Monday, March 29, 2021

TRISHAKTHI


 1) HAMIRKALYANI THILLANA, 2) MANIKKA VEENAI ENDHUM, 3) CHANDRAKAUNS THILLANA 

Saturday, March 27, 2021

KvanathKAANCHIdhaamaa.....

                                                                                                                                                                              


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. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021

WOOD VIBES-2


The above is an acoustic recording/presentation.

BHOGAVASANTHAM and SUDDHADHANYASI. The panchama varjya ragam Bhogavasantham becomes shadjyama varjyam (devoid of 'SA') when the scale changes to create Suddhadhanyasi. The 'RI' of the ragam is used as 'SA' for scale change (Sruthi Bhedam) to form the ragam, Suddhadhanyasi out of Bhogavasantham.

(ABOUT THE RECORDING:-TOWARDS THE END OF THE RECORDING A SLIGHT DISTURBANCE HAS OCCURED IN THE SRUTHI. I AM POSTING THE SAME EVEN WHEN I HAD THE OPTION OF RECORDING ONE MORE TIME IN PERFECT SRUTHI. I AM UPLOADING THE SAME AS THIS IS NOT A COMMERCIAL SITE AND STRICTLY FOR EXCLUSIVE AND SELECT PERSONS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN FACTS. ACOUSTIC VEENAS ARE PRONE TO ENVIROMENTAL AND SEASONAL FACTORS AS ONE CAN SEE IN THE RECORDING. ALSO DUE TO DISTANCE OF THE RECORDING MOBILE, THE VEENA IS SLIGHTLY SHARP AND FEEBLE IN TONE.)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

WOOD VIBES-1


WOOD VIBES-This is recorded using a mobile phone. No contact mike/pickup has been attached to the Veena. I have started playing on this Veena from the third week of January, 2021. The budding resonance of pure jackwood grains (of an old, unused Veena which happened to reach my hands) is what one can hear in the following 2 video clippings. Please use earphones for volume.
SAALAGABHAIRAVI and ABHERI alapana no.1-


SAALAGABHAIRAVI and ABHERI alapana no.2 (slightly lengthier version) 


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

SARASWATI VEENA-20

 


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

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