Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Li'l Champs of Zee SaReGaMaPa -Winning Hearts

I am an addict of News channels.A recent programme(not related to news) which has gained my attention is SaReGaMaPa -Little champs telecast by Zee Marathi channel.(I am not writing this for marketing this prog ;-)..

It is wonderful to see 5 little music prodigies competing for the title.All of them aged below 14,youngest being 8.They all look very innocent,but when they take the mic in hand and sing the compositions of Hridayanath mangeshkar or Shrinivas kale ,they leave me speechless.(those songs are real toughnut compostions,any aspiring singer can give it a try for voice culturing) .

I ve seen lots of music competitions in TV,Few years back,in SUN TV ,S.V.Ramanan was engaging the audience well,participants were also talented. When Ramanan was replaced by some Mr.X, I stopped watching that program.

Again ,Few years back,Hrishikesh Ranade and one Mr.Shrinivas( i've forgotten his surname) gave an impressive performance,When Mr.Shrinivas was eliminated by regional chauvinism of judges,i stopped watching such porgrammes,cursing the fragile regional unity of India.

I ve learnt Carnatic music for many years,and still learning Hindustani light music,( In one of my upcoming post , i would luv to deal with these genres of music)and I am blessed with ears and brain which can enjoy any type of music without any prejudice,this particular quality of mine helped me in watching this programme,bcos many of the songs sung in this programme are very new to me ,i ve not heard them before and marathi lyrics used in these songs are very poetic ,and beyond the scope of my understanding ;).In spite of these shortcomings these little monsters have made me addicted to their scintillating performance.The names of this future stars are

1.Prathmesh laghate (13)-Born genius who breathes music & he is my favourite.specialist in classical music.Book ur tickets for his future programmes now.

2.Arya Ambekar(must be 12/13)-great voice,great hardwork.

3.Rohit Raut-great performer ,versatile singer .

4.karthiki gaekwad(9)-voice with a rural touch .Will excel in thumris/folk.

5.Mugdha vaishampayan(8)-Innocence and mastery together.

I am not writing this post to promote these kids or this programme.This post is an humble tribute to those amazing kids by a music buff who understands the difficulties in singing and who can appreciate the intricacies of music,and ofcourse still struggling to master this magnificient art.(and will try forever).

I am aware that still there are thousands of prodigies scattered all over the world whose talent is latent waiting to be tapped.As saint Tyagaraja's famous kirtanai
'Endaro mahanubhavulu ,andhariki vandanamu' says"This world has given birth to numerous great persons,My humble Salutations to all of them",I can only salute & admire these great musicians and thank the creator for bestowing such wonderful gifts to us! See U in next post!

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Typical Indian Road Trip/Picnic

I start my first post with an Indian flavour..
Indians are always comfortable in groups( iam talking abt normal indians).It can be a group of friends or group of relatives. 
Picnic enthusiasm starts from the day u book ur tickets/resort and the fever increases and reaches the highest peak when there r only 2 days to go ,purchasing for the is the moment i enjoy the can be a faltu item like a comb,,,but sends a thrill in my nerves and if the group consists of enthusiastic members..then it is just go around the markets,buying disposable plates,cups,kurkures,wafers,cakes and ofcourse planning for yummy lunch packets .This phase is pre picnic fever.
My favourite travel food is Picnic Curd rice,my next post will deal with that recipe,bcos it requires a special skill to prepare Curd rice with such an interesting prefix.
If it is a big group ,naturally a vehicle will be hired to accomodate all the members,as no member or subgroup wishes to travel in his/their own vehicle., just for the happiness of travelling together.This paves the way for harrowing experiences of the picnic,mostly all such tourist vehicles have worst silencers which can damage a peacefully (?!) sleeping tourist's ears or a worst driver who can make all the passengers inside feel like riding in roller coaster while travelling on curvy,bumpy roads.Anyway a picnic needs a thrill quotient,so we can use this vehicle experience for that, right?..

Each group normally consists of various types of members..
1.Subtle-they just keep on smiling throughout the picnic observing various gala proceedings and they r solitude lovers.
2.Gossip mongers-love to gossip about persons who r absent in that gang(so give frequent visits to that area to avoid ur head being rolled)
3.Enthusiastic-these r the members who hold the spirit of picnic high throughout.
4.leave me alone type.
5.Non stop eaters- who start munching from the starting point to destination,munching can be stopped only if their bowel movements become mischievous.;)
Normally the tour starts with a loud chant from an enthusiast like "ganpati bappa moraya" or 'sainath maharaj ki jai"which echoes and reverberates in the air causing the atmosphere so electric.
As the vehicle zooms on the long roads with beautiful trees on the side,breeze blows on our face caressing us,settling down takes a little bit of time ,adjusting to the seats arrangement,..
after 2 hours a wayside dhaba is chosen for tea and smokers have a puff.,;) (sorry! health minister!),and again jumping into the bus,counting heads to ensure all r present, and the accelerator is on..
By this time ,some kid would have spilt one cup of water making atleast 2 seats messy :)..
mats,satranji/jamakkaalams r carried along and a beautiful location with lots of shade is a must for having lunch,Spreading the mats,having yummy food and just strolling around some alien land,where we may never return again gives a different feeling,bidding adieu to those trees,,again we jump into the bus..
One group starts playing cards,kids start jumping from one seat to another running amock in the bus,members like me prefer to have mobile siesta amidst chaos,jerks and bumps.
Evenings are beautiful while travelling,watching sunset through the windows when crimson sun plays hide and seek behind mountains and trees,watching the hue of distant sky changing ,
darkness creeps in,mountains and trees start appearing like big monsters,kids who were busy all the day start sleeping,One sudden voice( normally it is a besur(abhaswaram) voice ) disturbs the peace lovers by starting antakshari..of film connoiseurs !pl.keep away from this gang bcos there will be no music here but mixed sounds..;)..we should understand that the person who starts antkashari is terribly afraid on seeing this dark monsters outside and to hide their fear they ve started this ,but better don't reveal;-)this to them ,it may spoil the picnic spirit..
Now we have reached our destination ,band of 206 bones dancing for different types of rhythmic
jerks in travel lead to varieties of aches and body longs to throw itself on a cosy bed and pulling over the blanket ,body pains,,but heart starts longing for next trip...