It has been a mixed bag these past few months- Returning after the tour of Australia and Singapore organized by Swara Laya Fine Arts Sydney and meeting some wonderful people in that part of the world was most rewarding. International world melody day veena day went off well celebrated by Naadha Rasa -I remember with gratitude and affection my vocal Guru Shri TRS who was part of my life -WHOSE PASSION WILL REMAIN WITH US FOR EVER. His visit to Minnesota in 2004 is an evergreen memory. Aradhana the 18th year event , Diwali at the Plymouth Library and Shruthi and Carnatic Idol season 3 semis and finals in Chicago were all part of these past weeks of musical activity. 'Sangam' a first time collaboration involving 22 musicians Cartnatic and western classical comes together on November 22 followed by the Namaste Slaiche concert. Nov 24 brings us to a historical event -Swami Vivekandanda's visit 150 years ago to the First Unitarian Church on Mount Curve Minneapolis. I am happy to be involved with it all- December in India - looking forward to the International music festival with some of my American friends and students. Hope you can join us. Until the next time stay warm take care
Another summer -the last weeks of August definitely of the Indian variety ---is coming to a close. So much to share- so much to feel blessed about. The visits to Veenalayam, Toronto , Panchatantra workshops at Madison, Wisconsin and the veena and vocal workshops in California came close on the heels of the duet concert with veena/chitra veena, the Flint Hills International Festival and the great honor of performing for Dr.Abdul Kalam in his maiden visit to the State. Before the blink of an eye appeared the Dikshidar day celebrations, the intensive workshops for Naadharasa and the Krishna Akhandam celebration. The once-in-every-few-years performance at the Minnesota State Fair is now over and bags are being packed for the next tour - Sept 7 from Singapore onto to Perth Australia on Sept 8 then for the next few weeks in the great down under.When I began to study veena and Carnatic music at age 6 thanks to my loving parents --I never gave a thought of what it would lead to and what the path would be- I now reflect and share my humble 2 cents - Follow your heart and your dream always - be prepared to work as much as you can with passion and dedication -and above all have faith in the Universe ----As the clocks are reset in the fall season -recharge my friends and go on -and may His Blessings be with you all - Until the next time -Nirmala
The snow is on the ground though very soon we will hear the birds chirping and welcome the buds and the green grass! I cant believe that my last post was in September which seems like a long time back -- Winter was one fast whirlwind of activity. Season 2012 was quite a milestone with a concert at the Aradhana at Thapovanam of Swami Gnanananda, prime time concerts at Chennai Sabhas, a National program of Music concert for Indian Television Doordarshan National in the company of some the best known Indian musicians, it was an absolute treat to wrap up the visit to India with a residency at the American International School New Delhi. I feel very blessed and very glad to have made it through it all - Its only possible because of His Blessings and Grace. Now looking forward to the 'Melodies and Rhythms' project on a mission to take Carnatic music to wherever possible in Minnesota. First stop St.Cloud MN March 5. Am eagerly waiting the double visit to Ohio CCMA ,Columbus OH in early March and Cleveland Aradhana later in the month with a stop in San Diego on March 24. 'Butterfly' travels to St Johns this month and April brings a trip to Houston Texas for the Spring Festival of the Classical Arts Society while it also is the month premiering the new exciting collaboration 'Embracing the Beloved' watch this space for more on this new work :) As always Upcoming Events page has more details -Take care everyone -Until next time -Nirmala
Fall colors in the air -- much to celebrate. A visit to Alabama for a concert, Shruthi Rajasekar's vocal Arangetram on September 1, the Sublime Journey that continued in Houston TX, an International Music series concert in Winona State and the Namaste/ Slainte! collaborative concert have all been wonderful settings to share and explore once again in the universal language of music. It was great to see so many of you these past weeks. Raj and I are especially grateful to Him for giving us such a wonderful community of family and friends who support and encourage us every step of our lives. Thank you ! Looking forward to celebrating International veena day/ Carnatic music day Oct 2 at the Golden valley Library -all of you are welcome time: 5-8 pm - and onto the holidays -Navarathri and Deepavali ---Take care -Nirmala
What a glorious day it is- The sun is shining on a canopy of a blue sky, the birds are chirping and I feel very lucky/thrilled to see and hear His Lovely Creations. The Panchatantra project with St.Paul Civic Symphony and Art Start, the Carnatic Star competition ,CS Finale concert with Sri Srimushnam Raja Rao , Festival of Nations 2012, Hosmer Library concert with Nagai Sri Sriram and Tanjavur Sri Murugaboopathi and the performance with the Naadha Rasa ensemble at the Ordway's Flint Hills International Festival on June 3rd have all been wonderful learning experiences. Thanks to all of you who came to the concerts and performances - Sriram and Balaji, Marcus and Shrini for your support- Kudos to the Naadha Rasa ensemble for your dedication and hard work all through.Your commitment and love for Carnatic music is certainly infectious:) On to Summer -- a summer filled with exciting times --warm weather, performances, workshops and more...Looking forward to it all - Here's to cherishing each moment.. take care !
'Music is a precious gift - a treasure to cherish'
March 2012 has been a 'travel' month with trips to Seattle,Helena,Madison and Boston.
As I get ready to leave for Moorhead today to perform with Gao Hong and Michelle Kinney, I also await the Panchatantra project with collaborator ArtStart and a concert on April 29th at the first ever Carnatic music Festival of Minnesota. 'Urban expedition' performances at the Landmark center last week are being followed up with a performance of the Naadharasa Ensemble at the Fund raiser gala for the HSM on April 21st. Until the next time --Take care-
Chennai music season holds many memories.Not having Kalpakam Teacher's calming physical presence for the first time was certainly hard - though I felt/feel her spirit and blessings and am very grateful for it- As I begin another adventure today ( Friday Feb 2012) at Studio Z with new music ensemble Zietgiest who will perform some of my new compositions on Saxophone,Marimba,Vibes and Piano, I am also looking forward to the mother-daughter piece- 'Summer Rain' / 'Morning Dew' -with my daughter Shruthi. March 2012 will bring a visit to the Northwest -Seattle, Portland and Helena to premiere some new work with Cellist Michelle Kinney and Cyrus K.
May you all have a wonderful 2012!
Its a balmy 70 in Tampa Bay Florida and seems the perfect time to reflect upon these past weeks-. It was indeed a big blessing that the Sublime Journey tour with Shri Gaurav Mazumdar,Thanjavur Shri Murgaboopathi(Trivandrum Shri ,Balaji Shri SV Ramani in some concerts) and Shri Vishal Nagar was received well at all venues -It was wonderful to meet so many lovely people around the US these past weeks -both during the Sublime Journey tour and solo concerts. Looking forward to the concerts Nov 18,Nov 19 (in Tampa) and Nov 20 (in Jax-Jax Raga)-Our music school Naadharasa Center for Music performed as featured performers (sans me of course:)) at University of WI,Stevens Point in October-They are again being featured on Nov 20th 2011 at an interfaith event in Eden Prairie MN -all the very best team-
I have much to be grateful and thankful for. Soon I will leave for Chennai India for the 2011 December music festival -concert dates will be posted in ' Upcoming Events' -As I remember with gratitude my Gurus, my family and many friends who take care of so much for me and help me to continue to do what I love to do,
I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving holiday -
Take care- Nirmala
It was wonderful to meet many of you who gave so generously to help children. Kudos to the Vibha organizers Srikanth and team ; Sangeeta and Rajeev and all the co-hosts of the evening -Special thanks to Sriram and Balaji for sharing their time and talents that beautiful summer evening by the lake-
Tomorrow Aug 20 2011 Shruthi and I will get an opportunity to meet young musicians at the Akshaya Music Academy in Chicago of Smt. Minu where I will conduct some workshops.
April 6th 2011 was a day that will remain in my memory always. That was the day my dear Guru Smt.Kalpakam Swaminathan passed on.Kalpakam teacher was the epitome of knowledge ; She was dignity and grace personified. To me she will always be a larger than life personality who led by example in everything she ever said and did. She was a source of strength at every phase and stage in my life and I pray for her continued presence and seek her blessings.The world lost a wonderful presence but I am sure she will live beyond centuries through her timeless art and music. May her soul rest in peace.