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When the fingers speaks!

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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.

 

Write (right) back!

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Mind Speaks - Write back to writing daysWrite back to writing days!

A deliberate silence of 125 days away from blog…. I cannot say, it was accidental and I cannot say firmly it was deliberate. Mind Speaks all the time within me and comes out of words and sentences and normally I never hold them. But, this time I did.

Why did I do it?

A good question to me first? The void created by my father’s death was one among them. Indeed, the period from July 2016 till August 2017 was a fast-track time for me to complete and tick-off many items from my father’s wish list. Between us, there was always harmonious and silent communication happening all the time. I knew what he wanted and he knew very well that if it was in my reach, I will do it at any cost for him. It is now emotional as well as memorable to recollect the visits to places and friends we made during those days. I knew very well how fast his life clock was ticking to come to an abrupt and silent end. It happened on 17 August 2017.

Is that the case for me distancing myself away from the blog? Not really.

I continued to click and post on FB or instagram or other social media and kept my presence alive. However, it did not give me the full satisfaction that I get when I am here on the “Mind Speaks” section of my blog. It is where I express myself, what I think about and see around.

I see things in a different way than I used to do before. It is because I believe no one bothers about the other these days. It is also because, I see that all news are of value only for that moment or may be hour or a day. Then it becomes nothing. There are several examples. People go back to their routine very quickly these days. I find excessive use of mobile as one of the reason for this change. There is always something or other thing to take your attention away. It is good as well as it is bad. All along I have been giving extra focus on road safety and community issues.  In future, I will be adding some more key elements to my writing to highlight human values like respect, togetherness, friendliness, confidence etc – there are many to add and where we stand now?

One thing is for sure, I cannot hold my thoughts and stop expressing my mind.  One other important note is to affirm – it is easy to preach, but difficult to practice all the above.

I am right back here to my writing days. I am sure you will come back as often as you can to read and comment.

Ramesh Menon

04th March 2018

 

Farewell to Palakkad Radhakrishnan

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Farewell to Radhakrishnan3Palakkad Radhakrishnan – One and only combo personality of all Abu Dhabi satsangs. A humble and simple person who plays multiple roles whenever there is a community activity of significance happening in Abu Dhabi. Percussionist, singer, good cook, last to leave – an overall selfless volunteer!.

He might not belong to the category of professional percussionists or vidhwans. But, he plays his beats from his heart with full of strength and divinity, and that covers the completeness of his music even if he is not given a microphone for his instrument as it happens many times!. 

From physically assisting the set up of the venue from start till the end and also performing as percussionist of quality, I really admire him and his value to all of us.

I cherish my association with him all along.

Matha, Pitha, Guru Daivam. He is an example and continue to be, as he leaves Abu Dhabi tomorrow, 31st October 2017, after 21 years of Service to serve his aged mother.
May all Sathgurus and Gods shower him with peace, prosperity, good health and overall well being. 

He will be available on Whatsapp +97155 657 89 75.

https://soundcloud.com/ramesh-menon-abudhabi/gananayakam-ganeshwaram-sai-bhajan-by-muthuraman

The divine ambience he creates can be enjoyed by listening to the above song where he plays Dholak to a beautiful bhajan.

Kathakali festival in Abu Dhabi

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2 days of Kathakali festival #InAbuDhabi.

Titled “Kanninakkanandam (feast for eyes)”,  Abu Dhabi Kathakali Festival 2017 showcases three plays of the 18th century poet laureate Irayimman Thampi who represents the golden age of Kathakali. Much admired by connoisseurs, his plays KeechakavadhamUttaraswayamvaram  and Dakshayagam  continue  to enthrall audiences with their music, action, rich emotional quotient, and literary finesse.

Keechakavadam and Uttaraswayamvaram are based on Viradaparvam of  Mahabharatha,  while Dakshayagam is based on Mahabhagavatham.

Festival opens on October 19th at Kerala Social Centre (KSC) Abu Dhabi with Uttaraswayamvaram.

Keechakavadam will be staged on 20th at India Social and Cultural Centre (ISC Abu Dhabi)  in the afternoon followed by Dakshayagam in the evening.

Padmasri Kalamandalam Gopi will reveal another facet of his acting prowess with his Duryodhana in Uttaraswayamvaram and Daksha in Dakshayagam. All the   renowned artists , musicians and percussionists  forming part of this troupe will  add their strength and skills  to complete this tauryatrika (triple symphony) experience.

As part of this festival, a Thayambaka by renowned artist Sri. Panamanna Sasi and team will exhilarate the audience with the percussions on October 20th. A musical ensemble  titled Carnatic Melodies led by Sri Biju Edappal is also scheduled in the evening.

Do not miss out this event to enjoy as well as understand the traditional art form froms Kerala. Added attraction is the Thayampaka – traditional colour performance on chenda, a popular percussion instrument of Kerala, in which the main player at the centre improvises rhythmically on the beats of half-a-dozen or a few more chenda and ilathalam players around.

A chance to watch international as well as local artists performing. A golden opportunity for Passionate Photographers. Hash tag your clicks with #PassionatePhotographers #TalentShare.

Best photo and photographer will get a special gift (this is a personal initiative to support the event conducted by Anoop Nair and his team).

Young ADIPEC Photography Competition 2017

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ya-photography-comp-flyer-3-_88efbbf5-0a08-4783-a384-6494253b9984_1.jpgThe 2017 Young ADIPEC photography theme is announced as Sense of Community, in line with the UAE’s 2017 Year of Giving.
Under the theme Sense of Community, young photographers are encouraged to express their feelings and sense of belonging to the community across 4 elements including:
• Membership
• Influence
• Integration and fulfilment
• Shared emotional connection
ENTRIES CAN BE SUBMITTED ACROSS 4 DEDICATED CATEGORIES:
1. Boys 11-14 years
2. Boys 15-18 years
3. Girls 11-14 years
4. Girls 15-18 years
The Young ADIPEC Photography Competition is open to all students between 11-18 years who live in the UAE.

ENTER THE COMPETITION IN JUST 3 EASY STEPS:

1. Take one or more photos that fit the theme. You can use only 
your camera, photos taken by a mobile camera are not eligible for entry.

2. Download the submission form: www.adipec.com/youngadipec (a maximum of three entries per person are allowed).
3. Fill in the form and send it, along with your photos to  Email: youngadipec@dmgeventsme.com by Sunday 15 October 2017.

The judging session will take place on Saturday 28 October and winners will be notified shortly afterwards. Winning entries and Runners-up of each category will appear on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and in the Photography Competition Zone at the Young ADIPEC stand, during ADIPEC 2017 (13 – 16 November at ADNEC).

WINNERS AND RUNNERS UP CAN COLLECT THEIR PRIZES ON TUESDAY 14 NOVEMBER AT 16:00 AT THE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION ZONE.
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Young ADIPEC Photography Competition 2017

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Young ADIPEC Photography Competition

ADIPEC 2017 is here around and the prestigious Young ADIPEC Photography competition for children. The theme for the 2017 Young ADIPEC photography: “Sense of Community”. As it is the year of given in UAE our theme will encourage young photographers to express their feeling and sense of belonging in the community.
It will focus on displaying the four elements of Sense of Community which are membership, influence, integration and fulfilment of needs, shared emotional connection.
Encourage your children to participate. Click on the link to know more:
https://www.adipec.com/features/young-adipec/young-adipec-photography-competition/ 
Deadline to submit: 15th October 2017

Basic values – Short Take – Gulf Today Dt 07 October 2017

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Life is not easyMind Speaks - Oct 2017 - Basic Values for most of us. People face different challenges, personal and professional tensions. However, some are fortunate. They enjoy privileges that they don’t deserve.

Opportunities for excelling in one’s field are rare. They have to be grabbed with both hands and mind with a “Thank you” note to God almighty.

But, some take it all lightly. For mundane reasons, they resist changes in life and situations happening around them. What one has to remember is there is no assurance that you will be in the position that you are now the next moment.

The only thing one can control is conduct, dedication and self-discipline. Do not add anything more to existing disharmony. Always try to understand from the other side of the fence.
Ramesh Menon

To read it in original, please visit the below link:
Short Take – Gulf Today dated 07 October 2017