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Monday, October 23, 2006

என் இனிய தீபாவளி

Having (re)started to blog... not putting a post for Diwali is considered
crime and not fulfulling your social responsibility. So, here i am :)

I hope everyone had a blasting and a colorful Diwali. I hope my friends
in India got time to spend this Diwali with their families and relatives
and not with their laptops and PM/PLs. For my friends here in the US,
well we dont have much option other than going to a temple :)

Though i missed my family and relatives bigtime, this Diwali was really
special for me. This is the first time i am spending a Diwali in the US.
(Nothing much to cherish in this). But what made it really special was
the live concert of "Sudha Ragunathan" that i attended. This was on
the eve of Diwali (Friday evening/night)

Ppl in the field of Carnatic music know that she is a Living Legend but
even for "gnana soonyams" like me who dont know "C" of Carnatic
music, she doesnt need any intro. I have seen her in Vijay TVs
"சிகரம் தொட்ட தமிழர்கள்" (and offlate in some "பரம்பரா பட்டு"
ad).

It was one of the items in my wishlist to be @ a live concert (though
not necessarily carnatic) and so i was really happy making it to her
concert. Just to add a small note, she is one of the very few ppl who
got good appreciation from the famous critic Subbudu
(குறை கண்டுபிடித்தே...)

It was organized by the Univ of Cincinnati students via their SABHA
community. First, hats off to them for putting up a great show.
I happened to c this Ad in a poster @ an Indian restaurant just hrs
before the event.

Myself and my friend Maniprakash decided to start early.Luckily we didnt
loose directions and were in the Univ auditorium pretty early. Show was
delayed by 30 mts but it was worth a wait ;-) (U know what i mean....
Come on, didnt i tell u that it was arranged by Univ students??)

She started at 7 PM with a keerthana and i should say the next 3.5 hrs
will be in my memory for a long time. The keerthanas and the bhakti
songs in her voice was simply divine. Man, what a talent. High Pitch,
Low pitch, Side pitch.. she just plays with those nuances... She also
accepted some "Song Requests" and sang some popular ones like
"குறை ஒன்றும் இல்லை" , "சின்னஞ்சிரு கிளியே" etc. We
were blessed to hear all this when ppl in India wake up for Diwali.
What timing :)




The folks on Violin/Mridangam and Morsing
who accompanied her were not newbies either.
They were simply superb too. I dont have
much words to say. I could feel that my mind
was light !!!

After the show, she spent a good 30 to 45
minutes signing autographs, talking casually
with all students/audience and posing for
pictures. Just made us wonder 'how come
someone with such talent can be so down-to-earth' ...

We had our share of snaps too. Something to cherish for a lifetime.
(Mani with the close-up smile and Yours Truly -- enna bavyam)


Another line item that made my Diwali special was the function @ the Hindu
temple here. Atleast some 400 ppl would have made it to the temple.
Crackers were arranged by the temple org free of cost.

It was a very pleasing sight to see ppl in all
traditional outfits and a LOT of kids (including
us, haha) bursting crackers. Overall, it was a
very new and a special Diwali experience for me.

Signing off. Have fun until i blog next time :)

36 Comments:

At Monday, October 23, 2006 7:27:00 PM, Blogger KK said...

Nice Diwali report Arun!! Aiya naan than phasht comment pola irukku... :)

 
At Monday, October 23, 2006 7:29:00 PM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

vaanga nanba...

neenga thaan boni :)

 
At Monday, October 23, 2006 10:07:00 PM, Blogger Bharani said...

U celebrated diwali in style...gr8 dude....belated diwali wishes :))

And all the best for restarting the blog :))

 
At Monday, October 23, 2006 10:25:00 PM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@Bharani,
Yeah, was a different and enriching experience.
Thx for ur wishes :)

-Arun

 
At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 3:39:00 AM, Blogger வேதா said...

இந்தியால இருக்கும் எங்களுக்கே சுதாவின் கச்சேரியை நேரடியாக காண்பது கஷ்டம் எனும் போது வெளிநாட்டில் அவர் கச்சேரியை ரசித்து தீபாவளியை அருமையாக கொண்டாடியிருக்கிறீர்கள்:)

 
At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 3:57:00 AM, Blogger கீதா சாம்பசிவம் said...

சின்னஞ்சிறு கிளியேனு எழுதணும், சின்னஞ்சிரு கிழியே இல்லை. தப்பா எழுதாதீங்க. மத்தபடி போஸ்ட் நல்லா இருக்கு. வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

 
At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 7:00:00 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said...

Hope u enjoyed ur Diwali in US.
Yeah, I too don't know ABC's of Carnatic. ;)

Crackers in US? I thot they won't allow to burts crackers!

 
At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 7:46:00 AM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@வேதா,
இந்தியால இருக்க பிரபலங்கள சில சமயம் வெளிநாட்டில் easy-ஆ பாத்துறலாம் :)

@கீதா,
corrected. please keep correcting my mistakes. Thx a lot !!

@karthik,
Thx for coming... I was told that the Temple org will get a special permission to burst crackers.

 
At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 9:03:00 AM, Anonymous maniprakash said...

vanakkam nanba...
How to express !! Sudha's concert was Really amazingggg !!! and made my new year with full Energetic...

I am also planning to write abt her conert in my blog soon..

I really thank to u , if u missed out that adv.. thn...??

so all credit goes to NewKrishna hotel.

-மணி ப்ரகாஷ்...

 
At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 9:30:00 AM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@mani,
yes..

more often, things that happen "just like that" are really memorable like this one.. :)

mani, now that u started ur own blog, use manivilas instead of maniprakash :) for your comments

-arun

 
At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 10:11:00 AM, Blogger நாகை சிவா said...

உங்கள் பொழுதை அருமையாக கழித்து உள்ளீர்கள் போல. வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

நமக்கும் கர்நாட்டிக் ஆகாது. இருந்தாலும் எம்.எஸ்., சுதா போன்றவர்கள் குரலில் எதை பாடினாலும் கேட்கலாம்.

நம்ம தலைவி வந்து மிரட்டிட்டு போயி இருக்காங்க போல :)

 
At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 11:11:00 PM, Blogger ambi said...

//High Pitch,
Low pitch, Side pitch.//
ROTFL :) side pitch..? ippa thaan kelvi padaren. LOL

yeeh, carnatic sangeetham ennikume thani sugam thaan! good that U enjoyed..
:)

 
At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 11:14:00 PM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@ambi

//side pitch..? ippa thaan kelvi padaren.//

naan kooda :)

naan thaan "gnana soonyam" nu disclaimer poturkene.. ;-)

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 12:39:00 AM, Blogger பொற்கொடி said...

hummmm... mundhina postuku 50 comment, inda postla puliyodaraiku potti.. kalakringa vanda udane ;)

talaivali adikadi vandha amrutanjan potukonga! nanga ellam adan use panrom.

sudha enakum pidikum, ana avanga pothys ku vandadu avlo nalla padala... dint suit her nu tonudu. oor ellam bannerla vera nikaranga, felt very odd :(

apram enna ore oru padhivu than thamizhla ezhudininga, apram thanglisha?

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 12:55:00 AM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@porkodi,
// mundhina postuku 50 comment //

naan kooda edirpaakala ivalo peru vandu,padichu, comment poduvaangannu.(ennoda target 25)
Romba nalllavanngalaaaaa irukeenga :)

//talaivali adikadi vandha amrutanjan potukonga! nanga ellam adan use panrom.//
LOL... namma kadaila seekiram stock vachikuren.

compared to others,i felt andha 'ad' ok types... still ivanga ellam ad pakkam vara vendiya nelamai nenacha :(


//apram enna ore oru padhivu than thamizhla ezhudininga, apram thanglisha?//

solteengalla, adutha padivu tamizhla poturvom.

Nextu meet panren !!!

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 1:58:00 AM, Blogger Syam said...

adada ungala blogrolling la add panna vidama blogrolling sathi panniruku...summa varalaamenu vandhu pattha ellorum aajar...

sari carnaatic sangeethathula naan soora puli...namaku therinjathu ellam sudha ragu voda pothi's add thaan :-)

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 5:51:00 AM, Blogger Deekshanya said...

Hi Arun
Nice blog. keep writing... Sudha Ragunathan has a lovely voice.. I became her fan when I heard her album "தியானலிங்கம்". Do drop by whenever you can.. வாழ்த்துக்களுக்கு நன்றி!
- Deeksh

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 8:33:00 AM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@syam,
//adada ungala blogrolling la add panna vidama blogrolling sathi panniruku//
are you able to add now or is there still a problem?

//namaku therinjathu ellam sudha ragu voda pothi's add thaan :-)//
kalyanam aagi "pattu sari" ad paakama irukka vitruvaangala... :)


@deeksh,
thx for coming.. i became a fan only on that day... i am looking for sites to download her albums. if u have, pls share with me

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 2:21:00 PM, Blogger Priya said...

romba nalla deepavali kondadi irukkinga. I love Sudha's voice.
I could imagine how exciting it would have been for u.

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 2:46:00 PM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@priya,
amanga... her voice is divine. being my first attempt at a concert, i was totally enthralled

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 2:56:00 PM, Blogger Dreamzz said...

//This is the first time i am spending a Diwali in the US.
(Nothing much to cherish in this). //

Spending time with Indians on diwali when in US is always special :)

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 3:26:00 PM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@siva,
unga comment-ku reply miss panniten.

//எம்.எஸ்., சுதா போன்றவர்கள் குரலில் எதை பாடினாலும் கேட்கலாம்.//

romba correct. Sudha paadinadukke inda effect-na M.S concert ellam ketrundenna...

@dreamz,
Diwali as such in US is nothing to cherish but u r right, spending with this much Indian crowd was really special!!!

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 7:58:00 PM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

Oh..Arun..Nallaaththan diwali kondati iruppeengka pOla..

Cool report pOngka :-))

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 10:59:00 PM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@karthikeyan,
danksungo

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 11:29:00 PM, Blogger Sandai-Kozhi said...

எம்.எஸ்., சுதா போன்றவர்கள் குரலில் எதை பாடினாலும் கேட்கலாம்.பட்டாசு,மத்தாப்புக்கள் விட்டீர்களா?அப்போ கலக்கல் தீபாவளீதான்.கச்சேரி,பட்டாசு,இனிப்புக்கள் ஜமாய்ச்சி உள்ளீர்கள்.--SKM

 
At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 11:35:00 PM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@SKM,
vaanga vaanga.
ennoda pudu kadaiku vandurkeenga. Romba nandri. Diwali pattaasu kelapirchu. naane edirpaakala...

Neenga ennoda blog pakkam varaadadu koraiya irundadu. ippo theendadu :)

adikkadi vaanga...

 
At Thursday, October 26, 2006 12:31:00 AM, Blogger கடல்கணேசன் said...

அருண்,
ஸாரி.. லேட்.. பிரேஸிலுக்கு டிக்கெட் ரிசர்வ் பண்ண ஸ்யாம் கூப்பிட்டாரு..அதான் பிஸி..ஹிஹி

 
At Thursday, October 26, 2006 9:48:00 AM, Blogger Marutham said...

:) LOL // High Pitch,
Low pitch, Side pitch.. she just plays with those nuances..//
Adhena pa SIDE PITCH ;) ?? Just Kidding... She do look like a cool personality!! :) U sure had a great DIWALI!! :)
Nice post...:)

 
At Thursday, October 26, 2006 9:50:00 AM, Blogger தி. ரா. ச.(T.R.C.) said...

நல்லதொரு கச்சேரியை கேட்டு மகிழ்ந்ததோடு இல்லாமல் எங்களுடன் அதை பகிர்ந்துகொண்டு,படங்களையும் போட்டதற்கு நன்றி.இந்தமாதிரி நல்ல பதிவாபோடனும்னுற இங்கீதம் தெரிஞ்சுடுத்தில்லே இனிமே சங்கீதம் தானா வரும்.


@பொற்கொடி சரியாச் சொல்லு சுதாவைப் பிடிக்குமா சுதாவின் சங்கீதம் பிடிக்குமா?தலைவி இதெல்லாம் கண்டுக்கிறதே இல்லை ஏன் பயமா பொற்கொடிகிட்டே

 
At Thursday, October 26, 2006 10:26:00 AM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@marutham,

thx for coming and commenting..

"Side pitch".. chumma korvaya irukkatumenu thaan... mathapadi enakku cricket pitch mattum thaan theriyum :)


@trc,
sangeetham ellam kettu rasikka thaan naan layakku !!

2nd para -- no commentsungo :)

 
At Thursday, October 26, 2006 10:38:00 AM, Blogger Sandai-Kozhi said...

Some of Your photos are too good.
Enjoyed going through it--SKM

 
At Thursday, October 26, 2006 11:15:00 AM, Blogger கடல்கணேசன் said...

/ Show was delayed by 30 mts but it was worth a wait ;-) (U know what i mean..../

அருண்.. என்ன தவம் செய்தீர்களோ.. காட்டில மழைதான்.
(Thanks for showing your's and Maniprakash' pictures)

 
At Thursday, October 26, 2006 7:34:00 PM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@KG
sory, unga comment-ku reply miss aayiduchi...
neenga brazil-ku kudukkure hype-a paatha unga adutha athyaayam sema swarasyama irukkumnu theliva theriyudu !!
seekiram potrunga

//என்ன தவம் செய்தீர்களோ.. காட்டில மழைதான்.//

neenga vera... thooral poda aaramitchadu, adukkula show start pannitaanga... vidi nammala thorathi
thorathi adikkudu :(

 
At Thursday, October 26, 2006 7:35:00 PM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@SKM
thx thx.. apdiye edaavadu ponnu paarunga :)

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 8:19:00 AM, Blogger Gayathri Chandrashekar said...

Iam fond of Sudha singing bharathiyar's songs..especially "chinnanjiru kiliye"..Nice post.

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 11:11:00 AM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

@gayathri,
thx for dropping by... i have become her fan after that show :)

 

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