Tuesday, 28 July 2015

My meeting with Kalam

It happened on the day he came to attend the wedding reception of Munnu / Simar at New Delhi residence of Munnu, 25th Dec 2013. Most of us in the family crowd were very keen to get a sight of the Missile Man of India who is known for his simplicity. With most of my family members (who have worked with the higher rings of Government) appraising us of how to interact (rather behave) with a state dignitary we were keeping our fingers crossed for his arrival. 

Though the reception proceedings started by around 11.00 AM, he did not turn out till around 3.30 PM. We were thoroughly disappointed that his work has kept him away from his personal commitments. But not to disappoint my Uncle (who reported to him in Dr Kalam's previous responsibility as the Scientific Advisor to PM of India) he did make an attempt to come visiting us at around 4.30 PM !! We were all excited ignoring the advice that we had received earlier during the day. Since the crowd was depleting fast after a heavy lunch we were hoping to get a suitable moment for photo ops and autographs .... when he walks in.


When his car entered the Bungalow complex, the remaining crowd (which was astonishingly huge for that time of the day after a heavy lunch) surrounded him, as he walked through into the hall. I was very keen to get some candid moments of the visit. He interacted keenly with the senior members of the family as my uncle introduced them and finally as he shifted to younger generation in the crowd, it was the time that we all waited. My daughter was the first to be introduced as she was walking with my uncle all along. For her it was a dream come true.

He had brought books as the wedding gift for the newly married couple. For almost 30 minutes of his visit to the event, the stars of the day was completely ignored as he stole the show. He was very keen to interact with the kids of the family.

That 30 minutes. . .did not feel like it was 30 minutes until I checked the time stamp on my photos. He was gone like w whirlwind. I was still standing reviewing the moments that I had captured. 

The child in me was reborn that day to see his energy levels at his age of 80. I don't think I can forget that day as long as I live. Neither will my daughter with her prized possession of his autograph












Tuesday, 7 July 2015

2015 Jul 05 RanjaniGayathri HMSmitha PatriSatishKumar OmkarGRago @ uttarAdiMutt



Vocal: Vid. RanjaniGayathri 
Violin: Vid. HMSmitha 
Mridanga: Vid. PatriSatishKumar 
Ghata: Vid. OmkarGRago  


Venue: uttarAdiMutt / Chaturmasa Celebrations

01 vallabha nAyakasya bEgaDa rUpaka m.dhIkshithar  (S)

02 smaraNe ondhe sAladE malayamArutha rUpaka puranDhara dhAsa

03 shrI rangapuravihAra brindhAvana sArangA rUpaA m.dikshitar

04 Ipariya sobagAva dEvarali nA kANe hamsAnandi k.cApu p.dAsa (A, S)
swara @ I pariya

05 ikO namma swAmi shankarAbharaNa ChApu purandhra dhAsa (O)

06 marivEre gathi nAkevaru mALavi Adhi GNB

07 kaddnu vAriki kaddukaddani tODi Adi thyAgarAja (A, N, S, T)
nereval and swara @ addambu

08 Adaddella oLite Aayitu pUrvikalyANi Adi p.dAsa

09 rAm ratan dhan pAyO ji maine mIra bhajan

10 abhAng bhOlAva viTTala bhatiyAr

11 nInAma rUpamulaku mangaLa sourAshtra Adhi thyAgarAja

Sunday, 5 July 2015

2015 Jul 04 SaketaramanS CharulataRamanujam ArjunKumar Guruprasanna @ KanchanOtsava



Vocal: Vid. SaketaramanS 
Violin: Vid. CharulataRamanujam 
Mridanga: Vid. ArjunKumar 
Khanjira: Vid. Guruprasanna

Ocassion: KanchanOtsava

01 sarasUDa ninnE kOri sAvEri Adhi kotthavAsal venkatarAma iyer (O)

02 santAna gOpAlakriSNam khamAs rUpaka m.dIkshitar (O, S)
swara @ naTana muralIdharam

03 bAgAyanayya chandrajyothi dEsAdi thyAgarAja (A, S)
Swara @ bAgAyenayya

04 brOvavamma bangAru bomma nIlAmbari tripuTa syAma sAstri (O)

05 anuragamulEnI manasuna saraswati rUpaka tyAgarAja (S)
swara @ paga paga and
swara @ karuNa

06 ambA kAmAkshi bhairavi swarajathi miSra cApu shyAma shAstri (A, N, S, T)
nereval and swara @ shyAma krishna sOdari

07 daya mADo ranga miSra shivaranjani Adhi purandhara dhAsa

08 mannupugaz kosalaidan Durga mAyAmAlavaguLa sAranga hindOLa nIlAmbari rUpaka kulasekara azwar

09 bEhAg tillAna dhIm tana dhIm jhaNuta dhirana MAdi Lalgudi Jayaraman

10 nInAma rUpamulaku mangaLa sourAshtra Adhi thyAgarAja

Saturday, 4 July 2015

2015 Jul 03 JayanthiKumaresh GiridharUdupa PramathKiran@ kAnchanOtsava


Veena: Vid. JayanthiKumaresh 
Ghata: Vid. GiridharUdupa 
drumpad: Vid. PramathKiran 

Ocassion: kAnchanOtsava


01 sAmi ninnE kOri varNa shankarAbharaNa Adhi vINa kuppier

02 panchamAtanga malahari rUpaka m.dikshitar (O, S)

03 pAlintuvO pAlimpava kAntAmaNi Adhi tyAgarAja (A, S)

04 guitar experiments on vINA

05 rAga tAna pallavi pantuvarALi m.cApu (R, T, P, T)
rAgamALika swaras in kAnaDa, valaji

06 mangala madhyamAvati

2017 Nov 12 RanjaniGayathri HNBhaskar ManojSiva OmkarGRao @ MA Narasimhachar Music Foundation's 16th Annual Music Festival

Vocal: Vid. RanjaniGayathri  Violin: Vid. HNBhaskar  Mridanga: Vid. ManojSiva  Ghata: Vid. OmkarGRao  Organiser / Occasion : MA Narasi...