Sunday, May 6

CARVA @ Thiruvaiyaaru 2007

One again this year as part of CARVA tradition we set out to Thiruvaiyaaru to the jeeva samadhi of Saint Thyagaraaja to pay musical homage. It was yet another soul filling experience. All this amidst the scotching heat. On the first day we were out visiting nearby temples until lunch. This time the smaller temples in and around thiruvauyaaru, unlike last year when we went for big ones.

Since we were not blessed by rain god, the afternoon went without any plans. Of course no restrictions on road cricket ;), while others beat the heat staying indoors.


Like we did last year, there was Nadaharam on saturday evening followed by vocal recital for all those who wished to.

Nandu & Deepu (darlings of CARVA) were back again with 3 songs this time. One of them (set to kamaas) was my favourite and turned out to be a treat. Amazingly crisp as they reached high pitch. Nandu's mazhalai voice was an added attraction.

As to how good they were, listen and decide for youself ;). But trust me, you wouldn't be even a wee bit disappointed :).


  1. seetApatE nA manasuna (kamaas) powered by ODEO
  2. nAradamuni veDalina (pantuvaraaLi) powered by ODEO
  3. vandanamu raghunandanA (sahaana) powered by ODEO

Unlike last time we had three groups this year. The junior group played -

  1. girirAja suthA (R:bangaaLa) powered by ODEO
  2. thelisi rAma (R: poornachandrika) powered by ODEO
  3. sarasa sAma dAna (R: kaapi naaraayaNi) powered by ODEO
  4. ananda saagara (R: garuDadhvani) powered by ODEO
  5. sara sara samarai (R: kuntala varaaLi) powered by ODEO

And then it was turn for the group to which I belonged. Although our guru had apprehensions that most of the songs were quite well paced and we as to whethere we could keep up, the accompanists came to our rescue and it turned out much better than anticipated ;). Here are the songs we played.

  1. rama bakthi (R: sudda bangaaLa) powered by ODEO
  2. brOva bhAramA (R: bahudaari) powered by ODEO
  3. bhavanuta nA hrdayamuna (R: mOhanam) powered by ODEO
  4. niravadhi sukhada (R: ravi chandrika) powered by ODEO
  5. anaathuDanu gaanu (R: jingala) powered by ODEO

And finally the senior students who played the main section of the event. nagumOmu was the main piece a must listen for carnatic fans. Its a very rare opportunity to listen to our guru play and turned out to be a treat to the ears for one and all. The following were the songs played by the senior students -

  1. raghunAyakA (R: hamsadwani) powered by ODEO
  2. saadinchanE (R: aarabi) powered by ODEO
  3. bAgAyanayya (R: chandrajyOthi) powered by ODEO
  4. marugElarA O rAghavA (R: jayanthashree) powered by ODEO
  5. manasA shrI (R: eesamanOhari) powered by ODEO
  6. nagumOmu ganalEni (R: aabhEri) powered by ODEO
  7. nenaruncinAnu (R: maaLavi) powered by ODEO
  8. gandhamu puyyarugA (R: puNAgavarALi) powered by ODEO
  9. seetha kalyaaNa (R: shankaraabharaNam) powered by ODEO
  10. jO jO rAma (R: reeti gowLa) powered by ODEO

It is yet another memorable experience for us all. Had the sun been more relenting we could have visited more temples. Nevertheless it was loads of fun with so many kids around. The best part of this program is how much it motivates us to play much better than we do ;).

Right now I am just totally lost in this phrase from jO jO rAma - N2 S N2 D2 M1 G2 R1 P M1 G2 R2 S (not sure if I deciphered it correctly, of course with help from lil swarna). Its been running in my mind all evening :) and listened to that song countless times today. Simple, yet so mesmerizing. Sometimes I wish I didn't have to earn for a living :D to enjoy such blissful things in life, but thats far from life. Guess i'll cut it down to this for now. Loads of work to catch up. Do listen and enjoy the music (Click on the title link or here for the entire set) . Adios for now.

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7 Comments:

At Wednesday, May 09, 2007 10:05:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

so u've been busy Samy ha...look how lovely the muscial kids look!


**Sometimes I wish I didn't have to earn for a living :D to enjoy such blissful things in life, but thats far from life.

Me too...I wish I just lived enjoying life as it is..but no such luck cos who's gonna give me free food and pay my bills :(

Keshi.

 
At Wednesday, May 09, 2007 10:10:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...

** so u've been busy Samy ha

still am :(

** look how lovely the muscial kids look!

ADORABLE THEY ARE! they just glue to just about anyone. time flies when those kids are around.

** but no such luck cos who's gonna give me free food and pay my bills :(

get marries to someone who will :p

 
At Thursday, May 10, 2007 6:58:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

nah I dun wanna be dependent on a man either..lol u know me better dun u Samy!

Keshi.

 
At Thursday, May 10, 2007 7:40:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...

getting hooked is about dependence nutty :) ... an inconvenient truth maybe ... but it is ;)

 
At Thursday, May 10, 2007 11:04:00 PM, Blogger visithra said...

yeah but its risky to be dependant to one person emotionally n financially - anything can happen

wow u had fun

thyagaraja is one of my fav composers - the one time i went to thiruvayaru i was so blown over the place is so magical - this small building by the river wow i have no words to describe the experience - holy ground for me

 
At Friday, May 11, 2007 2:38:00 AM, Blogger SamY said...

** yeah but its risky to be dependant to one person emotionally n financially - anything can happen

life gets boring when we are too independent ;) ... dependancies can make life more easier ... as long as it can

** holy ground for me

so it is for most carnatic enthusiasts :) ... did ya visit the place during ur "Hunt in india" last year?

 
At Monday, May 14, 2007 12:03:00 AM, Blogger visithra said...

life gets boring when we are too independent ;) ... dependancies can make life more easier ... as long as it can

---- sometimes – but most times the pain of love is the emotional dependands






so it is for most carnatic enthusiasts :) ... did ya visit the place during ur "Hunt in india" last year?
-- lol nah I was there in 2002

 

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