Posts Tagged ‘artistes’

L Shankar, and his double violin

October 2, 2014

L. Shankar

is one of a family of musicians, of which

L. Subramaniam

is the best-known.

However, I was privileged to listen, when I was young to a 78 rpm record (yes, called “vinyl” these days) of an album of his, called “Who’s To Know”, where he played on his own invention, the double violion

The Wiki entry says, “During the 1980s, Shankar recorded periodically as a leader, doing both jazz-based material and Indian classical music. His 1980 release of the album Who’s To Know on ECM introduced the unique sound of his own invention, the ten-string, stereophonic double violin. This instrument, designed by Shankar and built by noted guitar maker Ken Parker, covers the entire orchestral range, including double bass, cello, viola and violin. He has recently developed a newer version of his instrument which is much lighter than the original.”

Here’s a video that shows him playing this wondrous invention of his:

However, this seems to be more of virtuoso playing, with a lot of riffs and gymnastics. It does not bring out the extraordinary range of the instrument, its honeyed tones, or the skill of the mastery of the player, with melody being the go-by for the mathematical swara-prasthArA.

Here’s an interview of him on Sun TV (quite recent, 17th Feb 2014.)

He talks about himself and his experience. A hackneyed interview format, but still, very informative.

My favourites are the album, “Who’s To Know”, from which you can hear an excerpt


(rAgam: hEmavathi.)

And this piece where the rAgA AbhEri is taken up for a rAgam thAnam pallavi (er, it’s nearly one hour long!)

However, the second piece is finished rather abruptly at the rAga AlApanA stage.

The visuals, too, were very interesting for me to see, being clips from all over India.

Such wonderful creativity…I salute this great musician.

Hungarian Shadow Play

June 25, 2013

I was moved watching this, and I hope you will be, too…

Asha Bhonsle

September 11, 2011

I watched two almost identical retrospectives on

Asha Bhonsle

one, Rangoli, that airs at 8am on Sundays, and the other, Flashback on NDTV,

and realized that it was Asha’s 78th birthday on the 8th of September. What a talent! What a voice! What a range of songs! And she always comes across as a good person, too.

So…a salute to a wonderful artiste, with the first song that was played on Rangoli today:

Here are the transliterated lyrics:

Mera kuch saamaan tumhare paas pada hai -2
o o o ! saavan ke kuch bheege bheege din rakhe hain
aur mere ik khat main lipti raat padi hai
vo raat bhulaa do, mera vo saamaan lauta do – 2
mera kuch saamaan tumhaare paas pada hai – 2

patjhad hai kcuh … hai na ?
o ! patjhas main kuch patton ke girne kee aahat
kaanon main ek baar pahan ke laut aai thee
patajhad kee vo saakh abhi tak kaanp rahi hai
vo saakh gira do, mera vo saamaan lauta do – 2

ek akeli chhataree main jab aadhe aadhe bheeg rahe the – 2
aadhe sookhe aadhe geele, sukha to main le aaye thee
geela man shayad bistar ke paas pada ho
vo bhijwa do, mera vo saamaan lauta do

ek so sola chaand ki ratain ek tumhare kaandhe ka til – 2
geeli mahendi ki khushbu, jhoot mooth ke shikwe kuch
jhooth mooth ke wade sab yaad karaa do
sab bhijwa do, mera vo saamaan lauta do – 2

ek ijaazat de do bas, jab isako dafanaaungee
main bhi vaheen so jaungee
main bhi vaheen so jaungee

Very rough translation:

Some of my things are lying with you…
Some monsoon days are kept there,
And a night, wrapped in my letter, is lying there…
Forget that night, send me my things..

The feeling of the falling leaves of autumn…
I’d worn them once in my ears and returned..
That autumn leaf is trembling yet.
Drop that leaf…return my things…

When, under one shared umbrella,
We were both half wet…
Half-wet,half-dry, what was dry, I had brought along…
The wet mind is probably lying next to the bed..
Send it back, return my things…

One hundred and sixteen moonlit nights, the mole on your shoulder…
The smell of wet henna, some faux complaints…
Some false promises, too…remember them;
Send them all…return my things….

Just give me permission;
When I bury these,
I’ll also lay down there…
I’ll also lay down there.

What haunting lyrics by Gulzar!

One of the hundreds of songs that she’s sung so beautifully….

An old Deccan Herald article

February 9, 2009

I wrote several articles and “middles” regularly for the Deccan Herald before I started writing for Citizen Matters, and after having met Sangeetha Kadur and hijacked her and Madhukar (another expert birder whose work with the digiscope can be found here ) home,I
went and googled for the article about the artists who painted the beautiful murals at Bandipur…it’s at

Oh, I have referred to it in

this post

Alas, that last mural remains unfinished, and JLR never continued with this great initiative….but Sangeetha continues with her wildlife painting, and is at present working on a book on humming birds! More power to her brush…

Hmm…I thought I had lost all the articles that I wrote, I realize I can hunt for them…these simple things take the Concrete Cauliflower a while to understand!

The Wildscreen Festival proved far more interesting than I budgeted for; the masterclass by Jeremy Bristow was riveting, and the one by Laura Marshall on managing productions, applies to so many situations that demand good scheduling to ensure a successful outcome. More in my writeup for Citizen Matters! 🙂


February 7, 2009

It’s always a pleasure to watch anyone skilled at work…and it was no different as we passed a wedding hall near my home and saw this palm thatch getting ready…

What deft interweaving of the palm frond ! And to think how cheap it is……

I love to see baskets and mats and such beatiful things being woven from bamboo, rushes and reeds.

I hope we continue to employ these artisans, who weave magic with their fingers.

Graphic facilitation

January 27, 2009

Got this from a post by shortindiangirl…..

just wanted to document that for myself, but thought others would like to see it, too…

By the way… six tenets that I,too, firmly believe in…

Chitra Santhe (Art Fair) at Chitra Kala Parishath, 250109

January 27, 2009

Here are some Nature paintings by Ms. Kalavathi of Mysore whose nephew said the paintings were not for sale, but were just being shown:

It was a very enjoyable afternoon….

The Beauty of Wildgrass Resort, Kaziranga

January 9, 2009

We were initially hesitating about where to stay in Kaziranga, as everyone told us that Wildgrass Resort was expensive; but since several people, including yathin also told us that it’s the best, we decided to book it. And we were very happy we did!

It turned out that Manju Barua, who owns and runs Wildgrass, went to the same college as KM did in Shillong…St Edmund’s! Here we are, on the last day, as we prepare to leave for Nameri…

various parts of Wildgrass Resort and why I think it is an unsual place

Art in Unlikely Places

August 21, 2008

I went to oversee the construction of a flat for someone I know, and the central ventilation shaft was being cemented. And on the rough cement, I found that someone had expressed hesself:

The peacock is really nice, and very appealing, but the next wall completely defeated me:

What animals are those? The animal in front is engaged in producing bio-waste, as it is delicately referred to; but why on earth is it being so carefully collected in a bowl? I could understand if it were a bird like a goose or a hen, the eggs would be valuable…but this by-product? Perhaps it is a cow, and the dung will later be patted on the wall and dried to make fuel…but those animals certainly do not look like any cows that I have ever seen, with those rabbit-like ears or the pig-like body…. so, as I said, I am still at a loss!

And on that note….Happy Birthday to mohanvee…he has a most interesting LJ, go visit it!

Interesting art event in Iceland

May 13, 2008

Someone I have got to know fairly well is off for this event:

Seems to be very interesting…waiting for an account when he returns.