Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam CONCLUSION ( wedding chapter 436-446)

436) BHAGAVATHKRUTHASHANMAASAAVADHIKAAGASTHYAASHRAMAVAASA PRATHIGNYAA Padmaavathyanugo Devo Brahmarudraadikairyuthaha Suvarnamukharee...


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More photos of convocation

Group photo (2nd):-
Commissioner, Department of Art and Culture, Sri.S.S.Jawahar, Principal Secretary Tourism and Art&Culture department,  Sri.V.K.Jeyakodi, Honourable Minister for Education, Sports and Youth Welfare, Sri.N.R.Sivapathi, Sri.A.R.Rahman and myself. 
5th photo Sri.A.R.Rahman expressing his desire to see classrooms and go to the college terrace to catch a glimpse of Adyar river.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

More snaps of convocation (Government Music College, Chennai on April 20th, 2012

Mr.A.R.Rahman expressed his desire to listen to the students perform. He thoroughly enjoyed their instrumental fusion performance. Before leaving, Mr.A.R.Rahman in his conversation with Honourable Minister and myself stated that he would come back with many plans while specifying that he wished to record talented students for his movies!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012


"I am very keen to see the progress in music education:)" (in his own words), Mr.A.R.Rahman added while graciously accepting my invitation to be the Chief Guest for the annual convocation of Chennai Government Music College on Friday, 20th April, 2012.
The students screamed in frenzy when Mr.A.R.Rahman's name was announced as the Chief Guest for the convocation.
With the blessings of Honourable Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, Dr.J.Jayalalithaa the event is expected to be unique and one of its kind.  Mr.A.R.Rahman has insisted that the programme should be held IN THE COLLEGE PREMISES ONLY (on Greenways Road, Chennai) and not in a fancy air-conditioned auditorium. To quote him:-"The whole idea of my coming to the college is to get the college noticed and to improve the status of music education."
Education Minister Mr.N.R.Sivapathi has called on a meeting this Sunday to discuss the arrangements for the unique convocation with the international legend, Mr.A.R.Rahman as Chief Guest.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tantra in daily life (Part 10)

Mercury coming out of its retrogression on April 4th is not much of a relief as the planet is going to move towards its debilitation in Pisces on the 6th of April. The delays, obstacles and unforeseen developments in communications for the past twenty odd days..... just the limit!
 On May 5th Mercury moves out of its debilitated status and enters Aries, again not a friendly house. The company of an exalted Sun in Aries upto May14th could extract great traits from the planet of intellect, Mercury  to form a great "Budhadithya Yoga'' for any native who will be born during the period of Sun-Mercury conjunction. On May 21st, Mercury moves into Taurus to be in the company of a retrograde Venus, Sun and Ketu.
In all the activity stated above, a lot of positive action and rejuvenation can be expected when Mars turns direct on April 14th in Leo, putting an end to frustrations of all sorts. Saturn's return to Virgo (a friendly house owned by Mercury) is enhanced by the entry   (and subsequent 5th aspect) of Jupiter into Taurus on the 17th of May. The dreaded conjunction of Mars and Saturn between June 21st and August 14th could in all probability be saved by the fifth aspect of Jupiter.
Natal charts (horoscopes drawn at the time of birth) could be altered according to the good or bad deeds we perform during the same lifetime itself!
What is a Dasha or Vimshotthari Dasha and how to get the best out of the Vimshotthari Dasha (planetary period) we are running presently?

Very very briefly:-

Dasha of a native depends upon the placement of moon in a nakshathra at the time of his/her birth.This nakshathra determines the first ever Dasha or Mahadasha in the life of the native.
Nakshathras and the planets they belong to:-

Vimshotthari Dasha (totally 120 years)

Ashwini-Makha-Moola-Ketu (7 years)
Bharani-Poorvaphalguni-Poorvashadha- Venus (20 years)
 Krittika-Uttharaphalguni- Uttharashadha- Sun (6 years)
Rohini-Hastha-Shravanam- Moon (10 years)
Mrigashira-Chittha-Dhanishta- Mars (7 years)
Aardra- Swathi-Sathabhisha- Rahu (18 years)
Punarvasu-Visakha-Poorvabhadra- Jupiter (16 years)
Pushyami-Anuradha-Uttharabhadra- Saturn (19 years)
Aslesha-Jyeshtha-Revathi-  Mercury (17 years)

The balance of Mahadasha is determined by the distance covered by the moon in the nakshathra at the time of birth. Each nakshathra has 4 padas and depending on the placement of moon in one of the padas, the remaining padas are calculated to arrive at the balance of Dasha at the time of birth.
The Mahadashas (planetary periods) and their relationship to the 12 houses of a natal chart depends on the planet-owner of the Mahadasha and its ownership/friendship and enmity of the Lords of 12 houses namely Aries (owned by Mars), Taurus (owned by Venus), Gemini(owned by Mercury), Cancer (owned by Moon), Leo (owned by Sun), Virgo (owned by Mercury), Libra (owned by Venus), Scorpio (owned by Mars), Sagittarius (owned by Jupiter), Capricorn (owned by Saturn), Aquarius (owned by Saturn) and Pisces (owned by Jupiter).
The above rashis or houses have to be studied for their respective placements from the Lagna or Ascendant.
When a native is born while the moon is in Mrigashira nakshatram, he/she has started Mars Mahadasha. The Mahadasha is judged by the Lagna or Ascendant and the relationship between the Lord of Mahadasha and Lord of Lagna and other major factors.
 How to maneuver a planetary period or Dasha to suit our needs or achieve our goals?

Before that, a brief run through natal houses and their traits to understand what every house  is capable of yielding and the way to extract what we need from them.

(To be continued...........)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Convocation on March 31st at Trichy Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts

‘Encourage wards to learn fine arts'

Students of Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts receive degrees
Fine-tuning talent:Avvai Natarajan, former vice chancellor of Tamil University, Thanjavur, giving away degree certificate to a student during graduation day at Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts in the city on Saturday. Veenai Gayathri is in the picture. –PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.
Fine-tuning talent:Avvai Natarajan, former vice chancellor of Tamil University, Thanjavur, giving away degree certificate to a student during graduation day at Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts in the city on Saturday. Veenai Gayathri is in the picture. –PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.
Parents should encourage their wards to learn fine arts particularly music and dance, said Avvai Natarajan, former vice chancellor of Tamil University, Thanjavur, on Saturday.
Delivering the graduation day address at Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts in the city, he said fine arts were a blend of beauty and culture. In this context, he appreciated the efforts being made by the college in promoting fine arts in this part of the region.
Pointing out that a few students from Sri Lanka had joined the college to undergo the undergraduate courses in fine arts, he appreciated their parents' encouragement for their wards.
Mr. Avvai Natarajan said rulers possessing some skills in fine arts were capable of efficient administration. He specifically referred to the patronage being extended to fine arts by the State government.
Glory of Tamil
On the importance of the glory of Tamil language, he called upon students to realise its value and significance as a classical language.
He conferred the degree on students and gave away gold medals to toppers.
The graduates included those from the first batch of students who underwent the off-campus course on fine arts offered by Bharathidasan University and the college.
Sr. Margaret, principal of the college, was present.
Most. Rev. Dr. Antony Devotta, Bishop of Tiruchi, distributed ‘Kalai Kaviri' awards. Veenai Gayathri, director and cultural advisor to Tamil Nadu Government Music Colleges, distributed prizes to the winners of inter-school competitions.

Photo:-Principal of Kalai Kaviri College, Trichy, Sister Margaret Bastin, Former Vice Chancellor of Tamil University, Tanjore, Sri. Avvai Natarajan, student receiving certificate and myself.