ನನ್ ಬರ್ತಡೇ ನಿಜ್ವಾಗ್ಲೂ B.Scನೇ. ಭಾದ್ರಪದ ಶುಕ್ಲ ಚೌತಿ!
ಗೌರಿ (ಅಡಿಗೆ ಮನೆಯಿಂದ): ಹೀಗೆ…ಯಾವಾಗ್ ನೋಡಿದ್ರೂ ಹುಡುಗಾಟ. ತಾತ, ಕಾಫಿಗೆ ಸಕ್ಕರೆ?
ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ: ಸಕ್ಕರೆ ಬೇಡಮ್ಮ, ಶುಗರ್ಲೆಸ್ಸು.


Also see:

A to Z of Ganesha Sahasranaama

GST Omkara Ganesha

Happy Gowri-Ganesha festival

One liners for ಗಣೇಶನ ಹಬ್ಬ

A to Z of Ganesha Sahasranaama

September 6, 2016


A to Z of Ganesha Sahasranama
compiled by RK Bellur

Om Avyayaaya Namah
Om Buddhipriyaaya Namah
Om Chaturaaya Namah
Om Dakshaaya Namah
Om Ekadamshtraya Namah
Om Falahastaya Namah*
Om Gahanaya Namah
Om Herambaya Namah
Om Idabhagaya Namah
Om Jyeshttamanorama Namah
Om Kapilaya Namah
Om Lambodaraya Namah
Om Mahodaraya Namah
Om Nandanaya Namah
Om Omkaraya Namah
Om Pitambaraya Namah
Om Qarmakartra Namah**
Om Ranjakaya Namah
Om Shabda Brahmane Namah
Om Tatparaya Namah
Om Umasutaya Namah
Om Vinayakaya Namah
Om Wikataya Namah*
Om Xshema nandaya Namah***
Om Yugaya Namah
Om Zihvasimhasana Prabhave Namah****

* Phala
** Karmakartra
*** Kshema
**** Jihvasimhasana

Pechaka: Goddess Lakshmi’s Vaahana

August 12, 2016


Uluka, the owl, is a lesser known vehicle of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Uluka is mainly associated with the opposite form of Goddess Lakshmi – Alakshmi, the Goddess of inauspiciousness. The owl associated with Laxmi is also known as Pechaka and is worshipped in eastern parts of India, especially in Bengal, during Lakshmi Puja.

In some regions, Uluka symbolizes wisdom and intelligence because of its ability to foretell events. But in majority of the regions, owl is a bird of ill omen and symbolically represents darkness, disgrace, inauspiciousness and misfortune.

Uluka becomes the vehicle of Goddess Lakshmi when the wealth and prosperity provided by Goddess Lakshmi is used by human beings for Adharmic activities. Symbolically, the wealth provided by Lakshmi blinds the person and takes to dishonesty and avarice. Blinded by the wealth they become greedy and destroy themselves.

It is also said that a wise person on seeing an owl with Goddess Lakshmi realizes the trap of wealth and its splendor. For such a person, the owl is the symbol of wisdom as the person uses the wealth for positive purposes.

ಶ್ರೀ ವರಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು!

August 12, 2016


ಶ್ರೀ ವರಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು!
ಶ್ರೀ ವರಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿಯು ತಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಆಯುರಾರೋಗ್ಯ ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯಾಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮನಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ಶಾಂತಿಯುಂಟು ಮಾಡಲಿ.

Also read:

Sri Varamahalakshmi Vratha

GST Omkara Ganesha

August 5, 2016


Ganesha Chaturthi is exactly a month away!
Presenting the “GST Omkara Ganesha”
Design: Ramakrishna Bellur Shivaram

Lecture on Gadya Traya by Dr.KS Narayanacharya (series-5)

April 2, 2016


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Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri Anoints His Successor

January 23, 2015


Click here to read the complete shishya-sweekara-press-release


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Pics courtesy: Sringeri Mutt website, Bhakti TV, Sri Sankara TV

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.