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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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Hassan Hakmoun’s Morrocon Gnawa music intoxicates audience
June 25, 2014 – 1:13 am | No Comment



Morrocon Music, to the largely uninitiated, will possibly mean trance like music namely Sufi’s or the community based village music known locally as Berber music. Less known is the music originating from the roots of Gnawa. 


This music has roots in the sub saharan origin but remarkably blends well with jazz, rock and funk to bring this ancient music to the current generation. The songs will seem long but on reading about the music, it seems to be a series of chants that invoke various kinds of spirits. 



While, I may not be able to comment on that, but at the Clearwater Music Festival, where I had a chance to hear Hassan Hakmoun first hand, he sure got everone’s spirits up….. And believe me, he could Pump it Up for sure. 




Morrocon Music, to the largely uninitiated, will possibly mean trance like music namely Sufi’s or the community based village music known locally as Berber music. Less known is the music originating from the roots of Gnawa. This music has roots in the sub saharan origin but remarlably blends well with jazz, rock and funk to bring this ancient music to the current generation. The songs will seem long but on reading about the music, it seems to be a series of chants that invoke various kinds of spirits. 



While, I may not be able to comment on that, but at the Clearwater Music Festival, where I had a chance to hear Hassan Hakmoun first hand, he sure got everone’s spirits up….. And believe me, he could Pump it Up for sure. 




He is known for propogating this Gnawa kind of music in the United States.




Along with vocal singing he plays a 3 string instrumenet called the Sinter, which seems perfectly suited for musical rhythmic explorations. 

Another interesting Gnawa originated instrument is the Qrareb. This is similar to Cymbals, and are made in such a way to form 4 cymbals.

He had a great team of musicians, and I particularly resonated very well with the sounds Sylvain Leroux, playing the African Flute. The serenity of the sounds that came out mixed with the beats and morrocon flavors had us all immersed and intoxicated.

What a performance, what a band. 


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 …

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, …

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 …