Monday, May 10, 2021
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
The above 4 slokas from Aapadudhaaraka Stotram are specifically meant for prevention of serious diseases. Chanting this sloka as many times as possible will protect one from serious health issues.
A simplified method-
OM ACHYUTHAAYA NAMAHA, OM ANANTHAAYA NAMAHA,OM GOVINDAAYA NAMAHA are the magical mantras one must keep chanting to ward off diseases. The 3 magical names of Lord Vishnu have powerful vibrations to keep diseases of any magnitude at bay.
The Nama-thraya-mantra is known for its powers of healing and curing any deadly disease.
Method- Chant aloud for 108 times, chant mentally through out the day.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Smt. Subbalakshmi Satyanand, well known as Meduri Subbalakshmi (child prodigy in Veena of the 70s) in one of her prayer-like Veena sessions in her residence. This most sattvik artiste who plays the acoustic Saraswati Veena is my cherished childhood friend right from early 70s. Precious as she is, her strict practice routine at home is charged by the power of Time. She maintains certain practice hours and never changes her timings. Such time-bound practice yields divine inner strength and ultimate tranquility. Smt. Subbalakshmi Satyanand exudes qualities imbibed through her meditative Veena practice.
Friday, April 9, 2021
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
My meditation of the 7th sloka of Soundarya Lahari 10 years ago was a revelation! The “Kanchi” vibration of the first verse (Kvanathkaancheedhaama) in the sloka manifested itself and led me to Kanchipuram, to Kamakshi. Sloka 7 of Soundarya Lahari-“KVANATHKANCHEEDHAAMAA KARIKALABHAKUMBHASTHANANATHAA PARIKSHEENAAMADHYE PARINATHASHARASCHANDRAVADANAADHANURBAANAAN PAASHAAM SHRUNUMAPI DADHAANAA KARATHALAIHI PURASTHAADAASTHAAN NAHA PURAMATHITHURAAHO PURUSHEEKAA!” Seated with my Veena and speaker/amp in the cramped, limited area in Gayathri Mandapam I directly faced Goddess Kamakshi. While drinking in the beauty of Her dancing eyes in the glow of the bright oil lamps surrounding Her I lost myself in the overflowing emotions that poured out of my Veena. Seated in darkness I was not visible to the long queue of ardent devotees lined up below the Mandapam. I was drenched in sweat as I performed in the hot summer afternoon but I was oblivious to the discomfort. Out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of devotees puzzled and searching for the source of Veena Naadham. That brought a smile to my lips.... while Her eyes continued to dance in the dazzling lights.
Monday, March 8, 2021
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Size of Veenas differs from one another. Either the kudam is bigger or smaller than the other, or the Veena 'dandi' is lengthier or wider than the other. It's not necessary to record particulars of the size of Veena with a measuring tape.
A Veena has to be tested by using and trying out different gauges of strings. It's wrong to state that all Veenas must use same gauges for saarani and panchamam strings.
The gauge is determined by testing it's 'jeeva' or 'kaarvai' (sustenance and resounding naadham or resonance when the string is played upon). The sound should not be clipped, but sustained and continuous (like in the case of tambura).
In my experience the same gauge measures differently, going by the brands and music showrooms. It's important to try out different gauges to arrive at the point of honeyed sweetness only a Veena is capable of yielding.
ABOVE APPLICABLE TO ACOUSTIC VEENAS ONLY
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
Monday, February 15, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Pyaar Kiyatho Darna Kya and Lag Jaa Gale (Only pallavis)
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Friday, February 5, 2021
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
With my musical God and Guru, TMT (late)
Monday, January 18, 2021
FUSION ALBUM IN COLD STORAGE- 1) PARIPALAYAMAM-REETHIGOWLA, RUPAKAM. 2) PAHI JAGATJANANI, HAMSANANDHI, ADI.
Friday, January 15, 2021
"Playing in the dark" is what I used to do. I would switch off the lights in my room to make it pitch dark so that the Veena frets were not visible to me.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
LATE SRI.S. RAJARAMRAJARAM UNCLE (carrying my 20 days old daughter Haritha) AND MYSELF-a1984 photograph
Thursday, January 7, 2021
VEENA NADA YOGI, SMT. KALPAGAM SWAMINATHAN
I took my father's handkerchief which was big enough to tie all the flowers. I wanted to pick up all the 'parijatham' flowers that were lying scattered on the ground under the big 'parijatham' tree in Teacher's house. "Teacher", that's how I called my Parama Guru (mother/Guru's Guru), Smt. Kalpagam Swaminathan.
It was a weekend routine. The walk from my house in 2nd main road, R.A.Puram to Teacher's house in 7th cross road, R.A.Puram was completed in no time as I skipped and hopped my way to her house.
My friends Tooti, Lokki and Bommi waved at me from their houses calling out loudly to me to meet them after my class. The R.A.Puram of 60s was a very calm area and quite safe for children to walk alone.
I ran the remaining steps leading to Teacher's house heading directly for the 'parijatham' flowers. The gate opened noisily and as always I forgot to close it.
"Gayathri, have you come? Close the gate child!" Teacher's voice came from the side room where she conducts her Veena classes. Obviously the screechy sound of the gate alerted her. I planned to first collect all the flowers before going inside.
As though reading my mind Teacher called out, "You can pick the flowers later child, come inside quickly. I have other students lined up after you."
Sulking, I went inside.
"Samatthu ( good child)", smiling affectionately Teacher asked, "Now show me what you learned in your last class."
2 YEARS OF TRAINING UNDER THE GRAND GURU (1967, 68) FOR ENHANCED TECHNIQUE THROUGH A COLLECTION OF VARNAMS AND KRITHIS. I WAS BLESSED AND PRIVILEGED TO ACCOMPANY HER (AT AGE 7) IN HER PERFORMANCE IN STELLA MARIS COLLEGE, CHENNAI.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
GOVERNMENT SPONSORED VEENA GROUP COMPETITION HELD IN CENTRAL COLLEGE (PRESENTLY TAMILNADU GOVERNMENT MUSIC COLLEGE, ADYAR) IN 1970. Representing our Veena school Sri Matha Sangeetha Vidyalaya which is headed by my mother/Guru Smt. Kamala Aswathama, we were the youngest group to receive the first prize in the group competition. The prize consisted of silver Veena, regular Veena and a gold medal. Participants of the group- my elder brother-G.Vijayaraghavan, my dear friend and Veena student of Sri Matha Sangeetha Vidyalaya- Tata Bhanumathi (presently staff Veena artist of All India Radio, Pondicherry) and myself. In the photo (standing from left- Bhanu, my mother/Guru and myself. Seated from left- my younger sister Shyamala (presently Smt. Shyamala Sajnani who has taken over Sri Matha Sangeetha Vidyalaya and managing the school in Mumbai) and my elder brother G.Vijayaraghavan.
Myself, on behalf of our group receiving the gold medal from late Veena maestro, Sri.Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar.
My mother/Guru receiving the regular Tanjore Veena from late Sri. Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar.
Sunday, January 3, 2021
E.VENKATA RAMAKRISHNA 26/08/1950-10/05/2021
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