An unusual Jugalbandhi captivates audience
October 8, 2014 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

A less seen instrument the Veena, with a table accompaniment from no less then Zakir Hussain was truly a beautiful experience. The combination of Tabla, Veena & Voiln just brought in energy to terrific levels …

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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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An unusual Jugalbandhi captivates audience
October 8, 2014 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

A less seen instrument the Veena, with a table accompaniment from no less then Zakir Hussain was truly a beautiful experience. The combination of Tabla, Veena & Voiln just brought in energy to terrific levels as the audience listened spell bound.

Veena Meets Tabla to bring a unique experience

Veena Meets Tabla to bring a unique experience

Jayanthi Kumaresh who today is undoubtly the best veena player along with Kumaresh on Voiln and led by the maestro Zakir Hussain was certainly a rare treat.

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Zakir Hussain

To top it all the venue at Annenberg Center was perfect, as it had one of the best sound systems for this unique event.

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 …

Altos de Chavon – an enchanting mediaval city 
August 30, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment
Altos de Chavon – an enchanting mediaval city 

Altos de Chavon, is 16th century replica of a typical Mediterranean village perched at a peak overlooking the Chavón River. 

With stoned pathways, decorative ironwork, period furnitures and enchanting buildings, the village is simply a beauty …

Hassan Hakmoun’s Morrocon Gnawa music intoxicates audience">Hassan Hakmoun’s Morrocon Gnawa music intoxicates audience
June 25, 2014 – 1:13 am | No Comment
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Hassan Hakmoun left no one sitting as he got everyone in high spirits with some superb Morrocon high tempo music, during the weekend long Clearwater Music Festival.

The Indian Roller Bird
June 24, 2014 – 2:08 am | No Comment
The Indian Roller Bird

The Kingfisher bird commonly found in Asian countries like India, is an extremely colorful bird.

Adult male can easily be identified by its sharp turquoise blue upperparts and rufous orange underparts. Tail is blue. Wings are …

Dr. Prabha Atre – The nightingale entralls the large audience
April 27, 2014 – 5:49 pm | No Comment
Dr. Prabha Atre – The nightingale entralls the large audience

At 82 the nightingale still draws a huge crowd and enthralls audience.

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

 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 …

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, …