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Friday, September 07, 2007

Answer to 'My First Question'

The answer to the previous question was - Lady Di and Dodi Al Fayed.

After posting this question,clicked on delete and ended up finding another amusing image :). Here it is -

Thursday, September 06, 2007

My first question! :)

Not a well framed question...There's a bronze statue in the picture. Who are the people in it and what's the significance ?

Monday, August 27, 2007

Hello hello....!!

Amazing!! Here is the reason behind why we start a conversation with a 'Hello'!!

Source : "Vowel sounds are made by using the mouth as a resonating cavity, and distinguished from each other by such things as the position of the tongue, which changes the resonance. Since vocal cavities vary in size, we can understand a person's vowels only in relation to their other vowels. The pitch of a large man and a small child are very different. In fact, a larger person's high vowel in "see" could have the same pitch as a smaller person's low vowel in "saw."
Humans are amazingly good at understanding speech, and only need about two syllables to pick up a speaker's vocal range. This means that the first two syllables in a conversation will generally not be understood, and this is particularly true on the phone where the listener has no cue as to the speaker's size."

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Surpirsed!!

Was surprised to see this!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

New Life!! :)

Trying to breathe some life into my blog!! :)

This sunday was truly blissful.Spent most of the time reading about one of the greatest composers of Carnatic Music - Muthuswamy Dikshitar.

To talk about the gift he'd left the music sorority (well,what do you expect out of a feminist! :) )
Got a wonderful opportunity to listen to lots of krithis composed in rare ragas. Dikshitarophiles should definitely visit this.Was listening to one of the nIlOtpalAmbA krithi. Well,let me explain - Dikshitar composed lots of krithis termed by the sorority as 'group-krithis', which will contain krithis in the name of a particular deity,mostly, or in general, a particular theme. One such set, is the nIlOtpalAmbA.

The one that I listened to was in nArirItigOwla. All these krithis describe the neelotpalamba, the goddess of blue lotus.Since the raagams in which these krithis end with 'gOwla', they are also called gOwlAnta rAga krithis.These krithis are different from the navAvarnam by the fact that these do not have a dhyAna krithi and a mangala krithi.

Hoping to post more on various compositions and a more detailed one! since breathing too much life onto my blog might suffocate it!! :)

Monday, April 02, 2007

18

The number 18 seems to have lots of interesting facts associated with it.
Here we go.......

1. The book Catch-22 was originally titled 'Catch-18'.
2. The number of holes in the game of golf (a stipulated game,though).
3. Ulysses (James Joyce) is divided into 18 chapters.
4. Not to forget our Bhagavad Gita.
5. Mahabarata, which was fought for 18 days involving 18 armies.
6. Canons error message,called E18, which might cause the camera to crash!
7. The RIGHTS that a teen enjoys,on turning 18!
8. Lastly,not to forget my contribution to this number -
Its 18 days since I blogged!! :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Justice!

Happy birthday Einstein!

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Iron Man

Currently hooked onto this song. Its by Black Sabbath.

Has he lost his mind?
Can he see or is he blind?
Can he walk at all,
Or if he moves will he fall?

Is he alive or dead?
Has he thoughts within his head?
We’ll just pass him there
Why should we even care?

He was turned to steel
In the great magnetic field
When he traveled time
For the future of mankind

Nobody wants him
He just stares at the world
Planning his vengeance
That he will soon unfold

Now the time is here
For iron man to spread fear
Vengeance from the grave
Kills the people he once saved

Nobody wants him
They just turn their heads
Nobody helps him
Now he has his revenge

Heavy boots of lead
Fills his victims full of dread
Running as fast as they can
Iron man lives again!

The concept of 'riff' adds beauty to the song! Well, a riff - is a short, repeated, memorable musical phrase, often pitched low on the guitar, which focuses much of the energy and excitement of a rock song.

This song is about a man who travels back in time to warn the people about the danger.But he turns into iron. And hence, Iron Man. Now, nobody wants him. This instills in him the thought of acting against his vow.Killing! This cannot be called as deviation from his prophecy, but,its destruction.Destroying the mankind.

Iron Man makes you go Paranoid!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Happy Pongal!

Here is my accomplishment for the day :)

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A very Happy Pongal to the ones who chanced upon this post ! :)

Monday, January 08, 2007

December Season - Part-II

The second set of kutcheris ( music concerts) that I attended were that of Sriram Gangadharan and Aruna Sayeeram at the Music Academy.

Sriram Gangadharan's kutcheri started off with sree gaNapathi nee in sOwrAshtram.The second one was rAmanAtham bhajeham in poorvikalyAni,and Adi tAlam 2-kalai.Then came nilAmbari like a gentle breeze. The krithi was brovavamma in Misra chApu.This was followed by a storm!bHairavi!bAlagOpalA. Was rendered very beautifully.Next in the platter was a Raagam-Taanam-Pallavi(RTP) in nAttakurinji in misra gathi misra chapu.The pallavi that was handled was "rAma shrirAma pattabHirAma dasharathabAla" .This was followed by a rAgamAlika containing kedAragoulai,dhanyAsi,kalyAni,AndolikA and AnandabHairavi.His diction was really the thing to be noted.He was accompanied by B.Sivaraman on the Mridangam,Charumathi Raguraman on the Violin and Anirudh Athreya on the Kanjira.

Aruna Sayeeram's started off with sAveri varnam,adi tAlam.The accompaniments -S.Karthik on the Ghatam,H.N.Bhaskar on the violin and J.Vaidyanathan on the Mridangam.The next was a krithi is vAgadEshwari,paramAtmulu velige.The next one was sudhA mayi in amruthavarshini. It was mind blowing!!The next one was in Tamil. Vandeenam uzhalum solai in tOdi.Then came the classic O rangasAyee in khAmbOji.Then there was this traditional rendition, kAna vendAmo in AbhOgi.The Raagam-Taanam-Pallavi was in madhyamAvati.It was very enjoyable.The pallavi being bhAgyada lakshmi bAramma nammammA nee sow.It was in fact a rAgamAlikA describing ashtalakshmis.It contained kalyAni ( describing Adilakshmi ),kurinji ( describing dhAnyalakshmi ),atAna ( describing dhairyalakshmi ),mOhanam ( describing gajalakshmi ),sahAnA ( describing santhAnalakshmi ),ranjani ( describing vijayalakshmi ),bHairavi ( describing aishwaryalakshmi )and lalitha ( describing dhanalakshmi ).This was followed by an abhang in hindOlam,sAvale sundara. The final piece was a themmAngu. Audiences' choice. It was in senjurutti, mAdu meykkum kaNNe.On the whole it was a brilliant concert!

Monday, January 01, 2007

December Season - Part-I

I know its January :), but I can't stop myself from writing about the 'December Season' which is literally celebrated as a festival in the city of Madras.
Well, this season, I managed to attend 5 kutcheris, which is actually a very poor count :(. Yeah, but I had my own reasons for not attending them.

The first one that I attended was T.N.S.Krishna. A wonderful performance!He started off with a sAveri Varnam.Followed by begadA.The tOdi rendition was the highlight.The kanakku was amazing!TNS' lessons!!Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi(RTP) was in shanmughapriyA.With a simple pallavi paravasam miga Agude kanna unai ninaindhu. It was concluded on an Oothukkadu's composition vandhu ketpAr,a rAgamAlikA containing hindOlam,atAnA and bilahari.

The second one was P.Unnikrishnans'.Started with a tOdi varnam.Followed by shiva lOga nAdanai in mAyamAlavagOwla.Varali was good.There was a Swati Tirunal's composition,sAnandam kamalAmanOhari in kamalAmanOhari. It also included swarams in hamsadwani,bhOpAlam and tarangini.The next was Evari mAta in Kambhoji.Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi was in Kharaharapriya.(One of my personal favorites).The pallavi was arapriye lalithe thvAm tharunendu sekarah. The last one was a thillana in hamsAnandi.

Will be posting about the rest of the concerts in my next post.:)

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