MAY 2021

Conversation with Mylai Karthikeyan.

Mylai Karthikeyan is a young, up and coming Nadaswara Vidwan hailing from Mylapore, Chennai. In his early 20s he has garnered a lot of appreciation from both Rasikas and organisers. He is keen on continuing with the tradition of the Mangalavadyam at standards set by earlier stalwarts who had a great following of Rasikas.

Sri Rama Pattabhisheka, as envisioned by Tyagaraja Svamigal.

The Lord Ramachandra always served as a source of inspiration for poets for his ideal and desirable characters. We have innumerable compositions composed over the ages on the ‘martyavatara’ (the Lord who has taken the form of a human). Among all these compositions, the compositions or poems on his crowning ceremony ‘pattabhisheka’ deserve a special mention. It is said that reading or even listening to the ‘pattabhisheka’ sarga, available in the Yuddha Kanda, the sixth book of Srimad Valmiki Ramayana confers auspiciousness.
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Be it the Mylai Karpakambal, Tiruppathi Balaji or Thiruchendur Murugan a devotee can hardly get two minutes for a glimpse of the deity’s face leave alone the full figure; one has to always leave with unfulfilled longing. There is a way to overcome it. Just keep the paintings by Silpi in front of you; one can look as long as one wishes to at every little detail of the respective deity of most of the temples of not only Tamil Nadu but the entire country; the properties in the shrine such as the brass oil lamps, silver vessels for the rituals, why even the oil stains on the wall are clearly delineated. No one before or after him could compare favourably with Silpi and his creations.
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Stay safe and healthy.

Bihu – Welcoming the New Year.

Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu falls on the same day as our Tamil New Years Day in mid-April. It is one of the most important festivals in Assam, what with the well known Bihu dance , and is said to be a week long celebration. This year (2021) Bihu was on April 14. A few days earlier itself the markets, shopping centres etc. at Guwahati was chock-a-block with people indulging in festival purchases, that traffic was crawling. It was as if people just wanted to forget about the pandemic and have a good time. Read More

Art on utensils.

As we all know there are different materials available for doing Art for painting or drawing there are a lots of mediums like oil,s acrylics, water colours, pastels and pencil. This can be done on paper and canvas, but art can also reflect on pebbles & scrap vessels.

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Digital Detox.

Today, due to the global pandemic situation, we are all forced to be on our phones and laptops all the time. Our school, college, or office is all inside our gadget and we don’t have an option but to stay glued to our phone and other gadgets. But, as we know, too much of anything is good for nothing. Same rule applies with too much time on our gadgets. So, then what is the solution to this? The solution is to do a Digital Detox.
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