The Awakening 
April 22, 2014 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

 The Awakening – A provoking sculpture at National Harbor MD

Head to the waterfront at the National Harbor (near Washington D. C.), and the first sight that attracts you is two beautifully carved eagles majestically soaring …

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Morning Raga brings an evening full of bliss to New Jersey fusion lovers
May 12, 2013 – 3:27 am | No Comment

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The confluence of two genres Jazz and Carnatic music, can be extremely tricky to pull off.
Morning Raga, a fusion ensemble lead by Padmashri Smt. Sudha Raghunathan along with Amit Heri and 4 others did exactly that. They treated the New Jersey music lovers with a fast paced 3 hrs of East meets West, musical extravaganza. I have heard Sudha many many times performing classical concerts, Jugalbandhi’s and even singing film songs. But, today she certainly showed her flair for fusion too. Ofcourse she admitted that her foray into fusion did raise plenty of eyebrows in the conventional circuit, however judging by the crowd of youngsters, it seems clear that to preserve history, culture and legacy, change is inevitable.

Morning Raga during the evening? Certainly had people talking, but Sudha was quick to start the concert with the reason behind why it was called so. She explained that the concerts are based on the theme of the popular motion picture ’Morning Raga’ where the bollywood star Shabana Azmi gave a beautiful performance with the theme being the fusion of Indian and Western music.

I must complement the entire team of artists, who excelled in every way possible. The artists ensemble included;

- Sri. B V.Raghavendra Rao: Electric Violin

- Sri. Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan: Mridangam

- Sri. Keith Peters: Base Guitar

- Sri. Arun Kumar: Western Drums

- Sri. Guruprasad: Ghatam

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The tempo was well maintained by each artist and the tani avartanam by the percussionists was simply electrifying.

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Fusion music if not carefully composed can be disastrous, and Amit Heri along with others brought the fine nuances and delicate blends to complement Sudha’s vocal singing. The pieces were chosen carefully and woven very well with the western instruments.

The concert was organized by Jana Seva’s to raise funds for work with orphanages and old age homes in India. The interesting touch by organizers was the post concert dinner, where they had each artist sit in different tables so that music lovers could interact with them. Very good idea indeed.

To add to all this excitement, it was Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan 50th birthday, and a beautiful cake was cut, so that Vaidyanathan could celebrate this loved day with us.

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The Awakening 
April 22, 2014 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

 The Awakening – A provoking sculpture at National Harbor MD


Head to the waterfront at the National Harbor (near Washington D. C.), and the first sight that attracts you is two beautifully carved eagles majestically soaring at a height around 100 ft. 

Walk closer to that and face the waterfront and you spot a creepy looking hand as if jutting out of the water to grab you.

Walk closer to this and it reveals a fascinating 5 piece iron sculpture depicting of a giant bearded man breaking free from the earth. This sculpture is a primary attraction at the beach front at National Harbor, overlooking the Potomac river, and spans over 70 ft across.

This cast iron sculpture was designed by J Seward Johnson Jr.

The waterfront is a lively area overlooking anchored boats, a string of restaurants and additional pieces of art.

The other pieces of art includes a terrazzo mural of the Chesapeake Bay on a raised belvedere, some beautiful pieces of mosaic including the famed Baltimore.

Morning Raga brings an evening full of bliss to New Jersey fusion lovers
May 12, 2013 – 3:27 am | No Comment
Morning Raga brings an evening full of bliss to New Jersey fusion lovers

The confluence of two genres Jazz and Carnatic music, can be extremely tricky to pull off.
Morning Raga, a fusion ensemble lead by Padmashri Smt. Sudha Raghunathan along with Amit Heri and 4 others did exactly …

Ring Billed Gulls
January 20, 2014 – 10:57 pm | No Comment
Ring Billed Gulls

Birds, a set on Flickr.

Hundreds of birds were spotted this weekend around our area. I am assuming some kind of migration happening.

A beautiful Trophy Deer
November 15, 2013 – 11:13 pm | No Comment
A beautiful Trophy Deer

Captivating sights, as the deer looks at me.
Caught with clarity its majestic horns.

Iguanas of the Americas
November 8, 2013 – 1:44 am | No Comment
Iguanas of the Americas

Iguanas are some of the largest lizards found in the Americas.
The colors are vivid and bright, but their prehistoric look is what makes them so interesting.
 

Can Monkeys swim?
June 29, 2013 – 5:02 pm | No Comment
Can Monkeys swim?

Some Monkeys can. Though they typically shy away from water. This video was captured when a monly was picking up food by swimming in shallow waters.Can Monkey’s swim?

The Joy of living captured at the Clearwater Festival 2013
June 22, 2013 – 10:42 am | No Comment
The Joy of living captured at the Clearwater Festival 2013

             

The forecasts from the weather department was nothing short of gloomy. They predicted rain, and the clouds on the 2nd day bestowed fear that those predictions would be true.

But, …

A multi-faceted philanthropist and educationist leaves me with an unfulfilled void
April 25, 2013 – 5:25 am | One Comment
A multi-faceted philanthropist and educationist leaves me with an unfulfilled void

Many have come and gone but the departing of this noble soul has left me grieving. My uncle Mr. Sivanthi Adityan left us on the night of Friday, April 19th.
Many knew him as a the …

African singer Fatou Diawara dazzles with her Malian songs and dance
April 12, 2013 – 9:19 pm | No Comment
African singer Fatou Diawara dazzles with her Malian songs and dance

The Mali born singer is a delight to watch and hear. She used to sing along with Oumou Sangare. Today she has her very own CD – Fatou. I think its a great CD, terrific …

Wobeon – Austin’s debut World Music Festival
April 9, 2013 – 4:04 am | No Comment
Wobeon – Austin’s debut World Music Festival

Wobeon – Austin’s debut World Music Festival happened this weekend of 6th and 7th April. Amidst almost perfect weather 12 groups played to the beat of One Beat One World. I have, as many of …

Afro Columbian band M.A.K.U. Sound System gets listeners into the groove
April 9, 2013 – 1:43 am | No Comment
Afro Columbian band M.A.K.U. Sound System gets listeners into the groove

M.A.K.U. SoundSystem an 8 member Afro-Columbian, psychedelic groove band from New York made waves in Austin. They mix Columbian beats with a wide range of melodies taken from other styles such as punk and …