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Think or sink!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Talking of the facial expression, the variety of expressions seen in the audience attending the concert can only be classified as navarasa.

The pouting paattis who get an opportunity to move out of their houses,

the self conscious girls sitting like brides in the wedding pandal,

the commoners who have no basic knowledge or infra structure to appreciate the complicated music but pretend to enjoy it,

the curious mamis exploring the latest design of sarees and jewels,

the day dreaming girls, the down to earth boys,

the very pleased V.I.Ps who are under daily focus...

These are more interesting than the expressions of the singer and the pucca vaadhyam performers.
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Raji Ram

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What I enjoy most is the 'thappu thALam' by some serious mAmAs, who pose as if they are experts in Carnatic music!! :D

Visalakshi Ramani

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So you are not attending any of these concerts in person..!!

When they are willing to come into our drawing room and perform for us, why travel far, get crushed and have a seat far away from the artist since the choicest rows would get filled up 3 to 4 hours before the concert begins?

Visalakshi Ramani

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Principle of stethoscope rediscovered!

A girl found out that when she speaks through the flexible hose used in the washing machines and vacuum cleaners, her deaf mother hears and understands her perfectly.

But when there is no speech going on, will the lady wind up the house round her neck and walk around like Shivani- a female version of Shiva?

Visalakshi Ramani

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Even the father of two famous performers does thappu thaalam - sitting right in front of them.
Poor fellows! They have to undo what is done by their father - while playing kalpana swarams.

Visalakshi Ramani

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When music which is closely related to Bhakti also gets associated with gnaanam, it becomes three dimensional.

Those who watched and listened to the concert of Sri. Vijay Shiva will understand my statement correctly.

He was radiating goodness and knowledge both when he spoke and sang.
His views on Satsang was very well expressed.

But some people underlined their ignorance by asking questions such as
"Whether the intellect should control the mind of the mind the intellect?" and
"Whether Atma and mind are one and the same!" and got prizes for asking such wonderful and original questions!

I was reminded of the popular proverb.
"Vidiya vidiya Raamaayanam kettu Seethaikku Raman chittappaa!" :rolleyes:

Visalakshi Ramani

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The Do-gooder!

I and my husband usually collect donations for the Palani Annadaana sangam and send the money by D.D. for Thaipposam day celebration.

We have been doing this for over 35 years. The receipt books will be sent well in advance say by end September or October first week.

Most of our friends and relatives keep aside money for this purpose.

This year the books had come by post when we were abroad.
The goodhearted neighbor strongly advised the postman to send back the books and the postman promptly obliged.

Now what will I tell my friends who are waiting eagerly to give their annual donations???

Raji Ram

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So you are not attending any of these concerts in person..!!
Dear TVK Sir,

I attend almost all the concerts of Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj, held in P S B B School, which is very near to our sweet home!

There are a few disadvantages in the concerts in an auditorium.

1. If we sit near some talkative person, he / she keeps on reporting the songs to someone in the family on cell phone.
Idea: The sabhas can ban the use of cell phones inside the auditorium. Fine may be collected towards their fund!! :popcorn:

2. Some mAmis torture us by gossiping about in-laws throughout the concert, to their friends sitting next to them.

Idea: The sabhas can give the kind of Halwaaaaa you made (of course FREE - who will buy it??) to keep them :tape: !

3. The thappu thALams by persons sitting nearby which are comedy to watch on TV will be irritating live!

Idea: The sabhas can request people NOT to help the artists with counting!

P.S: The best part of listening on the TV channel / PC is that we can munch something while listening! :hungry:

Raji Ram

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I forgot the most important disadvantage of listening to the concerts in auditoriums.
The volume control is NOT in our hands. Most of the sabhas tend to keep a blasting volume, which is sure to tear my ear drums. :drum:

I went for the concert by a maestro - who usually gives only one concert per year but agreed to give the second one during this year,

just for the sake of the famous organizers - where the volume was very high! To my surprise, none other than me was feeling any

discomfort! I could see many smiling faces too on the closed circuit T V screen. I thought, 'May be, by listening to i-pod music in high
volume, most of the Sing. Chennai-ites have become partially deaf!! :horn:

I usually take two cotton balls when I go to our dear sabha, which is no exception form others! :grouphug:

Visalakshi Ramani

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It is a rare coincidence that Sri. Unnikrishnan will be singing about the ShaNmadam or The six religions which figured in our discussion very recently.
ShaNmalam which are the six defects of the mind sound so similar to ShaNmadam and even by the meaning of madam many people are sure to get confused between ShaNmadam and ShaNmalam.

Visalakshi Ramani

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Priya sisters' concert was cut short in the middle.
On the previous day we missed the whole concert!
Nice to catch up with them as quickly as possible! :)

Visalakshi Ramani

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It is a welcome change to see mamis and ladies come to the concerts wearing colorful beads and shining crystals.

Of course if they come wearing gold or silver, they will get lady-napped and end up losing much more than mere jewelry.

Good that they have changed with the changing culture and rising price of noble metals.

Still I feel that some of them are overdoing it by wearing too many strands of beads or
crystals too big for their body size and volume!

Balancing the things correctly is an art for sure!

I can't help smiling when I think about how my wearing Crystals was greeted with queer expressions and disapproval when I started wearing them nearly 18 years ago! :rolleyes:

Visalakshi Ramani

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Zebra sari including the shocking pink solor looks great on the platform worn by the artists.
But when a mami in the audience wears it, she gives us a genial initial shock and stands out like a sore thumb and eventually ends up becoming and eye sore too!

Raji Ram

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IMHO, only a thin row of crystals / beads looks good. It is repulsive to see huge ones / multiple rows! :bolt:

P.S: I rarely wear the tiny red or green crystals, though I have fixed small gold pendants with matching stones!

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