Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
A great day for me and family as my uncle Embar S Kannan performed a solo concert in the prime slot for Kalarasana at Rani Seethai Hall. I understand due to some unforeseen circumstances Sowmya akka could not sing today at this slot and as my mama was suppose to accompany her Sri Srinivasan suggested mama to play a solo in the same slot and it was indeed a great time we had listerning to mama's concert.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
It was a great moment in Velacheri today when i was there at Nada Sudha for their innagural concert in which Balu uncle's sambandhi gave me gifts. It was great books and i am happy to have got them as it will be great reference and source of learning. It was also a day in which Ramjhi Uncle was honoured with the award "Kala Seva Bharath" by Bharat Kalachar. I could not attend the function as i had to be in Vellacheri at 6pm. Balu uncle gave an excellent speach with lots of information.
I was also happy to see my thatha and ammamma (my appa's parents) come all over to Velacheri and i had the pleasure of travelling back to drop them. It was also nice of Anirudh (Balu uncle's younger son) who was there to listen to my concert. I think he also enjoyed the concert. He told me that i was very fast and he liked all the fast phrases.
The secy and joint secy apprecdiated my performance and i was very thrilled. I was happy about today's performacne as i was with real josh!! after the POGO winning experience.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Brahma Gana Sabha treat to me with a concert call for winning the POGO Award.
It was a dream come true for me as i got a call from Brahma GAna Sabha to perform at 7pm on the 11th Dec'06 after my flight just arrived at 515pm. Yes having performed a evening concert on a fusion format with my uncle Embar S Kannan last year, i wanted to perform pure carnatic this year on the same slot. But i got the slot in the morning to perform on the 24th Dec'06 from 10 - 12 noom.
How ever God was kind to me with a call from them to perform in the evening slot on the 11th Dec'06, just when i had reached after receiving the POGO award as a carnatic musician on keyboard. I think God gave me a good treat with this as i got the slot i wanted to perform and that too after just winning the award.
It was a nice of Annathakrishnan anna, Neyveli Narayanan uncle & Purushothaman uncle to have encouraged me that day so well, i didnot feel the tiredness at all and i think the concert came out very well as said by Gopi Maa (Coimbatore) who was in the audience throughout.
Also thanks to Pyarilal uncle for excellent photos and Sri Ravikiran uncle to have blessed me along with Prof uncle.
POGO Award - A dream come true
It was indeed a great moment for me when I was called as the winner of POGO AMAZING KID MUSICIAN 2006, on the 10th night around 130 (early morning of 11th Dec’06) by Sri Sivamani and I ran on to the stage and jumped with joy. I realize now that viewers all round the country enjoyed Carnatic on Keyboard and have voted me to be the winner including my great well wishers. I will surely try and live up to their expectations.
After boarding the flight my appa had informed of this news to the Chief purser of the Go Air flight and to my surprise he amade an announcement on this and all the paseengers on board (around 150) gave me a great applause which I can never forget.
I also enjoyed the trip as my cousin brother Surya came with us to Mumbai for this trip and it was his first flight tour. Along with Vignesh, who also won the award under Singer category, the three of us enjoyed playing cricket in the room and also getting on to the pool for a good swim.
Thanks to the entire POGO team for treating us so well during our trips to Mumbai and hope to see you all.
I take this opportunity to thank one and all for the great support extended and I need your continued blessings to reach higher goals.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I enjoyed this concert very much as it was in my home ground i.e. Bharat Kalacha on the 2nd December. I am happy to have started with a good main slot for this year’s December music season and it came out well also. I think I got one of the best of appreciation from a great person like my chairman Mrs YGP – Rashmi amma and it is indeed a great recognition not only for my talent but also for the instrument as she herself accepted that it was sounding like a veena & Mandolin bringing out all the gamakas required.
It was for the first time I teamed with Phalgun anna on Mrudhangam and I enjoyed the concert thoroughly as he inspired and encouraged me very well. So was Anathakrishnan anna on violin, EMS mama on Ghatam and Sowrirajan anna on Morsing. Many in the audience came to me after the concert and appreciated the way I performed and it ws indeed a great day for me as an artist.
Due to some political meeting near Valluvar Kottam we were struck almost for 30 mts almost near Vanimahal and I ran from there to the venue just to inform of this jam. However we were on stage at 4pm but felt bad for the last minute rush.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Trip to Hyderabad & Calicut
This was one of the trips i was eagerly awaiting as it had all modesof travel involved. Yes Chennai Hyd by trainon 24th evening , Hyd - Coimbatore by flight and Coimbatore - Calicut by car on the 26th Nov'6. The concert in Hyderabd came out very good and i had my appa's friends mom and uncle with the family attending this concert. I was very happy to get the blessings and compliments from Sri Peri Sriramamurthy _(violin artist) and Sri D.S.R. Murthy (mrudhangam artist) who i understand are the leading artists in their fields.
After the concert was over we went to the hotel and went to bed at around 12 midnight. We woke up at 5am on 26th Nov'06 and Srinivasan uncle was there to drop us at the airport. I was thrilled to see him as a fanatic of Sri T.N. Seshagopalan and every word from him was having reference on this greast musician. He also gave me a new clothes and I amsure to stritch them and will wear it asap.
Airdeccan flt to Coimabtore was on time and we had a car arranged by Sri Babu Swami, secy Swathi Music Dias - Calicut. We took the Omni van and its pilot Sakthi anna drove brilliantly and reached Calicut by 230pm. On arrival took 2 chappathi's as lunch (kerala as of now is a problem for my type of food) and went to the room to take rest. We saw Indian team getting belted by the South Africans and so switched channel to POGO and was fortunate to see my episode.
Sri Vinu - Violin, Sri Mysore Sudhanrshan on mrudhangam (a sishya of Guru Sri Karaikudi Mani avl.) and Sashi Shankar - Ghatam were all there before me near the stage but as i was asked / ionvited to the stage only at 715pm i went there. The concert well with all the three of them performing very well and i enjoyed playing with them. Babuswami uncle and his daughters were very sweat and praised me very much.
We went to the station at 1145 pm to take the train at 150am and luckily it was on time. I enjoyed the train journey and the Lays chips also. Reached chennai and as usual came home in Jayaram uncle's auto. Now i am looking forward to the POGO finals on 30th Nov'06
Friday, November 24, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
It was totally a thrilling trip for me this time as I also had a great time swimming in the Ashok Nagar Apartment complex pool, Andheri (East) where we stayed. Ms Varsa from Orissa under the dance category was also staying with us. Shashank another finalist in my category was also in our room for sometime and with Rahul Konneti the third from my category had a good time chatting with each other during the shoot days. Mahavir uncle and his team took care of us very well and I happy to convey my thanks with their photos in this blog.
Vignesh, (of Isai Mazhalai and a good friend of mine) one of the Top 3 nominees under the category Singer was also in the same apartment and we both had a gala time playing during our stay. When we went to the studio on the 20th Nov’06 Vignesh was performing the finals and he gave a great performance and was the darling of Ms Vasundara Doss, who was the judge. She confessed that she is his fan for the song Ye thara O’ thara which he had sung in the movie. Vignesh’s other contestants were Ashraf Khan from Jaipur – a Rajastani folk singer and Ranjith from Mumbai – gazhal singer. I am hoping that people will vote for Vignesh and make him the winner in his category.
I performed in the finals on the 21st Nov’06 and was indeed happy with the support of the band provided by POGO, especially the Tabla artist who was very supportive. My judges, Mr Shanthanu Moithra, a leading music director and Mr Derek O’brien (a famous quiz master) appreciated me for the excellent performance, in particular my own composition based on Keeravani, Kaapi and Gowrimanohari. I was so happy to see that I could impress them with my performance which was just for 90 secs of classical, 60 secs of own composition and 45 secs of Bollywood hit song. Both Shashank on Sarot and Rahul on violin gave equally an impressive performance. It is all up to the viewers who will have a tough time selecting the best.
I know I had given my best and hope that impresses all the viewers who see this final which is going to be on air on the 30th November in Pogo Channel at 730pm. Please do vote for me if you think i have performed well and if you feel Shashank or Rahul have done better go ahead and vote for them. Irrespective of the result i know i have won the hearts of both the other contestents and the judges.