"music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life" -Beethoven

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Vigneswara Ninage

In my first blog I had indicated that carnatic music is one of my passions. While I have been through formal training in carnatic music for almost 5 years, I also took Karnataka, India state exam for junior level and passed with a state rank. However, as years passed my passion took a back seat as other priorities in life took front seat. Anyway, I am trying to brush the dust of my old lessons and I am trying to recall this forgotten talent that I have. In pursuit of the same, I am beginning to showcase some of the carnatic songs that I think might be easy on your ears starting with this Panthuvarali ragam based song which also happens to be one of the very first song I learnt from my guru Sri. Prabhakar Master (nephew of Late. Sri. Violin Chowdaiah).

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Melliname Melliname

While several new Tamil film music directors have mushroomed in the recent years, I need to confess only few have impressed me. One such director is Mani Sharma. While all of his songs are not the greatest, this one from the movie Shajahan, a Vijay starrer really made it to the top of the charts. Infact almost all of the songs in this movie were reasonably good; coincidentally, the singer of this original soundtrack Harish Ragavendra was also relevantly new to the industry. This catchy melodious tune was penned by Vairamuthu and was equally well choreographed on screen.

I started thinking this should be a easy one to make a karaoke but later realized the rhythm and the lyrics were indeed tough to sync. Anyway, I made a honest attempt and rest is left for your comments.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Enavale Adi Enavale

This was one of the very first songs sung by my schoolmate Unni Krishnan. I still remember the days when we participated in inter school culturals together and brought home many laurels as vocal singers. In this song (which I later sung in my wedding during a function called "Nalangu" for my wife), we can feel the freshness in Unni's voice. After this one, there was no looking back for him in the tamil film world. Whenever this plays out, I am always reminded of my wedding. Oh, those glorius days... :-)

Hope you enjoy this karaoke.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Thrimurthi Day Celebrations - Bridgewater, NJ USA

Hi All
After quite a few years, I had the time and patience to sit and listen to carnatic music on the occasion of Thrimurthi Day celebrations in Bridgewater, NJ. I need to confess that I had some vested interest in the form of my daughter who was also singing on the stage. After sitting through this program for 2 hours, I concluded on two things: 1. I am going to attend more such programs 2. I felt that the future of our Indian culture and heritage is safe in the hands of these young kids who are aspiring to become tomorrow's MS Subbulakshmi, Semmangudi, Santhanam etc.

While at the oust I need to state that these kids have put in a lot of effort for this good performance, I am sure with more practice this could easily become outstanding in the near future. Kudos to teachers of these students for training these kids nicely.

I truly enjoyed this evening and I am looking forward to many more.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Interesting Video

Late last year we had a video contest in our company based on four key values that our company had established. Though we didn't win the coveted #1 spot we as a team (5member production team) were proud to note that we were among the top 10 finalist nationally.

Personally, it was very satisfying for me since this video was based on the concept I created as well as completely captured and edited by myself with some great support from other team members.

Enjoy this video (click on the title for the video) and let me know your thoughts.