Friday, June 8, 2012

Carnatic Instrumental Concert by Master Visveshwar on flute

Master Visveshwar is performing a carnatic flute recital on 24th June 2012 at Keyes High School for Girls, Secunderabad. This program is organized by Kalasagaram, Hyderabad.

Place: Keys High School for Girls, Secunderabad
Date: 24th June 2012
Time: 6:30 PM to 9 PM

All are co-ordinally invited. Please find below a brief bio of Visveshwar.

Master Visveshwar started playing flute at an early age of nine and half years. After the initial training under his grand father Shri Singanallur V.Ramaraja, he learnt music from senior vidwans like Shri S.R.D.Vaidyanathan, Dr R S Jayalakshmi and Shri Kallidaikurichi M Balakrishnan. Visveshwar has performed on more than 375 stages including in some of the leading sabhas in Chennai. He performed in various cities including Shanmukhananda Hall, Mumbai and Malaysia with Shri Abaswaram Ramjhi’s Issai Mazhalai group. He gave programmes in Jaya TV, Kalaignar TV, Raj TV, Sankara TV and TTD's SVBC. He received several awards including best instrumentalist prize at Spirit of Youth Festival 2010, Music Academy, Chennai, Rotary Club of Nanganallur Award for Vocational Excellence as a Child Prodigy, Venu ila maamani award by Karaikal Sapthaswaram Sabha in 2009 and Valayapatti Kashyap child artiste by Valayapatti Kashyap Naadhalaya in 2008 among others. He is listed as the child prodigy of the year 2009 by Rotaract Club of East Coast and Rotaract Club of Hindu College and most promising talent in the 12 to 18 years instrument category by Time of India. He is the recipient of Central Govt (CCRT) Scholarship for talented child artistes from 2009. He is currently studying in Modern Sr Sec School, Nanganallur, Chennai. More details about Vishveshwar can be obtained from his personal website  including some of his recordings.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Must listen carnatic fusion music

With many thanks to blogs and Twitter.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sri Rama Navami concert by Smt. Ranjani Sivakumar

Carnatic Vocal Concert on the occasion of Sri Rama Navami by Smt.Ranjani Sivakumar.
  • Date: April 1,Sunday, 2012
  • Time: 6.15 pm - 7.30 pm
  • Venue: Raamaalayam, Sri Sita Rama Anjaneya temple, Kondapur (landmark- opposite Google office, Jayabheri Silicon Towers.), Hyderabad.
  • Accompanists: Sri.Oruganti Rajashekar (Violin), Sri.Burra Sriram (Mrudangam )
Ranjani Sivakumar Siddareddy is a disciple of Dr. Pantula Rama and was also trained under Sita Narayanan and N S Srinivasan. She was in the UK for quite sometime on deputation as a software engineer with TCS. Currently, she teaches music in Hyderabad. She has performed at several places in Chennai, Madurai, Vellore, Trivandrum and Hyderabad (source).

All are cordially invited.

Monday, August 15, 2011

(Happy) Independence Day

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Its a day of mixed feelings. It was much simpler when I was a kid. Back in the school days, 15th August was always associated with joy and celebrations. Neatly dressed in whites and wearing the immaculate white shoes polished diligently the previous night, we reached the school play ground earlier than the usual. One could feel the air of festivity as we were rushed to stand in line for the flag hoisting program. Ad mist the murmurs of the students with occasional hushes and teachers with a cane in the hand patrolling the ground, we used to watch the decoration of the dais unfolding.
A cloth banner with the map of India is neatly hung at the center of the dais, with the support of three vertically arranged school benches. The tri colors of Indian flag appear inside the map, with the wheel appearing at the center, contrasting sharply with the white color of the cloth banner. The flag pole located right next to the dais is neatly decorated with the three colors. And the flag is already mounted at the top, waiting to be hoisted by the chief guest of the function. The flag hoisting, the patriotic songs, speeches by teachers and students followed by snacks distribution formed the core of the event. We rushed back to home happily munching the snacks that usually consisted of some mixture and a sweet. It was such a simple life. What a joy that was!
As the years went by, my association with Independence day has been mixed. Thats why they say ignorance is bliss. Though I still get goosebumps whenever I hear a moving patriotic song, there are hundred questions swarming in my mind. What are we celebrating? Why are we celebrating in spite of the fact that millions of people in the country are undernourished while the food grains in Government godowns are left to rot and perish? Millions of people do not have access to clean water, proper housing, minimum medical facilities, basic education and many more. How did the liberation of India from the British freed the common man from these problems?
The dynasty that ruled this country for more than ninety percent of the time after independence spear headed by the mindless and useless ideologies of one man, sucked the blood out of every Indian only to satisfy his egoistic ecstasy. The unhealed wound inflicted by partition and its aftermath is only one of the nightmares manifested due to the zillion blunders committed by him and the party. Yet, they have no self respect and continue to feed on the corpses left behind after the catastrophic and systematic misgovernance of the country. While his daughter hurled us into a bigger misery with her tyrannical regime, the current queen controls the whole country through a puppet. As we enter the 65th anniversary of our independence, the prince is getting ready to get his share of this idiosyncrasy and we, as people, are thoughtless, shameless and spineless to allow it to happen. The opposition is in a bigger shamble in itself giving unquestioning liberty to the puppet and its masters to loot whatever is left in the country.
Our generation, including me, has no self respect. We always want to be in the safety net, have good careers and good pay cheque. It is 100% our fault that we are allowing the criminals to rule the country. We will continue to rot under the same system and we will continue to complain. Thats how we are and thats what we are.
Enough of my pessimistic outburst. Happy independence day! See this amazing video: The Silent Indian National Anthem (read about the video here).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Call for Donations to "Project Why"

I recently stumbled upon the blog of Project Why Blog and started following it. I am deeply touched by the amount of work they are doing. I came across two blog posts: Why not sponsor a future and Let us together save a dream requesting for donations to help two of their former students continue their education through vocational courses. Please read the blog posts for more details.

So, please donate whatever you can, however small or big it might be, to Project Why so that the two boys can attend college. The details about how to donate can be found here. The deadline is around 20th July 2011, the date before which they need to be enrolled in the courses.