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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Greetings for a Very Happy New Year - 2017 as we say bye to year 2016.

Wishing you and your near and dear A Very Happy New Year!

Yes the last Quarter of 2016 i.e. Oct-Dec has been sensational in many ways!

What with a trip to Australia, a dream destination, owning new premises, having a Private Space for my own self named as Kbs Sound Zone, my Guru Kanyakumari amma being designated as Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2016 by Music Academy and the Great support i am getting for my project Modern Margazhi!

The disturbing and unconsolable loss was of Guru Dr. M Balamuralikrishna attaining the lotus feet of The Almighty in November. I had visited him in the first week of November as we were to do a pooja for our new premises and found i was fortunate to spend quality time to take his blessings. 

The visit of Legendary SPB sir to open Kbs Sound Zone was another Dream Come True happening which was on the 4th December, 2016. Having acquainted with Ravi uncle and Uma aunty family is the highlight of the last quarter which made us make our Dream of owning our own place possible.

We need to thank many Kbsi ians family for helping us make this project come through with physical, moral and financial support extended to us. 

The most happiest thing presently happening is the project "Modern Margazhi", a thought which actually came to me to present Thirupavai with some music arrangement close to ears of general listeners. I sincerely thought by doing this we can make this reach more people and decided to work on it. Then came an idea of making video of the making and then the thought from my cousin Viky to feature 30 artists for 30 days. Finally decided to make the tracks on daily basis, shoot the video, edit audio, master it and upload it i Facebook and Youtube one day prior from the start of Margazhi month i.e from 15th December evening as 16th was the first day this year of Tamizh Margazhi month.

With Almighty's Grace, Gurus and parents Blessings and well wishes of my Well Wishers have successfully completed 16tracks and heading for the 17th to upload today at 10pm. 

I take this opportunity to Thank one and all for the Great support and encouragement and it is now time to say Good Bye to 2016 and lets Welcome the New Year 2017 with Greater Hopes.

Wishing you and your near and dear A Very Happy New Year!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ROLI SEABOARD 25 - The New Addition to our Family in this UK Trip

It was this June trip to UK, thanks to Orupanai and Mr & Mrs Swaminathan and Team, we had a great time with all three of us travelling abroad after 13 long Years ! Yes after April 2003 trip to South Africa and Mauritius this trip was more memorable, thanks also to London Bala uncle (mrudhangam Vidwan) who made this possible with his project for which Amma sang. He was also so nice in providing us with Great food just not for us but for the entire family of sponsors as well. 

We had some good time with Drummer Sridhar anna as well at the last leg of our trip.  

I am so happy for this new addition to our family.

Check this link on my first attempt.

This is indeed a great to my family of Key(s) instrument, thanks to the Well wisher Couple in Uk who had presented this to me during our recent trip.

What a wonderful expressive instrument it is!

My Visit for Charity Concerts to UK June - July 2016

The month of May was another good one passed by but the June was indeed exciting.

What a Trip to UK! Firstly all three of us, my self with my parents travelled to an International Destination after 13 years! Yes the first being the South Africa-Mauritius Trip way mack in May 2003!

Full of exciting concerts, visits to lovely places and more than all interacting with Great Humans! Yes this time i was very lucky to interact with some lovely people who have become a part of my life from the day we saw.

I shall update the exciting happening soon!

Graduate Sathya !

Happy to inform you all that i have passed my Graduation in B. Sc. Visual Communication from D G Vaishnav College, an institution who gave immense support as PSBB extended me while i was in school.

I look forward to taking up M.A. Music in Tamil Nadu Music And Fine Arts University and i hope i am blessed with the same support and more there too!   

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wishing you all a very Happy Yughadi, Vishu and Tamizh New Year!

Wishing you all a Wonderful New Year!

It has been a quite hectic times with few projects for a well wisher in South Africa and also for Cleveland Music Festival. I also had a good time with model exams and now on the final leg of my final Semester exam with the last one on this 16th April, 2016. I sincerely hope to come out with good marks and become a Graduate in B.Sc ( soon.

I had a good meeting with Mr. Saptagiri a leading happening Comedian of Telugu Film Industry and had his compliments and blessings on seeing the write up in Eenadu. I am looking forward to couple of good and interesting Public concert in April and some gig for some private concerts as well.

See You soon a d wishing once again a Very Happy New Year!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Sum up for February and mid March 2016

It has been a great February and a wonderful March as on date. 

While I had the second opportunity to perform in Tamil Nadu Music University as part of the Founder Day's celebrations on the 25th February, I presented 6 sets of Medleys with Ganapathy and Suri uncles, Sridhar anna and my College mate Vijay. The Vice Chancellor Smt Veenai Gayathri Amma was so happy on our Team's presentation and assured to extend more opportunities as the large student assembled  were responding so positively with whistling, clapping and dancing. 

Sivarathri nights:

Thanks to Mr. Harikrishnan, a Carnatic music organiser in Kerala, got the first opportunity to perform in the Prestigious Trupanittura Siva Temple Music series on the 6th March a day prior to Sivarathri. With great enhancement and a wonderful sound we gave a performance that was so well received by the large knowledgeable audience who were so receptive to this concept of Carnatic on Keyboard in a Traditional ground! Thanks to Sri. Narayanan Rao the entire concert has been recorded and now available in YouTube. My pranams to Hari ji for with his request of few songs I could learn performed it for the first time on stage. 

On 7th MArch,  Sivarathri day I had the opportunity to perform with VL KUMAR uncle on Violin, Swaminathan uncle on Flute and Papanasam Kumar on Mrudhangam at BVB Mini Hall in the Sivarathri Agandam conducted by Sri. Kumar and family.

It was a rewind if sort at Kalahasthi on the 8th March, the day after Sivarathri,  as this time the concert ended up with many in the audience personally came in to take selfies and appreciated our presentation.  Thanks to ex Chairman of Kalahasthi Temple Board Mr. Kola Anand and his family got an opportunity to perform on the 6th March, 10 years after my earlier performance and thanks to our Team of Ganapathy uncle, Swami &  Sridhar annas and my friend Vijay it went well with fabulous response from a large audience. 

I have also made my little musical efforts for this year's Cleveland festival and hope it's accepted well, thanks to Shashikiran Anna.

I am waiting to see the upcoming website of one of India's wonderful Camera architect in Sri. Iqbal for which I have tuned some own composition and looking forward to seeing it with his work.

Happy exam time and look forward to Happy Holidaying!!!

"Keyboard - The Trendsetter in Indian Classical Music"- 20 January 2016

Recognition Time

January 2016 was a month especially of bringing RECOGNITION in a great way! Yes the Etv reality show of legendary SPB sir's Padutha Theeyaga was telecast on the 11th and 18th January and was overwhelmed with the calls and the messages all over the world. I was humbled and honoured with SPB sir's compliments, wishes and blessings in the show.

On the 20th January i had the opportunity to present first full length Lec-dem titled "Keyboard - The Trendsetter in Indian Classical Music" in the National Conference organised by The Tamil Nadu Music And Fine Arts University, Chennai and South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur and i was really exited to do a good job as it was for the first time i was attempting to do this at this Grand Level. It turned out good with Nadas Bala anna and Swami anna enhancing my presentation with their Nadaswarama and Mrudhnagam respectively with Thirunavukarasu anna's Team on Sound. My sincere thanks to the Vice Chancellor Tmt. Veenai Gayathri amma for the thought of calling me and also blessings me. 

I was so happy that Veenai Gayathri mam stayed for the entire presentation of mine and blessed me with great words of appreciation. I was humbled and honoured when my request to her to open a Department exclusively for Keyboard in the University, was accepted in principle and also assured to do so if i would directly get involved in the process with my presence along with people i could train with. WoW!  I was in cloud nine and understood that while the Lec-Dem has been successful More Responsibility has just got Added up on me! Looking forward to a positive outcome on this venture soon!

I also had a good feeling when people of my age and students from Sai Fine Arts, Nanganallur who looked at me as a roll model and wanted to take photos with me! It was again a honour to have been on a stage as Guest of Honour with a Padma Vibhushan Awardee, Sri Trichur Ramachandran who was so simple and was nice to interact with no frills attached of him being a Great Musician! Another person in my life from whom a great lesson learnt to keep our heads down in spite of name and fame!

What was most surprising is the Most Surprising opportunity coming way in Doordharshan through my college Professor's wife to give an intro for this year's Thyagaraja Aradhana Pancha Rathna Krithis presentation which was to be telecast live and was indeed blessed! My concert also went well in Thiruvaiyaru and it was so nice to see me on the DD screen just before the start of the Pancha Rathna Rendition at Thiruvaiyaru. 

Thanking Almighty for all these recognition and many more to come as well with prayers to have a cool head as always! The gigs with Mysore Manjunath uncle and Ms. Mahathi along with Rajesh Vaidhya anna gave different experiences and look forward to great Years Ahead as i enter 21from this February!

Seeking all your wishes, blessings and Almighty's Grace, signing off from this post.   

Welcoming The New Year 2016

Had a good send off to 2015 with a good gig with Embar ji at Vani Mahal this time along with many musicians organised by Carnatica. 

The New year 2016 has begun with a good presentation of the first concert for Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha on the 2nd January. I was so moved when i saw Rajesh Vaidhya anna in the audience for this concert and sincerely appreciate his expressive nature of showing up his love and affection for me. Even though you have many rasikas turning up for concerts and this has been on the growth side in the past year, seeing an artist of his calibre to come and spend time was indeed a surprise!

I was also pleasantly shocked when Rajesh Vaidhya anna mentioned that he felt me missing on stage at The Music Academy while he performed a Solo on the 1st January during this year's Sadas. I do not know how many of us would do this! He indeed is a different artiste not only on performance but also in the Way he supports, encourages and compliments his co-artists. Hats Off Anna!

The Thematic solo concert for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on the 14th January was indeed a challenging presentation what with myself committing to perform just Navagraha Krithis for a 90 minute concert. While i did not expect many to turn up on that day to my surprise the mini auditorium in the 2nd floor of BVB, Mylapore was full and with Almighty's Grace managed to present the Navagraha krithis with some detailed Alapana and kalpanaswaram as well. I enjoyed the enhancement give by Madurai Venkat, Sunil and Hari annas and with "The Grace of Navagrahas" the concert went well and was indeed well received by one and all. A blessing and honour was the presence of many in the audience and in particular Sri. Keyboard Venkatasubramanian sir, a senior musician, keyboard artiste and a wonderful composer and Smt. Malavika, A Musicologist. They did interact with me and appreciated this Theme Presentation which they felt was indeed a Brave and Successful Effort.

Sum up for the Year 2015

Its been quite a long time to be precise over 8 months since i got in touch with through the blog. I sincerely feel bad but with WhatsApp, twitter and facebook we tend to communicate in short and the habit of detailing is really been lost. What a Shame! After all our custom and culture is to narrate incidents in detail and this art is now almost dwindling due to sheer laziness and un willingness to spare time, even though we definitely can make it. Let me try and be as narrative as possible at least from now on and hope to be in regular touch.

The second half of last year has been very encouraging. With many concert presentations happening with Sivamani anna & Rajesh Vaidhya anna which has given me greater experience, especially to show case the presentation in different perspectives. The solo programs have also grown up in terms quality of presentation growth in Audience turn out and thats indeed a encouraging sign.

The flood in December has indeed taken its toll with water coming into our house to almost 3 - 4 feet and thank Almight we have managed to survive with considerably a lesser loss in terms of valuable and yes it has increased our confidence and the outlook of life totally. 

The concert for Brahma Gana Sabha which i thought was gone, came our way and it was a totally a different experience to collaborate with Mannargudi Vasudevan uncle on Thavil and Sreesundarkumar anna on Mrudhangam. Teaming up with Embar ji this was indeed one of The Best Concerts of my career and look forward to many more. The Season concerts went very well also with Rajesh Vaidhya anna and one more with Embar ji. The encouraging factor is that in all the concerts the audience attendance is growing!