Udupi the temple town

Udupi is a small temple town, in Karnataka near the coast of Arabian Sea. Primarily Udupi is famous for its 8 mutts and Krishna Temple. Shri Madhvacharya founded the Krishna temple. His 8 disciples were handed over the maintenance of the temple. Each one of them started a “mutt” or a religious institution. Today each…

Tyagaraja finds Rama

Tyagaraja was one of the greatest composers of carnatic music. Tyagaraja used to beg alms in the village to earn his daily meals. He never used his music for earning riches, which he could have if he wanted to. This made Tyagaraja’s elder brother Japesa unhappy and disappointed. He could not understand the wisdom Tyagaraja…

Tansen sings Deepak Raag

Tansen was a great Hindustani musician. He lived during Akbar’s time. Tansen was one of the nine jewels in Akbars court. The most special thing about Tansen was that he was a music magician. He had so much control over the Raags that he could do astonishing feats by singing them. He could make wild…

Shyama Shastry – the taala expert

Shyama Shastri, one of the re-knowned musical trinity, is known to have been an expert innovator in compositions and Taalas. He is known to have contested against many music experts and defeated them. Couple of such incidents are retold here.. Once Shyama Shastri contested against Appukutti Nattuvanar in Nagapattinam. Now in those days, musicians were…

Tyagaraja humbled the king..

Once a king invited Tyagaraja to perform in his assembly. Performing in king’s assembly meant name, fame and wealth. But there was one catch. Usually this also meant performer had to sing something in praise of the king, who protected them.But Tyagaraja sang only in praise of Lord Tyagaraja. He refused to go to the king’s assembly. In his song he says – “Is wealth ( nidhi) the source of happiness or is the proximity ( sannidhi) of Rama?” ( Nidhi chala Sukhama ). The king was obviously in awe of

Short Biography of Kanaka Daasa

Kanaka Daasa was a great musician born in a small village of Baada in Dharwad, Karnataka. He was born in the community of sheperds. His father was Beere Gowda and mother Bachhamma. Kanaka Daasa was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. His songs mesmerized everyone. But Kanaka Daasa was from a lower caste. In the…

Purandara Daasa – Short Biography

He lived from 1484 to 1564 AD. Purandara Daasa is called the father of Carnatic music. Purandara Daasa’s Compositions: Purandara Daasa created several “Devara Naama” and “Ugabhogas”. He is said to have created more than 5 lakh compositions.  His Guru Vyasaraya called his compositions by “Purandaropanishat”. He helped the society with music, teaching basic concepts…

Raga Unveiled – Screening

Raga Unveiled Movie by Gita Desai I had the wonderful opportunity of watching the movie/ documentary Raga Unveiled on big screen! Thanks to Indian classical music circle for arranging this movie show. As I learnt towards the end by Gita Desai herself, the original movie is 4 hours and 20 min in length. However the…

Shijit Nambiar and Parvaty Menon – Bharatanatyam Concert

I recently had the great pleasure of watching the “Bharatanatyam” performance of Shijit Nambiar and Parvaty Menon. Thanks again to IFAA Dallas for arranging this concert. First let me explain a little bit about “Bharatanatyam”.” Bharatanatyam” is one of the oldest forms of classical dances of India. It was very popular in south India, in…

Layataranga concert experience

Concert by Layataranga May 24 2009 Allen, TX This was my first live concert on fusion Carnatic music. I went in with a lot of anticipation. I greatly enjoy fusion music, one of my recent flavorful expeditions was with the movie “Morning Raga” which had several beautiful melodies in a fusion ensemble. The concert was…