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Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Have we ever wondered why our grandma or mother lit a lamp exactly at 6 in the morning or evening before the deities in the puja room? Why they Gazed at the Lord and closed the eyes and prayed? The human mind has been subject to the twin forces of habit and wisdom since its origination millions of years ago. Religious rituals were formulated to educate the common man who was incapable or lazy rather and busy with his 5 sensory experience to spend some time to sit alone and ponder about divinity. Shapes, idols, names were created to make it easy since the mind is habituated to function through the senses. Whatever we see, the mind takes it and stores inside the genetic archive present inside each and everyone of us. So this ritual of lighting the lamp before the lord and praying to it merely points at a deeper philosophy involving the bio magnetism and universal magnetism connection.

The Method: Sit in Vajrasanam or Sukhasanam about 2 to 3 feet away from a lamp approximately gazing at it at a 45 degree angle (do not bend the neck or strain it). Gazing should be done with ease. The flame should be unwavering and graceful and subtle. The purpose of lamp gazing exercise is spending the biomagnetism as light wave through the eyes by gazing at the flame with a one minded focussed vision. By doing this during the Brahma- Muhurtham time ( 4 30 AM to 6 30 AM),when the universal magnetism (Cosmic Energy)- Energy is an all encompassing general term- In Vethathriam we will be specific and say Universal Magnetism) is pure and is filling the air . when our biomagnetism is spent through the eyes, The pure, rich universal magnetism or cosmic energy enters our body through the skin and fills it all over. By continuously doing this exercise, the ability to absorb universal magnetism at a faster rate and stock it , is achieved at a geometric proportion. Hence, Bio magnetic stock is multiplied and becomes multi-fold. The absolute space is present all around us as love and compassion, Its inherent qualities. It protects and it holds. It becomes compassionate upon us when the mental frequency is very low between 7 - 14 cycles per second, the alpha level and fills inside our body. When we gaze at the lamp, pour mind is focussed and is at a calm state and does not wander. During Brahmamuhurtha time, ozone layer that is rich in universal magnetism is near the earth. Hence, density and quality of bio magnetism is extremely high. Bio- Magnetism is always being spent by the sensory organs and even unwillingly it is leaking out off the bod due to the continuous rotation of the earth about its axis and revolution around the sun. Like a river of water in which water is always in movement, old water is pushed out,new water flows in. The body is similarly just a dense passage that retains a certain volume flowing bio- magnetism at all times. But, production and consumption have to be in balance. we often spend more than we receive and generate or as much as we generate. So, one way to save bio- magnetism is to decrease the consumption by practicing panchendriya meditation and appreciating the proper use of the senses and knowing the limit and method of spending precious bio magnetism through it (not overdoing it) and being aware of the cause and effect philosophy and exercising the consciousness and its qualities of pattern, precision and regularity.

The second step is to increase the income and quality and quantity of bio-magnetism through meditation and preliminary lamp gazing or mirror- meditation exercise.
When we close our eyes after gazing at the lamp , we are taught to observe our body with the mind and feel the universal magnetism floeing in and filling up the body from toe to head like a water fills an empty bottle. Thus, spending of bio-magnetism is only through the eye but income is through skin. Surface area of skin on the human body is much much more than spending through the eye. Hence, when income is more and expenditure spent is regulated and very less, only excess stock of bio magnetism is spent. Hence mind feels peace or ecstasy. Senses are quiet, we feel the pure qualities of love and compassion and calmness in us. Mind now begins to understand what it is that gives peace or by connecting to what , it gets peace. Vaazhga Vaiyagam! Vaazhga Valamudan! ( I have completed my masters in Yoga for Human Excellence from Madras University . These teachings, methods have dawned in the divine mind of Swami Yogiraj Vethathiri Maharishi, our Guru. I feel, as a student of his Vethathrium, it is my duty to share with the world, some genius techniques to live this life fruitfully and as per its natural purpose! Guru Vaazhga! Guruve Thunai!)

Friday, December 6, 2013


Here is the Part 3c of my concert "BHAGYADHA LAKSHMI BARAMMA" for Navarathri Mandapam 2013 held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore Chennai on October 5th 2013 This video features the main piece for the evening Bhajare Rechitha , a beautiful kriti on Goddess Shakthi by Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar set in Tala Misra Chapu with Neraval and Swaras in Devim Shakthi Bheejodhbhava. Preceeding the main piece is "VANCHA THONUNA" by Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar in Raga Karna Ranjani and Tala Thisram Adi. This Kriti is very rarely rendered in concerts. It has lightning chittai swarams and is known for its fast pace, interesting swarams and beautiful lyric and melody. Listen and Enjoy!

Friday, October 25, 2013


So, as promised, Here are the videos of my Classical Carnatic concert "BHAGYADHA LAKSHMI BARAMMA" for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Navarathri Mandapam Music Series october 2013. Part 1 and Part 2 are here. Part 3 & 4 will be uploaded later this week. Please listen and relish these specially chosen Kritis on Goddess Shakthi and soak in the Bhakthi! It's well worth it! Part 1 Part 2

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fusion Performance at Tedx Mambalam Ed –Chennai

Gave a great fusion performance at the Tedx Mambalam Ed conference held this year at IIT Madras. Tedx is a platform for highly eminent speakers who share their thoughts and expertise in their chosen fields. Myself with our band inaugurated this year’s tedx. Bharathiyar poetry was the theme of this performance and I sang “POZHUDHU PULARNDHADHU” which I tuned in beautiful ragas Durbari Kaanada and Behag as the opening and proceeded with “Enadhu Bharatham” composed by Alan pradeep in a rock fusion with Carnatic. The performance ended with “Parukkulle Nalla Naadu” of Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyar!

NAVARATHRI MANDAPAM – Concert for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

Feeling very humbled and blessed to have performed a Carnatic Classical concert for the “NAVARATHRI MANDAPAM” series organized by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan , Mylapore, Chennai on October 5 th 2013. I did a thematic concert titled “Bhagyadha Lakshmi Baramma”. This literally means “O Lakshmi! The one who grants all prosperity, welcome!!”. I felt this would be an apt theme for my concert as Oct 5 was the first day of the Nine day Navarathri extravaganza. What better place than the festive, ever-buzzing Mylapore than to begin Navarathri? Beginning with Sri Vigna Rajam Bhaje, a majestic kriti on Lord Vinayaka by Oothukadu Venkata Subbier in Gambira Nattai, the concert warmed up with Kamakshi Swarajathi on the presiding deity of Kanchi, Mother of the universe Kamakshi in Raga Bhairavi. My paataanthara (repertoire) for this kriti, comes from one of my Gurus, Smt. Savithri Satyamurthy is Dr S Ramanathan sir’s padhathi. I felt extremely happy that it was well received by the housefull audience. People love songs like “Nee Iranga enil” in Raga Atana in festive times like these. The kriti made popular by MS Subbulakshmi amma needs just the beginning phrase to grip the audience for the next 3 minutes. I am a huge fan of Shyama Sastri kritis. The bhava with which he addresses Goddess Kamakshi in every one of his compositions, like a son would address his mother, plead with her, humour her, argue with her, everyone one of these rasas flow as a soul-call in his kritis. My concert featured his “Marivere” in Anandabhairavi with the concise two minute aalapana. Following this was my sub-main piece “Saravana Bhava enum” in Shanmukhapriya. I always refer to shanmukhapriya as the PACE MAKER of any classical concert. True to this, it never fails to entertain and engage the listener. The filler song was the not often performed “Vancha Thonuna” with lightning fast swara passages sprinkled in between the song this is a classic in Raga Karnaranjani by harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar. I always love singing this song. Out of all the ragas , there are certain ones that are most fit for worshipping ambal and one such is the universal raga, Kalyani. Kalyani is also one of the many names of Goddess Devi. “Bhajare Rechitha” by Muthuswamy Dikshithar is a beautiful kriti in this raga with Neraval and Swara passages in “Devim Shakthi Beejodhbhava”. The heroine of this concert was “Bhagyadha Lakshmi Baramma” and audience response to this was amazing with their applause still ringing in my ears:D. During this song I had that beautiful out-of-body experience and it was as though a higher super-power sang through me and I was just the witness, enjoying the music. Such was the grace of Ambal as I believe she orchestrated the entire concert through me! Navarathri, the festive Kolu atmosphere of Mylapore, Jasmine fragrance in the air, lots of good music, lots of happy hearts, that’s what make every festival special and I am happy it became doubly special with this concert! Videos will be out on youtube soon! Will post links here! Accompanying me on “Bhagyadha Lakshmi Baramma” were: Sri Durai Srinivasan – Violin Sri VS Raghavan- Mridangam Sri Sunil- Kanjira


Navarasa festival is organized every year by Jupiter Fine Arts. This is Navarasa’s fifth year and it was a 3 day festival of Music , Dance and Drama. I feel happy to have performed on the inauguration day , October 2nd 2013, which also happens to be Gandhi Jayanthi. When the organizers approached me for this concert, they really wanted something unique, not done before kind of thing. Giving it a deep thought, it struck me that we have pure Carnatic concerts happening or Film music shows or fusion kind of shows but would it be possible to provide a coherent package of all the most loved genres for the audience in 2 hours? Well, that’s how SANGAMAM was born. This seed was sown into my mind one fine day and it started taking shape intuitively as I began drafting a list of most loved genres. I personally sing Carnatic, Film music, Bhajans, Ghazals and I have seen Chennai audience enjoying all these genres so much! Also the fact that India is a land of diverse cultureswith every state boasting of a different kind of music, made me feel that this would also be a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in the language of the soul, transgressing all boundaries- MUSIC. I immensely thank my team of musicians who made Sangamam possible. I had the violin and Mridangam for classical accompaniment and had keys, table, flute etc for the lighter side. The 2 hours was enjoyed so much by the star-studded audience and the chief guests for the evening were Dancer and Director of Kalakshetra foundation, Dr Priyadharsini Govind who appreciated the Sangamam concept and thoroughly enjoyed the concert till the very end. Other eminent personalities were Dr Kamala Selvaraj (Daughter of Gemini Ganesan) who was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed “Singara Velane Deva”( Konjum Salangai- Starring Gemini Ganesan and Savithri) (It was pure coincidence , I did not have the slightest clue that she was coming for the concert!, Celebrity photographers G. Venket Ram, Karthik Srinivasan, Actor Jayaprakash, Sri Ranjani and many others. The proceeds of this show went towards RMD Pain and palliative care trust. I have posted some memorable photos for all of you to see and share and videos will be posted very soon here!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Kalinga Nardhana Thillana is a masterpiece composed by Sri Oothukadu Venkata subbier. it describes the cosmic dance of Master of all fine arts ocean of mercy Lord Krishna atop the thousand headed serpent Kaliya on the river Yamuna when he was just five years old much to the joy and bliss of residents of Vrindavana and denizens of heavenly planets. The thillana is laden with beautiful rhythmic patterns and unimaginable poetic genius and myriad expressions and dramatization that could have arose only from undiluted intense bhakthi and love for Lord Krishna. oothukadu venkata subbier indeed has woven an exquisite piece of art that enables the listener to envision the Kalinga Nardhana as seen by the vraja people! Hare Krishna! This track is taken from the album HARE KRISHNA sung by Srimathumitha and produced by Saregama India Pvt Ltd.Srimathumitha presents this much loved thillana in the traditional classical style with contemporary back ups and dramatising sound effects. For more info about the artiste Facebook: Srimathumitha Also features: Damodarashtakam, Sri Narasimha Kavacam and Bhaja Govindam. To buy this album online logon to
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