Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fire and Jelly - Slow motion Video

can you believe this?

Wonderful isn't it?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Cinare - Poem

This is a translation of a Telugu poem by Cinare or C Narayana Reddy

The purport of a Question

We move forward sowing questions
Expecting answers to sprout up
Like all the seeds sown not turning into plants
To all the queries that we shoot
Answers may not be coming forth
Just because virile
All the seeds would not sprout
Some, the earth
In its hug, keeps oppressed
Only if it shrugs off the soil and rises up
Seeds transform into plantlets
Shunning the unfavourable conditions
Only if the mouth is opened
Questions would face equal replies
Welling up.
Answers right, that accost the questions
Are swords
Those emerge from the scabbards
We, before questioning
Better ask ourselves
Then we would realize that
Some questions that we raise
Do not deserve a reply
Questions insipid
Would lead to mockery
If they are strong
The would cause the heads to shake
In a word
To the knowledge of evolution of creation
To the cultural manifestations
To the uprising of the civilization
The questions are the basic elements.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Kshitijaramanam - Devagandhari

Shravanam - Dikshitar

Sri Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana sings Kshitijaramanam

kshitijA ramaNam - rAgaM dEva gAndhAri - tALaM Adi

kshitijA ramaNaM cintayE 
SrI rAmaM bhava taraNam

kshiti pati nata caraNaM sEvita vibhIshaNaM
kshiti bharaNaM Srita cintA maNiM agha haraNam

sakala sura mahita sarasija pada yugaLaM 
SAntaM ati-kuSalaM
vikasita vadana kamalaM atulitaM amalaM
vIra nuta bhuja balam
Suka sanaka muni mudita guru guha viditaM
SObhana guNa sahitaM
prakaTita sarOja nayanaM pAlita bhaktaM
bhava pASa haraNa nipuNam

Let us enjoy good music!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sea Horse - Really a Horse?

Read if you are curious!
(Click to see bigger image)
Nature is always interesting!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lust of Fame - Kodavatiganti Story

This is a trial in translating of a story by Sri Kodavatiganti Kutumba Rao garu.
As usual, this is atrial of a fan without considerations to rights etc.

I love the expression in his writings.
The ease with words cannot be imitated either!

Look into this short piece and you would agree!

Lust of fame

“Kamudu is not in the lust of fame” someone made a joke one day! (Kami means a lusty one)
For one in search of fame there are many fields. Actor, cine actor, singer, playback singer, circus clown, platform speaker, athlete (Tennis, football, cricket player) – Kamudu never wanted to be famous in any of these fields.

Since he is a worm of magazines right since childhood, looking at some names that appear frequently in them he used to feel jealous. In some of the months the same name used to appear in three or four monthlies. What fame! After ten or fifteen years, he wanted to reach that status and penanced for it.

Meanwhile he also observed the fame that the literary movements and the progressive writers were plundering. Once he thought he has the qualifications to write started writing. His friends started calling him a writer of the beggars. There was a belief in him that the progress would only come out of the beggars.

On the whole none of the famous magazines ever printed his writings. Magazines with progressive moorings printed some. His works attracted a few communists. They started telling him what to write and how to write etc. They mistook that his culture and the leftist culture were the same. But, he does need the praise form such people. He believes that those who like Gurajada, Kandukuri and Chilakamarthy are better litterateurs.

“Uncle can’t I come up as a writer?’ he asked me.

“Listen. Who would care if you write for poor people? You would get as much name as you write as a reactionary. There may be only a few who like me. There may be thousands who curse me. But, if you want royal patronage and an elevated one that is the only way,” I said.

Implementing on my suggestion, Kamudu became King of Prose. He is getting felicitated in hundreds of places. May it be so!

Friday, April 13, 2012

My Poem


చెప్పవలసింది చాలనే ఉంది
ఆ ఊరిగురించి చెప్పాలె
నా పేరు గురించి చెప్పాలె
అశలు ఆశయాల గురించి చెప్పాలె
అందని అంచుల గురించీ చెప్పాలె
ఉన్నది ఉన్నట్టు చెప్పాలె
తెట్టెను కదిలిస్తే తేనెటీగలు
మిమ్ములను కూడా కుట్టిపెడతయి
దో ఆనాకు కొన్నరంటే అర్థమవుతుందా
బడికి వెల్లి కూచుంటే
బలవంతంగా ఇంటికి తెచ్చారంటే అర్థమవుతుందా
అక్కడనే మొదలయింది వైరుధ్యం
ఇంటిపేరు ఎందుకు వచ్చిందో తెలువదు.
తాతగారు ఏం చేసేవారో తెలువదు
తెలిసింది చెప్పుదామంటే
ఎక్కడ మొదలుపెట్టాలె
నా చాటభారతం నాకే నచ్చనట్టుంది
అనుకుంటే అంతా ఆనందమే
కాదనుకుంటే ఇంతవరకు ఎట్లా వచ్చాను
అనుభవాలకు సొంత రంగులు ఉండవు
నేనూ సంతోషంగా బతికినట్టే గుర్తు
నేటికీ పెదవులతో పాదులు తవ్వి
కన్నీటితో తడిపి
చిరునవ్వులు నాటుతున్నాను
బాగానే పూస్తున్నయి
కనుకనే చెప్పేందుకు
ఏదో ఉంది

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mali with Chembai and MVI


T R Mahalingam with Chembai and Viswanatha Iyer 

This is real great music!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Music Reviews 1950

These are the reviews of Radio concerts in December 1950.
The Telugu magazine Anandavani had a column for Akashavani Carnatic music.

The concerts reviewed are of Sarvasri Edara Nagaraju, Juluri Arundhati Devi, Mudicondan Venkatarama Iyer, D K Pattammal, Madurai Mani iyer, G N Balasubramanianm, M S subbulakshmi.

RTP of Mudicondan was good they say. The talk about Mani Iyer's Mridangam in ARI and MMI concerts is interesting.

DKP is mentioned as a unique singer and the youngsters are advised to follow her style.

They remarked that MSS's voice was not sweet as usual that day!

Interesting on the whole!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

T K Rangachari - Jagadoddharana

Shravanam again!

Sri T K Rangachari - Jagadoddharana - Kapi

(TKR with Chandru and Sankaran at Ernakulam Shiva Temple)
(Thanks to the net source for the image)
(The shared recording is not from the above concert.) 

Let us enjoy Great Music!

Friday, April 6, 2012

The secret life of plankton

Some stunning visuals from the sea!!

New videography techniques have opened up the oceans' microscopic ecosystem, revealing it to be both mesmerizingly beautiful and astoundingly complex. Explore this hidden world that underpins our own food chain 

Enjoy Science as never before!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Kandinsky Again!!

I am surprised that the earlier post with the paintings of Vasily Kandinsky is attracting many visitors.
I, for one, am rather impressed with the works of this artist.
I bring two more of Kandinsky's works!
They are really large pictures.
Click and see them in their original size!
Thanks to the net source!

Blue Mountain


Let us enjoy great works of art!!