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NEWS (A positive vote... from Page 1) Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are proof of it. The 20 seats it bagged single-handedly in UP gives it a boost in the endeavours to recapture the state, which once had the capacity to determine who should reign in Indraprastha. The election reiterates that the Congress is the only national party, which has its roots in all the state and union territories. The two lessons Election 2009 has projected are these. One, the people of the country was not to lapse their votes on

whimsical grounds. The other, they were reluctant to buy the media vilification campaign. Anyway, it will be a moment of pride for he UPA, when an antagonistic media who throughout the campaigning period downplayed the impact of the NREGA and the waiver of agricultural loans on the electorate, now attributing the victory to these two. And any analysis of Election 2009 in the postresult context will not be complete, if one omits to mention the Tamil Nadu chapter. A palpable pro DPA wave

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enjoyed by one all. Madras Mom title was won by Shika Goel. Fathima Babu crowned the winner. First runner-up was Rita Premavathi and Lakshmi Prasanna came as second runner-up. At the festival, it was the traditional games which attracted huge crowds and the games included p a r a m a p t h a m , kalanga, pallankuzhi and pandi. In the Arusuvai mom segment the participants prepared kollukattai and also microwave dishes on the spot. The Murukku

making competition was a smashing hit. On the spot, poo thoduthal, bindi designing, vegetable jewellery making, creating own ganesha, salt rangoli also attracted a lot of participants. In the afternoon, it was a trip back to the sixties and seventies as the contests were in solo dancing and singing, retro mom, kancheevram kattu, and sigai alangaram. In many events the influence of yesteryear actresses Saroja devi, Savitri and Mumtaz were visible.

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ARTS Splendour of todi

A pleasing concert

19th Week

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Bhavana, disciple of Akhila Siva gave a vocal concert at Kanchi Kamakoti Sankaramatam on Sunday at the 18th week of Music Festival, organised by Vadapalani Times. She commenced her concert with a jalajakshi varnam in hamsadhwani ragam. Sarasiruha in nattai ragam set to adi, D e e k s h i t h a r ` s kanchdalayathakshi in kamala manohari ragam were good. Mohanam ragam was chosen as the main item of the evening. It was handled with detailed

a l a p a n a a n d kalpanaswara. It reflected the guru`s training. Kapali, a composition of Papanasan Sivan, was sung with clear diction. Apparam najaanaa mere in k a a p i , G N B ` s paramukham in kanada set to adi proved to be good choices. Baagumeera in sankarabharanam was sung with alapana and swaram. Bhavana is a student of DAV School. Bhooma, the violinist, a student of Lalgudi Alamelu proved herself during alapana, kalpana swaram

and gave good support to t h e v o c a l i s t . K.R.Narayanan, mrudangist, disciple of Guruvayoor Durai reflected his guru’s expertise during thani and gave a smooth support. Lalitha Subramanian, Director of Rasikapriya, inaugurated the concert, after detailing the aims and objectives of the Vadapalani Times Music Festival. She introduced the artistes to the audience and also distributed the certificates. -Sharma

A musical tribute to RJ

Todi is my favourite raga. I required no initiation or tutelage to identify this raga. The very first time I heard it, I knew that the raga was todi and the fascination began then. But it took me 15 years to hear it from my favourite singerM.S.Subbulakshmi . This was from a recording of a concert held in Mumbai somewhere in late 50s or early 1960s . The threeand-a- half hour concert featured a varnam and a ragam tanan pallavi in todi. The elaborate alaap from the voice of a relatively young MS was able to take the listeners to ecstatic heights. I still remember, for the next three months nothing else registered in my ears. MS has rendered several masterpieces in todi raga. Be it the tough swarajati of Shyama Shastri, Rave himagiri kumari or Vandinam Muralam solai which has a million brigas cascading, she has struck

a distinct chord in the hearts of the listeners. Sometimes it has been just a small phrase in a big kriti, which gets you clean bowled. The kriti that I am referring here is the popular Papansam kriti, karthikeya Kangeya. The 3rd charanam begins as Maal maruga shanmuga muruga guha, she improvises this line and then another line vadivel maruvum mamala kara kamala is improvised to a crescendo. Between these two lines she sings a phrase 'matanga vadana sahodara azhaga” which lasts less than 20 seconds and traverses just a few notes in this raga, but is sufficient to take you to an unimaginable state of bliss. And todi is hauntingly blissful, whether it is a 20 second phrase, a 20 minute alaap or two hours of exclusive performance. Nanditha Ravi regaled the audience with her two hour concert on Subbulakshmi's To d i o n M a y 1 7 a t

Endrendrum MS held at Va s a n t h a M e m o r i a l Cancer Centre , Ashok Nagar. She is the daughter and disciple of the renowned musician Rama Ravi. She is also a scholar who is pursuing a doctorate in music. That evening she brought in glimpses of the king of ragas , todi as rendered by MS. S u b b u l a k s h m i ' s To d i began with the varnam Eranapai which was followed by Kamalambike, the dhyana kriti among the Kamalamba navavarna kritis of Dikshitar. The next piece Koluva maragda of Thyagaraja was where the splendour of todi began to show and it peaked in the ragam tanam pallavi. She concluded her recital with a Narayana teertha Tarangam. The audience at the venue were mesmerised by the beauty of the raga and its portrayal.

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The rock concert held at PSBB, KK Nagar on May 15was a fitting musical tribute to the multi-faceted musician, Arjun Vasudev, who died in a road accident in March. Arjun was an actor, film-maker, football player and guitarist. Arjun’s family members and friends had put together the show. A large number of music lovers turned out for the show wearing specially designed black colour Tshirts with Arjun’s image and OuRJ’09 on it. The organisers announced that the amount collected through the show would go to Sathvika, who is in coma stage and is undergoing treatment at Ramachandra Medical College. Arjun Vasudev, who was popularly known as “RJ” had a passion for music

and was part of a rock band ESiON. To celebrate his work and his life, his friends and band members, Harish Swaminath, Aswin Ramakrishnan, Tej Kiran, Karthik Narasimhan, Sindhuja Shankaran and Immanuel performed on the occasion, which included some of the compositions of RJ. Arjun’s brother Vasudev replaced him in the band by playing the lead guitar. The members also played some of the compositions of Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Pantera and Metathica, from whom RJ had drawn a lot of inspiration. Playback singer A.L.Raghavan sang “Engirindalum Vazhga”composed by MSV. The lyrics were modified to suit the occasion as it paid

homage to the late RJ, who would have captured our hearts with his music, if he were alive. Dr. M.S.Viswanathan, grandfather and godfather of Arjun presided over the programme. It’s also to be noted that the organisers have decided to commence annual awards in the name of Arjun for guitarists from next year. Arjun’s popularity was such that students and his friends took interest in organising every segment of the show. Arjun’s friends and alumni of PSBB. Arjun’s classmates from Loyola presented an audio-visual presentation. And, when the last song was doing the rounds, the clouds opened up, giving way to thundershowers. Perhaps, the clouds too were mourning his loss.

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