Tuesday, May 9

NadaHaram at Thiruvaiyaru

I believe its the 6th year in a row CARVA is making it to 'Saint Thyagarajar's Jeeva Samadhi' at Thiruvaiyaaru (every year during the 1st weekend of May, at the onset of agni natchatram :D this time) where during the aAradhana all the mavens of Carnatic Music pool in to express their gratitude to the saint. It was a double treat - we got to play music under the shelter of the saint's jeeva samadhi annnnd we had a mini summer vacation \:D/.

Senior Students Performing Pancharathna Krithis Posted by Picasa

The main objective of the whole trip was to play in front of the saint himself (in whatever way we could). Quite honestly it ain't all that feasible to have the experience we had during the Aaradhanai that takes place in january.

The heat was totally on but that didn't dampen, NO didn't dry up the spirits of the people. The enthusiasm was high all through the two days amidst the scortching heat. It would have been much more easy on us had the cauvery been flowing, for all that was left was the sands of the river bed.

Post dusk on the 6th was the NadaHaram (garland of nAdam), being done for the 1st time at Thyagarajar's samadhi. About 40+ students sitting around the praharam, played "hare rama hare rama" in kAnada-kalyAni-dEsh in sequence for about 15 minutes, followed by an amruthavarshini piece and then recital of a virutham - "Jayathu Jayathu' in sanskrit. This was followed with singing by students of carnatic singing.

In my opinion, these kids nandu (just 5 years old) and deepu (proly 8 years old) were the best of the lot. The confidence with which they sung was astounding, maybe not immolate but definitely fraught with confidence. Don't be surprised if you see the tabaloids talking of 'Ashok Nagar Sisters' in a decade.

This short proram was a really great experience. And then we were sitting on the sands on the shores of the cauvery, right where the Aaradhanai is conducted. Oh yeah the kids were playing kabadi and more, with their own rules ;)).

The following morning (7th) was the main event. I was part of the junior group of about 15 students, to play basic krithis. I'd say it was quite an ordinary performance. Here is the list of songs we played -
  1. girirAja suthA (R: bangaaLa)
  2. thelisi raama (R: poornacandrikaa)
  3. ninuvinaa naamadi (R: navarasa kannaDa)
  4. ananda saagara (R: garuDadhvani)
  5. shara shara samaraika (R: kuntala varaaLi)
And then it was a display of deftness by our seniors. This was the best part of the two days. It almost felt like being at a kutcheri ;) I esp. luv'd the improvizations my guru did for the bantureeti gOlu, very enchanting it was!!! Here is the list of songs they played.

  1. rAmabhakti saamrajya (R: sudda bangaaLa)
  2. thuduku gala (R: gowLa)
  3. banTu reeti kOlu (R: hamsanaadam) ****
  4. sobillu sapthaswara (R: jaganmOhini)
  5. saamajavaragamanaa (R: hindOLam) - splendid percussion
  6. sseetha kalyAna (R: kurinji) ***** - amazingly pleasing rendition
  7. jO jO raama (R: reeti gowLa) - I almost went into sleep
And yes, apart from all this the food was so sumptuous it felt like ambrosia. Esp. I loved that asoga sweet, an halwa which is a thiruvaiyaaru speciality *yummmmmmmmmmmmmy*. Don't miss it if you ever get to make a trip. Watching all the kids play was so satiating to the heart. Not just the kids, even their parents joined them in a cricket match. You'd have proly only heard of a walk-over, I witnessed a talk over ;)). Jeeez such cricket craze #-o.

The biggest attraction was the thanjavur temple. It is said that this gOpuram is built such that its shadow will not be seen on the ground #-o. The aAvadayaar (the pedestal on which a siva lingam is mounted) was close to 6 feet and the lingam was about 25 feet, the serpent taken into considerttion it would span upto 30-35 feet. Another speciality was of course the wall paintings, which depict stories of the ancient periods, unfortunately tarnished with peoples scribblings. More than it being a temple, it almost looked like a fort to me.

And finally the Panchanadeeswarar temple, the place surrounded by 5 branches of cauveri. Enroute to the temple u'll find thavil makers all the way. Yet another one of the massive temples of marvel in the thanjavur district by the cholas. Another interesting point to note is this particular spot in the temple where from you shout the word 'aiyAra' (on of lors shiva's name) and it would echo distinctly 7 times. Unfortunately its utsavam time (over a 10 day period), so not quiet enough to notice it well. The kids had a lot of fun once they started shouting :D.

Guess a full account is gonna take me over a week to write, but time is at premium so let me cut this down here :). Adios for now ...

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At Tuesday, May 09, 2006 9:40:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

WOW some amazing info from ur end....it's really fascinating to see all kinds of different interests and places in this world.

** loved that asoga sweet, an halwa which is a thiruvaiyaaru speciality *yummmmmmmmmmmmmy*.

lol so cute!

**Thanjavur temple

my mum tells me abt this temple...now that u mentioned it, I wanna ask her abt it tonite...very nice pic!

Some day I wanna visit all the beautiful temples in India...heard so much abt em but never visited any in India :(


At Wednesday, May 10, 2006 12:58:00 AM, Blogger SamY said...

hey keshi, howdy weekend go? I think u shud take a trip to some spl temples in tanjavur district when u visit india next :) ... no one can go past without appreciating em ;)

At Wednesday, May 10, 2006 7:26:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

I should ay...gosh they sound and look amazing!

Weekend was good...pretty busy :) And hows u?


At Wednesday, May 10, 2006 8:27:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...

weekend was frought with fun and excitement :) ... the kids were awesome n made it a memorable experience ;) ... it was a musical weekend ... so much that I was god tired day b4

At Wednesday, May 10, 2006 11:52:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

thats great Samy :)


At Friday, May 12, 2006 12:31:00 AM, Blogger Known Stranger said...

i have no clue for past two days i am finding big temple in blog frequenntly. last evening was telling bharani in blog about the mystries of big temple. hmm i think it indicates me i had long time gone home... have to go home

how many evenign i had spent sitting down the big temple grass yard after college !

At Friday, May 12, 2006 11:31:00 AM, Blogger SamY said...

@known stranger: its summer, ppl go to places, n tell about it :)

wow u spend time on the lawn after college? which one is that?

At Friday, May 12, 2006 1:58:00 PM, Blogger Nabeel said...

niceee architecture .. i.e. shadow is not seen on the ground .. awesome temple man

At Friday, May 12, 2006 10:23:00 PM, Anonymous Aishwarya said...

hey, super! :) really enjoyed the journey through your summary.

At Monday, May 15, 2006 3:47:00 AM, Blogger SamY said...

@nabeel: sure is ... architecture's always leaves ppl baffling ... but I guess our gopuram is quite like the pyramids ... just that its so well designed that some other part of the temple would cast shadow before the gopuram does ;) ... ingenious indeed

@aishu: thnx :), didn't hav enuf time so kept it terse ... it was really eventful

At Tuesday, May 16, 2006 9:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey this is aravind.. hope u remember me.. i m also there in that photo.. anyways great work man.. the thiruvaiyaru details ve been organised well.. awesome memories.. hope to b there again soon..

At Tuesday, May 16, 2006 8:20:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...

heyyy arvind :)

** hope u remember me.. i m also there in that photo

what silly q ... I dun 4get ppl so easily ... n besides nee irukera maadhiri photo paathu dhaan potten ;) ... perum pullienge illamela :p

** awesome memories.. hope to b there again soon..

very much was ... an am hoping for the same ... wudn't mind another on a month either ;))

At Saturday, May 20, 2006 10:54:00 PM, Anonymous abhi said...

Cool site samy.I really liked it.Its amazing.I am a student of carva.My name is sai abhinaya.U have expressed ur opinion about the trip beautifully.Its good.Keep sending more carva pictures to ur mail.
Good bye.Take care.

At Saturday, May 20, 2006 11:04:00 PM, Anonymous abhi said...

I really enjoyed the way u expressed.U could have written the names of the students who participated,Could have concentrated more about how we played.Good summary.

At Sunday, May 21, 2006 1:58:00 AM, Blogger SamY said...

heyyyyyyy abhi ... yeppa, u didn't havta give that much of an intro ... I hav a gud memory :D ... anywayz glad u like the stuff here :)

above all reasons I didn't have enuf time ... took me an hour n half to compile this write-up ... loads to write so I kept it crisp for all

** could have written the names of the students who participated,Could have concentrated more about how we played

I dun know all the people for one, n it wudn't be justice if I miss some ... as for the second - I njoi gud music but am not adept enuf to comment on how u seniors played ;) ... my aunt was stupefied tho

thnx for dropping by :)

At Sunday, May 21, 2006 11:14:00 PM, Blogger Arpita said...

Hey, I used to read ur blog earlier( i had actually done a blog search looking for a frnd havin the same name). Such a nice surprise to know that u r the guy from our class!Cool. Very nice account of our trip.Keep it up!

At Sunday, May 21, 2006 11:43:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...

heyyyy arpita, CAR was tell about it :) y'day ... even I remeber you having commented here loooooong back ... didnt know it was u then (u didn't hav a blog then)

luks like u'v also joined the bandwagon of the blog fad ;) ... one more soul indulging in the vices of the crowd ;)) ... nice to know *perum moochu* ... happy scribbling

** Very nice account of our trip

thnx :) ... tho it was much more than what was accounted :D .. danx 4 stoppin by


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