Tributes to GURUS : Nartanam special edition releases at SPANDAN 2016

A blessing to have had stalwarts of Indian Art and Culture on SPANDAN 2016 for release of special issues of Nartanam Dance Journal on Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Dr Padma Subrahmaniam and Sri Avinash Pasricha by Prof Lokesh Chandra (President ICCR). The Amaltas Hall at IHC was packed with eminent scholars, dancers, gurus, photographers and rasiks.

Tributes to GURUS : Nartanam special edition releases at SPANDAN 2016

The evening was anchored by Ms Indira Ganesh.

It was very kind of Sri Raghuraman to play “Vataapi Ganapatim” on his soulful flute to start the evening, as the chief guest was a triffle late. It was blessing!

Tributes to GURUS : Nartanam special edition releases at SPANDAN 2016

Indira invited Dr. Sunil Kothari, scholar and dance critic, who conceived the evening to share about the chief guest, Prof Lokesh Chandra. Indeed we were blessed to have him, for his sheer depth of research on various aspects of culture, language and heritage. He extensively recited Sanskrit shlokas and also shared stories from his journey to the Oriental lands of Japan and China. Dr. Sunil Kothari felicitated Prof Lokesh Chandra.

Madhavi Puranam, editor Nartanam, humbly invited scholars Dr. Sunil Kothari, Mrs Manjri Sinha, Mrs. Leela Venkataraman, Sri Avinash Pasricha on stage. Prof Lokesh Chandra felicitated the scholars and also released the special issues of Nartanam. Unfortunately Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan was indisposed with a fall, and could not make it. Prof Lokesh Chandra unveiled the book on Art and Aesthetics written by Madhavi Puranam.

Tributes to GURUS : Nartanam special edition releases at SPANDAN 2016

Mrs Leela Venkataraman and Mrs Manjari Sinha shared their insights into the effort being taken by Madhavi in running the journal Nartanam, to deliver the issues month after month for the last 15 years. Indeed a commendable work and service to the art forms.

Tributes to GURUS : Nartanam special edition releases at SPANDAN 2016

Tributes to GURUS : Nartanam special edition releases at SPANDAN 2016

The evening culminated with a divine performance by Bharatanatyam Danseuese Rama Vaidyanathan. It was a humble gesture on part of Ramaji to gracefully accede to our request to perform. Smt Sudha Raghuraman with her divine vocals accompanied by Sri Raghuraman added to the divinity of the evening.

I humbly thank Mr. Veenu Pasricha for clicking these photographs.

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Dargah Nizamuddin : A soulful journey within!

As part of my journey of life, I endeavor to contribute to movements and organizations in the spaces of education and culture, which are close to my heart, due to the impact they can leave on the values and character of an individual. One such organization that I mentor, facilitate and contribute to is ITIHAAS. ITIHAAS works with school going children predominantly taking them through heritage walks that awaken the sense of social responsibility in them. It helps children in understanding their current context with a perspective of past and future.

Recently a large delegation of about 50+ historians and curators from the museums of the US were visiting India and ITIHAAS was chosen to take this delegation on a heritage walk to help them understand the secular fabric of our nation. ITIHAAS took them to Nizamuddin Dargah, final resting place of Sufi saint Kwaza Nizamuddin Aulia, which is a place of worship that attracts followers of all faiths. Though India as a nation allows individuals to follow their own faith and also respect other faiths, not many would venture to step into the wsrohipping places of other faiths. This walk of historians from the US generated curiosity in me and I decided to join them on the walk.

I managed to capture elements from that walk, and stitched a short delightful video. Here is one for you.

You would have noticed a delegation of 175 brethren from our neighboring Pakistan in the Dargah premises, actively interacting, singing and dancing. It was heart-warming to meet them and interact with them. Hope both nations will throw open their borders for free flow of each other’s citizens.

The US delegation was in awe of the place and the walk. India with a written history that dates back to over 10000 years, for sure, can wow a nation that is just a 400 years old!

I was glad that I made it to the walk.

SreeniOnRoad features, Incredible India!’s awe-inspiring Ellora caves (700 AD)

Awe inspiring and Jaw dropping, simply said! Every visit to these magnificent monolith caves inspires me and goads me to dwell much deeper within! What a human being can make if only one believes in his ideas and pursues it with all his vigour.

  • How was it possible to create such a large cluster of cave architectural marvels in 700AD?
  • How was it conceived? How the thought of chiseling from the top to the bottom must have occurred?
  • How could they imagine creating a cave hall measuring 55m X 36m?

I shot a few short clips with my ipad and did a simple edit and uploaded it on Youtube with an intention of including in this article. Then I realized that there are many beautiful videos already on youtube, in a few of which it has been assumed that such a creation 2000-1500 years ago is not humanely possible and it has to be only a creation of aliens. I have included a few videos in the end!

for the complete story with amazing photo-spreads head to sreenionroad

वन्दे मातरम् : Vande Mataram – Mother sweet, I bow to thee !

On the occasion of the republic day, our father, Sri D. Ramakrishnan who is a scholar in Sanskrit too,  forwarded a mail that had these lines. The National Song and National Anthem have always been very energizing and bonding towards the notion of Mother India. In the popularly sung version a couple of verses do not appear and I found difficult relating to it. I did a little bit of research on the web and thought will blog for my own self for the future, as well as for those who wish to go through. Also included the original version from Anand Matt.

वन्दे मातरम्     वन्दे मातरम्

सुजलां सुफलां मलयजशीतलाम्

  शस्य श्यामलां मातरम्

वन्दे मातरम् 

शुभ्र ज्योत्स्नां पुलकित यामिनीम्

फुल्ल कुसुमित द्रुमदलशोभिनीम्

सुहासिनीं

सुमधुरभाषिणीम् 

सुखदां वरदां मातरम् 

वन्दे मातरम्  वन्दे मातरम्

सप्त कोटि कण्ठ कलकल निनाद कराले

द्विसप्त कोटि भुजैर्धृत खरकरवाले

अबलाकेनुमा एतबले

बहुबलधारिणीं रिपुदलवारिणीम्

नमामि तारिणीं मातरम् 

सुजलां सुफलां मलयजशीतलाम्

शस्य श्यामलां मातरम् 

तुमि विद्या तुमि धर्म

तुमि ह्रदि तुमि मर्म

त्वं हि प्राणाः शरीरे

बाहुते तुमि माँ शक्ति

हृदये तुमि माँ भक्ति

तोमारै प्रतिमा गडि मन्दिरे 

त्वं हि दुर्गा

दशप्रहरणधारिणीम्

कमला कमलदल विहारिणीम्

वाणी विद्यादायिनी नमामि त्वाम्

नमामि कमलां अमलां अतुलाम्

सुजलां सुफलां मातरम् 

श्यामलां सरलां सुस्मितां भूषिताम् 

धरणीं भरणीं मातरम् 

वन्दे मातरम्

वन्दे मातरम्

वन्दे मातरम् 

 –  बंकिमचन्द्र चट्टोपाध्याय 

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Mother, I venerate you.

Rich with your rushing streams,

Bright with orchard gleams,

Cool with thy winds of delight,

Green fields waving Mother of might, Mother free. 

Glory of moonlight dreams,

Over thy branches and lordly streams,

Clad in thy blossoming trees,

Mother, giver of ease

Laughing low and sweet!

Mother I kiss thy feet,

Speaker sweet and low!

Mother, to thee I bow. 

Who hath said thou art weak in thy lands

When swords flash out in seventy million hands

And seventy million voices roar

Thy dreadful name from shore to shore?

With many strengths who art mighty and stored,

To thee I call Mother and Lord!

Thou who saves, arise and save!

To her I cry who ever her foe drove

Back from plain and sea And shook herself free. 

Thou art wisdom, thou art law,

Thou art heart, our soul, our breath

Though art love divine, the awe

In our hearts that conquers death.

Thine the strength that nerves the arm,

Thine the beauty, thine the charm.

Every image made divine

In our temples is but thine. 

Thou art Durga, Lady and Queen,

With her hands that strike and her swords of sheen,

Thou art Lakshmi lotus-throned,

And the Muse a hundred-toned,

Pure and perfect without peer,

Mother lend thine ear,

Rich with thy hurrying streams,

Bright with thy orchard gleams,

Dark of hue O candid-fair 

In thy soul, with jeweled hair

And thy glorious smile divine,

Loveliest of all earthly lands,

Showering wealth from well-stored hands!

Mother, mother mine!

Mother sweet, I bow to thee,

Mother great and free! 

Mother sweet, I bow to thee

Mother sweet, I bow to thee

Mother sweet, I bow to thee 

– Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay 

– English translation by Aurobindo

Wake up India! we have so much to do…. Happy Self-Realization Day!

Happy Republic Day to every Indian; May this dawn usher in more responsibility/ accountability among each one of us, especially politicians!

– Giving women at home respect and empowering them, to empower the family, home, society and the nation : I always felt and experienced that a home progresses only when the women at home are respected and empowered. Every generation owes a lot to mother, predominantly, where it takes off from and where it reaches..

– Helping every individual around us to be self-reliant, thereby making nation bereft of poverty : Can I really touch and enable people and their families, who are in touch with us every day. Can I educate every child around me and make the environment exciting for learning thereby making every human being be judicious and take decisions for one self.

– Being honest in every thing I do. Enabling every human being to be honest and empathize with the fellow being. I humbly try to do this. Yes, still a long way to go. I need more patience and more empathy to invest more time.

– Being more disciplined, in my life – at home, my work, and more importantly whenever I am stepping out of home and do things that has impact on happenings around me – on the road, public behavior, taking care of the surroundings…. the list is endless

– Last but not the least, standing up and being upright, not paying bribe and not letting one take bribe. making the nation corruption free..

Happy Self-realization day !  Awakening the self !

Love… mmmch.

SPANDAN centre-spreads in IIMB Alumnii Summer 2013 issue

I was delighted to receive the mail from IIM Bangalore, my alma mater notifying about the latest issue, the summer 2013 one of Alumni Magazine, which also happens to be the 10th summer issue of the Mag. This issue has a special feature called ART WALK that exclusive covers a few of my photographs from SPANDAN dance photography exhibition which was part of the SPANDAN dance festival celebrating the human spirit that I had at IHC, Delhi in April-May 2013 to coincide with the world dance week, and at IIM Calcutta during the SPIC MACAY international convention in May 2013

I am reproducing the editorial mail and the links to the issue; Also the cover and SPANDAN centre-spreads from the issue here.

SPANDAN centre spread in the IIMBAa summer 2013 issue – page 1

SPANDAN centre spread in the IIMBAa summer 2013 issue – page 2

SPANDAN centre spread in the IIMBAa summer 2013 issue – page 3

You can very well click on the links below, in the text, to browse the whole issue of the magazine online or even download the PDF format to see on your laptop.

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Dear All,

We are ten! We planned, we stumbled, we fell, we executed, we soared. We managed to achieve ten editions, covering a range of topics from humanitarian work to gaps in healthcare services, from women empowerment to entrepreneurship. And we couldn’t have done this without your patronage and support.

A big thank you to all of you!

Presenting the Summer Edition of IIMB Alumni Magazine

The IIMB Alumni magazine issue of Summer 2013, that carries SPANDAN centre spreads

Read the Magazine as a Flip Book

Download the PDF version

In this edition we shift our focus to another world that we have started to inhabit: the virtual world. Would it be wrong to say that we oscillate between two world, the real and virtual? We buy clothes online, plan holidays online and even buy groceries online! Our lives are slowly becoming entwined with the wires of our laptop charger. Ecommerce has become an important if not an integral part of lives. And according to statistics, the day is not far when it will become an integral part too. In this edition five alumni speak about their experiences, their visions, plans, investments and heartburn in e commerce. Also, two of our Professors give their advice on how to tame ecommerce.

Also in the Magazine:

This January we had a panel discussion – ‘How to write your first book’ – that captured the imagination of many. It is arguably the most attended alumni event at IIMB. If you are someone who’s hands are itching to write and you missed to attend – the Magazine brings you a digest.

R Sreenivasan PGP 96 takes you on an art walk through his photo feature Spandan. Spandan is a celebration of human spirit in the form of Dance.

It has been happy and exciting few months for our alumni! Couple of our former alumni secretaries got married and some alumni have been visited by the stork.

Enjoy reading and let us know your thoughts on the Magazine. Your responses mean a lot to us.

Write to: alumni@iimb.ernet.in or ranjini.sivaswamy@iimb.ernet.in

Regards,
IIMB Alumni Association
114A,IIMBangalore
Bangalore -560076
Ph +91 80 26993463

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Day 5 : SPIC MACAY – 27th National Convention, 2012 @ NITK Surathkal, Karnataka

The Guru Shishya duo at its best - Madhavi and Arushi Mudgals
The Guru Shishya duo at its best – Madhavi and Arushi Mudgals

As the day 6 is the D-day for the presentation of the intensives, momentum gathered in all the 29 intensives, practicing and polishing was the norm of the day. On the crafts front, they were heading to creating at least a couple of pieces each to show off on the stage. It was also interesting to see about a dozen youth from Pakistan joining along with their professors from Beacon university for arts, and enjoying dancing in kathakali, bharatanatyam, singing carnatic classical music etc.

It was interesting and coincidental to have the day full of DUOs – Looked like the TWOgether day at the 27th convention :

a. Qawwali by Warshi brothers (Nazeer & Naseer Ahmed Khan Warsi)
b. Odissi by Guru Sishys Duo – Mudgals – Madhavi and Arushi
c. Carnatic Violin by Express Mysore brothers – Shri Mysore Nagaraj and Dr. Manjunath

kindly visit the SPIC MACAY NATCON daily reports on SPIC MACAY Natcon Stage

Thousands of captures of SPIC MACAY conventions, see on my Flickr collections
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Next posting tomorrow… Love. Sreeni

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