Reflections on life
KRISHNAMURTHI IS a voice that instantly attracts attention on the philosophical firmament. Even if you hold a position that is diametrically opposite to his, you would still feel drawn to his words. It is, therefore, re-assuring that many of his discourses have been digitised and stored for posterity.
Recently, Music Today, in collaboration with the Krishnamurthi Foundation of India (KFI), organised a symposium titled, `Reflections on J. Krishnamurthi, at Landmark.
The speakers included S. Ramchander, director, Institute of Financial Management and Research (IFMR) and the Academy for Management Excellence (ACME), Sriram Panchu, senior advocate of the Madras High Court and founding trustee of the Consumer Action Group, Chennai; and Ahalya Chari, senior trustee of the Krishnamurthi Foundation of India.
On display were audiocassettes and CDs on J. Krishnamurthi's discourses brought out by Music Today. Here are some of them: This Light In Oneself, The Meaning Of Life, Problems Of Living, Where Do You Find Security?, Fear: An Extraordinary Jewel, The Art Of Meditation, The Guru And The Search, The Enormity Of Sorrow, The Question Of Man's Violence; and What Actually Is Love?
While the afore-mentioned are audiocassettes, the following are CDs. A Different Approach To The Problem of Existence, What Is The Root Of fear?, Sorrow, Attachment And Death; and Meditation And The Sacred.
It was a case of youvanam (youth) aiding vriddham (old age) at the Russian Cultural Centre recently when young danseuse Anjana Anand gave a Bharatanatyam performance to raise funds for the Dignity Foundation, which provides life enrichment services for senior citizens.
Anjana Anand is a Kalakshetra graduate. She also holds a music degree from Madras University. She is a member of the PADAM Dance Company, Bangalore, the head of which is Ranjani Ganesan Ramesh.
While the nattuvangam was by Ranjani Ganesan Ramesh, Rajasekaharan was the vocalist, Hari Babu played the mridangam, Ramana, the flute; and Vijay Raghavan, the violin.
Most musicians are given to the belief that a musical performance should be safely moored to the genre it is representative of. Any deviation from the verities of the musical form is frowned upon. So, it is always a welcome change to listen to musicians who introduce new elements into acclaimed musical forms.
Bombay-based Groovesuppa is one such band, which performed under the auspices of Bodhi Music and Moca Café, recently at Amethyst. The group treated the gathering to "improvised" jazz.
Groovesuppa was formed in February 2002 to perform at x the Katmandu Jazz Fest. In a short while, it became a full-fledged band.
The music is a mix of blues, funk and reggae, "held together with jazz sensibilities." The following image would give a vivid picture of the band's orientation: "a monster with a jazz head, a torso of reggae,hips of funk and feet of dance music."
Imagine a batting line-up like this. Sachin Tendulkar, Don Bradman, Daivd Gower, Viv Richards, Zaheer Abbas, Steve Waugh and Roy Dias.
Here is another line-up. Timothy Mdahukar, Christy Samuel, Sudhin Prabhakar, Keith Peters, Jim Satya, Vasanth David and John Satya.
While the first line-up is something we can only dream of, the second, though dreamlike, is possible. In fact, Chennai rock fans were treated to a performance by this line-up. The occasion was the Live1o1 show at the Unwind Center dedicated to the U.S. rock band, TOTO.
The following cover versions of TOTO's songs were performed that evening: Turning point, Pamela, Hydra, I'll be over you, Georgie Porgie, Other side, Road goes on, Till The end, Home of the brave, Rosanna, One road, Cruel, How many times, Gypsy train, Dave's gone skiing, Better world, and Africa.
The story TOTO goes back to 1977 when a few studio musicians such as Steve Porcado, David Paich, Steve Lukather, Daivd Hungate, Jeff Porcaro and Bobby Kimball joined to form a band. They were studio players for musicians like Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Lionel Ritchie.
TOTO gave music lovers unforgettable songs like "Africa" and "Rosanna", which won seven Grammy Awards for the band.On the occasion, John Christian, managing trustee, Acts of Mercy, a social service wing of the Unwind Center, opened a computer school for the underprivileged.
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