Aug 5, 2012
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Water, Music and Meditation

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”

- Loran Eisley (Anthropologist), The Immense Journey, 1957 -

Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes water and nobody knows what that is. D.H. LAWRENCE (1885-1930), Pansies, 1929

When the well is dry, we know the worth of water. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, (1706-1790), Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746

High quality water is more than the dream of the conservationists, more than a political slogan; high quality water, in the right quantity at the right place at the right time, is essential to health, creation, and economic growth. Of all our planet’s activities–geological movements, the reproduction and decay of biota, and even the disruptive propensities of certain species (elephants and humans come to mind) — no force is greater than the hydrologic cycle.

- Richard Bangs and Christian Kallen, Rivergods, 1985

 My delving into the topic ‘water’ helped me know how it is most essential for all dimension of life and how it is focused in various forms and forums. My blog is mostly about Music, Meditation, Miscellaneous matters and Yoga which are required to maintain our mind, body and soul. In the modern life, people get exposed to so many influences most of which causes distractions resulting into stress and losing of originality, human quality and spirituality. Deficiency and disorder in life style and many other things due to polluted mind and atmosphere, diseases remain as a major health concern for many. Similarly, Pure water processed only by nature is a type of “whole food”.  One of the wonderful qualities of water is that it can dissolve almost anything; but it is also one of its detriments as it is easily get polluted. It often contains hundreds of dissolved minerals and chemicals which harmful and purifying the same is very expensive. Many diseases and deaths are caused by contaminated water or impure air or toxin contained foods. Insufficient water content in the body causes dehydration and many diseases and water has to be used to prevent and cure such problems. The importance of water, sanitation and hygiene for improving quality of life is being highlighted through different media.

Different types of drinking water available and all waters are not created equal.  Municipal tap water may contain high levels of chlorine and a lot of other stuff making it not safe enough.  Bottled water which is also often nothing more than well-packaged tap water is pricey compared to municipal tap water which is affordable.. The other concern about bottled water is the amount of plastic bottle waste. The population explosion poses challenges for ensuring good water quality and quantity/ quality. Ninety seven per cent of earth water is undrinkable due to saltiness and other reasons.  The distribution of water is also uneven leading to a wide range of water-related problems which include inter-state conflicts over access and quality, competition between urban, rural, and environmental uses, severe human health problems, and constraints on economic development. For a more equitable and sustainable solutions, we need to have broader approaches thinking about human societies and eco-systems.

Water greed and scarcity has led to water wars and other harmful effects. Therefore, water issues and realities from various perspectives and needs of our community get expressed through seminars, webinars, symposiums, lectures, water projects and other sources by bringing together artists, water experts, educators, engineers, developers, conservationists, health advocates, youth, and many other community members engage in creatively and proactively.

Civilization, development and economic growth depend on water only which can seen from our history… Water is power, energy, music, recreation and so on. Water symbolises purity, clarity and calmness, and reminds us to cleanse our minds and attain the state of purity. An important message from water is to have a deeper look at ourselves Water is also an inspiration for many. The lesson from water is that one can become be marvelous if one has the qualit natural, egoless, fearless, soft; still, persistent, allowing, circulating, humble, resonating and  with the awareness  that  All is one.  Click here:  Thinking Through: The Wisdom of Water.

Music does wonders; so is also water. I could find from a musician’s website that Abhogi which is a carnatic raga and adapted in Hindustani music also, helps develop the quality of the water element. Meditating with water can create a profound experience as water acts like a universal agent. Water Yoga has also come into being. For easy delivery of baby, some pregnant ladies nowadays prefer water delivery.

Thoughts are like water, always moving and flowing Dr. Masaru Emoto, a doctor of alternative medicine from Japan, has published several books based on his various experiments on water crystals and one of the well known book is The Hidden Messages in Water. His findings indicate that human vibration energy, thoughts, words, ideas and music affect the molecular structure of water  and create both positive and negative effects on water and therefore, on us as well, since 70% of the human body is made of water. When experimented with Classical music such as those by Beethoven and Bach resulted into beautiful water crystals. But similar experiments with rock music did not yield the same results – instead, rings of cracks showed up when the water exposed to rock music was frozen. This establishes the fact that the healing properties of classical music to our own bodies as different frequencies reach different parts of our body to assist our immune systems and minds.  I heard first about Dr.Emoto’s experiments when I attended demonstration water held at BK World Spiritual University Shantisarovar, Hyderabad to show vibration effects on water.

There are musical instruments using water and in India, the Jaltarang meaning of which is “waves in water” – has been very popular.  Jalatarang artist used water-filled china bowls, placed in a semi-circle arrangement around the artist and and struck by two sticks Tuning of each bowl is done by varying the quantity of water to the desired frequency and tones are  similar to the Feng Shui wind chimes.  Instead of cups, metals or glasses have also been used in some parts in 16th century. A single metal plate, called the thali filled with water  is  used  in Jaisalmer district in Rajasthan in India to produce different tones and rhythms and It is called Jaltaal. Water Drums exist in various cultures around the world.  The musical instrument Organ uses pressure generated by falling water as the energy source to produce musical sound.

From very ancient days fairs and festivals are celebrated with spontaneous songs and dances  which inform, educate and entertain people. . Deviating from the presentation of dance in the traditional way, there are dance groups which take up social events and current themes to raise awareness among the public through dance.  Water theme has been used as one of the themes in dance, music, art, literature and culture.

Some of the most amazing scenery, great rivers and wetlands, giant waterfalls and canyons are because of the availability of water. Rainbows’ miraculous appearance when water drop is passing through light is considered by the ancient Greeks as paths between Earth and Heaven made by the messenger goddess. The science behind the rainbow is actually basic optics, the principles of which were discovered by Isaac Newton in the 17th century and developed by Thomas Young in the early 19th century.

Water has lot to offer; for human well-being; but pollution in the water and surroundings and unsafe practices endanger the living organisms.  A Kashmiri Proverb is that it is easy to throw anything into the river but difficult to take it out again. Degraded water quality damaged ecosystems.  Numerous steps are taken for monitoring water quality and purification and environmentalists, scientists and various authorities and bodies.  We have so many systems, equipments, water purifiers and methods to purify water. The various studies, researches and experiments also try to find solutions for water pollution and water purification.

The absolute pure water remain only as a concept and  exists only in a laboratory, However, pure consciousness is not a concept, but it is rarely experienced or perceived in its pure form. Through meditation, new space which is both full and empty of all impurities of body sensations, emotions and thoughts and we become like distilled water. As all thoughts recede, pure consciousness is being experienced. Many of the potentials of the human being and the Nature has gone untapped and even the tapped resources are underutilized or not well-managed.  Many things found on the earth have properties which can be useful for certain purposes.   Recently, my attention was captured on an experiment of Scientists in Brazil  which indicated that peel of banana which normally is thrown after use is useful for purifying water.  Like this, there  can be many things which are to be used for various purposes that are useful for living organisms. Human potentials can bring heaven on the earth with the help of the Creator and the Nature. Heaven is the place where everyone lives equally and happily in harmony with everything and music, drawing and everything in original, excellent and pure.  The history and the festivals remind us of the time when peace, purity and prosperity was around.   One of such  festival is “Onam” celebrated in Kerala, which is known as the “God’s Own Country”.  An old  malayalam song ” maveli nadu vaneedum kalam…” is  sung over centuries portraying   the golden era of  Kerala. Here is the translation of the song:

When Maveli, our King, ruled the land,

All the people had equality.
And people were joyful and merry;
They were all free from harm.
There was neither anxiety nor sickness,
Death of the children was never even heard of,
There were no lies,
There was neither theft nor deceit,
And no one was false in speech either.
Measures and weights were right;
No one cheated or wronged his neighbor.
When Maveli, our King, ruled the land,
All the people formed one casteless race.

Let our thoughts be beautiful and sounds make beautiful patterns staying hydrated and living greener and more eco friendly rejoicing in the wonders of water and our own existence.

“Water is critical for sustainable development, including environmental integrity and the alleviation of poverty and hunger, and is indispensable for human health and well-being.”

United Nations

“When one man drinks while another can only watch, Doomsday follows.”

- Turkish Proverb -

“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.”

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery -

“Water, whether still or in motion, has so great an attraction for the lover of nature, that the most beautiful landscape seems scarcely complete without it. There are no effects so fascinating as those produced by the reflexions in nature’s living mirror, with their delicacy of form, ever fleeting and changing, and their subtle combinations of colour.”

- Montagu Pollock – Light and Water: A Study of Reflexion and Colour in River, Lake and Sea, 1903 -

“And gentle winds and waters near, make music to the lonely ear.”

- Byron,”Parisina” –

“What we imagine in our minds becomes our world.” Masaru Emoto

“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“The serenity of mind, gentleness, silence, self-restraint, and the purity of mind are called the austerity of thought.”

“If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.”

Chuang Tzu

:”We have the ability to provide clean water for every man, woman and child on the Earth. What has been lacking is the collective will to accomplish this. What are we waiting for? This is the commitment we need to make to the world, now.”

Jean-Michel Cous

Globalization was supposed to break down barriers between continents and bring all peoples together. But what kind of globalization do we have with over one billion people on the planet not having safe water to drink?”

Mikhail Gorbachev


by Ralph Waldo Emerson; 1883

The water understands

Civilization well,

It wets my foot, but prettily,

It chills my life, but wittily,

It is not disconcerted,

It is not broken-hearted:

Well used, it decketh joy,

Adorneth, doubleth joy:

Ill used, it will destroy,

In perfect time and measure

With a face of golden pleasure

Elegantly destroy.

Ode, On the General Subject of Water”

by Kenneth Boulding; Feather River Anthology

Water is far from a simple commodity,

Water’s a sociological oddity,

Water’s a pasture for science to forage in,

Water’s a mark of our dubious origin,

Water’s a link with a distant futurity,

Water’s a symbol of ritual purity.

Water is politics, Water’s religion,

Water is just about anyone’s pigeon.

Water is frightening, water’s endearing,

Water’s a lot more than mere engineering.

Water is tragical, water is comical,

Water is far from Pure Economical,

So studies of water, though free from aridity

Are apt to produce a good deal of turbidity.

I have left almost to the last the magic of water, an element which owing to its changefulness of form and mood and colour and to the vast range of its effects is ever the principal source of landscape beauty, and has like music a mysterious influence over the mind. Sir George Sitwell (On the Making of Gardens)

Click here : for Video on

Hidden Messages in Water

May 25, 2013
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The glory of God

IMPAM ഇമ്പം (or Inpam (இன்பம்)  meaning  happiness. delight, pleasure, sweetness, beauty, joy) is the need of every one and  is also the resource of energy. This is a word which is found in both the language of Malayalam and Tamil of the South India. In the absence of this, charm is lost leading to bitterness or disappointments or taking wrong decisions   spoiling resources or relationships being materialistic. Counseling for proper perception or spiritual connection or spiritual energy is the solution in such a situation for which one has to unearth one’s beautiful inside or out.

The God or the Creator is the sources of life, wisdom and joy.  The wonderful and beautiful things of nature reveals this and it takes care of needs  and happiness of  not only of man, but of all living creatures  God’s creation was perfectly holy and happy and the disobedience of God’s law- law of love – that has brought woe and death. We face the so-called hell only when we act ungodly i.e. denying the noble quality of God.    The world though fallen apart, yet it is not all sorrow and misery; it is a mixture of happiness and sorrow as we find   thorns on which the rose blossoms and in nature itself, there is a message of hope and comfort.

The love of God which is not based on feelings or emotions and help us gain bliss, happiness and contentment are greater far. We are loved by him in various ways with different results. He doesn’t love us because we’re lovable or because we make Him feel good; He loves us because He is love. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him.   One has to pay price for loving someone and is advised to love with minimized attachment. Feeling loved helps us to take comfort in God when circumstances confuse or upset us. Evils make us feel abandoned at times, ignored or that God’s love is being withheld God gave us all the reasons and means to be happy in this world and for that we must be most appreciative to Him. He loves us for the good we do and does not love for the  evil deeds.  Though one has made mistakes, realizing of the same and confessing or repentance to God leads to salvation; whereas repentance to world is suicide. His love is abundant and we need to go for it. What is needed for earning God’s love is imbibing all the values and virtues that God possess. Praise be to God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

In context of the above and as a student of  Carnatic music,  a song composed by the renowned poet from Southern India Subramanya Bharati  is given in this blog.  He wrote several poems  in (in the Dravidian language Tamil, which have gained popularity in schools, movies, and households across India over the years and his poetry is known for its appeal to the liberty and strength of the people.

ettanai koti inbam vaittai engal iraiva iraiva iraiva

எத்தனை கோடி இன்பம் விட்டாய் எங்கள் இறைவ இறைவ இறைவ


siddhinai asittudan inaindai angu sherumaim bhutattuviyan ulagamaittai

1.சித்தினை அசிட்டுடன் இணைண்டாஇ அங்கு ஷேருமைம் ப்ஹூடட்டுவியன் உலகமைட்டாஇ

attanai yugamum varnak-kalanjiyamaga pala pala nal vazhagugal shamaittai
அத்தனை யுகமும் வர்ணக் -களஞ்சியமாக பல பல நல வழகுகள் ஷமைட்டாஇ

muktiyenoru nilai shamaittai angu muzhudinaiyum unarvamaittai

2.முக்டிஎனொரு நிலை ஷமைட்டாஇ அங்கு முழுதினையும் உணர்வமைட்டாஇ

bhaktiyenroru nilai vaghuttai engal parama parama parama
பாக்டிஎன்றொரு நிலை வக்ஹுட்டாஇ எங்கள் பரமா பரமா பரமா

Experience happiness and joy by clicking and listening to rendition in different raga by different Carbaticc singers

Click for listening to the above song in different ragas  Name of Raga Ahirbhairavi
Ettanai koti inbam vaittai engal iraiva Anandabhairavi Begada Des Dhanyasi Janasammodini
Beautiful rendition of a great song by bharathiay by Bombay jayashree…                            Kalyana Vasantham!   Priya sisters                 Mohanam                                                                  lang-Ragam-Adi-

Thalam-Subramania-Bharathiar-Shri-P-Unni-Krishnan-Mellifluous-Melodies              Tilang

Aug 17, 2012
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Panchabhoota ( Five Elements) – the five pillars of Creation

Nature is ten thousand versions of one truth.’ ― David Bell, Spirit of Nature: The Harmony of the Five Elements: A Path to Healing

“God put me on earth to accomplish certain things. Right now, I’m so far behind, I’ll never die.” ―  Bill Watterson

After I  wrote a blog on water, music and meditation, I felt  that the next Myblog should be  about the five elements- space, air, fire, water and earth –(known as “Pancha Bhuta”) the origin  of which, according to the the ancient Indian knowledge, is the Supreme Being. The five elements have the expressive power of the creation. Understanding our deep relationship with the five elements help us live in harmony with ourselves and with the planet.

Everything is made up of some combination of these elements and every particle of life needs these elements to survive In ancient China, Taoist scholars and mystics developed a profound understanding of life based on minute observation of nature.   Juxtaposing with the Chinese dual principles of Yin and Yang, i.e. heaven and earth, day and night, masculine and feminine energies, the ancient Taoists studied various  expression of these elements. For them these elements or energies are metaphors for relationships and due to its wondrous impacts,   they incorporated them into their advanced methods of healing.

Positive aspects:

  • Wood generates Fire ( The plants and trees are by nature, combustible matter which generates fire  -> Fire generates Earth: Under flames, article turn into ashes which form soil->Earth generates Metal: Soil contains minerals which over time, form metal->Metal generates ->  Water: Under flames, metal melt into liquid state and likewise water dew is formed quickly on cool metal surfaces

Negative aspects:

  • Water destroys Fire: Water can extinguish fire->Fire destroys Metal: Fire can melt metal ->Metal destroys Wood: Metal cut wood apart ->Wood destroys Earth: Wood can thrust into soil->Earth destroys Water: Soil is able to retain water, preventing flood

Balance of the world is dependent on these elements. Any imbalance causes problems.  As for instance, too much of a heat from the sun can cause drought while too much of a rain can inversely cause flood and so on. Even, the time, year and date of birth of ours are also categorized as under one of the five elements.

Shrines, Music or Dance or any other art found in Vedic tradition are not only entertaining but also helps to transcend to the higher Self. Yoga or meditation and music become Sadhana.   Of the five  Pancha bhootas, the Space element is the sound aspect that is closest to the Consciousness state. The  modern music  satiates the sensory mind giving temporary pleasure in hearing it and the modern way of life make the mind wandering mind causing anxiety about  the future or depressed about the past and one finds it difficult to have a freedom and the experience the state of awareness or bliss which is different from happiness. Understanding symbolism behind a Shiva Temple and the underlying concept of the five elements will help us enjoy Existence or cosmos continuously instead of getting confused with different forms of worship.

Muttuswami Dikshitar the great composer and one of the trinity of  Carnatic music after visiting the five shrines known as  Panchabhoota Sthalams in Tamil Nadu, India shrines, dedicated his kritis manifesting the various forms of  in these five elements which has lot of meanings to  a devotee.   The “Panchabhoota kritis” which  are beautiful in every respect, are:

  1. Ananda naTana prakAsham in raga Kedara (composition on the Sky).
  2. Srikalahasteesa in raga Huseni is on Shiva as Vayu Linga ( In this song Dikshitar says Shiva is like the zephyr to His devotees). T
  3. Arunachalanatham in  raga Saranga- a composition on fire.  ( (he says the Lord is like many suns at dawn).
  4. on the element Earth “Chintaya Makanda” (Bhairavi
  5. composition on water “Jambupathe” (Yamunakalyani). Yamuna  is also the name of a river –   depicted Shiva as water

           Click for a video song “Jambupathe”  of T.M.Krishnan. (The reason for selecting  this song for adding here is that I had also been fortunate to be singing this kriti  in my vocal class when my vocal sir at Darpana Academy Guru Purushottham taught us).

The panchabhootha sthalams are:, Chidambaram (Askash sthalam – Space),  Tiruvannamalai (Thejo sthalam – Fire), Kanchipuram (Prithvi sthalam – Earth) Srikalahasti (Vayu sthalam – Air) Tiruvanaikaval (Trichy) (Appu sthalam – Water

Chidambaram City  is home to Annamalai University,, Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram Temple, Port Parangipettai, and many industries.  In the shrine of Chidambaram, the sanctum has the world-famous icon of Nataraja, the dancing deity beside which is an empty space referred to as, “Chidambaram Ragasiyam” (the secret of Chidambaram) which according to legend will never be revealed as it is the secret relating to a particular person who sees it get ridding the screen of “maya”. When screen in the temple is removed after the performance of pooja, one can see the secret only if  mind and soul is applied. The message from this is “To Realise oneself “. The word “Chidambaram” also refers to the space within the heart of the devotee where cosmic dance of the god Shiva is depicted.

Tiruvannamalai Thejo sthalam – Fire) A scientifically proven fact is that the rock of Arunachala is one of the oldest on earth and has a fiery origin, either a volcanic eruption or a meteor strike. The Linga itself is unusual for it is grey in colour bringing to mind a stone of volcanic origin.Tiruvannamalai  – a town in the state of Tamil Nadu in India situated 185 km from Chennai/Madras and 210 km from Bangalore (Karnataka) -  At the holy mountain Arunachala ,  an Indian Sage   Sri Ramana Maharshi lived during the 20th century.

Kanchipuram (Prithvi sthalam- Earth) : one of the seven sacred cities of India. famous for hand-woven silk fabrics and saris and where one of the important Sankaracharya ‘Math is situated.

Srikalahasti   (Vayu sthalam – Air): A lamp that keeps flickering in the rather airless as air here Srikalahasti temple is a holy place near Tirupati in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the river Swarnamukhi, a tributary of the river Pennar.

Tiruvanaikaval (Trichy) (Appu sthalam): Shiva as water, is worshipped at Tiruvanaikka near Trichy. The sanctum of Shiva always has water from the Kaveri seeping in and in the rainy season it floods the shrine. Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeshwara Temple  is an important place of worship for saivates located at a distance of 1.5 km from trichy, Tamil nadu  and very nearer to srirangam.

Imbalance of these five elements in the individual or in the plant causes disease, stress, violence, depression, lack of clarity, and unhappiness can occur. Those who are conscious of staying y balanced spend some time every week with nature and maintain or any other place which becomes a place of inner silence.  Self-healing power is attained by tuning mind to the nature or divine rhythms like tuning into perfect radio.  These elements of these are studied and focused in meditation and yoga.

Another kriti where these five elements were referred to is :

Raga: Nattai (36 mela janyam)
ARO: S R G M P D N S || AVA: S N P M R S ||
Tala: Adi
Composer: Dikshitar
Version: GN Balasubramaniam


Swaaminaatha paripaalayaasumaam swaprakaasa valleesa guruguha devasenesa

Samashti charanam:

Kaamajanaka bharatheesa sevitha kaarthikeya naaradaadi bhaavita
vaamadeva paarvati sukumaara vaarijaastra sammohitaakaara
Kaamitaartha vitharana nipuna charana
kaavya naatakaalankaara bharana
bhumijalaagni vaayugaganakirana
bhodharupa nithyaananda karana

Chitta Swaram:
S , – r gm pn ppmm rr sn | S , m g pm- n pmgm rr sn ||
srgm , p- gm p S n pmrr | S , r s n p-s n pm-n pm rr ||
srgm , p- sn s R s n pmr | S , r s s n – n p m -gm r r sn ||
sr sm gp – mn ps – nr s m R | , sn p r S n pm – gm r S n ||

Meaning: (From Todd McComb, D. Sivakumar, TK Govinda Rao)

(Swaaminaatha – Lord Shanmukha is named thus for teaching the secret meaning of Om to Lord Siva) O Swaaminaatha, please protect (“paripalaya”) me (“maam”) without any delay. You, the self-effulgent (“swa-prakaasha”), Lord (“eesha”) of Valli and Devasena. ( Construction of Valleesa Guruguha Devasenesa sentence reflects the sanctum-santoram of Thirupparankundram) He, Karthikeya the one adored (“sevitha”) by Lord Vishnu, father (“janaka”) of Kaama and Lord Brahma (the husband of Bharati (Saraswati)—“Bharatheesha”). Fostered by Kritikaa ladies (“karthikeya”). Adored (“bhaavitha”) by Sages including Sage Narada.

Son (“sukumaara”) of Lord Siva ( Addressed as “Vaamadeva”, musical face of Lord Siva) and Goddess Paarvati. Hands arebeautiful like bloomed lotus flower (“vaarijaasthra”). Create temptation (“sammohita”) for betterment.
His feet (“charana”) are capable (“nipuna”) of bestowing the gift (“vitharana”) wealth (“artha”) & boons as wished (“kaamitha”) . He nurtures (“bharana”) poetry (“kavya”), literature (“alankaara”), drama (“naataka”). Bliss (“bodha”) form (“rupa”) made out (“kirana”) of five basic elements earth (“bhumi”), water (“Jala”), fire(“agni”), air (“vayu”) and sky (“gagana”). He is the form of knowledge (“bodha rupa”) and the donor of eternal (“nitya”) joy (“ananda karana”) on his devotees.

The above song became very popular as it was sung in South Indian movies.

“I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man without a Country

“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper,That we may record our emptiness.”  -Khalil Gibran.

When we walk upon Mother Earth,
we always plant our feet carefully
because we know the faces of our future generations
are looking up at us from beneath the ground.
we never forget them.”
- Chief Oren Lyons
(1930 – )

“But I love your feet
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me.”
― Pablo Neruda

“The earth laughs in flowers.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”  - Leonardo da Vinci

My next blog is to deal with each element separately wherever I can connect it to music, meditation, mysticism which are the aspects mostly touched by me in MY blog.

Jul 23, 2011


Om sahana Vavatu Sahanam Bunastu

(a   Sanskrit  mantra from Upanishad )

Om Saha Naavavatu |
Saha Nau Bhunaktu |
Saha Viiryam Karavaavahai |
Tejasvi Naavadhiitamastu Maa Vidvissaavahai |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

May God protect us both (the teacher and the student),
May God nourish us both,
May we work together with energy and vigour,
May our study be enlightening, not giving rise to hostility,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace


The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.

- Kahlil Gibran

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.

- Walter Lippmann


The word Sahana is another  name for Goddess Lakshmi/ Maa Durga. It also means ‘”Pure and blissfully happy”. ” in Kannada , the meaning is ;a person who have a great knowledge about all things present and past and future …….”

In Music, Sahana is a very popular Carnatic raga,  janya of 28th Melakarta Harikambhoji.  This is a sampoorna sampoorna vakra raga . Arohana  S R G M P M D N S and Avaraohana: S N D P M G M R G R S

The popular kritis in Sahana are:

1. Sri Kamalambikayam, Triputa tala — Dikshitar
2. Sri Eesanathi — Rupaka tala – Dikshitar
3. Ee vasudha (Kovoor Pancharatna) Adi — Thyagaraja
4. Vandanamu – Adi — Thyagaraja
5. Raghupate — Tisra ekam –Thyagaraja
6. Giripai – Adi — Thyagaraja
7. Rama ikanannu – Rupakam — Patnam Subramonia Iyer
8. Narayanam — Adi — Tulsivanam
9. Sri Vatapi Ganapathiye ninatal charanam – Adi — Papanasam Sivan.

10.Manamu kavalannu by Muthiah Bhagavatar

11  Saravana Bhava in Adi thalam by Thanjavur Sankara Iyer

Raaga Sahana – Bombay Jayashri.wmv‏

Mysore T. Chowdiah Tillana (Violin) (Raga: Sahana; Tala: Adi)

raag sahana – 115 videos found for raag sahana |

Sahana Ragam

Indian Film Songs in Ragam Sahana

video songs of Tamil  & Malayalam of the following songs and some more:

Ennodenthinee Pinakkam – Kaliyattom

Thiruvaranmula Krishna – Chithra‏ – -Film: Thulasi Theertham

Indha Veenaikku Theriyathu (Tamil) – Film: Rayil Sneham

Malayalam Songs in Raga Sahana (ശഹാന ) from MSI

Sanjay Subrahmanyan – Chitham Irangatha (Raga: Sahana; Tala: Misra

To control anger and bring down violence within oneself, Carnatic ragas like Punnagavarali, Sahana and so on, come handy for details, visit CARNATIC MUSIC :: Therapy for acute mesothelioma

Maadu Meikkum Kanne – Animated Tamil Folk song Composed by Oothukadu VenkataSubbier,set on Sahana raaga,   also  mADu meikkum kaNNE – Aruna Sairam


Sahana is known as Sahana kanada‏ in Hindustani music. belongs to Kafi a nocturnal raga to be rendered after midnight.  This has no resemblance to  Carnatic Sahana.


Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh….

- Kahlil Gibran

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

- William Butler Yeat

The cause of all our personal problems and nearly all the problems of the world can be summed up in a single sentence: Human life is very deep, and our modern dominant lifestyle is not.

- Bo Lozoff

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

- Albert Einstein

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

- Madame de Stael

Jul 22, 2011

Sama Raga – Annapoorne

Annapoorne Sada poorne, Shankara Pranavallabhe
Gyana Vairagya Sidyartham, Bhikshaam Dehi cha Parvati

Mata cha Parvati Devi, Pita Devo Maheswarah
Baandava Shiva Bhaktyascha, Svadeso Bhuvanatrayam

[ Meaning:   Annapoorne – the wife of Lord Shiva; She who is full of food; Sadapoorne – who is always full of resources; Sankara – of Lord Sankara(Shiva); Prana – the life-force; energy; Vallabhe – the beloved; Jnana – knowledge; Vairagya – attitude of renunciation; Siddhyartham – to fulfill the purpose of; Bhiksham – alms, food; Dehi – giveus; Namostute – we bow down to You

O Annapurna, Who art ever full, the beloved life-force of Lord Sankara (Shive, O’ Parvathi – grant me alms that I be firmly established in Knowledge and Renunciation. Mother is shakti, father is shiva, relatives are the devotees of shiva and own country is all the three worlds.]

For last two days, only Muthuswami Dikshitar’s kriti Annapurne Visalakshi Raga Sama.wmv‏  Annapoorne Vishalakshi‏ was coming to my mind.  Then, I thought , I should write about this only mainly for the reason that my house at native place is adjacent to the Annapurneswari temple and my childhood days were spent  in the temple premises only and my visit to home town was normally around the vishu festival days in April when all the seven days were celebrated in grand m.    Cherukunnu temple festival  Earlier also when I wrote a blog about kathakali, I made a reference of this temple.  In this blog, more details about the deity and the temple are given, in addition to details about the Sama Raga.


annapoorneshwari.wmv‏ – YouTube

In the previous blog, I wrote about Durga, warrior aspect of  the Divine Mother and now the other aspect of the divine feminine energy, force or power  or incarnations is  Annapooraneshwari to whom I am very much connected doing the temple work and staying just beside the temple as Ambalavasi community in Kerala.

The Devi Annapurna, an incarnation   Parvati   is the goddess of food and harvest and is believed to be the one who fills the stomachs of the hungry with her noble powers. In Hindu belief she is the one endowed with the powers to supply food in a limitless form. She is the divine symbol of nourish and care she provides to her children. The uniqueness of Annapurneshwari temple is everybody who visit this temple are provided with food [ lunch and dinner ].

The Cherukunnu Annapurna Devi temple is in the list of the four major centers of Annapurna worship in India. Of the other 2, one in Kashi (Banaras) Siva temple; one is in Horanadu in Karnataka about 300 km from Cherukunnu, on the western Ghat section. The 4th one is either the Annapoorneswari temple of Kanauji in Uttar Pradesh or in Thiruchanur near Thirupathi in Andhra Pradesh


Cherukunnu Annapoorneshwari Temple is .. situated in Cherukunnu, 15 km from Taliparamaba, in Kannur, Kerala. This is the only Annaporneshwari Temple in Kerala The Speaciallty of the temple is that it is built with one single type of rock, and the Sree Kovil of both Annapoorneshwari and Krishnan is of the same size as per Vasthu, signifying that both the goddess and the god are given equal importance

The Temple pond or the Ambala Kolam, which is close to 2.5 Acres in Area, Centrally located is the Pole other wise known as the stumpa. The Four major entrance of the Chera is built using large layers of rock layed paralelly. The Chera also has a Kollapura ( used for poojari’s to bathe and wash ) which is located on the south west of the Chera.

annapoorna videos

Sree Annapoorneshwari Temple

Goddess Annapurneshwari Mantras – Sri Annapurna Ashtakam | Divine .

The Goddess is also called ” Cherukunilamma”.  In real life also,  mothers are those special beings who are home, parent and friend. As the first sound is belived to be to the  ” Om” ,t he  proverbial first word-like sounds made by babbling babies as good as truth , all among some of the names mothers are called all over the world, are :   Mother, mom, ma, mama, amma, amee, madre. This strong association of that sound with “ma”  has persisted in nearly every language on earth, countering the natural localization of language. Babies’ first get to know of mother’s heart beats and as first living being.  It is this beat and rhythm that lulls them to sleep or calms and comforts them in their warm, watery home.    A mother’s voice is the voice they know so well.

“If music be the food of love, play on,” says Duke Orsino in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

God is Love . Whoever has love in his heart he has God in him.

:W: - Love -
'nAdamE vEdamu, sAma vEdamE saMgeetam' 
Carnatic  music has been inspired by Sama Veda
to a great extent.

‘Sama Gana’ (the raga Karakarapriya) that related to the recitation of Sama Veda. The Vedic hymns especially the sAma veda chants must have resonated the earliest rAgas in intrinsic revelatory mode

RAGA SAMA ( also called shyāma, pronounced sāmā)

One of the ragas  is the Raga Sama is a janya raga of Harikambhoji   eliciting  the feeling of  serenity or calm or shanta  rasa.

The “jump” from the dhaivatam to the higher shadjam is characteristic of Sama, as well as the presence of the Gandharam (G3) in only the avarohanam.

 Arohana: S R2 M1 P M1 D2 S Avarohana: S D2 P M1 G2 R2 S

Kritis  in this raga:

Shantamulekha—Tyagaraja -  Sama is a serene ragam with shantham or tranquility as its rasam.Shantha Rasa” represents complete harmony among mind, body and the universe. This is a state where the mind is in rest, a state of tranquility. In his composition, “Shanthamuleka” in Sama raga, Thyagaraja has pleasingly delivered the essence of Shantha rasa. “Samaraga helps to restore mental peace in agitated minds

Parakelanayya Rama – Mysore Vasudevacharya

Guruguaya Bhaktanugrahaya—Muthuswami Dikshitar

Annapurne Visalakshi Raga Sama.wmv‏  Annapoorne Vishalakshi‏


Aadhi param porule -UR Jeevarathnam – Syama ragam

Bombay Jayashree, Manasa Sanchara Re.mpg A krithi of Sree Sadashiva Brahmendra in Sama R aga sung by melody queen Smt.Bombay Jayashree.

sAnthakArAm – T. N. Seshagopalan

Manasa Sancharare-Kuchippudi-Anjana.S.Mohanan.mpg‏ –

Manasa Sancharare—Sadashiva Brahmendra

Pallavi :

Manasa sanchara re brahmani

Anupallavi :

Madasikhipinjchh alankrita chickure

Mahaniyakapola vijithamukure

 Charanam :

Sriramanee kucha durggavihare

Sevakajana mandira mandare

Paramahamsa mukha Chandra chakore

Paripooritha marualee ravadhare

film: Shankarabharanam (1979) Manasa sancharare n Song

Music and Moods

Raga Sama with its notes descending more than ascending (SDPMGRS in avarohanam and SRMPDS in arohanam) brought peaceful feelings

Indian music is truly a spiritual aid and the vehicle for the human soul to attain the universal soul ─ the Paramatman.

Aathma vidyalayameHarischandra ( 1955

Play song from
Harichandra – 1955 – 3:15

SAMA ragam  Mounathil Vilayaadum Mana satchiyae.. from the movie Nool Vaeli sung by BMK

Raga Sama – Kanamum Maravada –MLV

Film songs

*       Aana keraamala aadu keraamala

*       Aathiraa poomkurunninu thaali

*       Aathma vidyaalayame

*       Ariyunnilla bhavaan ariyunnilla

*       Yaathrayaayi yaathrayaayi


Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength. – Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983

Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. – Sarah Bernhardt, 1844-1923

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother’ – Abraham Lincoln

life is full of sounds like one big orchestra

Jul 18, 2011

What a beautiful creator, raga and the song

Entha muddo enta sogaso

(How lovely ! How Beautiful !)

evari valla varNimpa tagunE 

 Who can describe ? )

Raga Bindumalini

From the day I listened the Tyagaraja kriti which is in the Raga Bindumalini evoking bhakti rasa and charming any listener irrespective of level of musical knowledge, somehow I liked the raga and the song.  I listened the song for the first time as far back as 25 years when I was a music student and had the habit of listening all radio concerts and musical programmes and I made it a point to listen to Hyderabad AIR in short wave or medium wave as that was the only source I had when I was in Ahmedabad for more than 30 years.  Today, I wanted to write in my blog.  This song was taught to my wife by Vocal Sir at Darpana Academy about whom I wrote in my earlier blog also.

The auspicious minor raga and  derived from the melakarta raga Chakravakam (Ahir Bhairavi in Hindustani) Bindumalni is one of the ragas that came into prominance through the compositions of Thyagaraja.Swaras used are Shudda Ri, Antara Ga, Shudda Ma, Chatusruti Dha and Kaisiki Ni. Antara Ga(Gandhara) and Kaisiki Ni (Nishada ) are raga chaya swaras.

There is no equivalent of Bindumalini in Hindustani music. Raga Bibhas has some resemblance.   Not many kritis also. The other kriti I could find : “anbaagaennaiyum kaNpar ambika,’ in this raga  a beautiful composition of TN Seshagopalan’s mother perhaps.

While surfing somewhere I could also read about this raga like this.

Bindumalini means a girl wearing a garland of Pearls. The raga in deed feels like one. The bindumalini raga that followed was real garland of honey-drops, madhubindhumalini

SrI tyAgarAja  in this kriti “Enta Muddo” pities people who fall for lust without knowing the beauty of the Lord.

Ragam: Bindumalini  – rAga bindumAlini (tALa Adi),

enta muddO enta sogasO
evari valla varNimpa tagunE
enta vAral(ai)na kAni 1kAma
cint(A)krAntul(ai)nAru (enta)


2atta mIda kanul(A)saku dAsulai
satta bhagavata vEsulairi
3dutta pAla ruci teliyu sAmyamE
dhurINuDau tyAgarAja nutuDu (enta

Word by word meaning of the  kriti is available in  Thyagaraja Vaibhavam: Thyagaraja Kriti – Enta Muddo – Raga Bindu

For song Enta Muddo of album: Radha Jayalakshmi

While surfing about this raga the first website I opened was OCTAVES: Thillana – Raagam Bindumalini  and it has been  very helpful to me  as I could listen to the thillana composed beautifully by and many other songs sung by her and her own beautiful collections.  The other Thillanas in this raga are :

Tadara tani tom dhru dhru dhim (t)-Adi-Chitravina N.Ravikiran

Tillana-Adi-Lalgudi Jayaraman

VideoColic-bindumalini   Bindumalini videos

Ashwini Varaghur’s Bindu Malin‏I Great performance of the majestic raga Bindu Malini on Flute – my favorite raga

Movie songs

Mandhira Punnagai Songs- Enna Kuraiyo(Vidhyasagar) An extraordinary song from vidhyasagar with mixure of great raagas and sung by Sudha Raghunathan

Enna kuRaiyo enna niRaiyo
Etharkum naan undenpaan kannan
Enna thavaRo enna sariyo
Etharkkum naan undenpaan kannan
Enna vinaiyo enna vidaiyo
Atharkkum naan undenpaan kannan
(enna kuRaiyo…)

Nantrum varalam theethum varalam
naNban pole’ kannan varuvaan
valiyum varalaam vaattam varalaam
Varudum viralaai kannan varuvaan

Ne’rkkodu vattamaagalam
nizhalkooda vittuppogalam
ThaaLaatha thunbam nergayil
Thaayaaga kannan maaRuvaan
Avan varuvaan
mazhai thudaippaan
IruL vazhikaLile’ puthu oLi vithaippaan
Antha kannanai Azhagu mannanai
Dinam paadivaa maname’~ ~ ~(enna kuRaiyo….)

Undu enalaam illai enalaam
Irandum ke’ttu kannan sirippaan
INaindum varalaam pirindum thagalaam
URavaippole’ kannan iruppaan
Panimoottam malaiyai moodalaam
Vazhikettup- paRavai vaadalam
Puthiraaga kelvi yaathelum
Vidaiyaaga kannan maaRuvaan
OLindiruppaan engum niRaindiruppaan
Avan isai mazhaiyaai
Ulaginaai aNaippaan
Antha kannanai kanivu mannanai
Dinam paadivaa maname’ ~ ~

English translation of the lyrics

what is the grievance what is the fulfilment
i am there for everything says Lord Krishna
what is the fault what is right
i am there for everything says Lord Krishna

what is the question what is the answer
i am there for everything says Lord Krishna
i am there for everything says Lord Krishna
what is the grievance what is the fulfilment
i am there for everything says Lord Krishna

good things might come evil things might come
Lord krishna would come like a friend
Pain might come tiresome might come
Lord krishna would come to supprt with combing finger

Straight line could become a circle
even one’s shadow might try to avoid
when everything breaks down
Lord Krishna would like a mother

Lord will come and will swipe the tears from eye
and would bring light while in dark passages
always present a beautiful song
to That Lord Krishna
King of Beauty

Things may exist, Things may not exist
Lord krishna would laugh at both versions
Can come jointly can come separately
Lord krishna would exist like a relationship

fog can cover the mountain
bird can sing and enquire abt the path
Lord krishna would come as answer in a riddle

always present a beautiful song
to That Lord Krishna
King of kindness

Malayalam film :

Entha MudoNeelathaamara(2009) Cherthala Ranganatha Sarma

For more details  

Bindu is a Sanskrit term meaning “point” or “dot” and also refers to  an aspect of the anatomy of the ‘subtle body‘ composed of ‘drops’ and ‘winds’. “the drops and winds are features of the human energy system and have varying degrees of subtlety.” In metaphysical terms Bindu is held to be the point at which begins creation and the point at which the unity becomes the many. It is also described as “the sacred symbol of the cosmos in its unmanifested state”.

In yoga, the word “bindu” refers to the stage in meditation where all one’s experiences converge into a point and expand into pure Awareness.The bindu is found in many different symbolic and metaphorical forms. But of all these forms, one very familiar to yogis is found in the OM symbol.

A “bindu” is the central point of all knowledge. When you understand the bindu, you can go generate all knowledge. Great souls delved into the inner-world through the practices of Yoga Meditation

In Rajayoga Meditation of BKWSU of which I am student, we focus on the point of light for meditation as the point is the origin, the source, the Shiva, the Creator, while Shankar is human form who meditated upon the Supreme Soul, the Creator acquired all powers  and being in the combined form always, he is called as Shivshankar.


Jyoti Bindu Parmatma Se…. Brahma Kumaris Meditation video Jyoti means light, bindu means dot.  Jyoti bindu is the form of the soul and all the Supreme Soul, or God Father Shiva according to the BKWSU.



Everyone who enjoys thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed. — Herein lies the difference between them that create and them that enjoy.

 Friedrich Nietzsche

“All motion is cyclic. It circulates to the limits of its possibilities and then returns to its starting point.”

 Robert Collier

Jul 17, 2011

Durga – a raga and an Image of Power

Song to Durga

Some of the ragas I have heard during  last two days in Rag Ras Barse of Gyanvani  Music hour are Darbari Kanada, Durga, Desi, Sindhoora, Puriya, and Kalingada.  My collections in these ragas after are added here.

The above video song is in Darbari Kanada (also known as Darbari)  sung by the  John Higgins Bhagavathar, an American musician, about whom I referred in one of my blog.

Darbari – Ajab Teri Duniya (Drut) – Jasraj

Darbari – Jhanak Jhanak – Bhimsen Joshi

Some of the popular film songs in this raga : Ishwar satya hai – Satyam Shivam SundaramO duniyake rakhavale – Baiju Bawrav Tu pyarka sagar hai – Seema Basti basti parabat parabat – Baadal Jhanak jhanak tori baje payeliya – Mere Huzur Dekha hai pehli baar – Saajan Aap ki nazaron ne samajha – Anpadh Pag ghoongroo bandh meera naachi thi – Namak Halal Dene wale mujhe maujon ki rawani de de – A Ghazal By Jagjit Singh  Nainheenko raah dikha prabhu – Bhakta Surdaas “Devan ke pati Indra” Swati Tirunal.  Video songs of these can be had from Indian Film Songs in Darbari Kanada   [Songs in the rag Darbari Kanada from movies in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada]

Darbari belongs to Asavari Thaat, a family of ragas including the swaras: Sa, Re (shuddha), Ga (komal), Ma (shuddha), Pa, Dha (komal), Ni (komal). Though Darbari contains all of the seven swaras, it rarely uses them in purely ascending or descending order –treatment of komal Gandhar, and komal Nishad with an oscillation (andolan) is its speciality. Certain phrases that are essential to Darbari include: RS D, N(mandra) S; G (andolan from M) M, R, R S; N N P M P N G, M, R, S; M P D (andolan) N, P. This raga  which is one of the family of ” kanada” ragas is described as “King of  Ragas”  and is a late evening raga (between 9 pm and midnight).

Raag Darbari – Video Songs

Malayalam movie Thillana Thillana Video (Darbari Kanada Thillana

kandu Kandu Kothi – Evergreen Malayalam Song


Pookal Pookum Tharunam -{blue Ray

Dwani Tharanga Tharalam – Evergreen Malayalam Song

Sylhet Video | Playing – Malare Mounama

Raga Durga  counterpart of which  in the Carnatic tradition is known as Shuddha Saveri,  is a simple melody, late evening raga  and used as  beginner’s raga  and it has an instant appeal. Aroha: S R m P D S’. Avaroha: S’ D m P D m R ‘D S Aroha: S R m P D S’. Avaroha: S’ D m P D m R ‘D S.

Durga is the name of the Goddess: The Mother Goddess, feminine power contains the energies of the gods, an embodiment of creative feminine force (Shakti), Durga exists in a state of svātantrya (independence from the universe and anything/anybody else, i.e., self-sufficiency) and fierce compassion. Durga means  hard to pass, impassable, inaccessible; Difficult to understand and attain; Spiritual and inaccessible Goddess and symbolises  as destroyer of evil.  For knowing more about features centered around Durga  is explained in Goddess Durga: The Mother Goddess & Her Symbolism. 

She  removes durgunas (evil sanskaras) to get the divine power.  The evil forces such as selfishness, jealousy, prejudice, hatred, anger, and ego. For example, selfishness must be destroyed by detachment, jealousy by desirelessness, prejudice by self-knowledge, and ego by discrimination

Durga Devi – Best Of Nithyasree Mahadevan

Film Songs Based on Raga Durga

·  Mallikarjun Mansur – Raga Durga Teental – Chatur Sughara

Zakir Hussain & Adnan Sami – Raga Durga

·  Ghulam Mustafa Khan – Raga Durga – Khyal In Drut Teental

Malayalam Songs in Raga Durga (ദുര്ഗ്ഗ )

Suddha saveri Darini Telusu – Suddha Saveri – Adi

suddhasaveri Videos-Tellytube Archive

Raga Desi,

a Hindustani Raga, in Kafi Thaat ( also in Asavari Thaat) , definitive poorvAnga phrases  of which are:

S, R (R)n’ S, R M P, M P (M)g, R, R g S R (R)n’ S

R M P D M P (M)g R, R P (M)g R, R (R)g, S R (R)n’ S

Aroha: S R m P D m P S’  Avaroha: S’ P D m P R g S R ‘n S

Vadi: P  Samvadi: S Swarupa: P g R g S R ‘n S

Prahar: 3rd Prahar (9 AM to 12 PM)

To listen in this raga, click

Ravi Shankar – raga desi, tala rupak‏

Prabha Atre – Raag DesiYouTube – Ninna Leni song180 Telugu Movie‏

“Tansen of the 20th Century” Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Sahib Raag Desi 1963 02 14 … the most important singer of the Punjab Ang

a Hindi Film song Aaj Gawat Man Mero (Raga Desi) [ Baiju Bawra (1952)


 We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.

“Authentic empowerment is the knowing that you are on purpose, doing God’s work, peacefully and harmoniously.”
- Wayne Dyer

“Don’t let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead give to yourself that which empowers you.”
- Les Brown

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Mahatma Gandhi

Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.
Ken Blanchard, Motivational Speaker & Author

You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

If you’re able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.
Barbara Cook, Celebrated Singer & Actress (1927– )

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
Pamela Vaull Starr

Truth only reveals itself when one gives up all preconceived ideas.

Sree Durga (devotional Songs On Sree Bhagavathy) Songs, Sree Durga ..

Sri Jagadeeswari Durga- Bombay Jayashree

Jul 15, 2011

Movie music

Life is a B Movie: it’s stupid and it’s strange, it’s a directionless story, the dialogue is lame, but in the ‘he said she said’ sometimes there’s some poetry, if you turn your back long enough and let it happen naturally. Ani Difranco

Music is beyond inducing moods in movies and it creates impact outside the screen also. Music and all the songs form an integral part of all movie. The songs play in the foreground, in the background, in assorted  sequences and  climaxes. There have been many inspiring films , lyrics and music  and certain movies are  popular just because of the musical contents in it.  Some of the inspiring songs like  Chak de Chak de Chak de Chak de sare gum…(Hum Tum), Chak de India…kuch kariye…(Chak de India) I am the best……..(Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani) were already given in one of my blogs.  . Movie music writer may having their own multiple sources, stimulating factors, experiences, locations, situations ,  poems , lyrics or from the music itself which draws inspiration for their writing. music has an influence on how you experience the story, action, drama, setting, characters and emotions of the movie.

A film music that has appealed me very recently isNinna Leni song180 Telugu Movie‏180 telugu film songsninna leni  mainly being a melodysong with classical touches with   swarasbeautifully done

Though I did not understand Telugu and the music was found to be very much enjoyable. This I used to hear in FM radio sometimes. Today I found out Tamil version which is 

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The programme which I heard today in Gyanvani was Rag Ras barse in which ragas Durga, Puriya and Sindhoora were covered.

Jul 14, 2011

Sindhoora & Salagabhairavi

In my attempt to understand  and know more about ragas for which  I used to to listen during my morning metro rail journey ,IGNOU Gyanvani music hour meant for music students.  Today’s broadcasting was Rag Ras barse in which the among other ragas introduced, there was one Hindustani raga  Sindhura (in kafi thaat)  which in earlier times known as Saindhavi, which resembles in Salaga bhairavi in Carnatic.   This blog is intended to have an idea of  this raga and songs based on this. The gandhar and nishada  is varjit in arohi passages. Some take   shuddha nishad-laden strip M P N, N S. The gandhar becomes deergha on occasion in avarohi prayogas. Sindhura being an uttaranga-pradhana raga, a judicious elongation of dhaivat can be put to good effect.  A Hindi film song based on this raga  is Balma Aayo Baso More Manmen from Film – Devdas Singer(s) – K.L. Saigal .

sAlagabhairavi : Though I knew the name of this raga, I do not remember having heard songs earlier in this raga. This raga is   is not very popular though it is very simple.

22 kharaharapriyA janya
Aa: S R2 M1 P D2 S
Av: S N2 D2 P M1 G2 R2 S

Some of the songs I heard today :

Puurandara Dasara pada in the raga Salaga Bhairavi “Enu maadidarenu”. 

[      Mother-daughter duo Dr.Nagavalli Nagaraj & Ranjani ...     ]

Though we know the swaras of various ragas  and find similarities in north indian and south indian music or within certain ragas itself, one may notice that  Raaga is not just a combination of swars, but its also a melody A raga is more than a scale. Mood of the raga and style is that determines and note   the notes it comprises. As for example, Raga Darbari Kanada and Raga Jaunpuri share the same notes but are entirely different in their renderings.


Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. – Steve Martin

Philosophy is the highest music. – Plato

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
- Salvor Hardin

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
- Andre Gide

We must build a new world, a far better world — one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.
- Harry S. Truman

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind – Mahatma Gandhi

“Wheresoever the sun shines, the wind blows, there is an ear to hear, and a mind to conceive, there let the precepts of life be made known, let the maxims of truth be honoured and obeyed, let there be music, and let there be Peace”. Dave Johnston, guitar player

Jul 11, 2011

Ganesha, the Remover of Obstacles

Hindu Gods are not mere physical representations of mud and stone. They are all different manifestations and one has lot to understand and get self-educated. Carnatic music being devotional,  has numerous kritis on . The multiple forms of Ganesha did influence certain composers of Carnatic music. Lord Ganesha  has many other titles and epithets, including Ganapati and Vigneshvara. The first song usually taught to a student is a small song on Ganesha. Several of the sanskrit kritis of the Karnatic Music composer Mutthuswamy Deekshitar salute Ganapati  and Vatapi Ganapati  in Hamsadhwani raga is very popular. There are twenty-five authenticated compositions of Dikshitar dedicated to Ganesha.

Ganesha is widely revered  as the Remover of Obstacles patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom, the Lord of letters and learning, symbol of auspiciousness He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and remover of obstacles.Ganesha is also the destroyer of vanity , selfishness and pride. 

Each part of Ganesha’s body is symbolic.

Head symbolizes the Atman or the soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence: body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings; elephant head denotes wisdom also  big head – to think big,   ; Large ears – to listen more; small eyes –concentrate; axe to cut off all atachments; small mouth to talk less, rope to pull you nearer to the goals;  one tusk  – to retain good and throw away bad; trunk high efficiency and adaptability and also represents Om, the sound symbol of cosmic reality ;  noose in  left hand is a gentle implement to capture all difficulties; madaka –rewards of sadhana, blessings – blesses and protects on spiritual path to supreme, large stomach – peacefully digest all good and bad in life, prasada – the whole world is at your feet and for your asking; Mouse-desire  unless  under control can cause havoc, you ride the desire and keep it  under control  and don’t allow it to you for a ride and also,  he is humble enough to ride the lowest of creatures, a mouse. The broken tusk that Ganesha holds like a pen in his lower right hand is a symbol of sacrifice, which he broke for writing the Mahabharata. The rosary in his other hand suggests that the pursuit of knowledge should be continuous. The laddoo (sweet) he holds in his trunk indicates that one must discover the sweetness of the Atman. His fan-like ears convey that he is all ears to our petition. The snake that runs round his waist represents energy in all forms.  Many have interpreted in their own ways and worship   and  invoke his grace and wisdom before any worship or task being the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth

The song I have selected in the video clip inserted is in  a carnatic raga,  Athana, which is a very powerful and catchy one stimulating the audiences by is qualities of  Veeram (Courage), having notes S R2 M1 P N3 S in arohanam and S N3 D2 P M1 P G3 R2 S in avaraohanam, Shankarabarana Janyam, but having anya swaras (foreign notes) G2 (sadharana gandharam) and N2 (kaisaki nishadam).

Popular Kritis in this raga :

Shree Mahaganapatim Bhajeham Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Bahadu

Vaachaama gocharundani -  Mysore sadasiva rao

Brihaspathe taaraa pate , shrI vaidyanAtham bhajAmi  – Muthuswami Dikshitar

Narada Gana Lola, Bala kanaka maya, Ela nee daya radu, Ilalo pranatarti harudanuchu , ēmi jēsitēnēmi śrī rāma , Rama Namamu-Athana-  Thyagaraja kriti

Oothukkadu Venkatakavi Vaibhavam – “Madhura Madhura  describes “the beauty of Krishna” who is the epitome of all virtues. (Mandolin) Papanasam Sivan uses Atana, a raga associated with anger and violence, in his composition Nee Irangaayenil Pugaledhu to pacify the Fiery Goddess. Music and Moods

Malayalam Songs in Raga Atana (അഠാണ ) from MSI

Film -Innale -Nee Vin Poo

Raga-based Telugu Film SongsRaga Athana

Tamil Film Songs

  • varukiraL unnai thedi (thanggappadhumai) [ Adi/ chatusram ]
  • yAr tharuvAr intha (mahAkavi kALidAs) [ Adi/ chatusram ]
  • balakanakamaya (salangai oli)
  • kadhavai chAthadi  [ Adi/ tisram

Athana videos   atana – Gatopardos – The Biggest Video Bank – Videos

Athana in carnatic music has no connection with Adana in Hindustani music.

In Hindustani music  Adana raga (Adana kanada)  is a late night raga similar to Darbari but without andolans or light shakes  on ga and dha which are not found in aroha. The flow of this raga similar to mix of Madhyamad Saranga with Darbari. Aroha: S R m P n m P S’ Avaroha: S’ d n P m P n g m R S’ Thaat : asavari   listen     Adana Raga Ustad Fateh Ali Khan – Raag Adana


Genius is one percent inspiration  and ninety-nine percent  perspiration –            Thomas Alva Edison , Inventor

“create what you consume and consume what you create”- Mahatma gandhi

~ True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. It is a great virtue: it covers folly, keeps secrets, avoids disputes, and prevents sin. ~  William Penn

The Soul:
It is never born, nor does it die: after coming to be, it does not cease to be; it is without birth, eternal, imperishable and timeless; it is not destroyed with the destruction of the body.”
- Lord Krishna from the Bhagavad Gita.

“The universe is the outpouring of the majesty of God, the auspicious one, radiant love. Every face you see belongs to Him. He is present in everyone without exception.”  -  Yajur Veda

“He is the One, the One alone. In Him all deities become one.”
- declares the Artha Veda.

Dharma – How to treat others:

Do not to others what ye do not wish
Done to yourself; and wish for others too
What ye desire and long for, for yourself — This is the whole of dharma — heed —it well.

                 Veda Vyasa, in The Mahabharata.




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