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
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