Monthly Archives: April 2017

The music of G.N.Balasubramaniam

Brighas, sruti bedham, madhyama kala kritis, new ragas, complex pallavis were characteristic of a G.N.Balasubramaniam concert. Here are several compositions of GNB sung by his disciples Vidwans Trichur Ramachandran and Tanjavur S. Kalyanaraman.

A Classic Chinese Love Poem

You and I
You and I are so crazy
about each other,
as hot as a potter’s fire.
Out of the same chunk
of clay, shape a you,
shape a me. Crush us
both into clay again, mix
it with water, reshape
a you, reshape a me.
So, I have you in my body,
and you’ll have me forever in yours, too.
Guan Daosheng (~1250)
translated by Qiu Xiaolong
Does this poem remind you of Kurunthokai 40 (Sangam poetry)? Click here to check out the Tamil poem and a few movie songs that express the simile of rainwater and red earth.

BHAKTHI comes to Bangalore – Sunday 2nd July 5 pm

My latest program BHAKTHI – a musical journey with mystics will be presented at the Unnati Centre Bangalore on Sunday 2nd July at 5 pm.

For more details on this program, please go to the BHAKTHI Facebook page.

Click here to understand what BHAKTHI is all about.

Rama’s Coronation

ariyaNai anuman thaanga, angadhan udaivaaL Endha,
bharathan veNkudai kavikka, iruvarum kavari pattra
virai seRi kuzhali Onga, veNNaiyur sadaiyan thangaL
marabuLOr kodukka vaangi vasittanE punaindhaan mouLi

photo: dailyo.com

The coronation of Rama is described by the Tamil poet Kanban in a beautiful word picture that paints the scene of Hanuman, Angada and Rama’s brothers holding the regalia of royalty as Vashishta, the royal guru, places the crown on Rama’s head.