Wish you all a very happy and prosperous Tamil New Year 2009-2010. Invoking the blessings of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, I begin my blogging pursuit. I am known to many as a singer, I also love to interact with my rasikas by speaking during the concert. On Isai Payanam in Jaya TV I explain the sahitya and raga bhavas and also the usage of ragas in cine songs. So much for the speaker in me.
Mango Pachidi is indeed a delicacy, friends, what with all its tangy flavour of the seasonal fruit, dripping in jaggery paagu, the occassional dash of the neem flower combined with the aroma of green chillies. A treat I ate with great delight for lunch today. The New Year brings in plenty of heat, lots of sweat, cartloads of mangoes, and long days indoors. I use this time for listening to more music, minding my little children the twin troubles that I enjoy tending to, and practising.
I performed in Delhi for a lovely Tamil audience last month. I didn't have much time for sight seeing, though I promised to myself that I would surely explore at least the main parts of Delhi at a later time. Delhi Tamil audience are very sweet, they made sure I sang for a good three hours, and even after that chits kept coming on to the stage. I assured them that I would certainly come back very soon.
I sang Raghuvamsa Suthambudi the Kadanakuthuhalam kriti at a recent Rama Navami Concert in Chennai, and really enjoyed the experience. I felt a sense of elation and happiness while singing, and that was infectiously communicated to the audience. During the chittaswaram a few children started dancing spontaneously, overjoyed. Such is the nature of this raga, it radiates happiness. This kriti is often played on instruments than sung, but when sung it is a winner.
So much for this instalment, friends... The year is called "Virodhi" but, what's in a name? (Virodhi means enemy in Tamil and Hindi!) Well then, lets all have a happy and friendly "Virodhi" year!