Carnatic Sadhak cum rasika’s take down of Dumeels

This was a discussion or a debate I had about 3 years back after I shared the link to the recording of Thyagaraja Aradhana in Thiruvaiyaaru. The second part there was a music reviewer who tried to threaten a rasika for his article in India Facts, with legal action. We desmystified what real art is and for all we care her legal note will find itself in its rightful place – shredded and in the trash bin. Read on

Sharing some thoughts on what it means as a student in the context of Preachy @raghavasimhan_t googling and trying to show off. Nothing personal but general thoughts
Long held tradition maintained with “Spiritual fervor and purity” by the organisers. For the real student that is biggest tribute one can offer to Saint Thyagaraja
There was this Gyani who was focussing on the riches, jewellery on display and cribbed about lack of Bhakti. Ironical that his person focussed on things other than music. For real student of music, nothing but music matters
The atmosphere is unbelievably eclectic (be there to experience, no words can ever describe what it is to be there) If your focus is on its music value, you have something in it for you.
This gentleman is doing a great disservice to Saint Thyagaraja by reducing his great work to ability and diction of an artiste. By there logic Instrumental concerts cannot exist. His compositions were beyond lyrics – it was for the soul
A true Connoisseur of Carnatic concert will focus less on what an artiste wears or displays. They judge and enjoy the aesthetics of the music (not the musicians)
Carnatic Music (for that matter any music) is meant for ears and soul (I would say it is even beyond) and not for eyes or your skin. Then you have a total musical experience. You also respect an artiste for what they are. A True Sadhak
Salutes to every single artiste who come and participate, maintaining the tradition here year after year. It is not about Perfection. It is about Devotion. Else next generation would have lost this wonderful gift
Throwing lyrics around and display of knowledge on Twitter is no match for those artistes sitting on the banks of River Cauvery and rendering #PancharatnaKritis to the best of their ability. Yes. It is matter of giving. Not bothered about how.
As a percussionist practicisng for 40+ years, I know the years of hard sincere Sadhana a Vocalist or Violinist or flautist or Sitarist or Saxaphonist or other lead instrumentalists puts in.
An artiste begins as an artiste and becomes the art itself. Singer becomes Song, Dancer becomes dance. That is true essence and spirit. This can never be achieved or experienced on Twitter or on Google or even intellectually.
Quoting Sri Devadasan Chatanadath Music is actually decibels arranged in a particular fashion and it has a relationship with Mathematics since the composer need to size and re-size and then arrange the decibels accordingly to induce happiness in the listener.
Quoting Sri Devadasan Chatanadath (Contd.) Truly speaking, it is the sound waves that induce the effect, which we call music, in us. It is due to this reason, it is said that music does not have language and reason we enjoy music in “any language”
Quoting Sri Devadasan Chatanadath (Contd.) “Music does what it is expected to do even when we do not understand the language!” Beautifully explained…So gentleman focus on what is… Not what can be (as per your intellect)
Here is the complete recording of today’s Aradhana

A discussion with a music Critique who could not stand a debate for a while but temporarily blocked and ran away and later comes back to lock her account and scoot to Instagram

Music Critiques can be very very harsh on artistes especially when they don’t conform, more so in tradition steeped Carnatic Music circuit. For those who think it is defamatory need to go back to school. Raga, Thala, Sahiti, Artiste, Rasikas – All of them are critiqued
It is something that even artistes understand. And something considered very risky is experimentation. Those taking that risk should definitely be open to damning criticism too. If it clicks, a star is born. Tampering with compositions of Trinity is considered a big NO!!!
And regarding a particular piece written by an author of good standing @upanishadist it was exactly that. A rasika aggrieved by wanton tampering and disrespecting of the Tradition and Dharma itself. Probably triggered by one of the artiste needling public at large
I examined the piece of @upanishadist once again. As I see, it is purely critic of the “act” not the actor, the liberty taken by the artiste has been criticised not the artiste as a person (I don’t think he gives a damn to them as a rasika)
Remember! That is the reason why a particular artiste conceded and apologised for taking liberty with Sahitya of Thyagaraja (notwithstanding a lame justification that both are set to different raga and hence not tampered)

This is what triggered the above Thread. This lady know it all of music, taking baby steps was threatening @upanishadist a connoisseur and ardent rasika taking exception to wanton tampering of sahityas of much revered Trinity of Carnatic Music

Some one teach this lady Jack whatever on what defamation suit means. (She deleted these tweets) and brings in a lawyer to argue for her on TL. What an apology he turned out to be. Read on
I’m a lawyer. Defamation is when unfounded degradation of a person’s reputation is made on a public forum. This article is full of slander against TMK and Nithyasree. Calling TMK a Rowdy or speaking without any evidence of his “endowment” is definitely harm to his reputation.
Simple. Bring it on.. that was my first statement
Oh Saar! Tell the lady this defamatory piece stands a better chance in the eyes of law. Whereas Music Critiquing has not a chance
Saying that the song sung by Nithyasree is a “copy” without any understanding of music is currently defamatory to the composer. (if Nithyashree was the composer, she is at liberty to whatever the hell she wants with it. In any case, she apologised for that, but our Lawyer/Musician man went on and on)
Hahaha… I think some serious deficiency in argument here. Back to school
Composer… Singer…. Sir you seriously have a problem here. Now tell me insulting ones intelligence is Defamation or not
I don’t even want to go into the imputations against Nithyasree or the blatant falsehoods against the “Carnatic Music fraternity” in the piece. Actually, a whole host of people have been defamed by this.
And that is why there is a lawyer composer apology? Anyway as an artiste it is not appropriate for me to judge other artiste. But calling it defamatory is Stretching law from Kashmir to Kanyakumari
Not sure you got the right person to step in. With due respects to whatever his capabilities are (This was to @krupage)
Same language that you used to comment of the author. His knowledge of music was Jack something. So I thought as a artiste in the circuit for 40 years + is enough to know something about music. Nothing personal there. A word for just born wannabes who think they know it all. (She was referring to my 40+ years of experience in the circuit which possibly was more than her dad’s age. She used exactly same words while critiquing @Upanadhisht piece. In any case as can be seen, my tweets are still there and she deleted her abusive tweets and ran away).
40 years of experience probably more than Dad’s age is a compliment I thought… no? (Honestly, isn’t it? It only means she is too young to be using such language. Young is a compliment)
Here is where the discussion started and when we explained nothing Jack Shit about music critiquing ran away Image
Why did you deactivate Madam? (She had in the meanwhile deleted her tweet and deactivated her account. From threatening the author with legal action, she was chickening and running away, because not only legally, this thread was an expose of her Critiquing ability as well as knowledge of the subject)
You reactivated and follower/following count is yet to be updated. But tell me why did you run away? You asked some questions and I don’t think there was a word of abuse except clearly explaining you the nuances of traditional Indian Classical Music (Once again this was honest question. When there was never an abuse, which you never find on my TL anyway, she had no reason to scoot). Interesting person following her (I just saw while writing this blog)Image
Show me one tweet where I have attacked? You attacked, threatened some tweep about defamation. Rest assured you will not get away so easily after blabbering on matters related to music or law. It is a public platform
Someone will wait for battery to drain. Else please guide how to switch off 😛
Can someone tell @krupage that you don’t need to deactivate your account to have her lunch in peace. Simply log out 🙂 After music, law here is another topic that she needs urgent helpImage
Returned the favor
LOL! She tweeted this to promote an upcoming piece on The Wire (where else?) And she wrote a joke. Tampering Sahitya promotes someone’s political ambition would have been more appropriate ImageImage

Why Stalin inviting Sri Sri is buzz in Chennai

By Vidyut Udiaver

Last night Chennai witnessed one of the most interesting and keenly awaited events of the year. It was The Great Chennai Dialogue with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living. In spite of the huge traffic jam several hundred`s queued up even on the road to catch a glimpse of Sri Sri. The auditorium was packed to the brim and people were waiting to somehow get a last minute entry to listen to Sri Sri talk on a rather rare topic `Secret to the 3 `I`s – Intuition, Innovation and Intelligence`.


The interactive session and talk was a brilliant encounter that took the audience into a totally new world. Especially his hallmark guided meditation that is a key to heightening intuition and intelligence.

The audience comprised a mix of intellectuals, corporates, academics, students, homemakers and sincere seekers. He answered a whole gamut of questions posed by the audience that perhaps left them amazed, inspired or relaxed. At various public programs during the day he articulated a great vision and mission for Tamil Nadu. If you now feel you missed the events, have hope, his most popular Happiness programs are very much available in the city.

I believe Chennai now is a city of new hope and especially with assembly elections just three months away. This morning, a whole new Chennai dialogue has caught the imagination of journalists and the dining table chit-chat of many homes. And endless dialogues are happening as to why DMK`s Stalin invited Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to his residence? What was served ? Idly or Dosa ? What did they talk about ?


The DMK leader himself has spoken to the media that he had personally invited Sri Sri during his meeting several months ago at the Art of Living Headquarters in Bengaluru, to visit him whenever he planned to visit Chennai. And Stalin`s tweets and pictures express great delight that perhaps one may not have seen in years !  So what ? It was a simple humane gesture from Stalin which the rumour mills have now started giving a new jallikattu twist.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar`s compassion, humanitarian work and wisdom has inspired and transformed several million people across the world over the last thirty five years. People from every walk of life and section of society still continue to seek his wisdom and meditations.

Politics may be an art in the present moment. But meditation brings intuition, innovation and intelligence in the present moment. This is exactly what Tamil Nadu needs in various spheres today.

No wonder several hundreds were eagerly waiting to hear Sri Sri Ravi Shankar speak on the topic `Secret to the 3 `I`s – Intuition, Innovation and Intelligence` at the Great Chennai Dialogue event last night.

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own

Lassi with Bassi. New chat show for World Culture Festival

By Vidyut Udiaver

This afternoon I launched my new chat show to celebrate the upcoming World Culture Festival 2016. It`s Lassi with Bassi. Both are rich, robust and handsome symbols of Punjab. Lion-like in their content and honey-sweet in their intent. Lassi as you know is that heady mix of yoghurt, sweetened if your nice and salty if your uptight. Then who is Bassi ?


Montoo Bassi from Delhi to be precise. He`s my new creative director, anchor person, cinematographer, adman, meditator, teacher, scriptwriter, master of ceremonies, designer and the firm shoulder that I can rely on when I am about to launch my new chat show…Lassi with Bassi to mark the upcoming World Culture Festival (WCF) in New Delhi India from March 11th-13th 2016. One can discuss anything under the sun with Bassi, from creative strategy, fonts, music and typos to cinema, fashion, photography and of course Paranthas. Wow. Paranthas ! Another Punjabi delicacy that the lion won`t ever touch, but Bassi and his friends Nakul, Upkar and Deepak can maul into pieces of it, layer after layer, thick and fast.

The idea of producing this chat show struck me at twelve last midnight when four boys next door were rigorously practicing away some popular hit tunes that they are going to play with 2,000 musicians at the World Culture Festival (WCF) next month. My chat show idea was born. Freedom at midnight ! I thought it could be a personal tribute to the upcoming mega cultural festival that is billed to take the world into waves of peace, happiness and much hope.

So Lassi, Bassi and Delhi. I love the qualities, characteristics, idiosyncrasies and tastes of all these three. All seemed to fall into place now for my new chat show.

But this chat show is not going to be Bassi`s first claim to fame. He has an amazing creative talent and a huge line-up of the advertising industry`s awards that will sparkle on your face when you sit in his living room. Coming back about the talk of our talk show. We are getting ready to chat on the grand, mammoth event that the world is talking about today. Montoo Bassi tells me that the World Culture Festival is going to be a promising encounter with the roots of all the music, traditions, art, dance and cultures of the world. Spectacular I should say. Over 25,000 artists from around the world are going to showcase music, chants and dance that`s going to shake the roots of the earth, cradling her people to relax in peace, for the sake of a better humanity.


Thousands of artists are going to perform on the largest stage ever and for the first time 155 countries are coming together in support of a creative peace-building initiative inspired by the founder of Art of Living Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

An idea whose time has arrived. We are going to talk more about the WCF event in my first ever chat show. Lassi with Bassi. A show that will stir you inside out.