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My friend Pavan pointed out that the google video link wasn’t playing anymore. So, reblogging with updated youtube link.
The first time I came across the phrase ‘graha bheda‘ was in a book called Sangeetha Darpana by Prof. Ramaratnam. For someone who exactly knew the aarohana and avarohana of three or four raagas, a detailed discussion of graha bheda, it’s possibilities and limitations were too much to swallow. What? Getting Kalyani from Shankarabharana and todi?
Luckily, I had the luxury of having my grandma’s old harmonium at my disposal. Using that, and testing out some of the things in that book, I was able to make sense of what the professor was saying! But over the years, and after becoming a somewhat serious listener of Indian music, I am glad to say the topic excites me today, as much as it did so many years ago.
To cut a long story short, I was asked to present about some topic that could be of interest to students…
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Sewa International Presents
A Violin Concert by Anuradha Sridhar
accompanied by Shriram Brahmanandam on the Mrdanga.
Date: Friday, 20th November @7:30 pm Venue: Quainlan Community Center, Cupertino, CA
For tickets, you can leave a comment here, or purchase online at: http://www.indolink.com/sewa
Take this opportunity to reach out the flood victims, and enjoy the wonderful music.
All proceeds will be used for the benefit of affected people.
Karnataka Flood Relief Concert
Today I read the news about Prof Ramarathnam‘s demise on 15th November 2008. He was almost 91.
It was a co-incidence that I was reading his autobiography around that time.
I never had the opportunity of listening to a concert of Sri Ramarathnam live. I have heard him on the radio, or other recordings. However, he was definitely a very strong influence in shaping my musical interests.
His “Sangeetha Darpana” was the first book I read about the theory of Indian music way back in my middle school days. Perhaps I did not understand everything the book discussed at that time, but that made a good beginning. I read, re-read and re-read this book till I got hooked to reading and understanding the ‘lakshaNa’ or theory of music. Later on, I have read several of his books, some of which were co-authored by Dr Sampathkumaracharya. Because of this, I am definitely indebted to Prof. Ramarathnam.
About 10 years ago, I had the good chance of meeting and speaking with Prof Ramarathnam when he and my mother were honored at a temple in Sunnyvale, CA.
May his soul rest in peace.