We know the story behind #NarasimhaJayanti. To summarise:
a. Hiranyakashipu, wants to avenge the killing of his brother Hiranyaksha by Lord Vishnu.
b. Does a long penance and gets a lot of boons from various Gods, the most important being from Brahma.
c. Predictably, Hiranyakashipu (HK) asks for immortality, but Brahma refuses. So, HK asks for the same thing (he thinks), but in a convoluted manner.
d. What is that? HK asks that he not be killed by ANY living entities created by Brahma (who created practically everything)
CR Acharya made it his life's mission to collect, catalogue and capture for posterity the rare and quickly disappearing dance compositions practised by the Devadasis in Andhra. #Simhanandini
His travels in remote villages in West Godavari brought him in contact with the Simhanandini and other dance forms that were distinct to temple traditions. He adopted and adapted them to the Kuchipudi form.
After Andal, if anyone expressed as much love for Krishna in Tamil literature, it was Bharati! While his songs on Krishna are well known, his translation of the Bhagavad Gita is quite helpful, especially for beginners. #HBDBharathi
Several Bharati songs have found their way to movies, a lot of them in K Balachander movies. One of my favorites is Theertha Karaiyinile.
Bharati's muse Kannamma (Perhaps a female form of Kannan/Krishna) promised to meet him in the garden of Shenbaga flowers (Magnolia Champaca).
So, after plenty of recommendations, I finally got around to starting with the @HBO series #Chernobyl over the weekend, and watched the 3rd episode last night.
Before I go and elaborate, a shout-out to the creators @clmazin et al, for this scene.
@HBO@clmazin Let's look at the painting on the back wall, and its placement at this point in the episode.
What is this painting? What is its significance? #Thread
@HBO@clmazin Even while engrossed in the looming sense of doom, this painting stands out. I knew I had seen it somewhere during my time in Russia.
The painting is called Иван Грозный и сын его Иван 16 ноября 1581 года -
Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581
On Deepawali mornings, I'm reminded of the scene from the movie Aaha. That thatha going... "Andha 10000-wala va koluthi podu". #HappyDeepawali
Not too different from the rhythmic cracking of the 10000 wala, is the memory of Valayapatti setting the mood with his Thavil, as Namagiripettai Krishnan started with Gnana Vinaayakane, the sound I woke up to on Deepavali mornings.
Unlike other early mornings, this one wouldn't need prodding from the elders to wake you up. "No, Sir! Not today!". On Deepavali, Thavil and Nadhaswaram were enough to get you out of bed and good to go! So, off you went! Pattaasu awaits!
It’s that time of the year again! The 9 days of festivities, Navaratri is here! Celebrated in various parts of the country in various ways, the festival is special for several reasons. #Navratri#Navaratri2019#Thread
From the familiar golu in TN to Navaratri fasting concluding with the grand celebrations of Dasami or Dusshera depending on which part of India you're in, the festival is filled with lore, legend and backstories found in Itihasas and Puranas. #Navratri#Navaratri2019
Some of you may remember that last year during the 9 days of #Navratri, we spoke about 9 kritis of the Navavaranas dedicated to goddess Kamalaamba,composed by Muthuswami Dikshithar. Here’s the thread if you’d like to jog through it.
What is it that the so-called RW in India is often accused of? "A false sense of pride in India's past"? I have a feeling this meme fits that description with a slight modification.
Tamil Nadu has plenty to be proud of. In the present, it leads the country in terms of several important HDI indices, employment creation etc. etc. Historically, the architecture of its temples, schools of philosophy, cultural connect with SE Asia and so on.
As it is Navaratri season, (and since December is coming), thought I'd talk about something from the world of Carnatic music. Dikshithar's Kamalamba Navavarnas.
Before we start with the Navavarnas, themselves, a bit of background on Kamalamba/Kamalambigai, the Goddess of the Thyagaraja Temple at Thiruvaroor. Interestingly, there is a separate shrine for the wife of Thyagesa, Nilotpalamba.
But it's to Kamalamba that Dikshithar dedicated his Navavarnas. Perhaps he was inspired by the unique seated portrayal of the idol, with her legs crossed, probably the only such portrayal anywhere in India