Thillana – Listening to Life Concert

 

 

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In memory of Smt. Rajeshwari Padmanabhan

In memory of  Rajeshwari teacher.(1939-2008), daughter of Lakshmi Ammal and grand daughter of Karaikudi Subbarama Iyer (the elder of the Karaikudi Veena brothers), was a ninth generation descendent from the Karaikudi Veena tradition.

Nostalgic at this time of the year. Memories of Rajeshwari teacher and Kalakshetra keeps rushing through me…. It’s the fifth anniversary of the passing away of my teacher and Vainika Smt. Rajeshwari Padmanabhan. Her relaxed and meticulous style of playing the veena comes to my memory. She used to sing the sahityas along with the veena sometimes, matching the veena so perfectly that you were not really sure who was singing – the veena or she! A wonderful and gentle woman who will always remain in the hearts of those who came across her and who were blessed to have been in her presence.

Smt. Rajeswari Padmanabhan passed away on the 15 August 2008.

Nila Kaigirathu – A violin cover by Karthick Iyer

Happy New Year (2013 ) everyone. May this year bring us more clarity, hope, strength and energy to move forward. May we all be blessed by the Almighty with everything that is needed  to grow, prosper, succeed and flourish in our lives. May this year be a joyous and peaceful one !!!

I’ve been wanting to upload one of Karthik Iyer’s videos for sometime. Somehow due to some health issues and other things cropping up, have been unable to come to my blog. It’s been ages since I put up any post. Starting this new year with a video of Karthik Iyer’s violin cover – Nila Kaigirathu. Karthik you do rock.  I love your Charukesi, it is so soothing and peaceful….  May this year bring lots of success to you Karthik Iyer!  Wishing you all the best…

Divine…

I am not an expert in commenting on dance. But came across this video when I was searching for the song Venkatachala Nilayam. Very beautifully sung by Vijay Prakash. Loved the opening scene which somehow captivated my attention. Sharing this  divine video. Vijay Prakash is an awesome singer, he produces such bhavam in his singing… The dance and dancer, Nirmala Madhava also complimented his singing. Overall I found this video divine….

The dance is enhanced by its innovative style of presentation. Found out that the  PAMPA Dance Academy has created stage history with a unique blend of tradition and sophisticated modern stage techniques. What makes this group distinctive is its ability to communicate effectively, by employing innovative audio visual craftsmanship blended with pure traditional art form.

Bhaja Govindam

 

Bhaja Govindam – from the immortal composition of Adi Sankaracharya, 10 verses of this hymn divinely rendedered by MS Subbulakshmi.
It is said that Adi Shankaracharya, accompanied by his disciples, was walking along a street in Varanasi one day when he came across an aged scholar teaching the rules of Sanskrit grammar to his students by rote. Taking pity on him, Adi Shankaracharya went up to the scholar and advised him not to waste his time on grammar at his age but to turn his mind to God in worship and adoration, which became the origin for this hymn.

 

 

 

Navaratri Special ~ Durga saptashati-Argala stotram

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1 Om Jayanti Maṅgalā Kālī Bhadrakālī Kapālinī Durgā Kṣamā Śivā Dhātrī Svāhā Svadhā namo’stu te. Om.

Conqueror of all, remover of darkness, Auspicious one, beyond time, bearer of the Skulls of Impure Thoughts,

Reliever of difficulties, loving forgiveness, supporter of the Universe.

You are the one who truly receives the sacrificial offerings and the offerings to the ancestors. To you I bow.

2 Jaya tvaṁ Devi chāmuṇḍe jaya bhūtārti-hāriṇi Jaya sarvagate Devi kāla-rātrī namo’stu te.

Victory, oh Goddess, slayer of passion and anger! Victory, reliever of the troubles of all existence! Victory,

all-pervasive Goddess! You are the night at the end of time! To you I bow.

3 Madhu-Kaiṭabha-vidrāvi vidhātṛ varade namaḥ Rūpaṃ dehi jayaṃ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi.

You who defeated the negative qualities of excess and sparseness, Giver of the blessings of the creative capacity, to you I bow. Grant us your Form, grant us victory, grant us welfare, destroy all hostility.
4 Mahiṣāsura-nirṇāśi bhaktānāṁ sukhade namaḥ Rūpaṃ dehi jayaṃ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi. You who caused the destruction Mahiṣā,

Giver of happiness to devotees, to you I bow. Grant us your Form, grant us victory, grant us welfare, destroy all hostility.
5Raktabīja-vadhe Devi Caṇḍa-Muṇḍa-vināśini Rūpaṃ dehi jayaṃ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi.

You who slew the demons Raktabīja, Caṇḍa and Muṇḍa, Oh Goddess, destroyer of passion and anger. Grant us your Form, grant us victory, grant us welfare, destroy all hostility.
6Śumbhasyaiva niśumbhasya Dhūmrākṣasya ca mardini Rūpaṃ dehi jayaṃ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi.

Slayer of the demons Śumbha, Niśumbha and Dhūmalocana. Grant us your Form, grant us victory, grant us welfare, destroy all hostility.
7Vanditāṅghri-yuge Devi sarva-saubhāgya-dāyini Rūpaṃ dehi jayaṃ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi.

All revere your lotus feet, Oh Goddess, Giver of all that is beautiful. Grant us your Form, grant us victory, grant us welfare, destroy all hostility.
8Acintya-rūpa-carite sarva-śatru-vināśini Rūpaṃ dehi jayaṃ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi.

You of unimaginably beautiful form and energy, Destroyer of all obstacles, remover of all afflictions. Grant us your Form, grant us victory, grant us welfare, destroy all hostility.
9 Natebhyaḥ sarvadā bhaktya Caṇḍike duritāpahe Rūpaṃ dehi jayaṃ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi.

For those who bow to you with devotion, You remove all sins and distress. Grant us your Form, grant us victory, grant us welfare, destroy all hostility.
10 Stuvadbhyo bhakti-pūrvam tvām Caṇḍike vyādhi-nāśini Rūpaṃ dehi jayaṃ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi.

Oh Goddess who cures all afflictions for those who praise you with devotion. Grant us your Form, grant us victory, grant us welfare, destroy all hostility.
9 Natebhyaḥ sarvadā bhaktya Caṇḍike duritāpahe Rūpaṃ dehi jayaṃ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi.

For those who bow to you with devotion, You remove all sins and distress. Grant us your Form, grant us victory, grant us welfare, destroy all hostility.
10 Stuvadbhyo bhakti-pūrvam tvām Caṇḍike vyādhi-nāśini Rūpaṃ dehi jayaṃ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi.

Oh Goddess who cures all afflictions for those who praise you with devotion. Grant us your Form, grant us victory, grant us welfare, destroy all hostility.
11 Caṇḍike satataṁ ye tvām archayantīha bhaktitaḥ Rūpaṃ dehi jayaṃ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi.

Oh Goddess who removes all confusion for those constant in their worṣhip. Grant us your Form, grant us victory, grant us welfare, destroy all hostility.
12 Dehi saubhāgyam-ārogyaṃ dehi me paramaṃ sukham Rūpaṃ dehi jayaṃ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi.

Grant us good fortune, freedom from disease, and supreme happiness. Grant us your Form, grant us victory, grant us welfare, destroy all hostility.