The month of May was another good one passed by but the June was indeed exciting.
What a Trip to UK! Firstly all three of us, my self with my parents travelled to an International Destination after 13 years! Yes the first being the South Africa-Mauritius Trip way mack in May 2003!
Full of exciting concerts, visits to lovely places and more than all interacting with Great Humans! Yes this time i was very lucky to interact with some lovely people who have become a part of my life from the day we saw.
It has been a quite hectic times with few projects for a well wisher in South Africa and also for Cleveland Music Festival. I also had a good time with model exams and now on the final leg of my final Semester exam with the last one on this 16th April, 2016. I sincerely hope to come out with good marks and become a Graduate in B.Sc (Vis.com) soon.
I had a good meeting with Mr. Saptagiri a leading happening Comedian of Telugu Film Industry and had his compliments and blessings on seeing the write up in Eenadu. I am looking forward to couple of good and interesting Public concert in April and some gig for some private concerts as well.
See You soon a d wishing once again a Very Happy New Year!
It has been a great February and a wonderful March as on date.
While I had the second opportunity to perform in Tamil Nadu Music University as part of the Founder Day's celebrations on the 25th February, I presented 6 sets of Medleys with Ganapathy and Suri uncles, Sridhar anna and my College mate Vijay. The Vice Chancellor Smt Veenai Gayathri Amma was so happy on our Team's presentation and assured to extend more opportunities as the large student assembled were responding so positively with whistling, clapping and dancing.
Thanks to Mr. Harikrishnan, a Carnatic music organiser in Kerala, got the first opportunity to perform in the Prestigious Trupanittura Siva Temple Music series on the 6th March a day prior to Sivarathri. With great enhancement and a wonderful sound we gave a performance that was so well received by the large knowledgeable audience who were so receptive to this concept of Carnatic on Keyboard in a Traditional ground! Thanks to Sri. Narayanan Rao the entire concert has been recorded and now available in YouTube. My pranams to Hari ji for with his request of few songs I could learn performed it for the first time on stage.
On 7th MArch, Sivarathri day I had the opportunity to perform with VL KUMAR uncle on Violin, Swaminathan uncle on Flute and Papanasam Kumar on Mrudhangam at BVB Mini Hall in the Sivarathri Agandam conducted by Sri. Kumar and family.
It was a rewind if sort at Kalahasthi on the 8th March, the day after Sivarathri, as this time the concert ended up with many in the audience personally came in to take selfies and appreciated our presentation. Thanks to ex Chairman of Kalahasthi Temple Board Mr. Kola Anand and his family got an opportunity to perform on the 6th March, 10 years after my earlier performance and thanks to our Team of Ganapathy uncle, Swami & Sridhar annas and my friend Vijay it went well with fabulous response from a large audience.
I have also made my little musical efforts for this year's Cleveland festival and hope it's accepted well, thanks to Shashikiran Anna.
I am waiting to see the upcoming website of one of India's wonderful Camera architect in Sri. Iqbal for which I have tuned some own composition and looking forward to seeing it with his work.
Happy exam time and look forward to Happy Holidaying!!!
January 2016 was a month especially of bringing RECOGNITION in a great way! Yes the Etv reality show of legendary SPB sir's Padutha Theeyaga was telecast on the 11th and 18th January and was overwhelmed with the calls and the messages all over the world. I was humbled and honoured with SPB sir's compliments, wishes and blessings in the show.
On the 20th January i had the opportunity to present first full length Lec-dem titled "Keyboard - The Trendsetter in Indian Classical Music" in the National Conference organised by The Tamil Nadu Music And Fine Arts University, Chennai and South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur and i was really exited to do a good job as it was for the first time i was attempting to do this at this Grand Level. It turned out good with Nadas Bala anna and Swami anna enhancing my presentation with their Nadaswarama and Mrudhnagam respectively with Thirunavukarasu anna's Team on Sound. My sincere thanks to the Vice Chancellor Tmt. Veenai Gayathri amma for the thought of calling me and also blessings me.
I was so happy that Veenai Gayathri mam stayed for the entire presentation of mine and blessed me with great words of appreciation. I was humbled and honoured when my request to her to open a Department exclusively for Keyboard in the University, was accepted in principle and also assured to do so if i would directly get involved in the process with my presence along with people i could train with. WoW! I was in cloud nine and understood that while the Lec-Dem has been successful More Responsibility has just got Added up on me! Looking forward to a positive outcome on this venture soon!
I also had a good feeling when people of my age and students from Sai Fine Arts, Nanganallur who looked at me as a roll model and wanted to take photos with me! It was again a honour to have been on a stage as Guest of Honour with a Padma Vibhushan Awardee, Sri Trichur Ramachandran who was so simple and was nice to interact with no frills attached of him being a Great Musician! Another person in my life from whom a great lesson learnt to keep our heads down in spite of name and fame!
What was most surprising is the Most Surprising opportunity coming way in Doordharshan through my college Professor's wife to give an intro for this year's Thyagaraja Aradhana Pancha Rathna Krithis presentation which was to be telecast live and was indeed blessed! My concert also went well in Thiruvaiyaru and it was so nice to see me on the DD screen just before the start of the Pancha Rathna Rendition at Thiruvaiyaru.
Thanking Almighty for all these recognition and many more to come as well with prayers to have a cool head as always! The gigs with Mysore Manjunath uncle and Ms. Mahathi along with Rajesh Vaidhya anna gave different experiences and look forward to great Years Ahead as i enter 21from this February!
Seeking all your wishes, blessings and Almighty's Grace, signing off from this post.
Had a good send off to 2015 with a good gig with Embar ji at Vani Mahal this time along with many musicians organised by Carnatica.
The New year 2016 has begun with a good presentation of the first concert for Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha on the 2nd January. I was so moved when i saw Rajesh Vaidhya anna in the audience for this concert and sincerely appreciate his expressive nature of showing up his love and affection for me. Even though you have many rasikas turning up for concerts and this has been on the growth side in the past year, seeing an artist of his calibre to come and spend time was indeed a surprise!
I was also pleasantly shocked when Rajesh Vaidhya anna mentioned that he felt me missing on stage at The Music Academy while he performed a Solo on the 1st January during this year's Sadas. I do not know how many of us would do this! He indeed is a different artiste not only on performance but also in the Way he supports, encourages and compliments his co-artists. Hats Off Anna!
The Thematic solo concert for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on the 14th January was indeed a challenging presentation what with myself committing to perform just Navagraha Krithis for a 90 minute concert. While i did not expect many to turn up on that day to my surprise the mini auditorium in the 2nd floor of BVB, Mylapore was full and with Almighty's Grace managed to present the Navagraha krithis with some detailed Alapana and kalpanaswaram as well. I enjoyed the enhancement give by Madurai Venkat, Sunil and Hari annas and with "The Grace of Navagrahas" the concert went well and was indeed well received by one and all. A blessing and honour was the presence of many in the audience and in particular Sri. Keyboard Venkatasubramanian sir, a senior musician, keyboard artiste and a wonderful composer and Smt. Malavika, A Musicologist. They did interact with me and appreciated this Theme Presentation which they felt was indeed a Brave and Successful Effort.
Its been quite a long time to be precise over 8 months since i got in touch with through the blog. I sincerely feel bad but with WhatsApp, twitter and facebook we tend to communicate in short and the habit of detailing is really been lost. What a Shame! After all our custom and culture is to narrate incidents in detail and this art is now almost dwindling due to sheer laziness and un willingness to spare time, even though we definitely can make it. Let me try and be as narrative as possible at least from now on and hope to be in regular touch.
The second half of last year has been very encouraging. With many concert presentations happening with Sivamani anna & Rajesh Vaidhya anna which has given me greater experience, especially to show case the presentation in different perspectives. The solo programs have also grown up in terms quality of presentation growth in Audience turn out and thats indeed a encouraging sign.
The flood in December has indeed taken its toll with water coming into our house to almost 3 - 4 feet and thank Almight we have managed to survive with considerably a lesser loss in terms of valuable and yes it has increased our confidence and the outlook of life totally.
The concert for Brahma Gana Sabha which i thought was gone, came our way and it was a totally a different experience to collaborate with Mannargudi Vasudevan uncle on Thavil and Sreesundarkumar anna on Mrudhangam. Teaming up with Embar ji this was indeed one of The Best Concerts of my career and look forward to many more. The Season concerts went very well also with Rajesh Vaidhya anna and one more with Embar ji. The encouraging factor is that in all the concerts the audience attendance is growing!
Today is another Great Day, Thanks to my wonderful parents for instituting an award in my maternal Patti's name along with that of my maternal Thatha's name which we have been awarding for the past 2 years. Thanks to my Kanna mama for being with us sponsoring these awards and it means a lot to all of us including mama.
Pleased to invite you all for today's celeberation of our KBSI annual day and Awards Function.
If you cannot make it do not worry log on to this link and you can be with us from 6pm on live web stream thanks to Arkay Ramakrishnan ji, Arkay Convention Centre.
A eventful month being the month of my Amma's birthday on the 6th! In fact this year her star birthday falls on 5th June and we are making a new concept attempt in a Jugalbandhi concept with Smt. Manonmani on Sarangi, sri. Kumbakonam Swaminathan on Mrudhangam and Sri. Pradeep on Tabla on this wonderful day!
This is being performed at Mahaperiyava Padhugai Temple, PS Sivaswamy Salai, Mylapore.
Looking forward to all your wishes for this New Team and effort!
Yes it started with a concert for a well wisher's family and actually looked as if i was little free! However things shaped up well and it was another quiet happy busy month with routines and interesting concerts with Team Rajhesh Vaidhya.
The last two concerts for the month on the 29th for a Doctor's family and on 31st for a Congress Member's family were indeed electrifying kind of presentation with one of the large crowds atending the concerts and also paying attention plus acknowledging our performance in a big way! Yes we have already received couple of concerts after these performances! While its a fact that we do have our concerts as a follow up of our presentations only, this was indeed mesmerising for the fact that few concerts came up immediately!
This is indeed a great month for me remember with two concerts in Team Rajhesh Vaidhya anna, in Koratur for Koratur Cultural Academy and also at Thiruvarur in the music festival conducted by Sri. Thiruvarur Bakthavatchalam sir.
It was a busy month otherwise with concerts, few recordings and composing along with semester exams. Hoping to have good results!
Yes it was indeed a great March this year as it was this month i got to perform my first recording for All India Radio as a, A Grade artiste and also my first interaction live on stage with Drums King "Sivamani" anna on the 31st March, 2015!
What an experience it was and with his wife Smt. Roona singng along it was a great concert and i was happy to have been part in this Team which was later named as "Sathya Prema Karuna" by Guruji of Mahuwa and indeed it was a grand Start for me to have been a part in the stage with Sivamani anna!
Great interactions with Team Rajhesh Vaidhya anna and indeed enjoying being in all these concerts!
It has been long time i came to this page to interact with you all and i am sorry for being little lethargic! Even though i am in touch through the other social medias like face book and whatsapp, this space is indeed very near to me as this is one of my favorite space to share my thoughts!
It was indeed a great happening that too after becoming A Graded artist in All India Radio that our family, by coincidence, was featured in AIR broadcast with my amma's concert on the 20th March followed by Uncle sri. Embar Kanna's concert with Sri. Trichur Ramachandran sir on the 21st March and on the 22nd March it was my concert! Wow it was indeed a nice feeling and i am sure this would have made Made ABU thatha (my maternal grandpa Sangeetha Bhushanam Sri. Embar Sadagopan) very proud!
After the last interaction here i had a concert for Sarvani Sangeetha Sabha and it was so motivating when the organising secretary applauded the efforts of us in taking the concept of Carnatic on keyboard and this happened to be the first public concert after getting upgraded in AIR! The last of the concert i perform when i was a B high grade artist was the one i had the blessings to perofrm with Great Legendary Sri. Umayalpuram sir on the January 20th and i got the result in my hands on the 21st morning!
February was indeed hectic and fun filled as well! Starting with a surprise lunch organised by my parents which was well attended by all who had been the cause for my growth and also had some relatives joining us for teh first time! I had a concert which was organised to recognise the efforts of Sri. Palakad Sajeev, founder Neelakandan Sivan Academy, Vellacherry for his efforts and then a concert in Abu Dhabi dedicating same to Iyakunar Sigaram Director K. Balachander which was in Team Rajhesh Vaidhya anna.
Valenten's Day was indeed a great day with a Great Opportunity to meet, interact and take photo with Great Legendary Violin artiste Sri. L. Shankar. Also a good interaction / concert with Sri. Ravi Chari uncle, a renowned Sitar artiste, Sri. Faizan Hussain on Drums & djembe and Ms. Aditi Bhagwat, a Katak Exponent. This was held in Phoenix Mall, Vellachery and it was a wonderful concert received so well by the Large Audience!
Being my Birth month, February, i think was so lucky to have the blessings of my Guru Padmashree Kum. A. Kanyakumari amma to perform in her team on the 24th and was so excited to perform alongside Mudikondan Ramesh sir on Veena, Sri Srimushnam Raja Rao sir on mrudhangam and Vaikkom Gopalakrishnan sir on the Ghatam. One of the blessed opportunity and i pray The almighty to have this repeated many more times!
New Year wishes to one and all and What a great start with opportunity for to perform at Thiruvaiyaru on the 8th January, blessings from Sri. Dhayananda Saraswathi at Manjakudi with my uncle's Crossroads performance on the 19th January and blessed opportunity to be sitting and performing in the stage right next to Sri. Umayalpuram Sivaraman sir on the 20th January for a private concert and The Greatest letter of Recognition from All India Radio, The Premium Institution of our Country with upgradation information of being awarded 'A' Grade in A. I. R.
We would not have travelled this far without the Grace of The Almighty, blessings of my Gurus and wishes & blessings of all our dear & near! I take a Bow to all and dedicate this to all my dear & near!
Looking forward to all your wishes and blessings, as always!