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[Henry Miller], Sexus : Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.
Onam
The children are thrilled at the new swing tied between trees and many traditional games they play during this season. Music, traditional dances, boat races and carnivals also enrich the festival.
Jayalakshmi Sekhar
Music Training: Initial carnatic music training from father, C.S.Krishnaswamy, on vocal and flute. Formal veena training from Sri Pudukottai Jayarama Iyer, Chennai (1969 - 1978) Advanced music training on techniques of veena play of Veena Vidushi Dhanammal applied to vocal style of rendering by Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. Sripada Pinakapani of Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh (1994 onwards).
Performances and works in the field of music and dance:
India: Jayalakshmi has been performing on the veena in Chennai since 1996 during the December Music Festivals and monthly programmes whenever possible during the year under the auspices of Sabhas and organisations like Nadabruhmam, Suswara, Naradha Gana Sabha, AIMA Chembai Centenary Celebrations, Hamsadwani’s Festivals, Indian Fine Arts Society, Karthik Fine Arts, Tyagaraja Vidwat Sabha, Nadopasana, Krishna Gana Sabha, Veena Balachander Trust Programmes, Kapali Fine Arts, Nada Inbam and Delhi Educational Trust programmes.
She has also performed in Sri Venkateswara College of Music and Dance in Tirupathi, given lecture demonstrations and recitals at Hyderabad,
Secunderabad Music Colleges, Telugu University and Vishwa Kala Parishad and Warangal Music College.
In May 1999, she was given the opportunity to give a lecture cum recital of the techniques of veena play on an Endowment Programme in the prestigious Madras Music Academy.
Tyagaraja Music Festival, held in Tirupathi in July 2000.
Malaysia: Jayalakshmi has been the musician and music consultant for Bharatnatyam performances for the past 13 years (on the violin, veena, flute, vocal, nattuvangam) for Sutra Dance Theatre, whose artistic director is Sri Ramli Ibrahim, renowned Bharatnatyam ,Odissi, Ballet and Contemporary Dance Exponent of Malaysia.
Recently, she accompanied for the first time in Ramli’s successful, extensive Odissi Dance Tour in Malaysia with 5 other musicians from Orissa, India.
She accompanies nearly all visiting musicians from India and Sri Lanka to Malaysia on the violin.
University of Pittsburg, USA: She participated in the avant garde music compositions of Malaysian composer, Valerie Ross and performed in the Pittsburg University during the year 1995.
aug 18th: Visakha Music Academy - veena solo
Bhaja Govindam
Adhi Shankaracharya wrote a number of vedantic works for imparting knowledge of the self and the universal spirit. He also composed a number of hymns to foster Bhakthi in the hearts of men. One of these hymns is the famous Bhaja govindaM. The way of devotion, is not different from the way of knowledge or gnyana. When intelligence matures and lodges securely in the mind, it becomes wisdom. When wisdom is integrated with life and issues out in action, it becomes bhakthi. Knowledge, when it becomes fully mature is bhakthi. If it doesnot get transformed into bhakthi, such knowledge is [useless tinsel|http://www.carnatic.com/kishore/life/]. To believe that gnyana and bhakthi, knowledge and devotion are different from each other, is ignorance. If Sri Adi Shankara himself who drank the ocean of gnyana as easily as one sip water from the palm of one's hand, sang in his later years, hymns to develop devotion, it is enough to show that gnyana and bhakthi are one and the same. Sri Shankara has packed into the Bhaja govindaM song: the substance of all vedanta, and set the oneness of gnyana and bhakthi to melodious music.
Bhaja govindaM has been set to musical tones and sung as prayer songs by children. It is divided into dvaadashapaJNjarikaa and charpaTapaJNjarikaa for this purpose. The former is a set of verses (verses 1,2,5,11,18,20,21,23,27,29,31) while the rest of the verses form charpaTapaJNjarikaa.
Anyone who listens to the music of Bhaja govindaM is attracted to it. However, the significance of the text goes much deeper and contains a well defined philosophy of attaining salvation. Shankara words here seem to be quite piercing and seem to lack his softness and tenderness often found in his other texts. The reason is that this was an extempore recital to an old man. His words can be compared to a knife of a doctor. The doctor's knife cruely removes the tumor with much pain, but removing the tumor ultimately restores good health in the patient. So is Shankara's words, which pierce and point out our ignorance. It is a knife into the heart of worldliness, and by removing this tumor of ignorance, we can attain everlasting bliss with the grace of Govinda.
The algebra of infinite justice
For strategic, military and economic reasons, it is vital for the US government to persuade its public that their commitment to freedom and democracy and the American Way of Life is under attack. In the current atmosphere of grief, outrage and anger, it's an easy notion to peddle. However, if that were true, it's reasonable to wonder why the symbols of America's economic and military dominance - the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon - were chosen as the targets of the attacks. Why not the Statue of Liberty? Could it be that the stygian anger that led to the attacks has its taproot not in American freedom and democracy, but in the US government's record of commitment and support to exactly the opposite things - to military and economic terrorism, insurgency, military dictatorship, religious bigotry and unimaginable genocide (outside America)? It must be hard for ordinary Americans, so recently bereaved, to look up at the world with their eyes full of tears and encounter what might appear to them to be indifference. It isn't indifference. It's just augury. An absence of surprise. The tired wisdom of knowing that what goes around eventually comes around. American people ought to know that it is not them but their government's policies that are so hated. They can't possibly doubt that they themselves, their extraordinary musicians, their writers, their actors, their spectacular sportsmen and their cinema, are universally welcomed. All of us have been moved by the courage and grace shown by firefighters, rescue workers and ordinary office staff in the days since the attacks.
Music
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Saraswathi Poojai
Place the Goddess Saraswathi's photo frame or idol facing the East or West besides, the books representing saraswathi. Musical instruments are also kept for the puja. Books are wrapped in a silk cloth. (Red or Pink)
First light the oil lamp. Apply sandalwood paste and kumkum on the forehead, palms and feet of the Goddess and then garland with flowers. Also apply on the books and musical instruments. Sit with folded legs on a small mat facing the Goddess.
One may offer vocal music, instrumental music, bhajans, dance etc. by household members.
What is the meaning of Life?
Meaning is a dance, not a rock. Meaning is music. You will find it only if you create it. Remember it.
Socrates, while awaiting death in prison, was haunted by a dream that kept urging him, "Socrates, make music!" The old man felt he had always served art with his philosophizing. But now, spurred on by that mysterious voice, he turned fables into verse, indited a hymn to Apollo, and played the flute.
In the face of death, philosophy and music briefly went hand in hand, and Socrates was as blissful as never before.
He had never played on the flute. Something inside him persisted, "Socrates, make music!" Just in the face of death! It looked so ridiculous. And he had never played, he had never made music. A part of his being had remained suffocated. Yes, even a man like Socrates, had remained one-dimensional. The denied part insisted, "Enough of logic -- a little music will be good, will bring balance. Enough of argumentation -- play on the flute." And the voice was so persistent that he had to yield to it.
His disciples must have been puzzled: "Has he gone mad? Socrates playing on the flute?" But to me it is very significant. The music could not have been very great, because he had never played. Absolutely amateurish, childish it must have been -- but still something was satisfied, something was bridged. He was no more one-sided. For the first time in his life, maybe, he was spontaneous. For the first time he had done something for which he could not supply any reason. Otherwise, he was a rational man.
Is there a law of karma?
A better humanity will not give these names even a place in the footnotes; there is no need. They were nightmares; it is better they are completely forgotten so they don't follow you like shadows. And we have to discover people who have lived on this earth and made it in every way beautiful; shared their joy, their dance, their music, shared their ecstasies -- but lived anonymously. People have completely forgotten even their names. To me, certainly each action has its result, but not somewhere far away in a future life. The action and the result are continuous, they are part of one process. Do you think sowing the seed and reaping the crop are separate? It is one process. What begins in sowing the seed, grows, and one day the one seed has become thousands of seeds. That's what you call your crop. It is the same seed which has exploded into thousands of seeds. No death is intervening, no afterlife is needed; it is a continuum.
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Steve Wainstead
Email signature : "Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid." -- [Frank Zappa]
Henry Miller
Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.
Jeyaalaki Arunagirinathan
[Tiruppukal as classical music and its role in the cult of Murukan|http://murugan.org/research/arunagirinathan.htm]
Weblog2001December
[George Harrison] [dies|http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/entertainment/music/newsid_1492000/1492446.stm]. [Craig Jensen] is [Sad and heart broken|http://booknotes.weblogs.com/2001/11/30]. [All Things Must Pass]
Gokulashtami
Sri Krishna is the ocean of bliss. His soul-stirring Lilas, which are the wonder of wonders, are its waves. The honeyed music of His flute attracts the minds of His devotees from all three regions. His unequalled and unsurpassed wealth of beauty amazes the animate and the inanimate beings. He adorns His friends with His incomparable love.
Krishna has played various roles during His stay in the world. He was Arjuna’s charioteer. He was an excellent statesman. He was a master musician; he gave lessons even to Narada in the art of playing the veena. The music of His flute thrilled the hearts of the Gopis and everyone else. He was a cowherd in Brindavan and Gokul. He exhibited miraculous powers even as a child. He killed many demons. He revealed His Comic Form to His mother, Yasoda. He performed the Rasa Lila, the secret of which can only be understood by devotees like Narada, Gauranga, Radha and the Gopis. He taught the supreme Truth of Yoga, Bhakti and Vedanta to Arjuna and Uddhava. He had mastered every one of the sixty-four fine arts. For all these reasons He is regarded as a full and complete manifestation of God.
Varalakshmi Viratham
She is the power of Lord Narayana who is also known as Lord Vishnu or Lord Hari. Narayana is God’s aspect of preservation. He is an embodiment of Shuddha Sattwa. Lakshmi is His causal body. She is Maya, the illusory power of Nature. She deludes the whole world by Her veiling power and projects it through Her projecting power. She Herself as Vidya-Lakshmi enlightens the spiritual aspirant. Beauty, grace, a picturesque scenery or charming landscape, modesty, love, prosperity, music, the five elements and their combinations, the internal organs, mind, Prana, intellect—all these are Her manifestations.
Carnatic
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Ten Things Men Can Do to End Sexism and Male Violence Against Women
* 5 Don't fund sexism. Don't purchase any magazine, rent any video or buy any piece of music that portrays women in a sexually degrading or violent manner. Protest sexism in the media.
Pancha Ganapati
of joy and harmony that comes from music, art, drama and the dance.
Manish Vaidya
Manish Vaidya is a "dream chaser" who lives and works in the Silicon valley. When not riding the valley-life roller coaster, he enjoys traveling, taking pictures, listening to Hindi film music and most of all, spending fun times with family and friends. Also, dabbles in creative writing - governed mostly by the duration of the laptop battery on a long-haul flight.
Rangaramanuja Ayyangar
His pioneer compendium is KRITIMANIMALAI Series. The series comprise detailed solfa notations for over 1500 Classical compositions on unprecedented lines along with annotations and running into over 3000 pages including all extant pieces of Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Deekshitar, Syama Sastri as also hundred Kshetragna padams, Tillanas and classic pieces of other noted post Tyagaraja period composers. There are two publications in English besides on the evolution and Theory of Carnatic music including a critical study of Saarangadeva: Sangeeta Ratnakaram.
Weblog2002January
[Henry Miller] : Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.
Greg Franklin
"What I can do best and what I think is most worthwhile is teaching the players how to think. I teach them how to listen to themselves and be honest, so they can become independent and go as far as their talent can take them, which is usually farther than they've gone at the time that they come to me. The main direction is teaching them not how you play, but why. Why do you want to be a musician?"
Instant memory flood, and an instant statement of politics: As fast as you can remember 'em, you can get 'em. Only one guy had the vision (and ego) to put the classic principle of instant gratification through music into a piece of software. Software so easy to use, even college students could figure it out!
Slow Dance
The music won't last.
The music won't last.
The music won't last.
Hear the music.
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Rules the World
Television has not helped the matter. In fact, it has virtually stopped the proper education of the child in those communities where it is watched for hours each day. Instead of developing a curiosity by adventuring for hours through a forest or climbing a tree, instead of discovering the wonders of nature and art and music, instead of becoming involved in sports and hobbies, children are mentally carried along by television stories through positive and negative states of mind. They become uncreative, inactive, never learning to use their own minds. Not all television is negative. Some of it can be quite educational; but hours and hours each day of passive absorption are not good for the child's mental and emotional development. Children need to be active, to involve themselves in a wide variety of experiences. If the mother is there, she can intelligently guide their television, being careful that they do not get in the habit of watching it for hours on end, and watching that bold sex, violence and other bad influences are not a daily experience. When the program is over, she can send them out to play. Of course, if she is gone, they will watch anything and everything. For the young, television is one of the most senseless pastimes there is, carrying the mind further and further away from the true Self. I think you will all agree that our values, the values found in the holy Vedas, Tirukural and other sacred scriptures are not found on television. Instead, TV gives our children a brutal and unbalanced view of life which distorts in their minds how life really is. These are very serious questions. It is the mother who protects her children from negative influences, guiding their young minds into positive channels of expression.
The Hindu woman knows that she is born in a woman's body to perform a woman's dharma, to perform her duty and not to emulate the men. The duty is to be a mother to her children and a wife to her husband, whom she looks to as her lord. She performs that duty willingly as does the man perform his duty which arises out of being born in a man's body. The Hindu woman is trained to perform her stri dharma from the time she is a little girl. She finds ways to express her natural creativity within the home itself. She may write poetry or become an artist. Perhaps she has a special talent for sewing or embroidery or gardening or music. She can learn to loom cloth and make the family's clothing. If needed, she can use her skills to supplement the family income without leaving the home. There are so many ways for a Hindu wife and mother to fully use her creative energies, including being creative enough to never let her life become boring. It is her special blessing that she is free to pursue her religion fully, to study the scriptures, to sing bhajana and keep her own spiritual life strong inside.
Growing together as a couple
Was it music, dance, movie or books that you enjoyed sharing with each other when you first met? Revive your interest and enthusiasm with whatever you enjoyed in the beginning. Make a date with each other to go see a movie or read a good book together.
At every anniversary, keep checking to see if you are growing together – what interests you and how you have grown in last few years. Make amends in the areas where you think you may have missed some opportunities for growth. You can use your favorite activities as your barometer to see how you are growing. Have you created any new interest recently? Have you learnt to appreciate new kind of music?
The Ayodhya Mandapam
http://www.chennaionline.com/musicseason2k/features/ayodhya.asp
Sudha Ragunathan
Sudha Ragunathan is one of the biggest stars in [Carnatic] Music. A disciple of Late M.L.Vasanthakumari, she has managed to capture the hearts of Carnatic Music lovers the world over. She draws full houses wherever she performs and is one of the most sought after of South Indian Classical musicians.
http://www.chennaionline.com/musicseason2k/stars/sudharagunathan.asp
Willpower
his books, as a musician has to work to master his instrument.
Ruhezeit
Avoid loud noises such as drilling, sawing, hammering, loud music, parties (especially outdoors) Mondays to Saturdays, from 1pm to 3pm and 10pm to 7am, and all day Sundays. Other taboos on Sundays and holidays include mowing the lawn, washing the car and placing bottles in recycling banks. Your neighbours will not hesitate to contact the police if this 'quiet' rule is broken.
Pattinathaar
[Pattinathar Songs at musicindiaonline.com|http://www.musicindiaonline.com/music/l/WW000F14]
Violin
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Rudram
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The University of Hard Knocks
so that they will not think upon their ways! How he keeps the music
see you. You are so shiny, beautiful, valuable and full of music,
As well expect the musician to give them the technic he has
lot of discord. The violin is to give music.
pegs are turned and the strings are put in tune. The music is the
pitch, where the discords fade from our lives and where the music
When you hear the musician and note the ease and grace of the
Do you remember that one musician became deaf before he wrote music
XFML
Examples : [Karmasaya : month of December|http://www.carnatic.com/karmasaya/index.php?category=2002-12] and [World Wide Wisdom : carnatic music teachers all of the world|http://www.carnatic.com/www/index.php?why=carnatic-location]
Index2002
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Kishore Balakrishnan 2002
[Henry Miller], Sexus : Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.
I listen to [music], watch [movies], believe in [dreams], collect [Pearls], read [quotations], [articles], [books], collect [Links] and come across interesting [People] on the web and hope to meet all of them some day.
Index200301
[Theosophy], [Marriage], [Guru], [Music], [Mantras], [Scriptures]
Mokshamu Galada
knowledge in divine music to attain salvation ? Pranava or Omkara is generated from the
of divine music emerge. Is salvation obtainable to those who are not able to perceive the mind
of Shiva who derives indescribable pleasure from listening to the divine music of Vina !
Ten ways to enhance your family dinnertime
3. Turn off the TV/ Turn on soft music
This works very well if your family consists of young, school-going children. Pre-assign dinner topics such as current events every Monday, new science invention every Tuesday and have everyone say something about the topic. Be careful not to turn this into a one-sided lecture. There is so much learning that happens through these topics. Be creative about these topics: music, science, politics, family, health, and food.... the list can be endless.
Sengkang
Rivervale Plaza is the first shopping complex to be opened in Sengkang New Town. Rivervale Plaza has about 40 shops and is also housing the Sengkang Branch Office. The centre has a wet market, supermarket, 2 foodcourts, 2 fastfood outlets, a music school and also other interesting shops that cater to the residents' daily shopping needs.
The Sound of Music
[Movies] > The Sound of Music
[The Sound of Music (1965) Review by Tim Dirks|http://www.filmsite.org/soun.html]
Robert Blackwill
Hindustani music whose origins are deeply spiritual
iRiver H340
.....The sleek and compact H340 digital music player holds up to 1200 hours of your favorite songs. Plus, you can transfer and store digital pictures and view them on the vivid color display. A rechargeable battery that lasts up to 16 hours, enhanced 3D sound, ultra-fast USB 2.0 file transfers and simple navigation are just a few of the features you won’t find anywhere else.....
Parenting
Everyone wants to think that they are good parents and that their particular parenting techniques are the most effective. However, you must realize that kids are not just raised by their parents; they are also raised in large part by their environment. Environment includes their neighborhood, school, peers, and media such as television, music, and the Internet. And don't forget that children differ in those things you might call genes. Thus, a parenting strategy that raises Ivy League angels in one family might lead to depressed psychotic sociopaths in another. It's good to listen to the advice of other people who are parents (see Tip #10: More knowledge is always better), but realize that you do not have full control of your children's upbringing. They are at the mercy of their environment - their social context - most of the time. I believe that the most effective parenting strategy is to first realize that parenting is a highly context-sensitive problem and that the context (environment) must be taken into serious consideration during the parenting process. You can't raise your kids in an isolated cave (unless you're a caveman).
Puthucode
Most of the inhabitants in the immediate surroundings of the temple are Brahmins, who live in four Agraharams radiating at right angles from the temple. They were mostly Vedic and Sanskrit scholars. Many families were proficient in other fine arts like Carnatic music, and music instruments. This was the situation in the olden days. A few among them went out and acquired modern education becoming teachers, lawyers and judges. Some took up Government jobs. After this, under the onslaught of the changed times, steady migration of old inhabitants to other parts looking for new avenues of life took place. To day very few descendants of the old inhabitants live in the village.
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Rutger Kortenhorst
Sanskrit automatically teaches your child and anybody else studying it to pay FINE attention due to its uncanny precision. When the precision is there the experience is, that it feels uplifting. It makes you happy. It is not difficult even for a beginner to experience this. All you have to do is fine-tune your attention and like music you are drawn in and uplifted. This precision of attention serves all subjects, areas and activities of life both while in school and for the rest of life. This will give your child a competitive advantage over any other children. They will be able to attend more fully, easily and naturally. Thus in terms of relationships, work, sport– in fact all aspects of life, they will perform better and gain more satisfaction. Whatever you attend to fully, you excel in and you enjoy more.
The future. Let us look at the 500 – year cycle of a Renaissance. The last European Renaissance developed three subjects: Art, Music and Science to shape the world we live in today. It had its beginning in Florence. The great Humanist Marsilio Ficino made Plato available to the masses by translating it from Greek to Latin. We live in exciting times and may well be at the beginning of a new Renaissance. It also will be based on three new subjects: Some say that these will be Economics, Law and Language.
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Rich Hickey
Musicians get better by practice and tackling harder and harder pieces, not by switching instruments or genres, nor by learning more and varied easy pieces. Ditto almost every other specialty inhabited by experts or masters.
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2019
As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Here’s my best of 2018 list - I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening.

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