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Post by Ponbhairavi » 14 Aug 2017, 15:43

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Post by Pasupathy » 14 Aug 2017, 20:32

Thanks .
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#230 Re: Rajagopalan: Multifaceted personalities of the Rasikas forum

Post by Pasupathy » 15 Aug 2017, 18:19

About Kalki's Music reviews etc : Though Kalki's writings are nationalized, generally his articles are not widely available in the web. However most of his articles are to be found in print-books . It is in one of those books I read his article ( above). HOWEVER, most of the books do not publish the original pictures... for either stories or articles.... ; I try my best to find such items and republish those with pictures . Not always successful. ( I wish that the cartoons by Thanu were of better quality; then I can retype Kalki's article along with those caricatures and post it in my blog ! ) Recently, Ponniyin Selvan was published with original pics by Vikatan. Thillana Mohanambal too by another publisher. Etc. I hope the trend continues for other serials and articles and other writers.
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#232 Re: Rajagopalan: Multifaceted personalities of the Rasikas forum

Post by Pasupathy » 17 Aug 2017, 17:32

Excellent! Cartoon by "Sivam" a bonus!
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Post by Ponbhairavi » 21 Aug 2017, 13:01

Moderators,

I have opened a new thread as "from the Ananda Vikatan of the forties" under languages and literature : tamil.
I request you to pl shift the last 19 posts( i.e. From my post of 12 august on a caricature by thanu) j to that thread under tamil. Thank you
Rajagopalan.
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#235 Re: Rajagopalan: Multifaceted personalities of the Rasikas forum

Post by Ponbhairavi » 20 Sep 2017, 19:24

A puzzle

Given below is a common spoken tamil sentence in transliterated form:
basumi
KavumsA
dwAnabi
rAni
Have you deciphered it? O.K. yes or no,. Just read it to a friend so that he could hear the words (Not see the script) Probably he may find it difficult too.
Now instead of writi ng the words one below the other let us write them in a single line; basumi kavumsA dwAnabi rAni. still dificult , let us see the tamil script
பசுமி கவும்சா துவானபி ராணி
if it still funny,, break the last one letter from each word and join it with the next one
பசு மிகவும் சாதுவான பிராணி
this exactly reflects the problem we encounter when we try to decode a tamil composition meaning from the transliterated script or audio singing.
If such is the case with common sentences, imagine the difficulty when the song has rare tamil words or mythological connotations.
dance compositions sung by composer nattuvanaars where one phrase is repeated several times for abhinaya variations sound still more difficult particularly when they have betel munching habit . their mouth still holding a புகையிலை காம்பு their tongue hardened by constant betel habit.
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#236 Re: Rajagopalan: Multifaceted personalities of the Rasikas forum

Post by rshankar » 20 Sep 2017, 21:08

Ponbhairavi wrote:
20 Sep 2017, 19:24
this exactly reflects the problem we encounter when we try to decode a tamil composition meaning from the transliterated script or audio singing.
If such is the case with common sentences, imagine the difficulty when the song has rare tamil words or mythological connotations.
dance compositions sung by composer nattuvanaars where one phrase is repeated several times for abhinaya variations sound still more difficult particularly when they have betel munching habit . their mouth still holding a புகையிலை காம்பு their tongue hardened by constant betel habit.
This is certainly an issue with the SRngAra pada varNams of the TQ and their vintage.
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Post by Ponbhairavi » 22 Sep 2017, 16:48

rshankar,
Thanks for sharing. Of course it is your field of specialisation.
in fact in the meaning deciphering of moha lahiri konden in another thread we encountered these problems:

Transliteration pitfall: ganA rajagopala
KanA .......
Last letter shunting:
Kapatenna sholliru tanmisai...
Kaptenna shol. Iru thana misai...

Kuyil isai pADam. alaithiDa
PADa. MalaithiDa
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#238 Re: Rajagopalan: Multifaceted personalities of the Rasikas forum

Post by Ponbhairavi » 10 Jan 2018, 11:36

Running commentary of a Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhana.

There is running commentary for all popular events: cricket matches,temple kumbabhishegam, etc. why not one for the great musical bonanza.? Here you go .. this is not an official one broadcast or telecast
But a private conversation between two unknown voices overheard at the pandal;
“ as usual,the open ground which was the haven of pigs till a fortnight back now appears “lookable “ thanks to a “face lift “ and heavy make up like many of the vidhushis participating in the event.Open air pandal has no foul smell this year thanks to Modi for his “ No open air defecation scheme”
Quite a good crowd of ardent rasikas, all of them looking away from the saint’s samadhi focussing their attention on the vidwans entering the pandal with religious pomp.
Hey … look she is coming shouted one rasika who has recognized his glamorous “idol”..( a word recently transferred from iconography to musicology)
Amman veedhi valam right from the refurbished teppakulam shouted someone else.
It is quite unusual for the Dharma samvardhini to come on procession this time of the year murmured an oldman.
Not the Goddess . He means the Vedette.
This year’s hallmark or water mark was the refurbishing of some public tanks “kuLam “around as a public service project.Many enjoy seeing the reflection of their own face on the placid water.
Look there the abhishegam has started.
So has the bhairavi Chetulara...some miss Ramani,
Who is miss Ramani? I see Ashok Ramani there.
I meant flute Ramani.
So many dignitaries near the samadhi . Their face with a abroad grin is turned in the opposite direction towards the T V Camera.they could have simply stood near the camera instead fighting their place close to the samadhi(as if it is their own ) and from there look outside.. Publicity conscious like the musicians,?
-- they want to show to the world how influential they are.
How do you know? No reply from the other voice.
Who is that person ? is he a tavil vidwan?. He is having plastic white “rings “ on all his fingers but there is no tavil in front .
Look carefully. Not plastic.He is wearing platinum gold silver rings in all his fingers. He is world famous for his masterpiece “ nidhi chala sukhama “
All the singers are so beautifully dressed as though for a fashion parade
One exception. Look at the girl humbly dressed sitting close behind that vidhushi,
Right , seems to be really poor. She must be really talented.
No look , she is not moving her lips even.
Quite a puzzle how she managed to get to the second row behind that illustrious vishushi.
That is because of the courtesy of that vidhushi herself who used her influence to get her behind.
May be she is her usual tambura artist.
No
Then why should she recommend her?
Just to ensure a contrast background which on camera would enhance her own beauty.
How do you knoW?
No reply from the other voice.it continued she is the girl who sells flowers to all the lady artistes. None would object to her presence.
I fail to understand why a person who has nothing to do with music should waste her time sitting here.
But for such people the place would be half empty
It appears that the crowd is less this year.
That is because of globalization. Thiruvaiyaru is everywhere at Chennai, Bombay POndicherry US , Paris etc…
Glad that for the C.M the spirit pervades everywhere.
A small correction, the smell of spirit pervades everwhere.
One thing is sure. Thanks to this festival C M music schools should have multiplied in this small dusty village.
Not music schools but beauty parlours.
You are so cynical about everything music but you know every thing here including how the secret mind of every one is working. Are you a musical psychologist?
“ No , I am The Thyagaraja. I cannot stand this annual farce and tamasha. So I came out ofmy samadhi last week and now I am a homeless wandering soul for five more days “ he said and vanished in thin air before the group pancha ratna could begin.
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Post by Ponbhairavi » 15 Jan 2018, 22:49

A concert review.
Bida Aboore is an international city.Today there is a pure carnatic music concert.The singer Shek is from India. Actually his name at birth was Shekar.He hates the brahmin community he was born in to such an extent that he has changed his name, although his birth gifted him with a beautiful voice and a congenital super knowledge of carnatic music.Some hindu “ morons “ say that Narada has blessed his mother when she was pregnant. The fact remains that he is an excellent carnatic musician . Today his concert !!! no violin. Only a Timboctu drum which natives use to drive away lions and elephants in nights.
Our Shek’s only condition is that no Mylapoorean should be allowed inside.Bida Abooreans are mad after him. What if they are totally ignorant and do not understand anything in C M ?The hall was full only Bida Abooreans. However one Mylapore mama who likes his music and who was passing through that city managed to get in in disguise wearing small beard moustach and dark glasses
Shek started his concert.. The first piece was so lilting that the drum made the hall vibrate .The whole audience danced in ecstasy as in an indian namasangeerthanam.. A half-baked Bida Aboorean shouted in a trance “ nice Abhang “ Our man in disguise murmured it is Lalgudi”s tillana.
Next came an elaborate “ thadhari nanam “ sombody has kept plenty of “oodhubathi” ( insense sticks “ ) to fill the whole hall with fragrance. Unfortunately this made our super singer cough ,gently sneeze, adjust his voice with “ hum … ukkum “. . Every time this voice readjustment happened our Bida Aboorean audience thought it is a carnatic music” pidi “ and gave thunderous applause. Shek started a song .A music reviewer sent by a famous local paper, sitting in the first row exclaimed “” aha aha .. What a brilliant thala “kabhodhi “.All the audience echoed in chorus “ kabodhi “ once more. Our man in disguise was silently enjoying the sahana ragam
Shek’s face could not hide a slight disappointment..
The next day’s paper praised shek and his music as revolutionary and recommended an international award. The “oodhubathi “ company presented him with thousand pairs of Gold slippers (paduka sahasram ) the exact number of people in the audience.
Yet our Shek was not very happy. His thoughts went back to the good old days when as a young boy he used to practise music in his mylapore house. The tenant, a my;lapore Iyengar mama sitting on his TVS -50 moped sipping “Narasus “ coffee .will be reading “The Hindu “( the invariable triple hallmark of an Iyengar as the religious marks on their forehead,)
Shek heaved an imperceptible sigh as he could not suppress his conscience secretly longing for that mylapore mama’s simple , silent appropriately appreciative nod.
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#241 Re: Rajagopalan: Multifaceted personalities of the Rasikas forum

Post by rajeshnat » 16 Jan 2018, 07:16

PonBhairavi
I am glad your Shek also earned bit more sanmAnam having gone to Bida Aboore. Then he is longing for that elusive appreciation of one rasika in mamapore. Great one Sir.
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Post by Ponbhairavi » 16 Jan 2018, 19:52

thanks Rajeshnat,MaheshS BHakthimdehi
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Post by arasi » 17 Jan 2018, 09:52

PB,
Your writings rock, your unique brand of humor pleases no end. The grin I sport now won't leave my face for a while. Merci mille fois....:)
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Post by Ponbhairavi » 17 Jan 2018, 15:17

Thanks Arasi.
In a concert when some of the singer”s “pidis “ are appreciated he tends to go on and continue with new “sangathis “ and it becomes a neraval. The பலே and not “balais ( beware french original word for broomstick ) I have received push me to venture some NERAVAL
A concert review.
Bida Aboore is an international city.Today there is a pure carnatic music concert.The singer Shek is from India. Actually his name at birth was Shekar.He hates the brahmin community he was born in to such an extent that he has changed his name, although his birth gifted him with a beautiful voice and a congenital super knowledge of carnatic music.Some hindu “ morons “ say that Narada has blessed his mother when she was pregnant. The fact remains that he is an excellent carnatic musician . Today his concert !!! no violin. Only a Timboctu drum which natives use to drive away lions and elephants in nights.
Our Shek’s only condition is that no Mylapoorean ( inexplicable rancour )should be allowed inside.Bida Abooreans are mad after him. What if they are totally ignorant and do not understand anything in C M ?The hall was full- only Bida Abooreans. However one Mylapore mama who likes his music and who was passing through that city managed to get in in disguise wearing small beard, thick moustache and dark glasses
Shek started his concert.. The first piece was so lilting that the drum made the hall vibrate .The whole audience danced in ecstasy as in an indian namasangeerthanam.. A half-baked Bida Aboorean shouted in a trance “ nice Abhang “ Our man in disguise murmured it is Lalgudi”s tillana.
Next came an elaborate “ thadhari nanam “ sombody has kept plenty of “oodhubathi” ( perfume sticks “ ) to fill the whole hall with fragrance. Unfortunately this made our super singer cough ,gently sneeze, adjust very often his voice with “ hum … ukkum “. . Every time this voice readjustment happened our Bida Aboorean audience thought it is a carnatic music” pidi “ and gave thunderous applause. Shek started a song .A music reviewer sent by a famous local paper, sitting in the first row exclaimed “” aha aha .. What a brilliant thala “kabhodhi “.All the audience echoed in chorus “ kabhodhi “ once more.
The friend of that music reviewer sitting next to him asked What is tala ?
Oh, to put it in simple terms for you , the tala is to carnatic music what kabab is to nawab.
How do you know so much music?
I was running a pann beeda shop near a mylapore sabha for 3 years when I was in India..
Oh great- ’ I have heard that mylaporeans are expert in CM. I understand that even our todays ‘s singer is a mylaporean.
Leave the mylaporeans.Even mylapore sheep bleat in mukhari when their jugular is being slit
How do you know that ?
I had a friend who used to come regularly to my shop for his supari and he was cook in Bhuhari
Bhuhari I know.. What is mukhari?
Mukhari is another thala like kabhodi

Our man in disguise was silently enjoying the plaintive sahana ragam in which our Shek was pouring his heart out.
Shek’s face could not hide a slight disappointment by the quality of his audience
The next day’s paper praised shek and his music as revolutionary and recommended an international award. The “oodhubathi “ company presented him with thousand Gold slippers (paduka sahasram ) the exact number of people in the audience.
To every one’s surprize the donor declared that all the gold slippers given are only for the left foot. !!
Only left ? why the right has been left out?
Because the left always thinks that it is right.
But left, if left alone, is totally useless.
You are right . we know that . we want to make sure that he comes here again to get the right ones.
Advaaaaaaaance booking ?
But , Yet our Shek was not very happy. His thoughts went back to the good old days when as a young boy he used to practise music in his mylapore house. The tenant, a mylapore Iyengar mama reclining on his TVS -50 moped sipping “Narasus “ coffee .will be reading “The Hindu “( the invariable triple hallmark of an Iyengar as the religious marks on their forehead,)
Shek heaved an imperceptible sigh as he could not suppress his conscience secretly longing for that mylapore mama’s simple , silent appropriately appreciative nod. He does not know that the mylaporean is disguise in his concert was that same mylapore mama.
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#245 Re: Rajagopalan: Multifaceted personalities of the Rasikas forum

Post by Ponbhairavi » 18 Jan 2018, 12:12

Thanks NIck.

now in a lighter vein : Secret of Universality ??

The universe is so big. Day and night , throughout the 24 hours , all through the year hundreds of planes constantly criss cross in the sky routes. Millions of passengers!!Thousands of Air hostesses suavely welcome each and every one of these passengers enquiring
" எந்த row ? mahanubhavulu ,
andhariki vandhanamu
they say with folded hands. and these 2 lines of Pancharatna embrace five languages ( including the occult sanscrit and malayalam !!)
Oh ! Thyagaraja , what a seer.! ( my padding over a clue given by my friend.)
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