A tribute to my guru late Korambu Subramanian Nampoothiri.
A comment on one of my earlier post about him prompted me to sit down and record this video.
I was lucky to learn mridangam from him during my childhood days. He used to come home all the way from Peruvanam temple, approximately 15 kms away from my home, after finishing his temple duties. Half way walking and half way by bus, to save money for taking care of his family with his meagre income from the temple. The fees that time was somewhere very very small (if I remember correctly Rs. 10/-). There was no greed or instinctive approach to get the students to the so-called mainstream limelight by way of arrangettam within 1 or two months of learning during those days.
Again, if I remember correctly, a group of students including me, did our arrangettam during Koodalmanikyam Temple Festival after several months or years of training. I still remember the songs and my stage fear during that day in front of the large audience. His humble and simple presence sitting in front of us encouraging us not to miss even a single beat.
Again, if remember correctly, Uma was singing and then Rajesh, Ranjith and other stalwarts amongst us joining the group. The small start that day then slowly transformed to a bigger and better version and became the first of its kind in percussion history, named as “Mridangamela”, which is now being diligently presented each year at Koodalmanikyam temple festival by his children with students who are learning directly as well as through online.
I am really worried about the parents these days who force and influence different channels to get their children to play musical instruments or get on to stage with a short stint of direct training or alarmingly even with online training!.
Relax, they are children and let them practice and play on and on… Daily practice is very important. And do not expose them until they are well versed and get the full go-ahead from their gurus.
Again, I am also worried about the gurus who give consent to children performing within a short time period of training…If you do that you are doing injustice and spoiling a genuine talent.
My pranams to my guru late Korambu Subramanian Nampoothiri.as I present this practice session of today. Nothing special, just played and recorded what came into my mind. No mathematics, physics or whatever involved….purely divine presentation to him and also to my divine guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Yes, it is also very important to have a good musical system and also great support from the person behind the sound console for the success of a musical presentation. There should be also strict discipline among those accompanying artists to play within the framework and guidelines.
My humble pranams to all my manasa gurus, to whom I listen and observe online as well as through phone or other channels and whenever possible directly and learn various tips and tricks from them.
Each day, yes I practice every day, in front of him and my only prayer to him is bhagavan – when I play, please be with me and let you play through my fingers and not to miss even one beat. Hence the name for this video : When the Fingers Speaks”. Sri Gurubhyo Namah and Om Sri Sairam.
Once again, this is just a practice session and have not followed any strict patterns or guidelines.
Summer activity for children (and adults)
It is summer time and here is an interesting project for all.
- Take your used water bottles (preferably 5L bottles).
- Modify it for attaching to the date palm trees within the city as shown in the photo.
- Identify a suitable palm tree near your place.
- Half fill it once daily (either early morning or evening) with normal tap water.
- Continue to do it. Encourage others to follow too.
Done and you will be thanked by 100s of birds during this summer!
It was during one of my cycling trips that I noticed this innovative approach by someone. Thought, it should be promoted. Congratulations to all those who take part in this social cause.
Talent Share, www.team1talentshare.blogspot.com a blog initiative, started on 6th October 2008, to promote creative activities is slowly moving towards its 10th Year of virtual presence.
The objective of Talent Share is to promote performing and non-performing talent of all type. The motto explains itself clearly “A Talent or Knowledge within you has to be SHARED”. Otherwise, it will die along with you.
Initial focus was young children and encourage them to draw, paint, write poems, short stories etc. and share them to me through email and then polish them and post them online, giving each individual participant a dedicated web page link.
As silent or as aloud, through Team 1 blogs, various initiatives were made all these years and I am proud to say that till this date, we have witnessed creative contributions from 57 talented artists of different age. It is also a very happy moment to inform you that 18 schools from various parts of the world including UAE and reaching as far as Doha, Kuwait, and various parts of India participated with interest in showcasing their creativity through www.team1alentshare.blogspot.com. All these activities flourished when the usage of web was just beginning, especially Facebook as a connecting social media. Now things have changed with FB, WhatsApp and other social media group active and online interaction opportunities.
It was not the case during those days and not easy too. In order to create interest and sustain the participation, periodically all the participating children were complemented with gifts and certificates. I would like to say a special word of thanks to Ms. Seema Shetty of NMC group for gifts offered and Charu and team of 89.1 Radio 4 FM for their support of free publicity during the first online competition ever held during 2008. It was sheer guts by them to support a totally unknown concept by an unknown personality venturing with the motto “A talent or knowledge within you is to be shared”.
Yes, I believe in what I say, and www.team1talentshare.blogspot.com is an example of it. True. What is the benefit of knowledge or a talent if it remains within us? Imagine how it spread from one person to another to many, if it is shared. The beauty, the enjoyment and the thrill of sharing, it has to be enjoyed. Like a child who keeps the chocolate in his pocket without sharing it with his friends on a hot sunny day, your knowledge or talent, hidden and kept aside for your own enjoyment will melt down finally without benefiting you even.
This is a serious and sincere effort and so far being undertaken solely and I take this opportunity to invite more participation from arts and crafts teachers and those who are interested to volunteer in sharing their valuable talent to come forward and be a part of Talent Share activities. All those who are interested to promote creative talent of children to the forefront through Talent Share blog and social media group and its activities to undertake the following responsible roles are welcome to contact me:
– To promote its activities
– Encourage the participants
– Give guidance and communicate with the participants
– Participate in admin roles.
God bless all those creative talents who contributed silently and please pray for their continued interest in participating and promoting creativity which has no special forms in this world of excellence.
You are welcome to add members to this group. Look forward to your support. Share this initiative with those interested. Ask them to join and participate.
I humbly dedicate this initiative to #YearOfGiving.
Click here to join the group: Talent Share group on FB
On Shivarathri day, a special upload to promoted a talented singer I met in front of the Kagalahalli Shaneeswara temple, Bangalore.
If you happen to visit this temple, I will say, you should visit at least once, you will be able to meet him. One of his leg isprosthetic. Details about the temple and its specialities will be shared through a different post.
Lyrics of the song:
Namo bhootha Natha, namo deva deva
Namo bhaktha pala, namo divya teja (namo….)
Bhavabadrakara sada nirvikara
Namo loka pala namo naga lola
Namo parvathi vallabha neelakanta (namo…)
Sada suprakasha maha papa nasha
Kashi viswanatha daya sindhu jata
Namo parvathi vallabha neelakanta (namo…)
Maa – a skit presented by Shakthi Wing of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation Abu Dhabi on Ladies and Youth Day – Highlights
Maa – a skit presented by Shakthi Wing of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation Abu Dhabi on Ladies and Youth Day – Highlights.
Welcome to share the video further.
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