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Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Great Day - Awards of Excellence 2015 in KBSI

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.

Looking forward to all your wishes.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Looking forward to a Joyful June!

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!

Mystic May!

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!

Admiring April!

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!

superb March 2015

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!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happenings from Jan 3rd week to February 2015

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!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wonderful start to the New Year 2015!

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!

anbudan Sathya

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Goddess of Music - Piano arrives Home!

December 10, 2014 - 10. 12. 14 is indeed one of the Great Days as we saw Goddess of Music - Piano coming home as a gift from Mr. Sumanth, Sumanth and Co in collaboration with Musee Musicals, Chennai.  Here is the link for the photos narrating how she came in to our house! 


Thanks to the privileged men who meticulously carried her in to our house and placed her in the right place! Thanks to my Uncle Embar Kannan ji for the thought of making me perform on the Piano in Crossroads, a presentationw e did on the 8th December, 2014 for Brahma Gana Sabha along with Sri. Arunkumar anna on Rhythm pads, Sumesh narayanan anna on Mrudhangam, Shallu ana on Bass Guitar and Thiru Arasu led Karthick Audios on PA. 

Very much excited and still the reality of a Piano AT HOME has not sunk in!

Here are few clipping of the first jamming session we all had with Embar Kannan mama, Paul Jacob Uncle, Suri uncle, Tabla Pradeep uncle and my friend Varun taking some lovely pictures! Special thanks to Vardhini Suri for making it to the welcoming ceremony of Piano at home!

10 years before same period i.e end November 2004, I got a Korg Por from Dr. Ravi Dattatreya, USA which transformed my life and thats instrumental for what i am today! Now thanks to Mr. Sumanth & Musee Musicals i have got a Piano at home!  I pray The Almighty to give me the mind and ability to become a better Musician and a Humble Human in the next 10 years to come so that i would be in a position to contribute to the Society in a little way!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wishing a a Very Happy Deepavali 2014 in Advance!

I am happy wish every one of you a very Happy Deepavali 2014!

I have a great news of my appa appearing in DD Podhigai, his first effort, thanks to Smt. Vasumathi Rajan, Producer DD Podhigai.

here is a link of the show titled, "Issaitherin Vadam Pidithor", by DD Podhigai which features Tamil Composers and their contribution to Carnatic Music.

October 11, 2014 - First 1 hour concert in All India Radio!

It was indeed a great day for me and my dear Instrument - Keyboard, as this was the day my first one hour Concert was broadcast in All India Radio in 102.3 Mhz FM Gold.

Thanks to Sri. Tee Vee Gee uncle, a leading uploader in to ahve recorded my concert and uploaded in his folder. You can log on to the link below and use your gmail / yahoo account details and access the file. Please download and listen to the tracks and hope you would like them.

Sri. Kandadevi Sri S.Vijayaraghavan-Violin
Sri. Trivandrum Sri R.Vaidhyanathan-Mrudangam

A first opportunity in Krishna Gana Sabha to perform in prime time - 03 October, 2014

A great opportunity to have a Evening slot in Sri Krishna Gana Sabha which was a pleasant experience and this was on the Vijayadhasami Day, 2014. The Sabha had arranged for a good enhancement team with Karaikal Venkatasubramanian anna on violin, Sri. R. Ramesh, a Senior in the industry with great Experience, on Mrudhangam and Chandrasekara Sharma anna on Ghatam. This was also enhanced by a good audio provided by the Sabha and i am sure you will enjoy the above link.

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A concert with my Amma in Villivakkam on 02 October, 2014

After reaching Chennai from US on the 1st October, 2014 had the pleasure of playing a concert with my dear amma on the 2nd October with Kumabakonam Swaminathan anna on Mrudhangam and Pradeep Uncle on Tabla. This was for Villivakkam Sathguru Sath Sangam, thanks mainly to Villivakkam Raghu uncle and Sambamoorthy uncle for this concert.

Video link for the concert:

2014 September - A short trip to USA for a Concert!

It has been almost a month and still unable to get over the shocking news but have managed to keep my life going with the blessings of my Gurus and with The Grace of The Almighty.

After many happenings i had an opportunity to be in USA for a concert at Wesleyan University on the 27th September, 2014, thanks to my well wisher Sri. J. Sowmiyanarayanan, USA who along with Sri. Sriram Natarajan, Layyasaram coordinated the interest shown by Dr. Sheenu Srinivasan to hold this concert in coordination with CT Raaga Connecticut. This was a Jugalbandi concert with Grammy Winner Padmashree Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (on Mohan Veena).

Sincere thanks to Dr. Sheenu Srinivasan, President CT Raga, Connecticut, Sri. Veer Gopalan, Connecticut -a well wisher, Sri Sriram Natarajan, Layyasaram who were the main sponsors for this concert and most importantly Sri. J. Sowmiya Narayanan, Washington DC who is principally the person who introduced us to Mr. Sriram Natarajan. 

Sowmi uncle was also kind enough to coordinate with all the other artists namely Chi. Kamalakiran on Violin, Sri. Vijay Ganesh, USA on Mrudhangam, Sri. Nitin Mitta USA on Tabla as well the most important Sri. Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and performed as a Ghatam artiste as well. Thanks to Sriram Natarajan ji for performing on Kanjeera. The concert was a well received one with 3 standing ovations received by our team at different times which is indeed a Unique happening!

Thanks to Sri Pradeep who met me at Boston airport, for introducing me to Ms. Bhanu, Boston who was a great Host during my stay with and the rarest opportunity of being together with Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt ji for few days! The few sessions i had him watching me practice is one of the rare things and the humble person he is had couple of jamming sessions with me, which i feels is indeed a great blessings!  

Friday, September 19, 2014

My Human God Left This Universe Today - A Black Day for the Music World!

I dedicate my Life to him as it is his Pitchai i am what i am!

It is probably the most darkest day in my life to understand my First Guru Sri. Mandolin Shrinivas ji is no more with us! I have been inspired by his music, by his presence and that ever smiling Face! Hard to understand the fact that i cannot see him, interact with him any more! I pray The Almighty to give me strength to take this and also make me stronger to present the best of Human and Music values he has taught and guided me with whatever little interactions i have had with this Human God of mine and our family!

We as family attribute our entire life to him as it was Mandolin Shrinivas ji, who first recognised our instrument keyboard and at a very critical juncture lifted our spirits by telling us to inform the world that he is my Guru! What a great Blessing i have had! 

My appa & amma recalls that when they approached Mandolin Shrinivas ji after going to his house, to be a Guest of Honour for my first album release function it seems he politely said that he had never been to a function like this! This was in the first week of August 2003 when i was 8 years old!  Then my appa requested him if i could at least play a piece in front of him and get his blessings, he accepted it overwhelmingly saying, "Thats possible any time". My father went down and brought the keyboard and in the meantime i remember he asking me what i would like to play for him. I said Mallari in Kandajathi Triputa thalam and he was so happy on it. My parents were folding their hands and sitting behind me and i had The Legendary Mandolin Shrinivas sir in front of me as i started playing! What a moment which i will Cherish till my last Breath indeed! He was so divine sitting and listening to my Mallari with folded hands and i was feeling as if i was performing in front of The Almighty and he indeed became my Human God from that moment! When he asked to play one more i said i love to play Nagumomu he immediately said, "Sathya that was my preferred piece as well in my young days and i have played whenever people asked me to play". This showed the child character in him and so humble to share thoughts with me!

After i finished playing he looked at my dad and asked when was the function and as my appa replied that it was on August 16th, 2003 he immediately said that he will come! My dad was pleasantly shocked and asked him if he is sure of it for which he said, "yes and also please spell my name as just U. Shrinivas and not Srinivas pls!" He also added that "this child is on a new instrument and having good layam as he did not expect thalam from any of us and still performed thrikalm in Mallari in Knadajathi Triputa talam. I will only be making a mistake if i turned down your request and so i will make it for his Album release". A moment non of us in our family will forget.

After the concert in Brahma Gana Sabha in December 2003, a critic had appreciated my kknowledge in music but condemned my parents for having put me in this instrument keyboard. He had advised them to change me to take up the formal instruments in Carnatic Music to have be grow big! At this point in time in my life my father called up Mandolin Shrinivas ji and asked him to guide us. He simply said that he also underwent these kind of situations in his early days. He also emphasized the fact that, "Sathya is doing a great job and thats the reason you are being criticized. Do not fear and keep traveling. However please ensure to tell every one from today that I am his Guru". For this when my appa asked him how could we lie, he simply said, "Is it not the fact that you brought him to my house and he played Mallari and Nagumomu for me during August 2003? I have already given him Deeksha and i assure you to take few classes once i return from US". Mandolin Shrinivas ji did call on his return and i had the privilege of being under his tutelage for a good period.

To us it is Mandolin Shrinivas ji who is the first Musician to have recognised the instrument Keyboard and his endorsement to teach me on it really gave it the much need credibility. This inflicted confidence in the minds of Music forums & rasikas as well  and thats the major reason for whatever the level the Keyboard artists have come up to today.  Becoming his Sishya gave me a great boost in my career and the best that had happened i my life till then! There has been no turning back from the day i saw and played in front of him! I might not have spent great hours physically but he has been there with me always particularly when i relate with Music and with his blessings and Guru Ashirvadhams i pray The Almighty do grace me to do my best to emulate him as a Human first and then a Musician.

Only request to The Almighty is that please do leave good people among us too as we need / seek guidance from great Human like Mandolin  Shrinivas ji. It is a loss which can never ever be compensated! We can keep listening to his music performance any number of hours and

May his soul Rest in Peace!