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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Concert for 156th Jayanthi Celebrations of Sree Narayana Gurudev

This was indeed a concert with divine atmosphere and i am sure both B. Ananthakrishnan anna on violin and S. Sridhanran uncle would have had the same feelings.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tirupur trip for a Concert on August 22, 2010

It was after long weeks i was traveling by train and i really enjoyed it! God was kind with good weather around and once again we, Vankat anna (Violin), Sankaranarayanan anna (Mrudhangam) and appa were busy playing UNO game. It was also ncie of the coordinators from Shanmugananda Sabha to have provided us breakfast & lunch in the room which made us sit relax and play watching some TV programs in between. This concert was after my concert in Chennai on 20th August'10 in heArtbeat Ensemble i performed with Sri U.P.Raju uncle. 

The concert was in Lord Easwaran Temple and it ws organised jointly by Sri Krishna Sweets & Shanmugananda Sabha, Tirupur nder "Eppadi Padinaro". The attendance was indeed good and stayed back till the end and if we have to take a clew from this then i think we did justice on teh positive side for the question under which the series is being held - Eppadi apdinaro". we did not get return ticket by train and thanks to Sri Dhananjayan, Auditor for having got us ticket by bus and we reached Chennai today. 

Thanks also to Sri Sengottaiyan, a rasika who had recorded the concert on video and also has uploaded a song in his YouTube channel A great rasika who inspires people like me to keep our efforts to make it better always!

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Concert on August 15, 2010 with a new COMBO - Nadaswaram!

It is a great day for all Indians being Independence Day and more so for me as I was teaming up first time with a Nadaswaram Vidwan for a full classical concert!. Yes Nadaswaram considered as a Raja Vadhyam {King of Instruments} and probably accepted widely as a instrument taken for guidance in producing the best nuances of Carnatic music. Many senior past and present day artists has referred to this aspect. When asked by my parents on this combo, I was happy to take this challenge as I needed to produce the best to even bring a percentage or two of its ability. Thanks to Mr Subramaniam & Mr Balasubramaniam of “Hamsavinodhini” for giving up this chance to perform at Sri Kasi Viswanathar Temple, West Mambalam.

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Thanks to my mom and dad for taking few video clippings and the audio upload respectively, I request you all to view / listen and forward your opinion which will help be fine tune more on many aspects. While I do not know if I did justice to this combo experiment, I am so thankful to Nadaswaram Adyar Balasubramani anna for his determination and value of commitment in coming and performing that day. Yes I am saying this because he met with an accident while traveling on a two wheeler on the 14th August, 2010. He literally was looking like how the great Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan was in the song sequence “Nalandhana” in the film Thillana Moganambal. After the concert when we saw his right fore arm it was oozing out with blood and puss. All of us really were moved with his commitment and I understand he is better now. I pray the Almighty for the best to him and it is indeed a great learning experience. It also made me think how realistic Nadigar thilagam has acted in that movie and also made me look at that song many a times in Youtube!
An oppurtunity I did not imagine!

One of my dream is to be on stage with my gurus and on 14th Aug’10 something I did not expect happened! Yes sharing a stage with the living Music Legend Sri Nedunuri Krishnamurthi Garu leading a group of stars and future stars of Carnatic music with vidwans Sri Malladi Suri Babu, Malladi Brothers, Sri Abhisek Raghuram, Sri Pattabiram Pandit, Vidhushis Smt Nithyashree Mahadevan, Smt. M.S. Sheela, Smt Tirupathi K. Vandana, Smt. Ranjani Hebbar, Sow. Nisha Rajagopal, Sow. K. Gayathri, Violin Vidwans Sri Perri Sriramulu, Sri Embar S. Kannan, Veena vidhushi Smt. Jayalakshmi Sekar, Sri Palghat Sriram on Flute, Mrudhanga vidwans in Sri M.L.N. Raju, Sri Arun Prakash, Sri Udipi Sridhar on Ghatam, Sri Ganapathy on Tabla and Sri A.S. Krishnan on the Morsing for Nada Neerajanam 1st Anniversary celebration special concert. Here is the link for teh photos taken during this concert happening - at the rehearsal venue and on concert stage. Also few pictures were taken while we traveled in a Tempo Traveler from Tirupathi to Tirumala for the concert in the evening.

It was indeed a total team effort and no one had any problems in terms of their sound not being projected etc and were all focused to present the concept at its best. Well accepting me in this group itself was a pleasant shock to me and my family and we thank each one of the artists, TTD and Sri Nedunuri Krishnamurthi Garu & Malladi Brothers in particular. It was Maladi Brothers who were coordinating this concept and kudos to them for this.

I should surely make a great reference on the PA team which did a wonderful job considering the fact that they were given very short duration to do needful. It would be a point that in some places few mikes / instrument might have been dominating. The fact remains that it is one of the impossible thing to control around 25 mikes & 5 leads with very little time. Congrats to that team as they managed to do their best as it was a live programme. I thought of leaving this note as I felt they deserve the best compliments

Friday, August 13, 2010

Reiview in Dinamalar!

I am happy today as i had a very good review in Dinamalar Tamil daily. Thank the Almighty for this and hope to continue my best in the coming days & years!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

PSBB K.K. Nagar made it! No. 1 again at TAMBRAS Bhajan Competition - 08 August, 2010

Hard work pays is a statement and it is really true in our case!. Yes after getting the second position at Aambattur last Sunday (memonto in my right hand) during the "Nama Sangerthana Samrakshana Trust competition, we as team decided to put our best today and we really came out with grand success with a Golden Trophy (this is a miniature you are seeing in my left had - the original Rolling trophy is really huge). This photo taken at my house around 1030pm on 8th Aug'10. So fresh you seeeee!!!!!!!!!!

We dedicate this to our teachers who has been our strength of success guiding us all the way and also for having kept their faith on us. The instrument team of Adithya Narayanan, Aravind and myself had comfortable understanding with  vocal performers and it was indeed a grand performance which was rewarded with 1st Prize! I am also happy to inform that PSBB Nungambakkam also had a podium finish with 3rd position and the 2nd position taken by Hindu Vidhyalaya. Thanks to our Mrudhangam vidwan Adhithya's mom for forwarding me the above pictures which you see in the slide show.

Last and this Sunday has been good and i hope i have the fortune of god Sunday following me next week i.e. 15th August'10 while i perform with Adyar Balasubramani anna on Nadaswaram for "Hamsavinodhini" at Sri Kasi Viswanathar Temple, near Madley Sbway, West Mambalam from 5 - 7pm
Concert at TTD on 4th Aug'10

It was indeed a specail concert as i took some efforts to learn around 6 new Annamaya krithis as it was Lor Balajai Temple premises on Venkatnarayanan Road, T. Nagar, Chennai. Thanks to my Kannan mama known famously as Embar Kannan, for having taught me few of those krithis in the last minute. ere is the audio link and video link and hope you enjoy it.

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Sincere thanks to Kakraikal Venkat anna on Violin, Sankaranarayanan anna on Mrudhangam and Hariharasubramanian anna for teh excellent enhancement they made for teh concert. All was well because of teh nice audio sett up handled that day by Sri Srinivasan uncle who was also the person who should be thanked in particular for this concert oppurtunity. 

Monday, August 02, 2010

Kadhal Anukkal - from Enthiran by ARR

It was indeed a great oppurtunity for me and my team to have got a public concert to perform the above emntioned song - which audio was released only yeatday. We thought we will attempt it and also linked it up with Vandhey Matharam as a tribute to ARRahman ji. Thanks to Sridhara anna and Suri uncle for teh excellent enhancement provided for this song - playing it live !!!

Lions Club International meet concert will always be remembered by all of us in the team as we not only had a good concert performed but also had good reception from the audience. We look forward to more and more concerts like this in future.

Thanks to Thirunavukarasu anna for the excellent audio provided as usual this time at teh Chennai Trade Centre. With less time at disposal for the rehearsal, it was indeed a nice presentation by all of us as a team including gthe audio team of Karthick Audios. actual and the Chennai Trade Centre was indeed a good.

Deala - No dealla famous Sridhar anna was full of happiness through out the concert after having won a good sum in the Sun TV show on the 31st July'10.

Watch the other clippings performed by our team of Nadaswaram Bala anna, Violin Venkat anna Pradeep uncle on Tabla, Swami anna on Mrudhangam, Suri uncle on Bass Guitar and Rajagopal uncle on Percussion & timing. Thanks to Sridhar Anna for this great quality video and audio treat!