Monday, May 25, 2009

The Trinity of Carnatic Music

The Trinity of Carnatic Music

Muthuswami Dikshitar
Thyagaraja Swamikal
Syama Sastry

Great contemporary musicians born in 1700's and great composers of huge volumes of devotional compositions in Carnatic Music, the classical south Indian music.

The Majestic

They say: Two Parallel lines do not intersect

The Waiting boats on the river bank

The tied wings of Symbol of Peace!

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Sketches by Ma - Part II





Thank You

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sketches by Ma

These are sketches done by my mother in white paper.
I took photographs of these sketches, uploaded and added some color and effects to it :-)
(Obviously I did the easiest part ;-) )


Basically this form of art is to decorate courtyards and prayer halls mostly done by women and girls.

Eight_Lamps and_the_Lotus

Rice flour is the only ingredient used in those days and it is religiously followed by Hindus in most parts of India (in northern part of India they call it ‘Rangoli’ and in south ‘Kolam’).


Every early morning, after shower, women clear the courtyard with clean water; and do this art work with rice flour.


This has another interesting angle. This rice flour is nothing but, daily food for the insects, bugs and birds which gets attracted by rice flour. The next morning women clear the remains of yesterdays’ and clean as usual.


But nowadays, sandstone or limestone powder is used (which in fact don't serve the purpose) instead of rice flour, considering the fact that we have more mouths to feed than in the past ;)

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Green Oscar for Dr Madhusudan

“Noted Indian wildlife biologist, Dr MD Madhusudan, Director of Nature Conservation Foundation has won the Whitley Award, considered the 'Green Oscar' at a glittering ceremony held at the Royal Geographical Society in Karnataka Wednesday. While Sudipto Chatterjee and Supraja Dharini received associate awards. He and his team won it for his work in the Western Ghats to combine science with practical conservation action to resolve man-animal conflict.”

Great Job Dr Madhusudan and Team!! Hats Off to you all…
(Picture taken from abclive and info from a few more other sources)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

tamaso ma jyotirgamaya

"asato ma satgamaya

tamaso ma jyotirgamaya

mrtyorma amrtam gamaya"

(Brhadaranyaka Upanishad — scripted around 2800 years ago)

"Guide us from darkness to light from unawareness to awareness; from incompleteness to totality.. Let that be our impulse... Let us believe or not trust in that ‘ultimate reality’..Let us be irreligious or religious…..
O, Guru, help me liberated myself from my various misunderstandings regarding myself, the universe and God and Grace me with true knowledge."

'Our Lady of Fatima' shrine on the way to our school. As kids we use to go visit this church and kneel just like our christian friends do. And one of our Anglo-Indian friend use to recite some prayers, which we repeat.

Wish this sort of combined prayers continue with the new generation kids too.......

Easily a century old typical kerala style house with full of greenery all around.
The technique and info on making these types of houses was preserved by trained architect-painters who are well versed in the science of 'Vaastushastra'. Much of the rules of construction are codified clearly and neatly in this.

The tainted bulb holder and a hole in the roof........

The bug

spidermaan ! spidermaan! friendly neighborhood spidermaaaaan.....

Why this idiot needs my picture ?? See how uncomfortably close he stands and takes my picture@@.... that too without my permission.....@@

When will these 'people' grow @@@?? Do we ever try to peek into their bed rooms @@@ ?? Manner less creatures.....Come Darly!! Lets find some other place for romance!!!

Oh again he comes.......Hey you!! don't you understand or don't you respect the feelings of other beings ??? Do you think you people are the only one who lives in this planet earth @@@ ??? Get Lost !!!

A tribal kid with his 'Catapult'. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has been doing a wonderful job for the last few years in finding and training kids from various parts of India, especially in tribal areas to find out talents in Archery, Swimming and Canoeing. But the fact is neither India hit the 'bulls eye' or found the 'Target' so far......There is enough talent.....Awesome Trainers.....But then why ???...... something fishy in the selection process ????

The Endless Road !!!

Thank You!
Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.