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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Carnival Day celebrated in my school 31 Jan'09.

Today is Carnival day in my school and i presented myself for a bhajan accompanying on keyboard in the Harmonium tone and also performed 3 solo numbers viz.. Kurai onrum illai, Chinanchirukiliye and Raghupathy Raghava Rajaram, playing the melody on Korg and using the rhythm of Yamaha 640. It was a nice feeling and that too in front of known audience. Tmrw is my birthday and i will be in Trichur for a cocnert. It is also an oppurtunity to go to Guruvayoour temple and hope i get a good dharshan.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Memorable trip to Kolkatta 24 - 28th Jan'09

Kolkatta Concert for RR Sabha on 26th January, 2009

It was indeed a great trip to Kolkatta i had with Karaikal Venkatasubramnian anna on Violin, Calcutta Karthick uncle on Mrudhangam,HariharaSubramnian anna on Ghatam & morsing with my appa on Thalam for RR Sabha Kolkatta's concert in their annual Series on the 26th Jan'09. I just cannot forget the way we were playing cricket in the room, the long walks we had going around the city, the Metro Rail we went in (ticket in the photo album) and the trip to Kali Temple.

Most memorable for all of us was the standing ovation we received after the concert and the pass time we had of playing cards in the train journey.

You can log on to and listen to this concert which in serial number 024.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Concert on the 21st Jan'09 for Sai devotee family.

Referred by Paul Jacob uncle's contact we performed a concert on the 18th and the one 0n the 21st Jan'09 was Dr. Ganesh Srinivasan's - Doha, friend's daughter's wedding. 9 year old Abhisek a student of Sri Srikant Koundinya, who is a sishya of Vidwan Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan performed for about 20 mts prior to my concert and he was indeed singing very well and appa appreciated his efforts and announced that he has all the great things for becoming a great Singer in the near future. Our concert also went well, a Sai bhajan to start with and one more to end with as the family was all full of Sai devotees. It was also nice of my great well wishers Kalyan uncle & Janaki aunty to have made it to this concert.

I also tried a Jugalbandhi kind of piece with Hindholam, Rageyshree adn Mohanam on ragamalika and it came out very well., thanks to Venkat anna on violin, Suri uncle on Mrudhangam, Swami anna on Ghatam, Sathya on Morsing and most importantly Krishnababu appa on Kanjeera. Yes he attempted playing and he was indeed successful in doing so with praises from all the other artists leave alone my self. I was thrilled when Smt Aruna Babi, a retired Hindustani Music Professor of Punjab University appreciated my efforts while playing in Hindustani style on Harmonium tone and she even came up on stage and sang a bhajan for which i accompanied her on the same Hindustani style. She appreciated and it was a great blessings for me.

In heArtbeat on 12th & 16th Jan'09

This tour was followed with couple of more performances on the 12th Jan for Chennai Sangamam at Thiru Vi Ka Park, Valasarawakkam which had a huge gathering and the performance at PSBB Millenium School (my own school to an extent) on the 16th Jan'09. Both went well with natural ambience one at the park and one in the school open auditorium. We were exposed to the nature in both places and while we were enjoying the moon light on the 12th Jan'09 we were enjoying the scenes of the flights take off and landing at the other.
We also celebrated Pongal inbetween with colorful kolams by our house owner and co-tenant aunties which were really artistic!
My first tour with heArtbeat Ensemble Chennai - Kumbakonam - Madurai concerts

It was a nice to have been on tour with Ghatam Karthick uncle's heartbeat group with concerts in Chennai on 08th for RR Sabha at Narada Gana Sabha then on 9th for Rotary Club at Kumbakonam and on the 10th Jan'09 for Sath Guru Sath Sangam - Madurai. It was a great oppurtunity & blessings for all of us as Mrudhangam Maestro Sri Umayalpuram Sivaraman sir was there present as an audience at Narada Gana Sabha on the 8th in Chennai. He appreciated the team's performance and blessed us all after the concert. It was so nice of a great vidwan to have been there for the concert throughout and understand gave valuable inputs to Karthick unlcle later.

The stay at Kumbakonam in Sri Jayakumar uncle's was great with all of us involved in playing Cricket and it was wonderful to interact with is son Kalpesh who is a gifted painter and a good artist. Given above a picture of Lord Krishna and i am with him and KVG anna. The trip to Madurai from there in a Qualis was very interesting with karthick uncle keeping us all occupied with his jokes also supported well by A.S. Krishnan uncle. We had a real good time both on and off the concert stage and i look forward to many such oppurtunities to come by!
Interactions with Mr Mohan uncle from Australia 03 Jan' 09

I had Sri Mohan uncle - a Keybaord artiste from Melbourne, with his wife at home on the 3rd Jan'09 and we spent good time at home interacting with each other. I was so happy to see his keyboard which was weighing just around 5-6 kgs. However as it had the bender in the vertical position i am not convinced to use same for my eprformances as i am now used to the pitch bender in the horizontal position. Here is the video clipping os the interation and hope you all like it. Smt. Mohan aunty was very nice and she also sang a song which was really good. They did not bring their child and i am sure the child will be an artist material for sure! You can watch more of our interations in teh following links :

New Year 2009 - A wonderful beginning 01 Jan'09

A great stand indeed as i reached Music Academy 1130 pm on 31st Dec'08 in time to join great musicians who had assembled to sing "Entharo Mahanubhavulu" welcoming Year 2009 bang at 0001 hrs 01 Jan'09! Around 0030 hrs i also got an oppurtunity to perform a krithi "Niravathy Sukatha" making it my first solo performance on stage for the year 2009! Thanks to "Carnatica" who had organised this function. Till date many people have been appreciating me for that one krithi rendered at the Music Academy which only goes to show how successful Carnatica & its team were!! Kudos to their efforts.

This was followed up with a concert at Sri Panjamuka Anjeneya Temple festival in Mylapore where i played from 7 - 9 am and i could not have asked for a better start for the New Year Day - 01 Jan'09 - a performance at the Music Academy followed by a solo concert for 2 hrs in the morning which also went very well with the grace of the Almighty! Looking forward to a great year ahead.

A great New Year Eve - 31st Dec'08.

It was indeed a memorable day with performance with my uncle Embar Kannan in Dr. Ghatam Karthick's heArtbeat Ensemble for Brahma Gana Sabha in the morning and later in the day receiving the award "Yuva Kala Vipanchee" from the hands of great Sri Dr. BalaMuralikrishna sir. My wellwisher Balu uncle was also given an award by Vipanchee and i have the photo of this also above. Then i also was a part of "HariGiri Theatre's" show for a private function on the same day celebrating the New Year Eve. Giving above pictures of these moments discribed.