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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

Raaja Panchakshara Stotra

September 29, 2016


Kalidasa and Einstein

September 6, 2016


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.

Sringeri Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji announces his successor today

January 4, 2015



Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peethadhipati Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji has announced His Shishya Sweekara. The Jagadguru Mahaswamiji made the announcement, divinely inspired by Goddess Sharadamba in His Anugraha Bhashanam given during the culmination of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of His Peetharohanam. The Jagadguru has chosen Brahmachari Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma to be His Uttaradhikari – the successor-designate to the Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham. The Jagadguru announced that the Shishya Sweekara ceremonies will take place on 22nd and 23rd January 2015 at Sringeri. The Jagadguru will initiate the Brahmachari into Sannyasa on 23rd January 2015.

Devotees all over the world have rejoiced at the announcement coming on the joyous occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of the Jagadguru’s Peetharohanam.

The present Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji, ascended the Throne of Transcendental wisdom at the Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, 25 years ago in 1989 and since then has been guiding thousands of devotees in the path of Dharma.

To commemorate the silver jubilee year of His accession to the Peetham, special functions along with Guru Vandanam are being conducted on the 3rd and 4th of January 2015 at Sri Math, Sringeri.

Uttaraadhikaari Kuppu Venkatesha Prasada Sharma


Uttaraadhikaari Kuppu Venkatesha Prasada Sharma (pic: AP News)



Left to right: Kuppa Venkateshwara prasada sharma with his parents Seeta naga lakshmi and Siva Subramanya Avadhani (pic: Deccan Chronicle)



Sri Bharati Thirtha Mahaswamigalu (in the background, is that the successor Sri Kuppa Venkatesha Prasad Sharma?!) (pic: The New Indian Express)




Sri Kuppa Venkateswara Prasada Sharma. (Photo: Sringeri Mutt website)


The Hindu reports:

Bharati Tirtha Swami of Sringeri Sharada Peetha has nominated Kuppa Venkateswara Prasada Sharma as his successor-designate. The seer announced this at a function in Sringeri recently.

The Shishya Sweekara ceremony will be held in Sringeri on January 22 and 23. Sharma will be initiated to ‘sanyasa’ on the second day.

Sharma was born in Tirupati in 1993 to Kuppa Shivasubrahmanya Avadhani and Seetha Nagalakshmi. At present, Sharma is the principal of TTD Veda Pathashala in Tirumala and project officer in Dharma Prachara Parishad of TTD. During his visit to Sringeri mutt in 2009, he had expressed his desire to study ‘shastras’ directly under Bharati Tirtha Swami.

Under his tutelage, he mastered Sanskrit and studied Tarka Shastra, said a release.

During his pravachana this evening, our poojya Jagadguru announced that he has, by the grace and approval of Goddess Sri Sharadamba, identified his successor and announced the successor’s name as Sri Kuppa Venkatesha Prasad Sharma (25 years). Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamji told that he was training his successor for the past 5-6 years. The Shishya Sweekara Parigraha kaaryakrama (to continue the Guru-Shishya Paramapare started by Sri Adi Shankaracharya) will be held on January 22nd and 23rd, 2015 at the Sri Math, Sringeri.

More pics (courtesy: Sringeri Mutt website)

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

shruti smriti purANAnAm Alayam karuNAlayam
namAmi bhagavat pAda shankaram lOkashankaram

shankaram shankarAchAryam kEshavam bAdarAyaNam
sUtrabhAshya kritou vandE bhagavantau punah punah


Blessed is the Sishya ! Divine is the anugraha of Thaaye Sharadambe! Fortunate are we to witness this ceremony, the continuation of the great Guru-Sisya parampare!


List of Sringeri Dakshinamnaya Jagadgurus:

  1. Sri Shankara Bhagavatpada (788 – 820) (videha-mukti)
  2. Sri Sureshwaracharya (820-834)
  3. Sri Nityabodaghana (834-848)
  4. Sri Jnanaghana (848-910)
  5. Sri Jnanotthma (910-954 )
  6. Sri Jnanagiri (954-1038)
  7. Sri Simhagiri (1038-1098 )
  8. Sri Ishwara Tirtha (1098-1146)
  9. Sri Nrusimha Tirtha (1146-1229 )
  10. Sri Vidya Shankara Tirtha (1229-1333)
  11. Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha (1333-1380)
  12. Sri Vidyaranya (1380-1386 )
  13. Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati I (1386-1389 )
  14. Sri Nrusimha Bharati I (1389-1408 )
  15. Sri Purushotthama Bharati I](1408-1448 )
  16. Sri Shankara Bharati (1448-1455 )
  17. Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati II (1455-1464 )
  18. Sri Nrusimha Bharati II (1464-1479 )
  19. Sri Purushotthama Bharati II (1479-1517 )
  20. Sri Ramachandra Bharati (1517-1560 )
  21. Sri Nrusimha Bharati III (1560-1573 )
  22. Sri Nrusimha Bharati IV (1573-1576 )
  23. Sri Nrusimha Bharati V (1576-1600 )
  24. Sri Abhinava Nrusimha Bharati (1600-1623 )
  25. Sri Sacchidananda Bharati I (1623-1663 )
  26. Sri Nrusimha Bharati VI (1663-1706 )
  27. Sri Sacchidananda Bharati II (1706-1741 )
  28. Sri Abhinava Sacchidananda Bharati I (1741-1767)
  29. Sri Nrusimha Bharati VII (1767-1770)
  30. Sri Sacchidananda Bharati III (1770-1814)
  31. Sri Abhinava Sacchidananda Bharati II (1814-1817 )
  32. Sri Nrusimha Bharati VIII (1817-1879 )
  33. Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Nrusimha Bharati (1879-1912 )
  34. Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati III (1912-1954 )
  35. Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha (1954-1989 )
  36. Sri Bharati Tirtha (1989-Present)
  37. Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati (Nominated Next)

One liners for ಗಣೇಶನ ಹಬ್ಬ

August 30, 2014

One liners for ಗಣೇಶನ ಹಬ್ಬ
ರಚನೆ: ಬೆಳ್ಳೂರು ರಾಮಕೃಷ್ಣ

For his daily needs, Ganapati shops in…?

ಶ್ಯಮಂತಕೋಪಾಖ್ಯಾನ ಓದಿದ ಬಳಿಕ, ಒಂದ್ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ವೇರ್ ಕಂಪನಿ ಶುರು ಅಯ್ತು. ಯಾವುದು?

ಬಬಲ್ಗಮ್-ಚ್ಯೂಯಿಂಗಮ್ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಗಣೇಶನ ಈ ಶ್ಲೋಕ ಒಪ್ಪತ್ತೆ. ಯಾವುದು?
ಗಂ ಗಣಪತಯೇ ನಮಃ

ಗಣೇಶನ ಹಬ್ಬದಂದು ಈ ಫುಟ್ವೇರ್ ಮಾತ್ರ ನಿಶಿದ್ಧ. ಯಾವುದು?

ಗಣೇಶನ ಹಬ್ಬದಂದು ಈ ಡ್ಯಾನ್ಸ್ ಸ್ಟೆಪ್ ನಿಶಿದ್ಧ. ಯಾವುದು?

ಗಣೇಶನ ಹಬ್ಬದಂದು ಈ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ನೋಡಿದರೆ ಅಪವಾದಕ್ಕೆ ಒಳಗಾಗಬೇಕು. ಯಾವುದು?

ಗಣೇಶನ ಹಬ್ಬದಂದು ಈ ಸಿಹಿ ತಿನಿಸು ಯಾರು ಮಾಡಲ್ಲ. ಯಾವುದು?

ಗಣೇಶನ ಹಬ್ಬದಂದು ಈ ನಟಿಯನ್ನು ನೋಡಿದರೆ ಎರಡೆರಡು ಅಪವಾದ ಬಂದ್ರೂ ಬರ್ಬೋದು. ಯಾವ ನಟಿ?

ಗಣೇಶನಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಿಯವಾದ ಡ್ಯಾನ್ಸ್ ಯಾವುದು?
‘Belly’ dance

Thunder Thighs ಎಂದು ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ಧಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದ ತಮಿಳಿನ ಈ ನಟಿಯನ್ನು ಕರೆದರೆ, ಗಣೇಶನನ್ನೇ ಕರೆದಂತೆ. ಯಾವ ನಟಿ?
Hey, Rambha!

ಗಣೇಶ ಒಂದ್ ಸಮಯ ಆಟೋ ಇಟ್ಟ್ರೆ, ಅದರ ಹಿಂದೆ ಯೇನ್ ಬರೀಬೋದು?
ತಾಯಿಯ ಕಾಣಿಕೆ- ತಂದೆಯ ಆಶೀರ್ವಾದ

Ganesha is fond of this Russian Soviet Socialist writer. Who?
Maxim Gorky. Why? Because his name reminds Ganesha of ಗರಿಕೆ!

Ganesha’s latest food obsession?

Probably, the current  century (2001-2100) is Ganesha’s favourite century…because it is the ’21’st century!

B. K. S. Iyengar (1918 – 2014)

August 20, 2014


Caricature & Design: RK Bellur / Rambling with Bellur

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” I know you Westerners say BKS stands for beat, kick and slap. By learn it means Beauty, Knowledge, Serenity!!” – BKS Iyengar, who was known to “beat, kick, slap” students who had trouble conforming.

I thought it stood for “Both Knees Straight”!