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.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
MY GURU (in specialized instrumental concert presentation, for one year)
"Brihaspathi" is the word that always comes to my mind whenever I think of MSG. He was an unparalleled artist in terms of knowledge, virtuosity and versatility. I was his keen admirer and follower.
I had the great fortune of learning the entire set of Navagraha Krithis, instrumental neraval and kalpana swaram techniques directly from him. Extremely soft spoken and unapologetically disciplined he was very meticulous in explaining the mantra-shastra laden sahithya of Sri.Muthuswamy Dikshitar's Navagraha Krithis.
His words- "Never feel satisfied with your practice. Don't ever think you've practiced hard, nothing is arduous enough and there is no limit for achievement. Working hard should become a way of life" forever stay in my mind.
Sunday, January 3, 2021
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