Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Veena Fraternity!

November 19th, 2019 at Saket Pranam, Hyderabad, Telangana. Proud and happy to be with Veena vidwan and vidushis- From left- Smt.Jayalakshmi Sekhar, Smt.Krishnakumari, Smt. Kadiyala Padmavathi, myself, Smt. Kaza Subhashini Shastry, Sri. Ayyagari Syamasundaram and Smt. Ayyagari Jayalakshmi

Saturday, November 16, 2019

For Amma/Guru

                                                In Saket Pranaam, Hyderabad, Telangana

Sunday, November 10, 2019

An unforgettable birthday gift!


AMN Global Group (Chairman- Sri.R.J.Ramnarayanan) organised a surprise gift celebrating my entry into my 61st year by organising a 61 Veenas recital led by Dr. Smt.Shobana Swaminathan yesterday in Chennai. Artistes who had performed along with me in the FIDE chess championship event like Smt.N.V.S.Radha, Sashank Mallya, Ramkumar were also among the 61 artistes yesterday. Absolutely speechless, honoured and humbled!! A big thank you to AMN Group and the 61 Veena artistes!

Friday, November 8, 2019

With pride and joy!

Celebrating completion of 60 years on planet Earth since NOVEMBER 9TH, 1959
Video by Arvind, one of my brilliant students of folk department and film choroeographer today

"Ma'm, we need to participate in this mega competition  .. please..."
I looked up from the file I was signing and found the forlorn faces of folk department students standing in front of my table.
"Ya, please go.... all the best to you!"
I know that they are absolutely brilliant, one of them is Arvind. I had watched them perform in the college annual show.
"We need props ma'm, we are not allowed to take them."
Props are used by students to perform in government functions. Almost all government functions involve students/faculty of government music colleges to play nadaswaram, thavil, nattupura kalaigal (folk arts) and vocal. Madam herself expressed her wish that students should be given great encouragement and cooperation to excel in their chosen subjects. Participation in competitions and winning played a major part in enhancing confidence levels in a student.
My brows knit, "Who's not allowing?"
I was given a heated account of details by the students. Identifying the actual problem I rang the bell to summon O.A.
" Call (I mentioned the person's name in charge of the room where the props were kept). "
Within minutes the person entered my room looking well rehearsed for a 'how-to-convince-VC' session. 
I noticed that the students and the person in charge of props studiously avoided looking at each other.
I came to the point, "You know what this is about. Please give the keys".
He went into a lengthy story of keys being in the custody of X, Y, Z and so many other reasons that would make a succesful blockbuster movie.
 I said firmly, "Never mind all that. Keys please..."
He pressed further, "Actually madam...."
I looked at him long and hard...."KEYS ON MY TABLE...NOW".
Whatever he saw in my face, his monologue halted abruptly and he rushed out of the room.
Within minutes the room keys were given to me and the props were given to the students. As expected my students got the first prize that evening and they went on to win many many more prizes during my tenure!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Tirupathi Laddu

FEBRUARY 23RD, 2011-

"She's not in station"- It was my husband on the phone.
"Oh!!" I was worried, "Where then... ?"
He cut me short,"Election campaigning in Pollachi. The Garden office bearers are saying she'll return only after 4 or 5 days." 
I said hurriedly, "Please ask those guys to hand it over to somebody in the kitchen and to keep the laddu and vada in the fridge. She can have it after she returns."
"They are refusing to do that, it seems somebody who's in charge of the domestic affairs is not there today and the guys in this office don't accept anything to do with personal... that is domestic matters."
"Oh God!!" I said feeling very disheartened.
"They feel  the laddu may get spoilt by the time she returns from Pollachi." He added impatiently,"Look, I am getting late for a meeting, I'll take the laddu to office..Do you want the laddu or shall I give it to .. ( he mentioned his colleague's name)?" 
It was Lord Balaji's Kalyanam laddu which I got specially for Madam. When SVBC Channel approached me for dates to perform veena for Nadaneerajanam, I opted for February 22nd, so that I could get the laddu and give it to Madam in time for her birthday which is February 24th as Lord's blessings for her victory in the forthcoming elections.
"No no I don't want it, there's enough laddu at home."
"Okay then, I'll give the prasadam to someone in my office."
"Oh, okay.." I said unhappily.
It was evening time and dinner had to be cooked. I took out the tindoras (Kovakkai in tamil, Dondakaya in telugu) from the fridge. I stood by the kitchen counter and started to cut the tindora exactly the same way my late mother-in-law showed me many many years ago. Three fourth of the tindora is cut length-wise so that the top 4 pieces open like a flower and the bottom of the tindora which is not cut acts as a base. The whole tindora is deep fried after which salt, chilly powder and asafoetida are added. I was cutting the tindoras meticulously taking care not to allow the knife to cut into the base. I heard the landline ring. I ignored the call as I had to finish cutting all the tindoras and start deep frying them in time for dinner. It's a long process. More than half of the tindoras were cut. There was only little more to go.
The phone rang for the third time within a minute. I didn't answer the call even this time. When it rang once more I couldn't ignore the ring any longer. Wondering who it could be, knife in hand I walked into the drawing room to pick up the phone. The cordless screen showed-UNKNOWN NUMBER.
Were there such numbers, how does one get such a number?!  And why is someone calling me from an unknown number?! Puzzled, I answered the phone, "Hello"
"Vanakkam, Amma wants to talk to you"- a man spoke in tamil. His voice was low as though he was telling me something very important.
I was taken aback. Why is mom calling me from an unknown number... that too having a dude connect the call?! Frowning, I quickly glanced at the telephone to see if any number appeared, but it said UNKNOWN NUMBER.
Suddenly a sense of fear gripped me....is something wrong..?
Trying to sound calm I asked, "Where's my mother, may I know who's speaking?"
In reply he said in tamil, " I am giving Amma, please talk to her."
Absentmindedly I hurried back into the kitchen next to the counter automatically reaching out for the tindoras. I had to complete the task of slicing them.
I heard the sound of telephone receiver shifting hands. Balancing the cordless phone between my shoulder and head while reaching for a fresh tindora I waited for my mother to come on line.
"Hello", the sweet,  feminine yet loud and clear tone on the other side stunned me for 2 reasons. Firstly - the voice did not belong to my mother. Secondly- the voice was familiar in such a way that I instantly registered the aristocracy in the aura that surrounded her voice.
"Ya", for some reason I was at a loss for words." Who's this please?"
Instead of answering my question the voice said," I was informed that your husband had come to see me this morning."
With a sense of shock I realised that the Amma who I thought was mine was actually the Amma of Tamil Nadu!! "Goodness gracious me"!! I told myself, my eyes dilating in disbelief. 
"Meeraa (Is that you)??!!" I exclaimed in telugu. In my state of confusion my elbow hit the plate of tindoras causing it to topple and fall down from the counter scattering all the tindoras on the floor. I watched in horror as the plate danced round and round noisily for a long time before halting  with a thud. I was horrified thinking she could hear the pandemonium created by  the tindora plate.
"Nene (It's me)"- she replied in telugu , a hint of a smile in her calm voice. So heightened was my sense of awe of the moment that everything seemed surreal...
"Where's the laddu?" She asked in English, coming directly to the point.
My memory deserted me temporarily and I wondered hysterically, what laddu ??!!
Madam repeated,"Tirupathi Prasadam."
 Trying to find my bearings, I replied " Oh Laddu, yes, yes. They said you are in Pollachi. My husband wanted to leave it in Garden but.."
I am back in Chennai, I am in Garden.  Aa laddu naaku ippudu kaavaali.Please pampinchandi.(I want that laddu now, please send it)" she said in chaste telugu. 
I felt a wave of panic wash over me as I envisioned my husband giving away the laddu to his friend.
"Oh, Alaage (sure) Madam, I'll send immediately." I  replied with a confidence I hardly felt.
 "Very sweet of you to think of me and for doing this for my sake, thank you so much!"-She said in a clear voice.
I was overwhelmed by what she said. Before I could realise what I was saying words came out of my mouth," I love you so much, I know that you are going to win the elections."
"Naaku thelusu (I know)" she replied in telugu. 
"We will meet after the elections"- she promised with supreme confidence and disconnected. 
Dazed, I called my husband who fortunately forgot the laddu in the car itself. The laddu was promptly delivered to Madam.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Brahmaputra Pushkarini

Above video, inauguration of Brahmaputra Pushkarini this morning by Chief Minister of Assam, Sri. Sarbananda Sonowal
Brahmaputra Pushkarini, at Guwahati, Assam as Jupiter has entered Sagittarius  and constellation Lyra this morning (November 5th). Ring Nebula closely situated to Lyra and representing Lord Brahma in the above image.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Moola/Lyra- A tribute!

November1st, 2019, Friday. Today the moon is in Moola Nakshatra, Dhanush Rasi (Vega- Lyra constellation, Sagittarius). The day has got to be filled with music, when moon (mind) is in Moola and the mind is active with melodious thoughts. My usual cappuccino in a mall had me filming my musician friends and their lovely band.... my tribute to their nice music on this Lyra Day!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Moola/Lyra-Veena Yoga (2)

Emperor and Rudra Veena exponent Ravana praying to Rudra Veena Supremo Lord Shiva at Mount Kailash

My favorite actor late Sri.N.T.Ramarao as Ravanaasura  (from the movie Seetharama Kalyanam) playing Veena literally from his nabhi ( nerves and intestines ripped out from his gut region) to appease Lord Shiva.

                          Late Dr. Sri.Emani SankaraSastrigaru's unparalleled Veena rendering Vedas, ragam and thanam in Raga Mukhari was recorded for this sequence

 Incidentally gut strings were used in the making of old guitars, especially the Spanish and classical ones. Intestines from dead lambs and bulls were taken, dried and cleaned as thoroughly as possible before stringing them onto the guitars. 

The Asura King, Ravana had Moola/Lyra constellation/Vega as his asterism. King Ravana was a great Rudra Veena exponent and knew every nuance of Veena playing. A great scholar and having mastered the Vedas,  Ravana had composed many songs and ragas in praise of Lord Shiva. The musician Emperor Ravana had also competed with Sage Agasthya in music. 
Ravana attained a state of Oneness with his Veena by dedicating his Veena playing to Lord Shiva. At one stage he literally ripped out his intestines to use them as Veena strings. It is believed that Ravana made a Veena using his ten heads as the Veena gourd, his arm as the Veena dandi and his nerves and intestines as gut strings of the Veena to play on them. As I had stated earlier, the activation of Sushumna Nadi while playing the Veena happens through retention of breath (Kumbhakam). Kumbhakam takes place when the Veena player is in Samyoga ( 'samyoga' is an act of merging of the practitioner with the music he is producing on the Veena), the act of Samyoga takes place when the practitioner performs from his 'nabhi' (gut) region where the Solar Plexus (Manipura) chakra is situated. This chakra which represents the Sun God and the Gayathri Mantra is said to be one of the most powerful chakras among the seven chakras inside the human spinal chord. Will-power, assertion, leadership, tremendous self-confidence, action and absolute power are the characteristics of solar plexus or manipura chakra. The intestines are governed by the solar plexus chakra. By using the intestines and nerves surrounding the intestines as Veena strings King Ravana had undoubtedly attained Oneness with the Consciousness of Lord Shiva.
Saint Thyagaraja in the charanam of his krithi Mokashamu Galada in Saramathi  says,  "Veena Vaadana Loludau Shiva Manovidhamerugaru..." which literally means "Liberation is difficult for people who do not understand the mind of Lord Shiva, who enjoys playing his Veena in tune with the universal resonance or naadam. Attuning oneself to the divine consciousness of Lord Shiva is "moksha" itself." 
Lord Shiva whose Nakshatra is Thiruvadirai/Ardra (Rahu's asterism) in Mithuna Rasi or Gemini  and Ravana who belonged to the Moola  (Ketu's asterism) in Dhanush Rasi or Sagittarius are in mutual aspect with each other (Sama Sapthama Bhavam).
Lord Rama, after killing Ravana went to Rameswaram. The Lord then installed a Shiva Lingam in Ramanathaswamy Temple and along with Sitadevi and Lakshmana offered prayers to the Shiva Linga to absolve the sin (Brahma Hatya Pathakam) of killing Ravana who is a brahmin and also a devotee who endeared himself to Lord Shiva through his Veena!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Memories of Mid 70s....

In the mid 70s, with  legends who made history in the field of Indian Classical Music. This snap was taken during interval of the Jugalbandhi recital of Pandit Sri.Ravishankar- Sitar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan -Sarod accompanied by Ustad Allah Rakha on the tabla  in the University Centenary Auditorium, Chennai.
In the snap from left to right- 1) Late Ustad Allah Rakha, 2) Late Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna, 3) Late Sri. Narayanan, Secretary of Balasubramaniam Sangeetha Sabha, 4) Late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, 5) Late Pandit Sri. Ravishankar, 6) Myself, 7) Late Lalgudi Sri. G.Jayaraman and 8) Sri.T.V.Gopalakrishnan.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

For Veena aspirants

At this juncture I wish to express my delight and gratitude to Veena aspirants who have been keenly observing and following my blog, Jasmine Strings. While wishing you all the best, I wish to point out a correction in my blog as explained below regarding Swathi Nakshatra.
In my journey and quest of gathering authentic information about Veena's spiritual significance, I had studied extensively and met a few mystics. One such mystic gave me wealth of information regarding Vasi Yoga practitioners, Lord Shiva's Veena, the real interpretation of Thyagaraja Krithi Shobhillu Sapthaswara and Cygnus constellation and its counter-part asterism according to Vedic astronomy being SWATHI NAKSHATRA.
After studying and investigating about Cygnus and Lyra extensively I realised that astronomical/astrological calculations, combined with authentic evidence point towards MOOLA asterism as the Seat of Saraswathi and not SWATHI asterism.
My meeting with the mystic was recorded and following is his version in his very own English, which I quickly wrote down. This was in the year 1996. The following is not available anywhere else.
" The greatest Western thinker who related to the art of music is Sir Herbert Reads. He observed that all art, sculpting, painting, music, acting etc. are meant to convey the artistes' experience to the people through their particular medium of art. It is therefore necessary for the artist to have a deep and intense feeling to be conveyed through his or her art. Art therefore is the language of the artist. An artist must have a core of bhava and work out his theme through his medium.
What Herbert Read meant was that of all forms of art, music is the most powerful medium capable of conveying the artist's feelings to the listener. The origin of music therefore is feeling, musically termed as manodharma or bhava. Every bhava has a rasa in it.
Rasa is the experience that arises in the emotional core of a listener as he registers the bhava conveyed by the artist. Therefore from the rasa and bhava of the aritst, music flows and ends up in the same rasa and bhava of the listener. This is the ideal of music. If that bhava and rasa of the artist are ennobling, his or her music can certainly elevate the listeners' consciousness to great heights.
Veena is a very ancient instrument dating back to Vedic times. This instrument is in the Hands of Saraswathi, the consort of our creator, who therefore is our Mother. While the Vedas, the storehouse of our knowledge have come out of the faces of Brahma, the Creator. If our emotions are noble and sattvic in nature, they find expression in music played particularly on Veena." (continued by Mystic as below...)


In the mystic's own words in the year 1996, notes taken down by myself:-

"In Hindu astronomy Tula Rasi (Libra in Western Zodiac sign) contains the star Swathi. This constellation is also described as Alpha Cygnus indicating Hamsa (swan), which is the seat of Saraswathi. The constellation's name Swathi forms the major part of the Goddess's name Saraswathi, as Saraswathi means white Swan. Swathi also indicates Swetha(white colour) and according to our ancient scriptures the Goddess is always adorned in white garments. Venus, the Lord of Libra or Tula Rasi is also astrologically indicated throguh the colour white. Also, this constellation Swathi presents the picture of a Lyre or Veena. Many decades ago, scientists and philosophers discovered a cosmic hiss emanating from this constellation. This is the nada, the musical resonance that pervades the Universe. It also pervades the human body only to be discovered by one within oneself. The nada is the mother of all ragas which are expressions of emotions. Nada in all ragas therefore is like gold in all ornaments. The instrument Veena finds description in Vedic literature as well as epic literature. That is why Veena has been given an exalted status in Carnatic music."
 Swathi information is presently deleted from my blog due to inaccuracy of content - VEENA E. GAYATHRI

Friday, October 25, 2019

Loving Lyra

After a concert in a temple in Devakottai in 1970

Silver Jubilee concert in Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha in late 60s
In Shimoga in 1968 (Baby Gayathri)
First photo session with Lyra in 1968 (Baby Gayathri)
My first concert in Pillayar Temple, R.A.Puram in 1968

Late 60s concert in some organisation in Chromepet (Baby Gayathri)

One of the innumerable concerts with Madurai  Sri.T.Srinivasan (Baby Gayathri)

My first photo with Lyra (Baby Gayathri)

Silver Jubilee performance in Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, late 60s
                     ( Sri.Venkatakrishnan, President of the sabha addressing the audience, late Smt.D.K.Pattammal seen seated on the dias)- Baby Gayathri
Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad (Baby Gayathri)

At the age 9 (Baby Gayathri)

At 11 (Baby Gayathri)

Late 60s in Machilipatnam (Baby Gayathri)

Late 60s in British Council, Chennai. Sri.Palghat Sundaram-mridangam (Baby Gayathri)

Receiving first prize for best Veena in competition conducted by the government of Tamil Nadu in 1971 from late Sri.Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar (Baby Gayathri)

With late Sri.Allah Rakha, late Pandit Sri.Ravishankar, late Smt. Lakshmi Shankar (Baby Gayathri)

Performing with late Sri. Madurai  Sri.T.Srinivasan

Late 60s in British Council (Baby Gayathri)
Late Pandit Sri.Ravishankar blessing me (Baby Gayathri)
Origin of Veena- LYRA (Harp)

 In one's natal chart the strength of Sagittarius (Dhanush Rasi) and aspects on Moola (Lyra)
as well as the asterism's individual strength and nature based on the Ascendant (Lagna) and Moon are also taken into consideration to assess the native's prowess in Veena.  Strong Sun, Moon and Ascendant apart from other important aspects based again on Sun, Moon and Ascendant are calculated for a Lyra/Veena/Vega connection of a native.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Lyra/Moola-Veena Yoga (1)


Goddess Kali belongs to the Nakshatra Moola. According to puranas Kali is also known as Nirrti (Alakshmi). There is a temple for Nirrti known as the Rajarani temple in Bhuvaneswar, Orissa.  The Rajarani temple is also known as "The Love Temple" and Khajuraho Temple is believed to have been inspired by Rajarani Temple and built on the guidelines of its architecture. 
This temple features the 8 Guardians (Dikpaalakas) protecting the Gopuram at 8 compass points. The Guardians begin with the Headof the Demi-Gods INDRA (East) being the first Guardian, followed by AGNI, The Fire God  (South -East), YAMA, The God of Death (South), NIRRITI ,The Goddess of the Black Asuras (South-West), VARUNA, The God of Water (West), VAYU,The God of Wind (North West), KUBERA, The God of Wealth (North), shown with a wish-granting tree (Kalpavruksham),  and ISHAANA (North-East), The Face of Lord Shiva, and Master of all knowledge.
According to Vedic astrology Nirriti reigns over Moola/Lyra asterism. Moola nakshatra which is owned by Ketu is controlled by Goddess Kali/Nirriti. 
It is significant to note that in Devi Mahtmya Goddess Saraswathi is said to be among the Trinity of Maha Kali. Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswathi. She is depicted with 8 lotus-like hands holding the bell, trident, ploughshare, conch, pestle, discus, bow and arrow. Her body-lustre is likened to the moon brilliantly shining in the autumn sky. She is born from the body of Parvathi and is the sustaining base of the three worlds. Maha Saraswathi in Devi Mahatmya had destroyed Shumbha/Nishumbha and other Asuras.
The Eleventh Chapter of Devi Mahatmya is in praise of Goddess Narayani in which there is a shloka in praise of Goddess Saraswathi:-
"Medhey Saraswathi Varey Bhoothi Bhaabhravi Thaamasi, Niyathethvam Praseedeshey Naaraayani Namosthuthey!"
Therefore Goddess Kali whose other form is Goddess Saraswathi is Nada Swaroopini and Veena is Her Inner Consciousness!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Brahma Muhurtham and Cygnus Constellation

                                            THE SEAT OF GODDESS SARASWATHI

Brahma Muhurtham  (meaning "The Hour of the Creator"!) is associated with Cygnus constellation and directly controlled by Lord Brahma Himself. Brahma Muhurtham is roughly between 4.15 to 5.30 am every morning. This period is absolutely under the influence of Lord Brahma Who is seated on Ring Nebula (M57) on the abode of Cygnus constellation along with His Divine Consort, Goddess Saraswathi who is holding the Lyra (Veena) in Her hands.  Further, the Sushumna Nadi is said to be active during this time ( also according to Ayurveda the Brahma Muhurtham is under the influence of Vata Dosha during which time the mind is still and calm).
Veena during Brahma Muhurtham which is under the influence of Cygnus constellation is the ultimate penance in the life of a human being. The practice of Veena during a time that comes under the direct gaze of the Cosmic Veena (Lyra) and the abode of Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswathi (Cygnus Constellation) bestows the Knowledge of Oneself within oneself. Before the REVELATION OF THE TRUTH the practitioner travels the pathway of paranormal revelations........

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Jupiter entering Lyra/Moola on November 5th, 2019!!

                                                            LAKE MANASAROVAR
Jupiter is entering the sign of Sagittarius and specifically the star of Lyra/Moola on November 5th 2019!! Jupiter is strong in its own sign, everybody knows that. Sagittarius is the Bow of Lord Rama (Kodhandam), where knowledgeable Jupiter would be in close quarters with spiritual Ketu and the philosophic planet Saturn (Kodhanda Sani).

The River Brahmaputra ( meaning "Son of Brahma" ) originates from Lake Manasarovar. Lake Manasarovar was first created in the mind of Lord Brahma. The manifestation of Lake Manasarovar on earth happened only after its creation in Lord Brahma's mind. 

As Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 5th this year the Pushkar on the banks of River Brahmaputra will commence and last upto November 16th.

Whenever Jupiter enters Lyra/Moola ( which will happen once in 12 years) the Pushkar takes place on the banks of Brahmaputra because Lord Brahma is seated in a very close range of Cygnus and Lyra.
                                          RING NEBULA (LOTUS SEAT OF BRAHMA)
I was fortunate to chance upon this article published by AstroSage magazine (article written by Sri. V.G.R.Pavan). The above image and description of Lord Brahma's placement near Cygnus (Seat Of Goddess Saraswathi) and Lyra (Veena of Goddess Saraswathi) are given as follows:-

"Lyra is a constellation in Paradise. It is situated near the celestial Swan, Cygnus. The above is an image showing the location of Cygnus and Lyra (written in Red) in the galaxy and the unending space which is the cosmos. In the same image above we also find M57 named after an astronomer Messiah and the number corresponds to his list of observations. M57 is also known as Ring Nebula.
                                   RING NEBULA-LOTUS SEAT OF LORD BRAHMA
                                                                  LORD BRAHMA
The Ring Nebula presents the picture of a Lotus (Seat of Lord Brahma). Ring Nebula forms a great part of the constellation Lyra. In Greek Mythology Lyra was considered and admired as Lyre or Harp, whereas according to Hinduism Lyra is the Veena in the Hands of Goddess Saraswathi.  Vega, the brightest asterism in Lyra constellation is located close to Lyra (See image of constellations given above).
Vega has another name, Epsilon Lyra. Epsilon is a Greek alphabet used by astronomers for naming asterisms in a constellation according to the illumination of each star. The brightest star is Alpha, the second brightest is Beta etc.
The 2 pairs of sub-stars ( four minute stars)  in Vega revolve around each other at optimum speed with all the 4 tiny stars in Vega facing 4 different directions at any particular point of time. Hindu mythology describes the Four-Faces of Lord Brahma based on the location and movements of these 4 sub-stars belonging to Vega (Epsilon Lyra)!

Ring Nebula being the lotus on which Four Faced Lord Brahma (Vega/Epsilon Lyra) is seated and Goddess Saraswathi is holding Lyra and both have an abode of Swan which is none other than Cygnus."-Sri.V.G.R.Pavan

या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता |
या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना ||
या ब्रह्माच्युतशंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवः सदा पूजिता |
सा मां पातु सरस्वति भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा ||
The above shloka by Sage Agasthya describes Goddess Saraswathi as the white constellation Lyra!!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Temple for Lyra-Moola Constellation- Singeeswarar Temple in Arakkonam District

                                          SINGEESWARAR TEMPLE

                                     VEENA ANJANEYA Star- Lyra/Moola)

This ancient temple though meant for Moola Nakshatra natives is generally good for aspirants of music/fine arts and specifically Veena. The idol of Lord Anjaneya playing the Veena is a special feature in this temple. As an obsessive Lexigram analyst I couldn't fail but notice that the main deity is "Sing" eeswarar- conveying the stress on the significance of music attached to this temple.

 Lyra (Lyre in Latin) is a small constellation and one of the 48 constellations identified by Claudius Ptolemy, a mathematician, astronomer, geographer and astrologer ( born in 100 AD and lived in Alexandria in the Roman province of Egypt under the rule of the Roman Empire).
Beginning at the North in the galaxy,  Lyra is surrounded by the constellations Draco (North), Hercules (East), Vulpecula (South) and Cygnus (West). 
Lyra which is in the shape of a harp is the origin of Veena. Lyre therefore is known as Yazh or Veena ( held in the hands of Goddess Saraswathi) according to ancient Hindu scriptures. 
The first nakshatra or constellation of Sagittarius is Lyra according to western astronomy and Moola according to vedic astrology. The constellations rise every 12 to 13 days in zodiac signs.

Lyra is the celestial Veena signalling and guiding the human race from an elevated position  towards worship of the Supreme Being. Lyra (celestial harp) according to Greek mythology was used for taming wild beasts and was considered as a link between heaven and earth.
Orpheus, the son of a Thracian king, Oeagrus played the Lyre so divinely that he was able to even melt stones and mountains and tame wild beasts through his music. Orpheus even melted the heart of the God of the underworld, Hades (Pluto) when he presented music on his Lyre.

Western mythology identifies the asterism Lyra as Orpheus reaffirming the fact that his soulful rendering of the Lyre had elevated him into becoming the star Lyra in the galaxy.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Lyra- Moola


The Summer Triangle is formed by 3 asterisms (stars) in the Northern hemisphere of the galaxy. These 3 stars form a pattern in the shape of a trianlge and well known as the Summer Triangle in the northern summer night sky.  Deneb Algedi belonging to the Cygnus (Swan) constellation, Vega belonging to the Lyra (Veena) constellation and Altair (Eagle) belonging to the Aquila constellation form the spiritual Summer Triangle. These 3 asterisms are significant for being the brightest and most brilliant asterisms in their respective constellations. In the summer night sky they shine brilliantly.

The Summer Triangle constituted by the 3 constellations-

1. Cygnus- Swan (Hamsa)
2. Lyra- Harp (Veena)
3. Aquila- Eagle (Garuda)


The constellation Lyra, which literally means Lyre or Harp in Latin (the origin of Veena) belongs to the Cygnus constellation. Cygnus constellation which is in the centre of the Milky Way  means "Seat of the Swan" in Latin. According to Vedic astrology Cygnus constellation which is in the shape of a Swan is the Seat of Goddess Saraswathi (Hamsa Vahanam).

 Lyra is the first star of Sagittarius (First 12 to 13 days of the rising of this constellation in Sagittarius happens when Sun enters this Zodiac sign). Vega belonging to Lyra is the one of the most brilliant stars in the night sky. This star Vega is bright blue in colour and means "HE SHALL BE EXALTED" in Arabic.
 Reportedly Sun and all the planets are rushing towards Vega (which is in Lyra constellation) at the rate of 12 miles per second!! Certain authentic scriptures claim that there is fulfillment of Seed Promise in Sagittarius which contains the constellation of Lyra (Moola) in it. These scriptures have elaborated further that Sagittarius holds a Savior's promise of paying the penalty for the sins of human beings including that of Adam and Eve. What caught my attention was the word "Seed". Seed means origin, origin means root, root means Moola- Moola nakshatra which literally indicates the Root Chakra. Moola Nakshatra signifies Lord Vighneswara, the First Lord, for removing obstacles.

If Cygnus constellation (Swan) is the seat of Goddess Saraswathi, Lyra (Veena) is what She holds in Her hands.Goddess Saraswathi seated on the Swan (Cygnus) seems to be encompassing the Summer Triangle in a particular angle that facilitates Her to hold Lyra (Veena ) in Her hands!!

Tropical zodiac system arrives at Uttarashadha Nakshatra for Vega (Lyra), but strictly according to sidereal zodiac calculations it is Moola Nakshatra that correlates with Vega (Lyra). Great spiritual and mythological personalities who are acclaimed Veena players have their Moon in Moola Nakshatra and Moola is the root, the origin which is why  Sun and its planets and almost everything in the galaxy are heading back to the origin, Moola at a rate of 12 miles per second - signifying the CREATION AND DISSOLUTION of the Universe!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Nadaneerajanam- October 12th, 2019 at TIRUMALA

Nadaneerajanam (SVBC Channel)
October 12th, 2019 
6.00 to 7.30 pm at Tirumala

My veena recital on the sacred Saturday of Ashwayuja Masam
Patri Sri.Satish Kumar-mridangam
Sri. Anirudh Athreya -Khanjira

Monday, September 30, 2019

Cygnus - Seat of the Swan and Hamsa Vahanam of Goddess Saraswathi

The video below is a trip to the Cygnus Constellation which is the seat of Goddess Saraswathi. Sharad Navarathri ( Moola Nakshatra) which falls on the 5th of October, 2019 is directly connected to this constellation which is the seat of the Swan, Hamsa Vahanam of Goddess Saraswathi. I am coming out with fascinating details at the earliest. 


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University -PROPOSAL- Tamilnadu Music and Fine Arts University


The month of March, 2012...Secretariat
While adjusting the files and folders gingerly on my lap I ran and reran all the important points in my mind for the umpteenth time - points vital in convincing CM for the creation of an  exclusive University for music and fine arts. 
Seconds rolled heavily into minutes. I vaguely observed the rich furniture as the freezing temperature in the wood pannelled room  increased my nervousness. I shivered, wishing somebody would adjust the temperatures in the split air conditioners in the room. There was the usual hub of voices of partymen and other visitors talking in respectful whispers as the wall clock ticked audibly. Uniformed staff of the catering service moved about silently serving coffeee and snacks.
The room door opened swiftly and a group of officials walked in hurriedly towards me. There was a sudden hush as whispered conversations around me stilled instantly. I knew it was my turn and my heart skipped a beat.
A man came forward to hasten me, " Madam..." Before he could finish his sentence I stood up hastily holding on to my files and folders.
Smiling a bye at the other visitors in the room I walked fast behind the group of men as they led me to the huge closed doors of CM's chambers.
Top brass of the police department, ruling party members, photographers with cameras, media persons  and bureaucrats stood in attendance around the doorway and a few smiled at me by way of greeting me. 
I looked around anxiously for my bouquet which was taken away for security check ."Where's my bouquet?" I asked a security officer. Before he could reply a hand reached out my bouquet to me while the CM's chamber doors opened wide. A sudden flurry of activity took place as photographers and media persons hurriedly entered CM's chambers to take their respective places. Tense looking officials rushed towards me and hastened me , "please go, please go...." another voice whispered, " Don't take too long, please finish quickly" I was stung by the unfriendliness in his voice, as I was slowly getting used to jealousy and spitefulness due to my position under Amma's rule. I gave him a sharp look and he backed off.

In no time I was in front of Amma, her brilliant complexion and charisma taking my breath away as usual. She smiled warmly, her eyes shining with love and affection for me.  " Please come, please come...." She said in her characteristically loud and clear voice. I moved hastily towards her and handed her the bouquet. Smiling, she took it from me and asked me to face the photographers for the customary photo session. Flashes went off instantly after which the media persons were led out of the chambers.
Amma gestured towards her table and I seated myself opposite her. 
"So, how have you been?" She asked me in her striking voice, looking confident, happy and supremely self-assured.
" Fine Madam. I wanted to meet you to request you for something ".
She smiled indulgently, as a mother would at a daughter or an elder sister would at a younger sister, " Please tell me".
Always feeling encouraged, loved and happy by her affection for me I got up to handover the folders and files which I had prepared with great care for the creation of an exclusive University for Music and Fine Arts.
" Madam, I request you to create an exclusive and unique university for music and fine arts. You are an exemplary artist and a dynamic leader and it is my ardent wish that this University should be founded by you. This university will cover music and also every other subject that comes under fine arts. The university will provide job opportunities to so many deserving musicians and artists. Tamilnadu is a culturally rich state and the  mega December music season  that is conducted in Chennai every year is internationally renowned which is why a music and fine arts university should be founded in the city of Chennai. It is my wish that this University should be created by none other than you." I finished my monologue quickly, making best of the time constraint.
Amma listened intently and nodded " Hmm.." 
She quickly ran through the first few pages of a file containing details of various music & fine arts universities all over the world, putting it aside she looked at a couple of other folders that contained supportive documents and material.
Keenly watching her I racked my brain trying to find more reasons for an exclusive University for music and fine arts.
Amma looked up suddenly, " I can't go through all this now. I will read later."
My heart sank low, probably Amma was not too impressed with the idea after all.  I leaned forward anxiously determined to press forth my proposal.
"Actually Madam...."
She cut me short, " Done...."
I looked at her uncertainly.
She smiled at my confusion, " University is going to happen. Concerned secretary will be in touch with you." She added
"We will have a detailed meeting very soon."
Ringing a bell she summoned a photographer inside to click the action of myself handing over the documents to her. 
" Let's click this, you are proposing the creation of a university and it should be recorded.  It shall be duly announced in the forthcoming assembly." She smiled, her nod indicating that it is time for me leave.
I got up feeling dazed. I couldn't believe that  Amma had agreed so promptly and readily and that too without any fuss or pomposity for the formation of a Music&Fine Arts University! 
 A slow smile began to spread on my face and I could see that she caught the excitement which was writ all over my face. She laughed and said with soft emphasis, "Very very soon!!"
Heady promise indeed! Celebration time!! I promised myself a huge ice cream....
Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University was about to be born!!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Memorable appreciation from the Lioness!

Tamilnadu Music and Fine Arts University Arch built in 2013 and Logo - Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University

The arch leading to Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University office, built in 2013 immediately after establishment of TNMFAU. As Vice Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University

Logo designed by Fine Arts Faculty and motto coined by myself- PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!!
As Vice Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University (2013-2016)


Veena Fraternity!

November 19th, 2019 at Saket Pranam, Hyderabad, Telangana. Proud and happy to be with Veena vidwan and vidushis- From left- Smt.Jayalakshm...