Saturday, March 31, 2007


Musical Bliss

I happenned to hear the krithi "Gaanamuda Paanam' by Sanjay accompanied by karaikudi mani, in rhapsody. For those in USA, rhapsody is a great place to hear high sound quality music for free. They have a great collection of music from around the world.

It is actually a live recording from the december 1999 season. Charsur deserves special praise for the superior audio quality. I suspect they also gave a slight eq boost around the lows (100-200 hz); this causes the 'thopi' of the mridangam to sound better, in my opinion.

Words cannot describe the bliss I experienced listening to this piece - especially in the charanam when he sings ' jyotiswaroopini shakthi vel arulal amayum..'

Sunday, March 11, 2007


StrangeHope: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Continue Producing Rubbish

"A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value."
-- Issac Asimov

P.S: On a rather 'unrelated' note, yes I did watch it the second time, if I may; (The first time, I was on a 'high ' and dozed off after watching just the first 20 minutes.) But this time I found it outrageously funny and the laughter I experienced rivalled that of 'Michael madhana...' 16 years back. I now have a newfound respect for Kubrick (I also watched 'eyes wide shut' ) - maybe movies are like songs or beer, sometime it takes time to appreciate it.

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