Thursday, November 23, 2017

Voleti - Poorvikalyani

Shravanam of the Maestro!

Voleti sings Ninnuvinaga - Poorvikalyani
of Shyama Sastry

It is simply out of the world.
I want all of you to enjoy listening to the great music!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sadi Shirazi - Stories

Boss is always right!

The cabinet ministers of Nushirowan were debating an important affair of state, and each delivered his opinion according to the best of his judgment. In like manner the king also delivered his sentiments, and Abu-zarchamahr, the prime minister, accorded in opinion with him. The other ministers whispered him, saying, "What did you see superior in the king's opinion that you preferred it to the judgment of so many wise heads?" He replied: "Because the event is doubtful, and the opinion of all rests in the pleasure of the most high God whether it shall be right or wrong. Accordingly it is safer to conform with the judgment of the king, because if that shall prove wrong, our obsequiousness to his will shall secure us from his displeasure.—To sport an opinion contrary to the judgment of the king were to wash our hands in our own blood. Were he verily to say this day is night, it would behoove us to reply: Lo! there are the moon and seven stars."

They have related that at a hunting seat they were roasting some game for Nushirowan, and as there was no salt they were dispatching a servant to the village to fetch some. Nushirowan called to him, saying, "Take it at its fair price, and not by force, lest a bad precedent be established and the village desolated." They asked, "What damage can ensue from this trifle?" He answered, "Originally, the basis of oppression in this world was small, and every newcomer added to it, till it reached to its present extent:—Let the monarch eat but one apple from a peasant's orchard, and his guards, or slaves, will pull up the tree by its root. From the plunder of five eggs, that the king shall sanction, his troops will stick a thousand fowls on their spits."

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bhartruhari Shatakam

Bhartruhari Shatakam

This is a page from the first Sahatakam.

You may identify some of the slokams as very popular.

Those who know Telugu can easily recollect the poems as below.
తెలిసియు తెలియని నరుదెల్ప బ్రహ్మదేవుని వశమే (3)
తివిరి ఇసుమున తైలంబుదీయవచ్చు (5)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Urdu hai jis ka naam

Urdu hai jis ka naam!

I read this piece in one of those books.

Urdu had developed out of the need of Muslim rulers for a language in which to communicate with their Indian subjects. It shares its homeland with Hindi – the two languages are, linguistically, variants of each other and at the level of everyday spoken transactions are almost identical. As literary languages they are considerably different; where Hindi links culturally to Sanskrit, Urdu uses the Persian script and draws heavily on Persian for its higher vocabulary, and through Persian on Arabic. Like many of the modern languages of Europe, Urdu had to establish itself as a literary medium in the face of a convention that only a classical language could be a fit vehicle for poetry. This happened because many Indians had begun to feel that they could not express themselves as adequately as they would wish in Persian, and major poets appeared who wrote in their mother tongue, Urdu. But all Urdu poets were familiar with the literary heritage of Persian and many still wrote some of their verse in it (just as in England Milton wrote verse in Latin as well as in English). Thus Urdu poetry represents, in a sense, a further development of a literature already centuries old, with only the language changed. Urdu poets had ready to hand all the rich tradition of Persian poetry and they made full use of it – its verse forms, its metres, its delight in verbal conceits, its major themes, and its expression of the teachings of Islamic mysticism. But the use of the mother tongue helped Urdu speakers convey an intensity in their poetry which they could not have expressed in Persian.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

O S Thyagarajan - Vocal

Shravanam goes on!!!

Sri O S Thyagarajan - Concert


R K Suryanarayana _ Veena

Shravanam of Strings being plucked perfectly!

R K Suryanarayana - Veena

Marivere - Shanmukhapriya


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

M D Ramanathan - Kalyani

Shravanam with MDR!

Sri M D Ramanathan
Bhajare re chitta 
in Kalyani


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nedunuri - Bhairavi

Shravanam with Sri Nedunuri!

Lalite - Bhairavi - Nedunuri


A Story about White papers and Artist

The Artist

One bright, sunny day, two pieces of paper were sunbathing in the midday warmth, enjoying the pleasures of the summertime. One piece of paper was called Snow-White. She was pure white, and so very proud of her pristine purity. ‘Look at me,’ she said to her companion. ‘Did you ever see such a beautifully white piece of paper?’ Her companion was called Pure-as-the-Dawn. She too was amazingly white and wonderfully free from the slightest stain. The two pieces of paper outshone each other in the midday sunlight.
In the distance, a figure appeared upon the horizon. He caught their attention. As they watched, he approached, ever closer.
‘Who can that be?’ asked Snow-White.
‘What is he carrying in his arms?’ wondered Pure-as-the-Dawn.
The figure came closer and closer, until he was only a few yards away from the two paper-friends.
In his arms, he carried a palette and paintbrushes. In his eyes, there was a curious, dream-like light. A love-light, but gentle. And in his heart, he carried a dream.
‘What do you think he wants?’ Snow-White asked Pure-as-the-Dawn. ‘You don’t think he is going to paint on us, do you?’
Pure-as-the-Dawn flinched, as the words sank in. ‘I think that is exactly what he wants to do,’ she murmured.
‘There’s no way that I will allow him to paint on me,’ railed Snow-White. ‘No painter is going to spoil my purity.’
‘But what if he is a master-painter?’ Pure-as-the-Dawn reflected. ‘He might create a masterpiece on our pure white emptiness. He might make us into masterpieces.’
‘But then again,’ said Snow-White, ‘he might make a complete mess of us. No. I’m not taking any risks like that. I’m going to stay pure until the day I die.’
And so it came to be that the artist approached both pieces of paper and asked their permission to paint his dream upon their pure whiteness.
Snow-White said, ‘No way!’ And she remained pure white, and empty, until the day that the wind and the weather finally turned her back into pulp.
Pure-as-the-Dawn said, ‘Do as you will with me. I will trust you. I will entrust myself to the work of your hands.’ And the artist turned her into a masterpiece – a unique and beautiful representation of the dream that he was carrying in his heart, so that in all the years to come many, many people would look at the artist’s picture, and in its depths and beauty, they would rediscover their own lost dreams.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Weekend Bonanza! Nadaswaram Marathon item!

Shravanam with my favorite instrument Nadaswaram
By none other than Sri Karukuruchi Arunachalam

Arunachalam - Shanmukhapriya - RTP

Length of this item, a little more than two hours!

Enjoy and make a comment.
Let em see how many of you would have a word for the maestro!

I know, some of you must have already listened to the track.
I confess that it is not something that I converted from cassettes.
All other postings by me are my exclusives.

I am sharing this just to celebrate the great man!
No pilferage meant.
I have tonnes of his music with me.
But many people like me also have those recordings!

Anyway, Enjoy!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

1002nd Post! A Cartoon for you!

I am like this according to many!

I have never realised my posts in the blog crossed a 1000!
This is in fact No 1002!
I have only shared music, words, pictures and any other material I thought is interesting!
I did it because I enjoyed doing it!
So, not much celebration either!
The series would go on!

Mandolin Music

Shravanam to day is again Instrumental.

U Srinivas - Mandolin

This is a part Concert.
Beginning and the end may be missing.
I have given what I found.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Todi by Hyderabad Brothers

Shravanam today!

Listen to Sri Raghavachary and Seshachary sing Dasarathi


On the Tram

Only Kafka can write a story like this!

I stand on the end platform of the tram and am completely unsure of my footing in this world, in this town, in my family. Not even casually could I indicate any claims that I might rightly advance in any direction. I have not even any defense to offer for standing on this platform, holding on to this strap, letting myself be carried along by this tram, nor for the people who give way to the tram or walk quietly along or stand gazing into shop windows. Nobody asks me to put up a defense, indeed, but that is irrelevant.
The tram approaches a stopping place and a girl takes up her position near the step, ready to alight. She is as distinct to me as if I had run my hands over her. She is dressed in black, the pleats of her skirt hang almost still, her blouse is tight and has a collar of white fine-meshed lace, her left hand is braced flat against the side of the tram, the umbrella in her right hand rests on the second top step. Her face is brown, her nose, slightly pinched at the sides, has a broad round tip. She has a lot of brown hair and stray little tendrils on the right temple. Her small ear is close-set, but since I am near her I can see the whole ridge of the whorl of her right ear and the shadow at the root of it.
At that point I asked myself: How is it that she is not amazed at herself, that she keeps her lips closed and makes no such remark?

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Violin today

Sharavanam with Violin.

Sri L Subramaniam on Violin!

Here is the full track.
This is a performance in France.
Sri V Kamalakara Rao garu is on Mridangam.
My friend Anupindi Kamesh gave me many such recordings long back.
I wish he gives me more music after seeing this post!

Now you enjoy the full track and tell others what ragam it is!

Interestingly no one complained that the track is incomplete!

Sri LS with Sri VKR

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bilahari on Flute

Shravanam on Flute

Sri K S Gopalkrishna on Flute

Dorakuna in Bilahari

Enjoy great music!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Kambhoji by Goapalratnam

Shravanam with Kambhoji

Kum. Srirangam Gopalartanam Singing Sri Subrahmanyaya

Enjoy graet music!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mohanam means enchantment

Shravanam with Mohanam

Listen to T V Shankaranarayanan's Singing!

Bhuvanatraya - Mohanam


Sunday, October 22, 2017

M Chandrasekharan - Violin

Shravanam again!

M Chandrasekharan - Violin

Enjoy great Music!

Shravanam after a long gap

Shravanam in 2017

TNS Singing at Tiruvayyaru


Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Story from Uruguay!

No explaining needed!

Time Plays Games

It’s said that once upon a time two friends were admiring a painting. The work of art, by who knows who, was from China, a field of flowers at harvest time.
One of the friends, who knows why? fixed his gaze on a figure in the painting, one of many women with baskets gathering poppies. She wore her hair loose, flowing over her shoulders.
At last she returned his gaze, let her basket fall, held out her arms, and, who knows how, carried him off.
He let himself be taken, who knows where, and with that woman he spent nights and days, who knows how many, until a gust of wind picked him up and returned him to the room where his friend remained standing before the painting.
So brief was that eternity that the friend had not noticed his absence. And neither had he noticed that the woman, one of many women in the painting gathering poppies in their baskets, now wore her hair tied at the back of her neck.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Two Photos

Not color change in Photoshop. Two different photos, I am sure!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Addition

Click on the image to see it bigger and better

Sunday, August 13, 2017


No particular theme.

By the side of the Road

Click on the image to see it bigger!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Neighbors Flowers

Click on the images and see them bigger. They look more attractive.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Film Set

Notice the details!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Two Photographs

Scholars in the Matham मठम्

Cats in the Matham! मठम्

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


A new leaf among old dirty leaves!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Small Custard Apple

It is locally called Sitaphalam.

Monday, July 17, 2017

All Mine

Roses Mine!
Camera mine!!
Photo Mine!!!