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My presentation on Indian Classical Music was well received and I also learned a lot today! Here is a short fun video by my daughter on the event.

Western Instruments in Carnatic Music

The cello, piano, and saxophone belong largely to western classical and popular music. Of these, the saxophone has made it to center stage in Carnatic music concerts, while the piano has been part of experimental collaborations with Carnatic musicians.  Read the rest of my article here.

Chandana Charchitha – Ashtapathi

The immortal love of Radha and Krishna was captured in a lyrical masterpiece by a mystic poet from eastern India – Jayadeva. The work known as Geet Govind is a parable for the human soul’s wanderings before returning eventually to its true love (God) and is presented in the form of verses called Ashtapathis or 8 steps/lines. Here is a beautiful ashtapathi from the Geet Govind that describes the playful banter between Krishna and the gopis of Brindavan. The recording is from my concert for All India Radio Bangalore in June 2017.

 

BHAKTHI concert in Bangalore 2nd July – snippet

BHAKTHI – A Musical Journey with Mystics was presented at the Unnati Center Bangalore. The mystic poet Narsi Mehta composed prolifically in Gujarati. His poems in pada form, speak of the romantic love between a lover and beloved or Shringar as a metaphor for man’s love for the Lord. Here is a bhajan of Narsi Mehta from the BHAKTHI concert.

 

Thiruvaimozhi – First Four Verses

Like the sun dispels darkness in the world, Nammalzhwar’s Thiruvaimozhi shines a light that dispels the darkness of ignorance within us. Here are the first four verses from the 1st decad of the Thiruvaimozhi rendered as a viruttam.

Kaalai & Maalai – Morning & Evening

In this Tamil poem by Bharathidasan, the poet describes the beauty of nature in the morning and evening.

Appreciating Indian Classical Music

I will be doing a presentation on appreciating Indian Classical Music in Columbus in July. There will be a short speech (with visual presentation) followed by a Carnatic concert. Do come if you’re in town. You need to register for this event. This is part of a series, Music Appreciation at the Library.

https://www.westervillelibrary.org/events?event=28123