Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

And so it happened…

Posted: March 31, 2012 in Events, Music

Recently I got the oppurtunity to participate in a historic event organised by Art of living and Ranjini Kalakendra, titled ‘Sahasra Veena Jhenkara’ which showcased a grand symphony of 1,110 Veena players playing Veena all together on one platform in Bangalore. It was presided by H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and also the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Pic courtesy: Vanshul Arora

YES! for all those who didnt know, I do play the Veena(the instrument). But when did it all begin? Lets go into the history a lill bit…Dec 2008 to be precise. I started to learn the Veena, the divine instrument played by goddess Saraswati.

I was contemplating on learning it from a very long time due to following reasons –

1. I had read somewhere that a person even belonging to the lowest of castes; if he has a veena in his hand, he will reach heaven.
2. My friend Akhilesh plays the veena. I heard him play it one day and I was so awed and overjoyed by it that I wanted to learn it right away. You can listen to him playing Narayana Hari Om here.
3. The music of the vibrating strings does some magic to explain which I am at a loss of words.
But even now I am not sure why I wanted to learn. Just wanted to learn, thats it!! Playing it gives me a feeling that I have known the instrument for a very long time. I am not sure whether I had learnt it in my previous birth :-) .
 
I spoke with Akhilesh and also his teacher. Things came together and so off to the shop which sells Veenas. Akhilesh had a big hand in choosing the right one for me. It was also reviewed by four more people including my guru. Finally it was decided and I bought it. A pretty old one maybe about 25-30 years old or maybe more. Thats what the experts say. In the case of Veena, the saying – “Old is Gold” fits perfectly since the instrument would have good or better Nada after being played for decades together. Lucky enough to get one so quickly.
I was learning it regularly for an year…and slowly the usual story began to unfold. Laziness, loss of interest and so on…and I stopped playing it, let alone going for the classes. But at the back of my mind I always wanted to continue.

Now fast forward 2 years… A regular evening in Feb 2012, I was tired after office work and KK calls me.

KK – “You know to play the veena right?”

I hesitantly said, “Yes”.

KK – “Ok, So you will play in the ‘Sahasra Veena Jhenkara’ along with 1007 more people”.

“1008 people! No, No. I have not been in touch for 2 years, I cant!”, I replied

KK – “Just shut up and come. You have time to practice”.

At this moment Gayatri takes over. She says,”Suman, its enough if you can just hold the veena properly. You can play Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma… right? There are only 7 songs. You can manage”.

“7 Songs! Om Namah Shivay!” Finally after 5 mins, I agreed. Practice started and continued every now and then.

Too much work in office, irregular practice and irregular sadhana drove me to an emotional decision of pulling out of the event. This drew flak from a person and I got my ass kicked (well almost) by sharing this decision. The decision is reverted and I decide to practice well.

 Photo sessions was in full swing during the rehearsal event itself 😉

Gayatri n I @ the stage rehearsal

Me 🙂

Finally the day arrived. Veena artistes had arrived from all over Karnataka. Veena vidwans and vidhushis decked the stage. Women of all age groups from 8 till 80 were dressed in cool blue/cream. Matching nailpolish, bindis, earrings and what not adorned them. Men were in pure white to beat the heat ;).

A few pics from the event courtesy our brilliant photographer Vanshul Arora

The event was massive and I am glad that I got this oppurtunity.  It doesn’t come everyday! You can also watch the entire event here.

Love,

Suman.

Ksheera Sagara

Posted: December 18, 2011 in Lyrics, Music

My friend Kishan Ramesh has sung this beautiful composition by Thyagaraja. Felt so relaxed and happy after listening. The raga is so aptly named…loved it absolutely to the core.

Here it is for you…

Kishan Ramesh

Raga – Ananda Bhairavi.

Tala – Aadi Tala.

Lyrics and its meaning are as below :

Pallavi
kṣīra sāgara vihāra aparimita
ghōra pātaka vidāra
krūra jana gaṇa vidūra nigama
sañcāra sundara śarīra

O Lord abiding in the Ocean of Milk!
O Destroyer of the (results of) countless severe crimes!
O Lord who is far-removed from cruel people!
O Lord found in the Vedas! One with a beautiful body!

Charanam
śatamakhāhita vibhaṅga śrī rāma
śamana ripu sannutāṅga
śrita mānavāntaraṅga janakajā
śṛṅgāra jalaja bhṛṅga

O Sri Rama, who frustrates the asuras!
One well-praised by Siva!
O Indweller of dependent people!
O Bee that hovers over the Lotus, that is, the beauty of Sita!

rājādhi rāja vēṣa śrī rāma
ramaṇīya kara subhūṣa
rāja nuta lalita bhāṣa śrī tyāga-
rājādi bhakta pōṣa

O Sri Rama, who incarnated in the form of an Emperor!
One adorned with beautifiying ornaments!
O Lord praised by kings! One with very gentle speech!
O Nourisher of Tyagaraja and other devotees!

Love,

Suman.

Nee ninaindhal…

Posted: July 24, 2011 in Music

Just rose in love with this singing by the amazing sister duo Vidya Iyer and Vandana Iyer. This is a devotional krithi on Sri Mahalakshmi. Can’t help but keep listening to this song again and again…

Song: Nee Nenaindal

Composer: Periasamy Thooran
Raagam: Darbari Kannada
Performers: Shankar Tucker featuring Vidya & Vandana Iyer

Lyrics –

Pallavi:
Nee nenaindal agadadu undo
Nirajadala nayani mahalaksmi

Anupallavi

Manida vazhkkaiyile inba tunbam
Mari mari varuvadum un seyal andro

Charanam:

Ella perumaigalum irundalum adu
Unnadi vanangnmal nilai perumo

Unnarul parvai illadavarkku

Ulagile vazha vazhiedu amma

Shankar Tucker has some brilliant compositions. You can listen to them here.

Love,

Suman.

Bhakthi Concert

Posted: September 4, 2010 in Events, Music

World Alliance for the Youth Empowerment (WAYE) Youth wing of Art of living is proud to organize the

BHAKTI CONCERT” – An Evening  of music and wisdom

Performances by :

  • Young talented group of YES!+ graduates led by renowned classical vocalist  Mr.Harshal Pulekar.
  • Concert interspersed with stories about devotion from the Indian epics and our own lives by Bawa (Mr.Khurshed Batliwala) and Mr. Dinesh Ghodke.

Date – September 7th, 2010.

Venue – Chowdiah Memorial hall, Malleshwaram. Bangalore.

Time – 6pm to 8pm.

The proceeds of Bhakti will go towards building Centers for Youth Empowerment(CYE) which will serve as an epicenter of knowledge, meditation, art, dance and music for India’s most vital asset – her youth! As yoga and meditation are being recognized more and more as tools to a more sensitive, holistic and sustainable leadership, CYE will provide a fertile ground for India’s future sustainable leaders.

To Grab Ur Passes, Call

Suman – 9900269112, Vinod – 9611255226 , Ananth – 9886732357

Pictures from Last Bhakthi Concert

The silver lining

Posted: December 31, 2008 in Music

Last week when things were not going very well at one end, I started to learn the Veena. Yes, the divine instrument played by Godess Saraswati. 

I was contemplating on learning it from a very long time due to following reasons – 

1. I had read somewhere that a person even belonging to the lowest of castes; if he has a veena in his hand, he will reach heaven.
2. My friend Akhilesh plays the veena. I heard him play it one day and I was so awed by it that i wanted to learn it right away. You can listen to him playing Narayana Hari Om here.
3. The music of the vibrating strings does some magic which I am not able to explain.
But even now I am not sure why I wanted to learn. Just wanted to learn, thats it!! Playing it gives me a feeling that I have known the instrument for a very long time. I am not sure whether I had learnt it in my previous birth 🙂 . 
Maybe last week was the right time when things came together. So off to the shop which sells Veena. Akhilesh had a big hand in choosing the right one for me. It was also reviewed by four more people including my guru. Finally it was decided and I bought it. A pretty old one maybe about 25-30 years old or maybe more. Thats what the experts say. In the case of Veena, the saying – “Old is Gold” fits perfectly since the instrument would have good or better Nada after being played for decades together. Lucky enough to get one so quickly.
Now looking forward to learn it and play well.
Well, wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year 2009!