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HONORING A KARMA YOGI – BHARATA RATNA M. S. SUBBULAKSHMI

      Speech By Dr. Ram Sriram at the Chinmaya Mission, Atlanta Recently, two reputed Atlanta organizations - the Chinmaya Mission Atlanta and the Sankara Nethralaya-OM Trust (USA) celebrated the birth centenary of the renowned musician, Bharat Ratna Smt. M. S. Subbalakshmi. The two events, however, differed in their…
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Sankeerthana for Salvation

Expressing devotion through bhakthi is a well-known Hindu tradition. Bhakthi is love, attachment, and dedication to a personal god. However, bhakthi also implies that a bhaktha (a devotee) will strive for pure thought and proper conduct at all times and will love god without expectation of benefits in return. The…
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Art and science for Nadopasana

Carnatic music, like most other music systems of the world, has two dimensions: an emotional dimension and an intellectual dimension. The emotional dimension is supported by the melodic system, which is the foundation for both Carnatic and Hindustani music. In melodic system, music progresses with succession of individual notes. The…
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Sangeetha and Bhakthi

P. Sreenivasan Sangeetha and bhakthi should be acquired and practiced with humility. Genuine humility brings with it detachment, suppression or conquest of the baser instincts of Man and, ultimately annihilation of the ego to bring enlightenment. Mere scholarship without humility and music without devotion is according to Thyagaraja Swami, akin…
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Music with mistakes

By Venkat Ramanan “Many performers have been performing Bach for years without experiencing for themselves the deepening that Bach is capable of bringing out in any true artist. Most of our singers are far too caught up in technique to sing Bach correctly. Only a very small number of them…
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Demystifying Carnatic Music and Widening the Rasika Base

‘Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.’ —John Keats Over the years, Carnatic music scholars as well as critics have written about the declining interest among the younger generation in learning and appreciating Carnatic music. They express with sadness that Carnatic music is associated with senior citizens while…
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Clevelandil Thiruvayaru

The auditorium was filled with men, women, and children dressed in their best Indian attire. On the stage were seated stalwarts of Carnatic music such as Chitraveena Ravikiran, Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Carnatica Brothers - Shashikiran and Ganesh, Nagai Murali, Mannargudi Easwaran, to name a few. Also present on the stage were…
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