Sunday, September 20, 2009

Lateral thinking?

நாத வெளியினிலே புத்தகத்தில் இன்னொரு சுவையான கருத்து ராஜா சொன்னது இங்கே உங்களுக்காக...

அவர் கேட்கிறார் படைத்தல், அழித்தல், காப்பாற்றுதல் என்று மூன்று சாமி தேவையா? படைப்பவர் செம்மையாக படைத்திருந்தால், வேறொருவர் காக்க வேண்டிய வேலை இல்லை. காப்பவர் சரியாக இயங்கினால் அழிப்பவருக்கு வேலை இல்லை...நிச்சயம் புதிய சிந்தனை தான் :) நம்புங்கள் , அவர் சத்தியமாக ஒரு ஆத்திகர் தான் ..ஆனால் சதா ஆழமான சிந்தனை உடையவர் ...அதனால் எழுந்த கேள்வி இது :))

Saturday, September 19, 2009

the power of music

In the astrology book 'star signs', author linda goodman says that in ancient times, massive stones and rocks were moved and handled using music as the source of power...that is, by singing a combination of mystical musical notes, ancient people lifted stones and rocks to build architectural beauties that are not possible even by modern technology. Thalaivar Raja also mentions about a similar thing in the book Naadha Veliyinilae...he says (though playfully) that the stones and rocks that were dumped to be used as construction material for the vaigai dam have all listened to his singing and his flute music (played through slender eethai sticks, made by IR himselves, using a type of bamboo) mesmerised were they that they would automatically move and go sit in slots that they were supposed to be placed!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

the roots of raaja's mastery in swara bedham

In the book Naadha Veliyinilae, IR says..."when i started playing the harmonium, i wouldnt know which is the Sa (aadhara sadjam0). I would take whichever note the song starts with, as the adhara sadjam...Also, though i knew many raga names, i didnt know the actual swaras that made the ragam...i was all a self-taught man at that time...But whatever be the song, by listening just once or twice, i would be able to play it fully on the harmonium..."

I guess this is why raaja today is a scholar is swarabedham / grahabedham. He makes masterly shifts of the adhara shadjam and creates brilliant songs that all still sound as one coherent unit.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Nadha Veliyinilae...

i start this blog by thanking a friend of mine who gifted this lovely book 'naadha veliyinilae' for my marriage anniversary. The book is a combination of 3-4 books by raaja. I read it whenever i feel like. And sometimes i wonder, boy, how complicated can he think..