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I remember the first post I wrote on my blog. It was a challenge to myself on how lengthy a post I could cough up without it being about anything. The writing might have started silly, but it has helped me research and learn a lot as much as it has helped me express what I think and explain what I know.

Which is why I am delighted to announce the movement of my blog from viddev.wordpress.com to my very own domain, viddev.com. I hope to continue posting on carnatic music and other topics of interest. You might also have to endure posts of my singing in this space, real soon! ๐Ÿ˜› You will continue receiving emails for my posts if you have subscribed already.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Until next,

Vid ๐Ÿ™‚

At the start of this year I had a narrowed down list of six things that I wanted to accomplish for sure by the end of this December. One of it was to give a full fledged concert by myself, not just stage performances and TV shows and one-hour singing, but a complete one.

I have had the opportunity to grow in a surrounding that was filled with carnatic music, eventually, because both my parents are trained in the same. Be it from the practice sessions or music classes, I knew the songs, the lyrics, the variations (sangathi)ย and who is singing what wrong, by just hearsay. But to be passionate about something I believe one should go in search of it, right. Needless to say that I never liked the aaahs-ooohs and ga-ma-pa-dha-ni in my childhood.

Then when I was left alone in a city with not much support and a desperate need to learn music, I started to appreciate what I had taken for granted till then. I kept being sent to competition after another or asked to sing for school functions regularly that I had to improve my stockpile of songs to save my face.

I have changed quite a few Gurus, learnt the best of their patantharams (style of singing), understood many a techniques and facts on the way, questioned many a practices, improved my manodharma (indigenous ideas), sang here and there, taught a few, and basically come a long way since then. What kept my love for the music is that there was no end to the possibility of exploring new things – there had never been a dearth surprises.

All that said, I quit. I give up. I don’t think I will sing anymore. And I dedicate this post to that person who gave a reason for me to write this post.

If you are right now thinking, “nee paadina enna paadala na enakkenna“, my sincere apologies. I just wanted to see how concrete the idea was outside my thoughts. Hence the post.

– Vid _/\_

You cannot force them

It was only three months ago, during a conversation with our beloved admin, that I told her: of course, I still find time to sing and write in between my work. And I had a hint of pride in my voice that day. I really don’t believe in the concept of having no time. To quote a dear friend, if we really need to do it, we will find time to.

But it has been a lousy October for me. It has been three weeks since I sang; nearly a month since I wrote something. When I tried to change this situation, when I tried to force myself to get back to writing a couple of lines (just like now) or to bray a song or two, I realised this. I realised that you can never force art; you can never force creativity out of someone.

So I decided to stop it all. But again, you cannot force them.

And it is an irony that I write this on Vijayadasami, a day when I am supposed to revamp my skills.

– Vid.

To rationalize Fears

It all started with a conversation, as usual, and Harish told this phrase in passing. It got me, and I have been trying to assimilate it since then.

Fear is an emotion that is inevitable in all of us. We are afraid of the unknown, the uncertainity and sometimes even when things happen the way as is expected to. Fear is also the notification that we get to be cautious, and is necessary as well.

We humans have been pacifying fear of anything by converting it into a worshippable entity. The sun, heavenly bodies, rivers, sea, trees, great men, have all been God-personified at various times. Maybe that is where the term God-fearing came into practice.

But it does not stop just there. How much ever civilized we get, we still have something or the other to still be afraid of. Will I get accepted by my people for whatever I do? Will this thing happen just as I want it to? What if my efforts don’t fruit? What if it is not worth the risk? Being scared of cockroaches / lizards / scorpions / teachers / bosses / death… So all our negative energy is from fear; if we are to understand our fear, then we can lead a more happy life (quoting Harish here.) How true!

But sometimes, fear gets over-rated. It stops us from doing productive stuff. It is at this time we need to put a break and figure out what went wrong. I would say, first try to list a description of the thing that scares you. Then, why would it be a cause of fear to you. And finally what can be done to overcome it. However, there are these things tht are inevitable and cannot be overcome, which is when we got to learn to live with it.

Say, I fear publishing a certain post, afraid of what my fellow bloggers might think of me if they read it. It might be because there are people around who are waiting to pounce upon and comment the moment I post it; it might also be because my post is not all that worthy.

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I was reminded of this sentence from Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. The heroine, in a problematic – situation, would try to remember the solution instead of thinking of one; first believing that there exists an answer to this problem, makes it much more easier to find it, as per the book.

Idhallam sollarthukku nalla dhan irukku la!?

– Until next,

Vid ๐Ÿ™‚

8. Gambira Nattai

Did you know that Narumugaye from the movie Iruvar (A R Rahman) was on a raga that was as “gambeeram” as Gambhira Nattai? I think it is!

Yet another song from the movie Singaravelan, Innum Ennai Enna Seyya (Ilayaraja) should also be the same raga.

Gambira nattai is derived from Chala Nattai. It differs from the raga Nattai on a Ri. The scale is –

Aarohanam: S G3 M1 P N3 S

Avarohanam: S N3 P M1 G3 S

Listen to the classical rendition of Sri Vighna Rajam Bhaje is a Oothukkadu Venkata Subbayyar composition in Gambhira Nattai, fast-paced and set in Thisra nadai.

For the previous post in the series, click here.

– Until next,

Vid ๐Ÿ™‚

Gambira Nattai

Did you know that Narumugaye from the movie Iruvar (A R Rahman) was on a raga that was as “gambeeram” as Gambhira Nattai? I think it is!

Yet another song from the movie Singaravelan, Innum Ennai Enna Seyya (Ilayaraja) should also be the same raga.

Gambira nattai is derived from Chala Nattai. It differs from the raga Nattai on a Ri. The scale is –

Aarohanam: S G3 M1 P N3 S

Avarohanam: S N3 P M1 G3 S

Listen to the classical rendition of Sri Vighna Rajam Bhaje is a Oothukkadu Venkata Subbayyar composition in Gambhira Nattai, fast-paced and set in Thisra nadai.

For the previous post in the series, click here.

  • Until next,

Vid ๐Ÿ™‚

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