Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

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#126 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 09 May 2019, 02:27

Back to the place which after all was the reason for this thread's origin. The Cleveland Tyagaraja Festival.
A Brothers' concert, and then, a father and son's duet.
Twenty odd years ago when we started attending the season in Chennai regularly, me like a child in a toy store, excited about hearing my favorites and eagerly following the Chennai clan's suggestions on who all to listen to. The Hyderabad bros whom I had listened to in Connecticut earlier were on my list. Their singing of sadAchalESwaram stuck in my memory. I continued to listen to them for a few more years in Chennai and then, I felt uncomfortable. Things were different. A friction of sort between them came in the way of my enjoying their music. Or rather, the restlessness on stage transfered to me. A personal response which does not at all reflect on their vidwat. A few years ago I heard them on the STD channel. The unease I felt was still there. Then I heard that they weren't singing together anymore. On again, it seems to me now. I wanted to watch them for sometime, if I had the time. Trivandrum Balaji and KVG added their considerable merit to the concert, and Nagai Muralidharan! His participation throughout the festival was an asset. His playing was something sweet and worthwhile to listen to all the time, whomsoever he played for. All the above made the concert something I wanted to listen to.
The vidvat of the brothers I doubt not. It's the chemistry which distances me from them. Surprisingly, I didn't experience any unpleasantness of a great measure which would have made me turn away from their music. Nagai was playing pantuvarALi which drew me in.The Bros commenced singing nAradamuni and did neraval at Narayana nAmamulanu pArAyaNa-anupallavi line. SwarAs followed and they were very nice. I heard more of the lesser-heard brother again, with the bhiravi AlApana. Nagai's return I relished. The kriti was chEtulAra with swarAs at sETu bandhana.
The tani by Balaji and KVG was very good. Not surprising.
After a while when I was back, I heard them singing mAmava karuNaya of ST.
So, after many years I heard them for while and their music was worth hearing. I don't know if those who were at the Cleveland concert from beginning to the end could do that, with the artistes' disparities coming in the way of their musical power...
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#127 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 09 May 2019, 02:58

Violin duet by V.V.Subramaiam and V.V. Murari,
Neyveli Narayanan,

The varNam evaded me. I wasn't close by, and by the time I hurried to hear it, it was ending . I couldn't make it out.
muddu mOmu in kamala Manohari was expertly and appealingly played.

What inimai (sweetness) in vAchaspati which came next!So clean, even at this age!
Murari blended in so well with his father's playing. S-s at Pallavi line.
Then Anandabhairavi rAgA came. Did he play or did the sweet notes came sliding into his fingers? marivEre was the kriti played with tIrmanam and naLinam (forceful yet graceful).

kApi, enta saukhyamu!

rAgA tODi was an experimental whirl at first, then gained a speedy gait, and reached its own pace in the end. A kind of parsing exercise, then back to its own shape and form. kArthikEya gAngEya gowri tanaya simply sparkled.

karuNai deivamE, kaRpagamE, sindhubhairavi, by Madurai Srinivasan.
HamsAnandi tillAna--the fast and dexterous playing at his age was unbelievable!
Thanks to Cleveland, to iCarnatic's streaming, we are richer in our listening pleasure :)
Sundara Rajan,
You heard more concerts than I did. Please continue...
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#128 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by meenaakshi » 12 May 2019, 19:57

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#129 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by rajeshnat » 12 May 2019, 20:42

@meenakshi
Thank you for your photos . They look as crisp as Tanjore S kalyanaraman music with absolutely no repetition unlike few years back when there was too much of repetition. Seeing few photos on that pancharatna day with so many in audience , the place looks like a superdome stadium where cleveland cavaliers is having their match. I dont see any photos of the awards ceremony (ratnakaras etc...), if you can add those only that would be great . For me to see in one single photo frame mahavidwans Trichy Sankaran ,Guru Kuraikudi Mani is such a great mastercard moment.

Just one feedback not to you but organizers in the video of pancharatna for the whole pancharatna the video was only on the percussion team and vidushis , we only heard vidwans but never saw vidwans singing . I am sure it is a logistics issue of being not able to place cameras at that line of sight, hopefully that should be corrected from next year.
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#130 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 12 May 2019, 20:49

At last! Thanks Meenakshi. Gives even for those of us who saw the streaming a better idea of how much of music went on in Cleveland. All the hard work doesn't show of course--we see only the finery and smiles!
The stadium ambience is something new. We noticed it, but did not know about it until the very end, when Sundaram winds the festival up after the children's Dance contest very briefly every year: about 2000 attendees on Aradhana day is what we expect, but this year, the number was about 5,ooo. So we had to get the stadium to accommodate them.
How simply put! At the drop of a hat, the organizers had to seek a bigger venue within the campus, the university had to agree to let t them use the stadium. What an amount of dedication, goodwill and caring must have gone into it! And, feeding them all too! Hail, the university, the city of Cleveland. I am hoping for a day when a stadium in Chennai would be used for a CM concert and it will be filled too!
Meenakshi, are there any more pictures of the kids singing? Of course, all happy faces, well attired, but we don't get to see much of all the planning and physical hard work which goes into a mammoth musical event like this...
We can prat, of course--'vAi chollil vIraraDi' (big in talk folks)!
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#131 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by rajeshnat » 12 May 2019, 20:54

All
Just in case you did not know as soon as you click the link that meenakshi posted , there at the top where there are 3 dots, there is an option called "Slideshow" that option will show in full screen without you baby sitting with next clicks.
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#132 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by thanjavooran » 12 May 2019, 21:06

Meenakshi,
Thanks for sharing the photos.
good coverage.
vaazhga valamudan!
with wishes,
Thanjavooran
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#133 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Nick H » 12 May 2019, 22:02

meenaakshi wrote:
12 May 2019, 19:57
Pictures:
Great! What super photos. Glad to see you got included on one!
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#134 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 13 May 2019, 01:40

Yes, Nick. That one picture--a bit work-worn!
Thanks to Rajesh--I went for the slide show and loved it. Many pictures, more of the kids, her covering every artiste possible--all shots capturing the enormity of the festival and the amity as well.

Many favorites. Kids blossom, of course, and the artistes get caught up in bonhomie in a place where all mingle without levels of seniority or stardom.

Still, some of my favorites: Mahati taking a selfie with Sudha, Rhada and Girish, Sankar Sundaram with the tambura which he played for Manimaran, the latter himself emulating NSG in wearing a gOpi mark on his forehead, the Charsur pair, Suresh often very much part of the stage (sound) managers along with Manimaran along with the regulars of Cleveland's Grand Family.
Vidya, Brinda, Sandeep and bro, Jayanth, and all the younger set--all because of your extensive coverage! Missed yours dearly, but caught a glimpse of him in the webcast.

Did I miss a picture of R.Tyagarajan? He was so much part of the festival in that the sweet sound of his flute was heard a lot, even beyond his performance.
All the young shooting stars add color and life to the collection, and hope. The committee members and families hearten our hearts, Balu, Karthik, even performing on top of all their duties. Then, the key man, Sundaram himself. May the Cleveland spirit move the team in continuing their good work and in transferring it (as they seem to be doing) to the next generation, and so on...

Did I catch a picture of Rupavathi? Why not even a few pictures, may I ask?

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#135 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by RSR » 13 May 2019, 12:42

meenaakshi wrote:
12 May 2019, 19:57
Pictures:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/jN8YoB7Eu7QWQPB78
Best Solution! Thank you.
For displaying images, ( not videos), my choice is sites.google.com
it is free for any one with gmail account. Ultra simple to insert images,
I am not againt images in a web page, It does (sometimes) enhance the experience.
I have used them extensively in
sites.google.com/site/homage2mssubbulakshmi
,, ,, /dkpattammalsongs
,, ,, /ncvasanthakokilam
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#136 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by RSR » 13 May 2019, 21:13

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about 2000 attendees on Aradhana day is what we expect, but this year, the number was about 5,ooo. So we had to get the stadium to accommodate them.
! And, feeding them all too!
https://sites.google.com/site/rsrshares ... anam-feast

மதுரைக்கரசியின் கல்யாண விருந்து!

..கோயில் நிர்வாகமோ, விருந்துக் குழுவோ ஒரு பைசாக்கூட செலவழிக்காம, ஒரு லட்சம் பேருக்குப் போதும் போதும்ங்கிற அளவுக்கு விருந்து போடுறதெல்லாம் சாதாரணமான விஷயமா என்ன?
அங்கிருந்த பழமுதிர்ச்சோலை திருவருள் முருகன் பக்த சபை பெரியவர் சாமுண்டி விவேகானந்தனைப் பாராட்டுனேன். “இந்த விருந்தை நடத்துனது நாங்க இல்ல தம்பி. அன்னை மீனாட்சிதான் நடத்துனா. நாங்க வெறுமனே பரிமாறும் கரண்டிதான்”ன்னு தன்னடக்கத்தோட சொன்னாரு.

This is a great article on the Free feast at Madurai every year, on the auspicious occasion of 'Meenakshi ThirukkalyaaNam. It is an entirely voluntary effort by the devotees. rich and poor. It is not financial contribution but supply of matrials required for the marriage feast and much more important, voluntary labour by men, women and children. of all ages. I am not even attempting to give a translation. Neither the temple administration nor the administering committe, spends any thing.
An active devotee when congratulated, said ' it is not we who conduct the feast. It is Mother Meenakshi. We are just the serving hands'
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Tamilnad has such devout festivals all the year round in hundreds of temples big and small of hoary tradition. and fame. No trace of commercialism. All that CM rasikas have to do is to take CM to the common people. May not be possible in Chennai.
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#137 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 14 May 2019, 00:01

Absolutely. It's in the villages and small towns that community-minded service flourished and still does, it's heartening to see. Meenakshi now resides in a city, but the spirit still remains among the residents, by her grace. It was some such individuals from the Nellaiyappar temple area further south that started it all here. It's not as if the sharing stopped there (The same it was with the building of chapels and cathedrals in Europe in the Middle Ages. The community offered its services in skills and their time for this labor of love and the spirit continues).
And to grow the banyan tree of CM all over the US and beyond (barring Florida, may be!)--is no mean task!.
As for publicity: Nowadays, I don't see any difference in that overwhelming phenomenon, either in the western or eastern hemisphere. Those who work, keep working. Those whose profession it is to spread it in the media, do that. Others love it all, or suffer it.

Anyhow, most in the community of Rasikas.org look forward to the pictures. It's an annual ritual we seem to share and have fun with...
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#138 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by rupavathi » 16 May 2019, 09:09

arasi wrote:
13 May 2019, 01:40

Did I catch a picture of Rupavathi? Why not even a few pictures, may I ask?
If this is directed at me, No, I haven't gone there.
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#139 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Nick H » 16 May 2019, 16:07

thanjavooran wrote:
12 May 2019, 21:06
Meenakshi,
Thanks for sharing the photos.
It is like seeing pictures from a great party to which so many friends went, but one could not make it.

There is also a feeling of home overseas. A corner of a foreign land that will be forever India? :lol:
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#140 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 17 May 2019, 03:32

Nick,
Where even a TYagaraja week was celebrated by the city some years ago and his posters were seen all over town--just as with any major composer in the west gets honored, to mark a special birthday, Tyagaraja was honored...
Well, music is music, and when we do not mind other cultures' expression in music of their own kind, then go a bit further and try to understand its merits, take even more steps to appreciate it, is a good thing. A whole lot of open-mindedness and a desire to learn something beyond one's ken--at least,an appreciation for it comes into play.
By the way, aren't you a prime example of that? Sometimes, more so than some natives:)
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#141 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Nick H » 17 May 2019, 15:10

Of course, Arasi. You know what they say: converts make the worst fanatics! :lol:
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#142 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by VK RAMAN » 17 May 2019, 18:42

Nick, as an example, is an aberration in white controlled U.S states exceptions are NJ, some parts of OH and CA in my Humble opinion
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#143 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by shankarank » 20 May 2019, 19:40

RSR wrote:
13 May 2019, 21:13
It is an entirely voluntary effort by the devotees. rich and poor. It is not financial contribution but supply of matrials required for the marriage feast and much more important, voluntary labour by men, women and children. of all ages.
At an abstract level, finance is just currency issued by the powers. Finance or barter , wealth is wealth, material is material. There are still Amish around who would not get social security even in the US. I heard they barter,

This is a story I heard, whose veracity needs verified. There was a time when Thiruvaiyaru festival faced this predicament of feeding the devotees. SrI Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan who was then Secretary, in extreme distress took a dip in cauvery that morning and from no where food raw materials arrived!

There is a Murugashramam temple in West mambalam taken care by a family of devotees, which does not take any monetary donations, only material may be to avoid controversies with HR&CE.
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