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Concept of Shruti – a blurb

Shruti is the pitch of the music. The artist must perform in sync with shruti. The knowledge of Shruti or Shruti Jnana is utmost important. Different artists have different comfortable Shruti. Shruti is played traditionally using Tanpura, or Harmonium. But modern day gadgets have made it possible to have an electronic Shruti box, which mimics…

Madhwa Sarovar in Udupi

Samudrava Naa Kandu

Background: Purandara Daasa captures the essence of Udupi, the little temple town of Lord Krishna in this beautiful composition. Note: This is a contextual and not a literal translation. Samudrava Na Kandu Snanava Maadi Chandramoulishavarana Charanakkeragi Amele Na Bandu Ananeshwarana Kandu Hanumantana Paadi Manadi Nillisi // I saw the sea and took bath. Then I…

Ashada Maasa – Kannada Folk Song

Background: Indian folk songs are brimming with emotions. There are various types of relationships that are emotional – Mother – daughter, brother – sister, father daughter, husband – wife..and so on. In this particular song, a daughter’s longing to visit her parent’s home is visible. When a daughter gets married, she leaves the loving home…

Cheluvi Cheluvi – Kannada Folk Song

Background: In India, concept of arranged marriage is an age old tradition. For an arranged marriage, the potential groom sees a lot of potential brides and decides to marry one. In this song, it seems like the eligible bachelor has been searching for a perfect cheluvi (beauty ) for some time. Looking at his ambitions,…

Mallige Hoovagi – Kannada Folk Song Meaning and Lyrics

Background: In this song, the simple God loving person, sings praises of Lord Madappa ( Shiva ) and says that he/she will always be a devotee. Mallige hoovaagi Chellitu nimparisi Chellatagaara madappa Oh ho..chellatagara Madappa // Madappa plays with the jasmine flowers, which scatter beautifully for Madappa // Madappa Baruvaaga Maalella Gammendu Maaladali Garike CHiguryavo…

Sarale Varase Notes

Sarale Varase ( = Simple verses ), also known as Saralai Varasai. Raaga: Mayamalava Goula Raaga Info: 15th Melakarta Raaga To understand this better see how the Raaga Nomenclature here-> Click here. Scale: Sa – Ri1 – Ga3 – Ma1 – Pa – Da1 – Ni3 – Sa+ The scale of Mayamalava Gaula raaga is…

BE POSITIVE

My blood group is not B +ve. But I hope to be a positive person and a positive influence for people around me. I fail miserably sometimes. I admit. But I get back on track again. You may wonder what’s so special about this blog? There are hundred’s of books out there that talk about…

TIME TRAVEL TO ANCIENT INDIA

My mind is on a time travel to ancient India. Hop on the time machine! Beep, Beep! We have reached! Destination: India. Time: Thousands ( ? ) of years ago! Wow! What do I see here..? Earth is beautiful with all the greenery. The streets are lit up with myriad twinkling lights. The ladies are…