Slow moving, boring and predictable movie that can be watched for Hrithik Roshan/ Barbara Mori.  The only positives for me were the cinematography, the performance of the lead stars and the chemistry they shared on screen.


Concert for Veenavadhini

Veena vidwans Jeyaraaj and Jaysri organized a chamber music concert today at their home in Mandaveli, Chennai under the banner “Veenavadhini“. I played mrudangam for the veena recital of Shri L. Ramakrishnan, senior disciple of veteran vainika Smt. Kalpakam Swaminathan.

Special mention must be made of the superb arrangements made by the hosts. That they have a good sense of aesthetics was evident from the way they have decorated their house. Beautiful paintings of Lord Ganesha, Shri Muthuswami Dikshitar and the veena adorned the walls.

Smt. Kalpakam Swaminathan came to listen to the concert and I was fortunate to get her blessings at the end.

The song list is as follows:

Veena: Shri  L. Ramakrishnan

MrudangamR. Ramkumar

Venue:  Shanti Enclave, Mandaveli, Chennai

Sabha:  Veenavadhini

List of songs:

1) sarasUDa (varnam) – sAvEri – Adi – kothavAsal venkaTrAma iyer (O)

2) shvEta gaNapatim – rAgacUDAmaNi – tisra tripuTa – muthusvAmi dIkSitar (A)

3) sarasvati namOstutE – sarasvati – rUpakam – g.n. bAlasubramaNiam (ANS)

4) bhavanuta – mOhanam – Adi – tyAgarAja (O)

5) hiraNmayIm – lalitA – rUpakam – muthusvAmi dIkSitar (A)

6) sarOja daLa nEtrI – shankarAbharaNam – Adi – shyAma sAstri (AtNST)

7) sarasamu – kApi – Adi – rAmanAthapuram srInivAsa iyengAr (O)

8 ) patiki hArati rE – suraTi – Adi – tyAgarAja (A)

(Key: O=raga outline, A=raga alapana, t=tAnam, N=neraval, S=kalpana swaram T=taniavartanam)

PRAMANAM – CD Release & Concert

Pramanam (2 ACD pack) – a collection of authentic version of select compositions sung by Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli and produced by Swathi Soft Solutions was released yesterday at Raga Sudha Hall, Mylapore, Chennai by Shri N. Murali (Managing Director,The Hindu and President,The Music Academy, Chennai). The first copy of the CD was received by Padma Vibhushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. Shri Murali, Shri Sivaraman and Vidwan Shri T. M. Krishna spoke about the importance of the CDs released and urged Smt. Vedavalli to bring out many more such releases featuring authentic versions of other such compositions that have undergone changes over the last century or so.

A short concert featuring some of the songs in the twin CD pack was organized just before the CD release function and I played mrudangam for the same. Giving details of the same below:

Vocal:  Smt. R. Malini, Smt. Sumitra Vasudev, Smt. Sumathi Krishnan

Mrudangam: R. Ramkumar

List of songs:

1) cetulAra shringAramu – kharaharapriyA – Adi – tyAgarAja

2) nI dAsAnu – hamIrkalyANi – Adi- tyAgarAja

3) ninnuvinA marigaladA – AbhEri – Adi – shyAma shAstri

4) rAmA nIyeDa – dilIpakam – Adi – tyAgarAja

5) mAyE tvam yAhi – tarangiNi – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkSitar

The Hindu has covered the event at