Wednesday 16 November 2011

Ramana Maharshi's message through Beethoven's Missa Solemnis




Excerpts from Paul Brunton's "Perspectives":-

"I shall never forget the wonderful message which Ramana Maharshi sent me by the lips of an Indian friend (he never wrote letters). It was some years before his death and my friend was visiting the ashram preparatory to a visit to the West, whither he was being sent on a mission by his government. I had long been estranged from the ashram management, and there seemed no likelihood of my ever seeing the saint again. The visitor mentioned to the Maharshi that he intended to meet me: was there any communication of which he could be the bearer? "Yes", said the Maharshi, "When heart speaks to heart, what is there to say?" Now I don't know if He was aware of Beethoven's existence in the distant world of Western music, but I am certain he couldn't have known that the dedication to the "Missa Solemnis" was "May heart speak to heart". This is a work whose infrequent performance stirs me to depths when I hear it, so reverential, so supernal is it. Few know that Beethoven himself regarded the Missa as his greatest composition. It must surely be his most spiritual composition, a perfect expression of the link beteen man and God."
(Posting the article on Bhagawan's auspicious birth star, Punarvasu).
Musical portrayal of The Formidable Self that has neither a beginning nor an end................... (as felt by me each time I listen to this masterpiece composed and performed with astounding perfection of the divine vocals and unparalleled instrumental technique........... dumbfounded!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Tuesday 8 November 2011

Press release of my new assignment as Honorary Director of Tamilnadu Government Music Colleges

























On a rainy November 5th evening at Amma's residence receiving the official orders.
(Click on images to enlarge).

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Victory For Veena!

The past one month in Mumbai, especially Deepavali fireworks displayed right in front of my 7th floor apartment will stay in my memory forever and ever. My mobile rang this evening, the first of many callers informing me that Jaya TV's evening news announced my taking charge as Honorary Director of Tamilnadu Music Colleges.
Confirming the above, I received official confirmation too. The ruling Tamilnadu Government's act of honouring our vedic instrument marks the beginning of my Veena Festival!
Starting to pack my luggage and heading for Chennai, I look up to God for guidance in my new assignment as Honorary Director of TN Music Colleges.

I thank Amma for this great honour!