Friday 26 March 2010

The making of "How to play veena?"




Above are work stills of the DVD shoot. Smt.Aruna Sivaramakrishna, Sri.Gopi (cameraman), Sri.Sivaramakrishna and myself.The DVD shoot yesterday by Navin Daswani's Super Audio Company on "How To Play Veena"was exciting. The entire day was spent on teaching the camera lens how to play the following on veena: sarali varisai, janta varisai, special veena gamaka exercises, thristhaayi practice (sa ri ga ma... on three octaves), variety of 'daatu varisai, alankarams, geethams, swarajathi and varnam was great to say the least. The entire coordination/concept and direction is by Sri. Sivaramakrishna (http://sitarsivaramakrishna.com/) and his wife, Smt. Aruna. They were so well-planned and fantastic in their directions! Recording in Karpagam Studios (so ancient!) was like stepping into my father, late Sri.G.Aswathama's time. The old studio with its high ceiling reminded me of my film-recording days when I was in my teens! Felt great!
A sense of fulfillment in reaching out to a great number of people at the same time(more so after the innumerable requests asking me to teach veena)! Performing is one thing, but to be able to reach out to guide aspiring veena practitioners is something else!!

29 comments:

SAI<=>MUSIC said...

HI VG mam!

Its so nice to see these pics. And I am here visiting your blog after a really long time!

I can't wait for the launch of the DVD! I wish I had been that lens and could have had the privilege of learning from you.:-)

Regards
Sai

Srivathsan said...

Respected Madam,

I'm absolutely thrilled that this project has finally been taken. Hope it is on similar lines of 'Mridanga Chinthaamani', a monumental work of legendary mridanga vidwan, Sri Umayalpuram Sivaraman. His 7-DVD project was divided into 4 parts (22 hours). They are: Level 1 - Beginner's guide, Level 2 - Advanced exercises and techniques for proficiency, Level 3 - Gaining expertise for solo renditions, Level 4 - Road to success in concerts.

May this project become a roaring success and benefit aspiring / half-baked/ expert veena players to the fullest. Hope, in coming years, this DVD becomes the ultimate source of learning for the entire veena community and veena students around the world.

Best regards,

Srivathsan

Home said...

Very interesting. This is a great idea. The DVD must be in invaluable asset to all students of Veena.
Best wishes,
Music Lover

E.Gayathri said...

Dear Mr.Sai, Thank you very much for your comments and wishes!
Regards,
Gayathri

E.Gayathri said...

Dear Mr.Srivathsan,
Until the official launching of the DVD,I am not able to give out specific details than what has already been posted in my blog. Certainly there are more volumes to come, but what has been offered through this DVD is of immense use to learners. Thank you so much for your hearty wishes and greetings of this project!
Regards,
Gayathri

E.Gayathri said...

Dear Music Lover,
Thank you very much for your best wishes!
Regards,
Gayathri

Anonymous said...

Dear Gayathriji
Opening and reading your blog is one of the first things I do after logging into my PC. I am very excited at the prospect of viewing this DVD when it is released.

Regards, Haripriya.

mala said...

dear madame,
veena with veena......

Anonymous said...

//how to play the following on veena: sarali varisai, janta varisai, special veena gamaka exercises// after reading this words,in my mind getting the famous lines from The great venkata subbaiyar's lyrics, //saralivarisai murali kaachchi// in 'aadumvarai avar aadattum' song. Great work. wish u all the vry best for the sucess of ur project.

cheers,
srini

Anonymous said...

Respected Madam,

We are all fortunate that you are bringing out this DVD. When is it likely to release?

What contact mic do you recommend for veena?

Regards,
Tanvi.

Dr.Rudhran said...

awaiting the dvd

Kalyaani said...

Dear Madam,
After a brief gap, I am online again today, and the first thing came to my notice is this great news of yours!! It is going to be immensely helpful for all the learners of Veena, like me. I am eagerly waiting for its release, Madam. Hope to get its release information in this blog.
I am feeling really blessed to be able to learn from You, in some way.
Kind regards

E.Gayathri said...

Dear Ms.Haripriya,
Thank you very much for your kind wishes!
Regards,
Gayathri

E.Gayathri said...

Dear Ms.Mala,
Thank you!!!

E.Gayathri said...

Dear Mr.Srinivas,
Thank you!!

E.Gayathri said...

Dear Ms.Tanvi,Thank you. The DVD should be out within a couple of months. There are suitable contact mikes for veena (pl. contact Saptaswara and Sruthilaya Musicals, Chennai). I have yet to come across an "ideal" mike. Pl. let me know if you have!
Regards,
Gayathri

E.Gayathri said...

Dear Dr.Rudhran,
Thank you so much, with your best wishes!
Regards,
Gayathri

E.Gayathri said...

Dear Ms.Kalyaani,
It is my pleasure indeed! Thank you for your kind greetings and wishes!
Regards,
Gayathri

Lakshman Prasad said...

Dear Smt Gayathriji,

Namaskaaram. The forthcoming release of DVD is great news and fills a big vaccum in the field of Veena education.

Could you please advise where could we get a copy of the DVD?

Does it also cover the essential features of a good veena from a makers point of view?

Kind Regards,
Lakshman Prasad

Kalyaani said...

Dear Madam,

Have the dvds released yet? I have seen in some link that the product is already available. Is it right, Madam.

Kind regards

Here always...Appi :-) said...

Hello Madam,
Came across you blog accidentally, and it's a wonderful feeling to communicate with you through this.
Great to know about your DVD which will be of a tremendous help to the Veena learners like me. Is the DVD out into the market? Where can we get that from?

E.Gayathri said...

Hello!
Thank you, yes the DVD has been released alast week.You can find them in all the leading music showrooms.

Regards

anila kennedy said...

Dear Gayathriji,

Is it possible to purchase your DVD online?

Thank you and best regards

Anila

E.Gayathri said...

Dear Ms. Anila,
You may contact Mr.Navin Daswani, producer of the DVD -mail id: supertape@yahoo.com
The website is musicandchants.com for online purchases.
Thank you and best regards,
Gayathri

nakr said...

Dear Madam,

I am learning veena. Kindly bless be to learn the nuances of this instrument flawlessly.

jyotidaswani said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnEV6SHBj3E&feature=plcp

Dhivya Selvamani said...

Dear Gayathri ma'm,

I had learnt veena a long back and lost touch for nearly 10 years (except every ayudha pooja an vijayadasami). Your DVDs are a blessing for me to recollect the basics. The lessons were very well structured and excellently taught. Thanks to you and the team behind this for the great work.

I really felt your veena strings are a lot more flexible. In the gamaka lessons, especially when you reach upto two notes higher, I could not get the notes that you achieved. Once my string got cut due to excessive pulling. Do you have any tips to achieve a good sounding gamaka without damaging the strings?

Again thank you for bringing out the lessons.

Your fan,
Dhivya

E.Gayathri said...

Thank you for the appreciation. Pl. check if veena sruthi and the string gauge are matching. For steel strings (gauge 29 or 30) sruthi of 2 and a half to 3 is suitable.
All the best!

gayathri nageswaran said...

madam i am a big fan of you! i m 19 years old just now learning veena i am very much interested in learning it.now only started learning.only two classes i have attended.my fingers are hurted while playing veena.how long it will take to get practice.