Absolutely on Music

This was a book by Haruki Murakami in conversation with Seiji Ozawa, the former director and conductor at the Boston Conservatory of Music. The original book is in Japanese and the version I read was translated in English by Jay Rubin. Personally, I liked the conversational style of the book and helps one visualize the dialogues between the two as they deeply connect with their deep love for music. Admittedly, I’m not all that too familiar with Western Classical Music barring a few famous pieces and reading through the book was very informative as well as inspiring.
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Spotify - Things to Improve

I’m a huge fan of Spotify and have been using the Premium feature quite regularly since December 2014. The reason why I chose Spotify over other available services during that time were Amazing sound quality Vast expanse of genres More recently, curated playlists for the different moods Really good UX Hassle free updates to the software - just restart the process Availability on multiple platforms - Android, Mac, Linux etc.
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Scribe TM Krishnas talk on indiapostlivecom

I happened to come across T. M. Krishna’s talk about his latest book – A Southern Music – A Karnatik Story. I’ve been looking forward to read it but haven’t got a chance yet, but came across this interview of sorts where he outlines what has gone into the book. I started viewing the video but after a good 10 minutes into it, I realized that this needs to go into writing too.
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Analysis of a brilliant rendition Jalajaksha

The long weekend spent in Santa Barbara bore fruit, thanks to my pal, Karthick Santhanam. During our drive over Camino Cielo, we were dumbstruck, partly by the beautiful mountains and partly by Dr. L. Subramaniam‘s virtuoso on the violin. For people who don’t know about this acclaimed artist, he is one of the pioneers in the world of music and is one of the very few artists who is adept with both the Carnatic and Western styles of playing the violin.
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Thaai Thindra Manne lyrics

தாய் தின்ற மண்ணே இது பிள்ளையின் கதறல் ஒரு பேரரசன் புலம்பல் நெல் ஆடிய நிலம் எங்கே? சொல் ஆடிய அவை எங்கே? வில் ஆடிய களம் எங்கே? கல் ஆடிய சிலை எங்கே? தாய் தின்ற மண்ணே? கயல் விளையாடும் வயல் வெளி தேடி காய்ந்து கழிந்தன கண்கள் காவிரி மலரின் கடிமணம் தேடி கருகி முடிந்தது நாசி சிலை வழி மேவும் உளி ஒலி தேடி திருகி விழுந்தன செவிகள் ஊன்பொதி சோற்றின் தேன்சுவை கருதி ஒட்டி உலர்ந்தது நாவும் புலி கோடி பொறித்த சோழ மாந்தர்கள் எலி கரி கொரிப்பதுவோ காற்றை குடிக்கும் தாவரமாகி காலம் கழிப்பதுவோ
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Neyveli Santhanagopalan - Chromepet Concert Review

Well, I did hear to some splendid music yesterday by my guru’s guru, Sri NSG. It was an electrifying atmosphere and Sri NSG started with the evergreen ata thala varna in Kalyani. It was rendered with panache. Following it was a Thyagaraja kriti, Entha nechina which included a brief kalpanaswara which showed NSG’s class. Following it was another Thyagaraja kriti, Rama nannu brovara in the raaga Harikambhoji (ya!!! one of my favorites) with an excellent aalapana and a neraval.
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