13. Vasantha

carnatic, film music, music, raga series

This post is about the raga Vasantha. One of the oldest raga in vogue for more than a thousand years, it is said; suitable to be sung in the evening. It is derived from the 17th melakartha (parent raga) Suryakantham. The scale is S M1 G3 M1 D2 N3 S / S N3 D2 M1 […]

June 25, 2013

12. Charukesi

carnatic, film music, music, raga series

My last post in the series was Lalitha, and now it is C for Charukesi. This raga, I feel, has an emotional appeal in both Hindustani and Carnatic Classical. This is the 26th melakartha ragam in the scale chart, thus has all 7 swaras. Aarohanam: S R2 G3 M1 P D1 N2 S Avarohanam: S […]

June 23, 2013

Vid’s life in 6 words

CBC, Ramblings

Now that is definitely a challenge… To describe your life in 6 words, and to look back at it sometime later and not regret it… Atleast that is what I percieved out of the videos and reading on the net. This post has been published as a part of ‘CBC’s Six-Word Memoir Tag’. Read previous […]

June 15, 2013

To rationalize Fears

art, cartoons, Ramblings, Uncategorized

It all started with a conversation, as usual, and Harish told this phrase in passing. It got me, and I have been trying to assimilate it since then. Fear is an emotion that is inevitable in all of us. We are afraid of the unknown, the uncertainity and sometimes even when things happen the way […]

June 13, 2013

11. Lalitha

carnatic, film music, music, raga series

Any Tamil movie fan will be familiar with Lalitha Kamalam of Unnal Mudiyum Thambi. Did you know that there was a song in the movie on the same raga, Lalitha? Idhazhil Kadhai Ezhudhum Neramidhu … which exudes the genius of Ilayaraja in every phrase 🙂 Lalitha belongs to the the Mayamalava Gowla janya (15) with […]

June 13, 2013

10. Karaharapriya

carnatic, film music, music, raga series

After a long time, getting back to the raga series. After Hindolam, the ragam I chose to write about is Karaharapriya, the first melakartha (parent) raga in my list as of now. Something that stuck me as a surprise is the fact that this raga has not been used by both Muthuswamy Dikshitar or Syama […]

June 5, 2013

Experience with Music Royalty

carnatic, music, reviews

Yes, he is royalty… He is a Prince… He is Rama Varma from the Maharaja Swathi Tirunaal dynasty… I had an opportunity to attend a 2-day workshop a few days ago at the Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, conducted by 2 music enthusiasts and good samaritans Ms. Jaya and Ms. Ramya (believe me, they were pro when […]

June 4, 2013