Monday, May 18, 2020

JAYA JAYA JAYALALITHE! (Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University 2013-2016)

Late Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna is the composer of the song "Jaya Jaya Jayalalithe". This song is in praise of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Founder/Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University, Dr. J.Jayalalithaa. This melodious song about our Chancellor used to be sung by students of the vocal department in all the JAYAM functions. The mega JAYAM functions always meant grand lighting of the campus too!!
Founder/Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University, Dr.J.Jayalalitha

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

VEENA UNPLUGGED ( SRUTHI BHEDAM)

 
VADAVARAIYAI MATTHAAKI  (HAMSANANDHI)/MAMAVATHU SRI SARASWATHI (HINDOLAM) - SRUTHI BHEDAM (scale change). 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

MY ICON (VEENA UNPLUGGED)

Recorded in 1999. For my icon, Michael Jackson- Jam.
Konnakol by Sri.T.H.Subhashchandran

Friday, May 8, 2020

VERY HEARTENING!

                                                           VANDE MATARAM

I thank Veena aspirants and admirers of my music for their congratulatory messages for my latest "VANDE MATARAM" (an Iphone recorded posting for Music and Chants as one of the VEENA UNPLUGGED episodes.)
I am particularly touched by their special mention that they feel inspired to do creative recordings on the theme "Mother" (this coincidentally being the week of Mother's Day which falls on the 10th of May). 
My thanks and best wishes for their creative ventures on the theme of "Mother" this week!!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

VEENA SUTRAS -13

            MICROPHONE SOUND MIXING CONSOLE

A 'prana' (life force energy) induced resonance of Veena needs very little 'gain' in an acoustic microphone. Amazingly these Veenas can be recorded in all clarity even on an Iphone. The kundalini power induced resonance of Veena nadham does not depend on enhancements on the mixer or microphone console. Whereas when a Veena that depends on magnetic mike for stage performances (due to the obvious absence of kundalini shakthi induced resonance)  attempts an acoustic recording, extreme adjustments have to be made especially in the 'gain' (gain in microphone increases the amplitude of  microphone signals) and other enhancing levels like bass, treble, reverb etc. Sadly the beauty of pranic resonance is still not achieved.
The levels on the microphone console are a give away of whether the Veena contains human prana or not.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

NAAYIKA BHAAVAM (ULTIMATE STAGE OF DEVOTION-EMOTION OF A LOVER)

THIS INCIDENT IS AN EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK NADICHE DEVUDU (WALKING GOD-TELUGU). THE BOOK CONTAINS EXPERIENCES OF DEVOTEEES'  WITH JAGADGURU PUJYA SRI CHANDRASEKHARENDRA SARASWATHI, THE 68TH ACHARYA OF SRI KANCHI KAMAKOTI PEETHAM. WHILE ALL THE INCIDENTS WERE VERY ENGROSSING, THIS PARTICULAR ONE STAYED IN MY HEART FOR THE NAAYIKA BHAVAM (LOVER'S EMOTION) WHICH  THE ARDENT DEVOTEE SRI KALLURI VENKATA SUBRAHMANYA DEEKSHITHULU FELT FOR MAHA PERIYAVA (REFERRED TO AS 'SRIVARU' IN TELUGU). I HAVE TRANSLATED THIS INTO ENGLISH.
         JAGADGURU PUJYASRI CHANDRASEKHARENDRA SARASWATHI SWAMI

Srivaru was travelling in Tamil Nadu. I had made it a habit to have His Darshan during summer holidays. One fine evening He started His discourse in Tamil.
"It is a natural phenomenon for human beings to take birth and to die....Kama (Manmadha) is the cause of their birth while Kala (Yama) is the cause of their death. If these two (Kama and Yama) did not function there would be no birth or death. If one wants to escape rebirth, he must surrender himself to someone who has conquered Kama (Manmadha). If one wants to escape death he must surrender himself to somebody who has punished Yama. There is somebody great who has done both these things and that is none other than Lord Shiva who had conquered Kama (Smarahara) and Yama (Mrithyunjaya). Lord Srikantha may not be easily accessed, but Lord Shiva is very easy to approach, let us all surrender to Him! Namah Paarvathee Pathaye Harahara Mahaadeva!"

I joined the chorus along with the crowd. Srivaru started to narrate another incident.

After the discourse Srivaru rested on the terrace of somebody's house. Vedic brahmins were keeping vigil downstairs. It was past midnight. I was unable to sleep. I sat in the verandah area, pining, anxious and eager for the Darshan of Srivaru. Gathering courage I tried to enter the house. One brahmin who was keeping vigil stopped me and said in tamil, "Periyavaa is resting, you cannot go upstairs."

Utterly disappointed I turned back empathizing the agony of separation of Gopikas from Lord Krishna. I sat down again and tried to read some poems of Pothana. I simply could not focus on anything. Feeling a sudden sense of determination I got up abruptly. I walked towards the steps leading to the terrace and quickly climbed five steps. The brahmin who was keeping watch was looking in some other direction and did not notice me. I felt as though somebody called my name. I leapt on to the terrace in a flash.

I found Srivaru lying on His side, His head resting on His arm. Careful not to make noise I quietly tiptoed and stood a few feet away from Him.

"Kaha (Who)?" Srivaru asked in Sanskrit. 

"It's me, Kalluri."

He asked immediately' " Nidraa Naayaathaa Kim? Naidaaghasthaapo Baadhathevaa? ( Unable to sleep? Because of the heat)?" 

"Na Naidaaghasthaapaha- Not because of heat. From this morning I have not been fortunate to see You or be with You for at least five minutes. I have been longing and pining.  During Darshan I need to be with You in private for at least five minutes. I appeal for Your Ekantha Darshan (private Darshan). Please bless me with what I have asked You."

"Thvayi Gopikaathva Mathi Dishya Mayi Krishnathvam Sambhaavya Kimapi Sambhaavitham Khalu-(Are you feeling like a  Gopika woman and seeing Lord Krishna in me)?"

I wondered how Srivaru had guessed!!

Srivaru continued" Adya Asthaabhi Sthamila Bhaashaayaam Prasangaha Kruthaha Thvam Bhaashaanabhignyaha. Kim Jaanaasi Maduktham- (today I spoke in Tamil, did you understand)?"

" Srivaru had willed me to understand. That's why I could understand." I replied.Even though I have toured along with Srivaru in many parts of Tamil Nadu, I could never understand Tamil and found the language to be very difficult to comprehend. But that day.... I was surprised, I could easily follow Srivaru's discourse!! Of course, that is His will ... that I should understand His discourse. 
Srivaru asked me to tell the synopsis of His discourse that day. I told, in a nutshell, in the form of this sloka-

" Janimruthi Virathirbha Vedithithvaam Rathipathi Shaashakameesha Kaalakaalam
Himagiri Thanayaa Dwitheeya Meedey Parama Dayaarasa Meesha Madwitheeyam."

Meaning- " Manmathaa is the cause of birth, Kaala (Yama) is the cause of death. These two were conquered by the one and only dispassionate Mrithyunjaya, Chandrasekhara, Lord Shiva! He gave half of His body to the daughter of the Himalayan King, He is cool, compassionate and benevolent. By surrendering oneself to Lord Shiva one can defeat birth and death." I completed my narration of the gist of Srivaru's speech.

Srivaru heard with a smile. His smile spread around me like the moonlight.

"You asked for at least five minutes of my private time, now tell me how many minutes have gone by?" asked Srivaru.

"I think 15 minutes are over..." I told hesitantly.

Srivaru didn't answer and seemed to be in deep thought.

Seeing Him lying on the bare floor I burst out, " Srivaru, you are sleeping on the floor, I am unable to bear it, my heart is in agony."

Srivaru said immediately, "Kim Nashrutham (Didn't you hear)?" 

'Kshithithala Shayanam Tharuthalavaasaha
Karathalabhikshaa, Kowpeenavanthaha, Khalu Bhaagyavanthaha.'

Meaning- 'Most prosperous and fortunate are spiritual seekers in loin cloths. A floor to sleep, a tree under which to rest, a lump of rice in the palm- who can be more fortunate and prosperous than this? A person possessing anything more than this cannot be as content.' Srivaru consoled me and sent me to rest.- Courtesy-SRI KALLURI VENKATA SUBRAHMANYA DEEKSHITHULU