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    award winner icon Alangudi Radhakalyanam - 2010

    Alangudi Radhakalyanam - 2010
    05/02/2010 to 07/02/2010
    Udayalur - Kovai - Shenkottai - Kadayanallur
    Visit:www.sriradhakalyanam.org for programme schedule or download from this page
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    Radhakalyanam/ Bhajan

    RadheKrishna- Thanks for the schedule.
    Are we honoring any needy Bhagavathars during that Alangudi Radhakalyanam. I mean any poor bhagavathar who is having financial difficulty. I request Alangudi organisers to make a note of this point and help needy bhagavathars by giving them a chance or slot .
    http://www.youtube.com/user/rkpatham

    Recently I celebrated Radhakalyanam in my house . Earlier I had made a sankalpam to call and honour people who are genius but not so popular and are needy . We invited and honoured Sri Soundararja Bhagavathar. Since he is having Nethra Heenam he is not able to go and attend many bhajan programs . He is one of the great scholars . I called up Kovai Mama and he was kind enough to share with me his contact details.

    I also took the videos of the entire function and few of them has been posted in You tube. Request Udayalaur Kalayanarama Bhagavathar to help publicise the attached videos

    Regards, Patham Iyer
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    Alangudi Radhakalyanam-2010

    Radhekrishna !
    You are doing a good job. Our blessings to you. In Alangudi, we use to do patha pooja to as many as minimum six bhagavathas every year before the start of the grand event. Sri.Udayalur Kalyanarama Bhagavathar is helping those bhagavathas who are really in trouble through ' Bhagavatha Seva Trust'. He is doing a remarkable job. When all I visit his residence, I use to find him busy with bhagavatha seva trust service. He is one in a million. God bless him. Thanks for communicating.
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    Radhakalyanam

    Dear RKRaman
    Recently one of my cousin arranged for a Radhakalyanam in a very famous late musician's village. Musician's family and my cousin are neighbours. This village is not very far from Thiruvarur, Kudavasal etc He has also requested for one famous bhagavathar time. Bhagavathar has agreed and he has over booked himself on that day itself and he was supposed to go to another village 20 km away. The bhagavathar charged exhorbitant amount for 3 hour slot ( Rs20K) and he along with his stlylist Mridangist was cribbing about the sound system through out the bhajan without concentrating on the Bhajans. What I mean here is many bhagavathar's are making this as their profession and when you make it as a profession - you look for whoopher, sub whoopher, sound quality , mike quality etc. Then the whole purpose and intention of Radhakalyanam is diluted. This Bhagavthar also dont encourage audience to put Jalra and sing along with him. I am seeing through the Youtube Videos - In Alangudi Radhakalyanam also - The bhagavathar's are not sitting close to Swamy and the stage type arrangements are made . Please avoid all those things and make it more easy for people to mingle and participate in the Namasmaran. This is my humble request and suggestion.
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    Radhakalyanam

    Radhekrishna !

    1. Professionalism in respect of talent is always welcome. Whereas, demanding exorbitant money without understanding the values of these divine proceedings is condemnable. At the same time,organizers also should know the difficulties of bhagavathas who have taken up bhajan as their profession.

    2. Any artist, once they commit, should not deviate from their words. Skipping one place and going to other is nothing but 'adharma'. There is no prayachitha for this. In my view, normally no sensible man will do this.

    3. Regarding mike, we can pray only the Almighty. It should be alright. If there is any problem, it will really irritate the singers. You can not blame them. In situations like this bhagavathas may increase their bhakthi bhava and try to subside their dissatisfaction. Nothing more can be done. Only the organizers are the final victims.

    3. The main thread of 'bhajan' is group singing. I agree with you that the singers, accompaniments and audience are to be closely placed. In olden days we could implement this fully due to the fact that there were only a handful of people were there in any bhajan. Even in Alangudi it was like that. Without mike, Mayavaram Krishnamurthy bhagavathar will be singing continuously for hours together. Around him will be all of us. Now, the situation is different. The crowd is more in Alangudi Radhakalyanam. What we have adopted is a compromising formula. We shall try to improve further.
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    Radhakalyanam

    Dear RKRaman sir,
    Thank you for detailed reply. I fully agree with you.

    1. Even now I have seen Bhagavatha's like Sri Soundaram Bhagavathar, Thiruvisanallur Ramakrishna Bhagavathar does not require a mike. Mike or no mike their sound quality and energy levels are same.
    2. I have not seen ThiruvaidaiMarudur Venkatarama Bhagavathar using the sound systems

    However we must admit that things are changing. But we should not buck under pressure to change the sambiradhyams and tradition. More thalam, more people singing - we get more vibrations. Another suggestion being that when you introduce or honour an artist the same should be done by another senior Bhagavathar. This will bring moral responsibility for a senior bhagavathar to attend the full bhajan of the artist that he introduces. I had seen that Sengottah Hari Bhagavathar being introduced by one of your organisers.

    For example when we arranged for Radhakalyanam, though I know Sri Soundaram Bhagavathar very well, I have asked Sri Ravi Bhagavathar to introduce him to the audience. Sri Ravi Bhagavathar was present for the whole 5 hour session

    Today -Sri Bothendral Jayanthi and I miss Govindapuram very much. My uncle is one of the trustee there

    Regards , Patham Iyer
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    Radhakalyanam

    Radhekrishna !
    We take due care at Alangudi to ensure that sampradhayam does not get affected. I share your concern on this. When some rules are framed by some godly men, we need to honour them in the interest of preservation of our valued tradition. There is nothing like sampradhaya bhajan. The right analogy for this is 'balanced diet'. We won't get bored. Our concentration remains intact even if the bhajan goes on for hours together.

    We should not forget the services of old timers likeThiruvaidaiMarudur Venkatarama Bhagavathar in namasankeerthan. Our salutations to them. Regarding introduction of Sri.Shenkottai Hari, we just did it. There was no other senior at that time who knows about him at Alangudi.

    Here, we need to tell something about the talent of Sri.Shenkottai Hari. He is a gifted artist of highest caliber. We all know that no one can match Udayalur Kalyanaraman. We have mutual affection. We use to call Sri.Shenkottai Hari as 'Chinna Kalyanam'. Next to Udayalur, he will prove to be the most wanted artist in the years to come. His co-singer Sri.Kumar is equally talented, like 'briga' balu for Udayalur.

    As namasankeerthan movement is getting geared up in an unexpected pace, we need more and more such artists. We are always on the look out for such people. Let us work for upholding our cherished culture.

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    Radhakalyanam

    Sengottah Hari is indeed talented. He is chinna Haridass and not Kalyanam.
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    Shenkottai Hari

    Radhekrishna !
    Oh ! Good. This is still a better honour. He deserves it. We need to encourage such young artists !
    rkraman
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    Radhakalyanam

    Dear Shri RK sir

    when you visit Bangalore please do let me know in advance. Also please get external USB storage drive- I like to share 45 GB video data of Radhakalyanam held privately in our house . We did that for family re-union at Bangalore with all over India/Abroad assembled in my house.
    Few clippings were uploaded by my son in Youtube. Earlier I have shared the Link thread !!

    Regards, Patham Iyer
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