It feels like I rediscovered a missing part of me. Its been about eight years, it seems forever.

I owe my musical journey to her. No amount of listening, learning from youtube, attending concerts and hosting the stars could equal this. Hell, not even close. Come to think of it, I never found a replacement in all these years. Not that I did not have the opportunity. But I never did it. It is just one of those things.

She is back in life life and I am grateful ! Finally I have my own teacher back, someone who I can share raaga jokes with, someone how can almost preempt my swara patterns and the one I attribute my Dikshitar preoccupation to. Singing with her again, learning from her. It all makes sense now:)

Watchout Cleveland !

I am embarrassed to admit that for the longest time, my baseline song for this raaga was "Azhagana Rakshasiye". Of course, Maharajapuram's "Nannu Vidachi" changed things , it is the Ni2 that made me fall. Just a simple Ni2. Go figure.

In my head , the arohanam is just S G R G M N N S although the orginal arohanam and avarohanam is a beautiful complex sequence of Sa Ga2 Ri2 Ga2 Ma1 Ni2 Da2 Ma1 Ni2 Ni2 Sa and Sa Ni2 Da2 Ma1 Ga2 Ma1 Pa Ma1 Ga2 Ri2 Sa. "Chinna Kannan Azhaikiran" - an Ilayaraja oldie uses the exact pattern in the opening line. Simple, but gets the point across effectively.

And yes, I have been listening to "Kangal Irandaal" from the movie where the hero is a thug and the heroine is a half-saree clad damsel. Oh wait, but that is most movies. Anyhow, the song has been sitting on my playlist for a while and just got elevated to the "continuously on loop" status.

So what exactly is catchy ? the "NSGRSa.. NDPa.. GMPMGRS" interlude before the starting of the first stanza. And these two lines I am unable to get off my head.

"unnai indri ver oru ninaivillai; ini indha 0onuyir ninadhillai"

The swara pattern of these lines goes something like "SGRG MaGR Ni SGRi .."

Happy Listening !

How do people land on this blog ?

a) People who have this page bookmarked (Yayy!)
b)People who subscribed to this blog (again, yayy!)
c) The click-trackers (outclicks from this site tracked)

But seriously, here are the top five google searches that lead to this blog :

a) "vivitsa" (yeah, right!)

b) "Masaru ponne varuga"

c)"Laali Adinaal" (Yeah, surprisingly this is the only space that has the full lyrics to that song!)

d) Tie between
  • an embarrassing quote or two from Wedding crashers and
  • "vegan" or "vegetarian" followed by some celebrity name
e) one of "arohanam avarohanam","sikkil gurucharan","harivarasam" etc :)

Now that I feel like a celebrity, I am getting back to work :) Love y'all !

Anti-Dentites :)

JERRY: So you won't believe what happened with Whatley today.
It got back to hime that I made this little dentist joke and he got all offended. Those people can be so touchy.

KRAMER: Those people, listen to yourself.

JERRY: What?

KRAMER: You think that dentists are so different from me and you? They came to this country just like everybody else, in search of a dream.

JERRY: Kramer, he's just a dentist.

KRAMER: Yeah, and you're an anti-dentite.

JERRY: I am not an anti-dentite!

KRAMER: You're a rabid anti-dentite! Oh, it starts with a few jokes and some slurs. "Hey, denty!" Next thing you know you're saying they should have their own schools.

JERRY: They do have their own schools!

KRAMER: Yeah!....