From my dad. Movie: Ratha Thilagam  Music by: K. V. Mahadevan Lyrics: Kannadasan Singer : TMS In the movie this song is shown as Kannadasan himself singing on the stage at a college function. The song is introduced as “based on Omar Khayyam’s Philosophy” sung by an old student. The lyrics can also be … [Read more…]
Another old song translated by my dad. Movie: Ramu (1966) Starring: Gemini Ganesan, K.R. Vijaya, Master Raj Kumar Music: M.S. Viswanathan Lyrics: Kannadasan This song starts with a short verse by female, asking who is the person who has entered her heart, when she was sleeping..[indirectly expressing her love]. The main song follows – hero … [Read more…]
This translation is by my dad! When we were children, he would play many old songs and that is how my interest and appreciation for these songs developed. As I grew up I found the meanings and lyrics so beautiful and I started translating them into English so that a wider audience can enjoy them. … [Read more…]
It’s interesting the vocals in this – it’s the first time I had heard Sid Sriram’s bluesy style in Tamil music. Rahman sure knows how to introduce new elements in style! Here is Adiye from the movie Kadal. manasa thoranthaye nee engirinthu vanthaayo nee adi ye adi ye enna enge nee kooti pora? adi ye … [Read more…]
It’s a full moon night, a forest with mist and dew
On a narrow footpath, walking with you
The diversity of culture has meaning for the future of our growth and cognitive evolution. There is so much to be learnt about ourselves and others, so much to be appreciated and taken into the future by engaging with it in new ways appropriate to the changing times.
The sound, smell and sight of a storm are reassuring and comforting to me. I sit here thousands of miles away listening to Ghanana ghanana from Lagaan for a moment transported to Bangalore. The breeze outside is warm and whispers promises of a downpour. I feel peaceful and content.
I’ve been having smell hallucinations of various things which just take me back to moments and feelings of when I was a child, and dreams about family and boats.
We saw many beautiful fountains, flowered gardens, old beautiful buildings and new modern ones which were very well designed. We returned the bikes and went on a short walk before we headed back, through a Hare Krishna concert/performance at the big fountain.
My fingers hurt a lot initially from pressing down so hard on the strings but I was learning so much so fast that I couldn´t stop. Hunger, tiredness, stress would all melt away as I sang along with some simple songs I had learnt.
Meanwhile my jazz/pop choir performed in Acapella Abend (evening) on Fri and Sat nights. Saturday’s performance for all the groups were better because I think people had more energy. There was a group from Berlin. Four young men, one of who finished his Masters here only last Sem. He got to do the solo last semester in our performance. That was by far the most entertaining breathtaking performance. They don´t have a name yet and aren´t on youtube or anything but they will go places! We had Thriller, This Love, Time of the Season, Gummy Bears, Falling Slowly, Ein Abend in Paris, and some Alt Musik (1500s stuff). My choir sang Man in the Mirror, The Way you Look Tonight, Baba Yetu and Dancing Queen.