Maoists call for poll boycott in Kandhamal
Saregama launches Unheard series with MS Subbulakshmi
In a rare treat for lovers of India's classical music, Saregama India Ltd has launched a series that will contain unheard performances by musical stalwarts, kicking it off with the 1971 recording of a live concert by the great M S Subbulakshmi.Titled "Unheard MS," the first album in the series contains 14 of Subbulakshmi's special rendition of ragas, kritis and bhajans at a concert in Chennai's Mylapore Fine Arts Club that Saregama accessed from the personal archives of the musical genius' daughter Radha Vishwanathan. "We are creating this ‘Unheard' brand that will comprise all such unreleased recordings from the past, and the Subbulakshmi album is the first in the series," Saregama's Aishwarya Natarajan, who conceptualised the album, told Deccan Herald here. Queen of SongSubbulakshmi, who also acted in quite a few movies, was hailed as the "Queen of Song" and the "Goddess of the Musical Note" during her lifetime. Mahatma Gandhi had once said of her, "I would rather hear her speak the song than someone else sing it."Natarajan said: "The recording was on an old-style spool, and we have cleaned it up and digitally re-mastered it to make it sound crystal clear. We owe this album to Radha Vishwanathan. "We chose this collection because it had a complete kacheri and featured some of her very popular ragas and some kritis not performed very often." The album begins with the famous Daru Varnam "Maate Malayadhwaja" in Ragam Khamas by Muthiah Bhagavathar. In another piece, Subbulakshmi's rendition of the rare kriti "Shri Chandrasekahara" in Shankarabharanam raga shows the artiste's amazing vocal range. Other tracksOther tracks include "Challare Rama" in Ahiri and the sublime abhang "Sundara Te Dhyana" in Yamuna Kalyani. The recordings are from a time when Subbulakshmi was at her peak as a singer, Natarajan, an assistant manager with Saregama, said.Those accompanying the singer in the concert, too, have been greats in their own fields, such as Vikku Vinayakram in ghatam, K S Azhagiri Swamy in violin, TK Murthy in mridangam and V Nagarajan in kanjira.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2009 02:08 )
Ghising gives poll-boycott call again
The changing political scenario in the Darjeeling Hills is poised for another twist on Sunday when the ousted hill supreme and Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) chief Subhas Ghising called for a poll boycott in the three subdivisions of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong.Addressing party workers at Jalpaimore in the plains of Siliguri, Ghising blamed the Centre for not according scheduled tribes status to hill tribals like Rais, Gurungs, Magars and Newars. "Until and unless this is done, there is no point in taking part in the parliamentary elections and there is no question of supporting any candidate in the Darjeeling seat," reports quoting the GNLF chief said here. Facing a virtual ban on a re-entry in his ‘own kingdom' from the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha, Ghising was desperate to woo his supporters back into the fold and the poll boycott call was part of it.In the past LS polls when Ghising was at his helm of the power in the Hills and had given a call for boycotting the polls, it only paved the way for CPM nominees' victory.
Richest candidate has assets worth Rs 514 crore
With assets worth Rs 514 crore, Krantikari Jaihind Sena (KJS) founder Khimji Patadia, who is contesting from Gujarat's Surendranagar Lok Sabha seat, is probably one of the richest candidates in the poll fray.Patadia, 53, a college dropout who founded the KJS five years ago, has declared moveable assets worth Rs 255 crores and immovable assets worth Rs 259 crores in an affidavit submitted with his nomination papers on Saturday.He is probably one of the richest candidate having declared assets to the tune of Rs 514 crore, Surendranagar district collectorate sources said.In movable assets, Patadia owns diamonds and jewellery worth Rs 250 crore, the affidavit submitted to district officials said.
Mantralaya seer interred
As a tradition, Kumbabhisheka was performed in the beginning. A special "shesha vastra" and special camphor from Tirupathi was brought to cover the swamiji. Later, the body was taken in procession around the Brindavan of Sri Raghavendra Swamiji. The body was taken to the Samadhi (tomb) near a Shami Vruksha, where the Brindavans of Sudharmeendra Teertha Swamiji, Suvarteendra Teertha Swamiji, Suyameendra Teertha Swamiji and Sujayeendra Teertha Swamiji are situated. Before placing the body inside the tomb, idols of Saligrama, Lakshminayarayan and Narasimhaswamy were placed and abhisheka was performed. Later, a slab was placed on the tomb and a small, temporary Brindavan was erected on the slab.Later, the present Peethadhipathi Sri Suyateendrateertha Swamiji performed daily rituals and poojas to all Brindavans. He gave "Hastodaka" for Sushameendra Teertha Swamiji Brindavan and later the "charama sloka" was recited.Earlier, the body was kept for public viewing and to pay tributes. Junior seer Suyateendra Teertha took the "darshan" of swamiji's "paduka" as he was constrained from taking "darshan" of the seer. Tourism Minister Janardhan Reddy, Health Minister Sriramulu, Raichur MP candidate S Phakkirappa, Surpur's Raju Gouda, Dharam Singh, Mallikarjun Kharge and others also paid tributes to the seer.