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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A comprehensive list of my concerts appearing in Chennaionline. pls see the following link:

I am also in the website of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru 2007 and the link is

The link for Bangalore Habba Festival is

Monday, November 26, 2007

A private function (25th Nov'07) with greatest Extravagansa I have ever seen!

It was for a private function we were to perform our fusion group's presentation and 6 of us including appa took the morning Jet Airways flight to Mumbai departure at 915am. I had slight fever the earlier night and should have avoided the butter milk in flight. Instead i took two cups and that started all my toruble. I started puking and continued to do so till almost 5pm. The cocnert was at Sahara Star Hotel were we stayed also. We were scheduled to take the 935pm flight to Chennai and as the programme was getting delayed our slot of performance was also pushed and we some how managed to take the flight back home. I was in the team of Paul uncle on Bass guitar, Donan uncle on Lead Guitar, Balu uncle on Mrudhangam and Durbuka Siva uncle on Kahoon. My health was alright to an extent and had a good corn masala at the airport. I could not go to school today as i was tired.

Abaswaram Ramjhi had called appa and asked me to got to Sri GV Prasad's (AR Rahman uncle's nephew) for harmony singing and i finished it and came home around 10pm. I am looking and feeling alright now and hope to go to school tmrw for sure.

Looking forward to seeing you all during my concerts in December and for details please check my site link forthcoming concerts in the front page or my blog :
Private concert in Coimbatore on 22nd Nov'07

Reached Coimbatore in the morning and were taken to Rathna Regency hotel were we were booked to stay. Sundar (tabla artist) uncle came around 9am and by then myself and Arjun Ganesh anna had a great session of playing criccket. Yes i had taken bat and ball and as the room was very big we played almost till 945am. After breakfast we met Gopi mama who ahd coem to visit us in the room and showed his new book to be released on 23rd Nov, on Sr Pattammaml. It was very attractive and i am sure will be very informative also.

We then started rehearsing for the 1st Dec'07 Jugalbandhi concert scheduled at Bharat Kalachar and then later in the evening tried few of those presentation too. It was a good concert once again with Ananthakrishnan anna on violin, Arjun Ganesh anna on Mrudhangam, So9wrirajan uncle on Ghatam & Morsing and Sundar uncle on the Tabla. On reaching Chennai went to school to write the cycle test and was also happy to get the reconfirmation of the Mumabi concert on the 25th Nov'07.
Private Concert in Chennai on 21st Nov'07

It was for the first time Sri Venkat Subramaniam on Ghatam played with me and this concert with Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan uncle and Kumbakonam Saravanan uncle went really well. After the concert my self and appa had a quick bite and rushed to park our car as AK anna and Arjun Ganesh anna were waiting for us in a call taxi to go to central railway station to catch the train to Coimbatore for a concert on 22nd Nov'07. It was raining and we managed to reach station in time.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Karthigai celebrated with fun and fire works

I enjoyed Karthigai at home lighting lamps at home yesterday itself as i had a rehearsal for a concert scheduled for 25th Nov'07 at Mumbai. Amma and myself wanted to surprise appa and we decided to do this lighting and also prepare "pori urundai" only at 5 pm. We managed to do and i am happy to share the photos. Thanks to my athai, who had helped amma to select the lamps and i am sure every one will like it. I also enjoyed fireworks with left overs of Deepavali stock.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Pinnacle of Glory Award & Carnatic Idol Concert

Pinnacle of Glory Award This was awarded to me yesterday by Lions Club of Saligrammam 326 - A6 in Chennai during a funtion held at Hotel Sabari Inn. This was the same evening after i participated in the finals of the Carnatic Idol 2007 competition held on the 10th Novemebr, 2007 and take this as a positive sign.

Carnatic Idol 2007

It was indeed a good day on the 10th November'07 as i was one of the five finalists for the Carnatica Idol, 2007 competition held at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai. The quality of competition was of high standards with giant Musicians like Sri Ramani sir, Sri T.N. Krishnan sir, Sri A.K. Palanivel sir, Sri Bakthavatchalam sir, Sri Guruvayoor Durai sir and Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan sir asking question to us - the participants.

They were so nice in just not trying to bring us down any time but made us feel good with questions which was not only useful for us to know but for also others to learn. Their approach was very good and made every participant feel at ease, at least that is what i felt.

It was indeed a new experience for me and to my knowledge i ahve doen my best playing alapana for Kambodhi ragama nd also swaram for Odi Baraiya - Bharavi. When asked if i knew to perform a krithi in Varali i replied in the negative and they gave me the choice of Bhairavi. The results will be known probably in two days and i hope for the best.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Monday, November 05, 2007

Private concert in Chennai on 04 Nov, 2007

It was last of the 8 evenings/7 concerts series of mine from the 28th Oct - 4th Nov'07. Suri uncle and Rajeev who were with me for almost 5 days during this period appreciated me for having presented all different sets of songs and maintained the standard for all these days. Thanks to appa and amma for the support and the almighty for giving me the mental strength & well being. I also thanks appa & amma who have been working hard these days. This concert was performed with Rajeev anna on violin, Arjun Ganesh on Mrudhangam, Harish anna on Kanjeera and Chandru anna on the Ghatam and was just after reaching home at around 12 noon from Chennai and had a rest for 2 hrs and proceeded for this concert.

To be very frank i enjoyed every moment of this hectic days and probably feel one of the best has come out of the last concert with great encouragement from my appa. I have asked him to upload the entire concert in my audio blog and he said he will do it in a day or two. Pls listen to the tracks and forward your comments. Now there will be a gap for concerts which i am to use for taking more krithis for this December season and also to catch up with my studies. Bye for now and wishing you all a Very Happy Deepavali.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Concert in Bangalore on the 3rd Nov'07.

Appa received a call from Mr Sridharan, Dindigal when we were in Bheemavaram asking us if i can be in Bangalore on the 3rd Nov to perform for the reception of his daughter (for her wedding we performed on the 28th Oct'07) which was being organised by his Son-in-Law. We were pleasantly surprised and decided to drive down from Chennai by car with the team that performed at Bheemavaram as we had little time to cc-ordinate. Understand that Mr Sridharan's sambandhis were very impressed on our performance in Dindigul and wanted us to perform in Bangalore also. I think it is one of the great moment in my life.

We reached Chennai from Bheemavaram at 9am and appa had asked the car to come to Central and the team that arrived from Bheemavaram now were set to go to Bangalore by car. (Tavera). Thanks to Perumal uncle, appa's friend, who had coordinated for this car with driver Mr Babu who was too good - both in driving skills and nature.

A few lines on Bangalore traffic. We left around 1230 from Chennai and reached Bangalore border by 5pm. However to get to 24 kms from then on to Malleswaram it took us almost 2 hrs to reach. It looked as though the entire human were living in Bangalore. The traffic was really heavy and junctions with many roads were also very confusing. However we reached just in time & started the concert with a quick wash & change. On return we had a good tea in the outskirts and later had breakfast at Hotel TamilNadu - Krishnagiri which was really good. I thouroughly enjoyed the journey particulartly the return as we saw beautiful scenaries. The above pictures will explain my feelings.

Bheemavaram Cocnert Trip for 2nd Nov'07 concert

It was indeed a long journey by train, which ofcourse I enjoyed, and we reached in Bheemavaram by Circar Express around 8am (2hrs delay) and were met by Sr Vekatamana - Secy of the sabha. On reching the room as i was testing the instruemnt, the secretary was happy to hear carnatic sounds from keyboard (thats what he said) and gave some list which he said to list as were audience choices. Then after few minutes his brother Sri Rangasai came and when i performed the pallavis of the krithis he showed pleasant shock and hugged & kissed me. He blessed and asked me perform few krithis in the concert in the evening.

Mr Rangasi took me to a leading college in AP namely D.N.R. College & introduced me to all the top officials in the College. I understand this college was started in the year 1945 and has classes from KinderGarden to Doctarate level. I was felicitated in the college and in the evening i swa a huge turn out of audience. I prayed god for a good presentation and it turned out to be one, thanks to the Almighty's grace and also the team of Rajeev anna on violin, Suri uncle on Mrudhangam and Sowri uncle on Kanjeera, Ghatam, Morsing and Konnakol. I got some cash as gift and i think god gave me this for celebrating Deepavali.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

A concert with mixed theme - 31 Oct'07

Performed a concert in Mylapore again actually the third building from where we performed on 29th Oct'07. Today it was enhanced by Arjun Ganesh anna on mrudhangam, Pradeep uncle on Tabla, Suri uncle on BAss guitar, Sridhar anna on Drums and Ravishankar anna on additional keyboard and vocal support

What a talented person Ravi ann is! Yes he plays Mrudhangam, Keyboard and also sings very well. I understand he is now learning to play drums also. Appa and myself decided to have him as additional keyboard to get a different feel of the concert and really worked.

Nice of Sridhar anna to come and play inspite of the fact that he is the main person in organising his brother's wedding on the 1st Nov'07. Thank you anna.