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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tamilnadu Music and Fine Arts University- Search Committee's concealment of UGC's provision for Music University


First document:- Search Committee's announcement calling for applications from prospective candidates for Vice Chancellorship.
Second document :- UGC's special option for eligibility of VC candidates.

University Grants Commission has awarded special eligibility for Professorship of Music University by recognising 10 years service of A grade awarded by Prasarbharathi (All India Radio and Doordarshan) in the place of/instead of  PhD or even Honorary Doctorate. This wonderful option has been provided by the University Grants Commission with an intention of paving way for deserving musicians and dancers for assuming the position of Vice Chancellor.

The Search Committee has taken it upon itself to alter rules (first document). It's a different matter altogether if the committeee had enhanced the given norms, instead they have shockingly concealed a vital provision gifted by University Grants Commission to Music Universities.
Thanks to the autocratic and audacious action of the Search Committee in hiding the provision awarded by none other than University Grants Commission, the fields of Carnatic music and Bharathanatyam have lost a golden opportunity in rightfully applying for the post of Vice Chancellor of Tamilnadu Music and Fine Arts University.

It is extremely shocking, sad and unfortunate that a provision framed exclusively for music universities has not found mention in the Search Committeee's invitation calling for applications of VC candidates, instead the provision has been suppressed and concealed by the Search Committee, headed by none other than Padmabhushan/Sangitha Kalanidhi awardee and Founder of Samudhaya Foundation ( an organisation that reportedly addresses social issues) Sudha Ragunathan-thereby depriving artistes from the fields of  the Carnatic music and Bharathanatyam of holding the post of Vice Chancellor of Tamilnadu Music and Fine Arts University.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Tamilnadu Music and Fine Arts University (Part 1)




SUBMITTING PROPOSAL FOR CREATION OF TAMILNADU MUSIC AND FINE ARTS UNIVERSITY TO FORMER/LATE CHIEF MINISTER IN HER CHAMBERS (SECRETARIAT)

The month of June, 2012...Secretariat
While adjusting the files and folders gingerly on my lap I ran and reran all the important points in my mind for the umpteenth time - points vital in convincing CM for the creation of an  exclusive University for music and fine arts. 
Seconds rolled heavily into minutes. I vaguely observed the rich furniture as the freezing temperature in the wood pannelled room  increased my nervousness. I shivered, wishing somebody would adjust the temperatures in the split air conditioners in the room. There was the usual hub of voices of partymen and other visitors talking in respectful whispers as the wall clock ticked audibly. Uniformed staff of the catering service moved about silently serving coffeee and snacks.
The room door opened swiftly and a group of officials walked in hurriedly towards me. There was a sudden hush as whispered conversations around me stilled instantly. I knew it was my turn and my heart skipped a beat.
A man came forward to hasten me, " Madam..." Before he could finish his sentence I stood up hastily holding on to my files and folders.
Smiling a bye at the other visitors in the room I walked fast behind the group of men as they led me to the huge closed doors of CM's chambers.
Top brass of the police department, ruling party members, photographers with cameras, media persons  and bureaucrats stood in attendance around the doorway and a few smiled at me by way of greeting me. 
I looked around anxiously for my bouquet which was taken away for security check ."Where's my bouquet?" I asked a security officer. Before he could reply a hand reached out the bouquet to me while the CM's chamber doors opened wide. A sudden flurry of activity took place as photographers and media persons hurriedly entered CM's chambers to take their respective places. Tense looking officials rushed towards me and hastened me , "please go, please go...." another voice whispered, " don't take too long, please finish quickly" I turned to look at him sharply recognising the unfriendliness in his voice. I shot him a half smile conveying effectively that I knew of his disfavour of my meeting.
In no time I was in front of Amma, her brilliant complexion and charisma taking my breath away as usual. She smiled warmly, her eyes shining with love and affection for me.  " Please come, please come...." She said in her characteristically loud and clear voice. I moved hastily towards her and handed her the bouquet. Smiling, she took it from me and asked me to face the photographers for the customary photo session. Flashes went off instantly after which the media persons were led out of the chambers.
Amma gestured towards her table and I seated myself opposite her. 
"So, how have you been?" She asked me in her striking voice, looking confident, happy and supremely self-assured.
" Fine Madam. I wanted to meet you to request you for something ".
She smiled indulgently, as a mother would at a daughter or an elder sister would at a younger sister, " Please tell me".
Always feeling encouraged, loved and happy by her affection for me I got up to handover the folders and files which I had prepared with great care for the creation of an exclusive University for Music and Fine Arts.
" Madam, I request you to create an exclusive and unique university for music and fine arts. You are an exemplary artist and a dynamic leader and it is my ardent wish that this University should be founded by you. This university will cover music and also every other subject that comes under fine arts. The university will provide job opportunities to so many deserving musicians and artists. Tamilnadu is a culturally rich state and the  mega December music season  that is conducted in Chennai every year is internationally renowned which is why a music and fine arts university should be founded in the city of Chennai. It is my wish that this University should be created by none other than you." I finished my monologue quickly, making best of the time constraint.
Amma listened intently and nodded " Hmm.." 
She quickly ran through the first few pages of a file containing details of various music & fine arts universities all over the world, putting it aside she looked at a couple of other folders that contained supportive documents and material.
Keenly watching her I racked my brain for more convincing reasons to bring about an exclusive University for music and fine arts.
Amma looked up suddenly, " I can't go through all this now. I will read later."
My heart sank low worried that Amma was probably not impressed with the idea.  I leaned forward anxiously determined to press forth my proposal.
"Actually Madam...."
She cut me short, " Done...."
I looked at her uncertainly.
She smiled at my confusion, " It will be done. Concerned secretary will be in touch with you." She added
"We will have a detailed meeting very soon."
Ringing a bell she summoned a photographer inside to click the action of myself handing over the documents to her. 
"We should record important occasions. The University will happen soon." She smiled, her nod indicating that it is time for me leave.
I got up feeling dazed. I couldn't believe that  Amma had agreed so promptly and readily and that too without any fuss or pomposity for the formation of a Music&Fine Arts University! 
 A slow smile began to spread on my face and I could see that she caught the excitement which was writ all over my face. She laughed and said with soft emphasis, "Very very soon!!"
Heady promise indeed! Celebration time!! I promised myself a huge ice cream....
Tamilnadu Music and Fine Arts University was about to be born!!!!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Madurai Meenakshi temple FIRE....

Goddess Meenakshi, Rajamathangi is the main deity for Mercury and Veena. Fire broke out in Her temple a couple of days ago, around lunar eclipse......Assault on Veena, retaliation from Goddess Meenakshi, Rajamathangi.......

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam CONCLUSION ( wedding chapter 436-446)



436) BHAGAVATHKRUTHASHANMAASAAVADHIKAAGASTHYAASHRAMAVAASA PRATHIGNYAA

Padmaavathyanugo Devo Brahmarudraadikairyuthaha
Suvarnamukhareem Praapya Thathra Vaasamakalpayath!!

Meaning: LORD SRINIVASA TAKES AN OATH TO RESIDE IN SAGE AGASTHYA'S HERMITAGE FOR 6 MONTHS

Lord Srinivasa along with Goddess Padmavathi, Lord Brahma and Lord Rudra travelled towards River Suvarna Mukhari...

437) Shanmaasaavadhi Lakshmeesho 'Deekshithoham Mahaamathey!
Na Shailaraajamaaroha' Mithi Nischithya Devaraat!
Agasthyabhavanam Gathvaa Thathra Vaasamakalpayath!!

Meaning: ....and vowed that He would not enter Seshalam for 6 months and would reside in the Hermitage of Sage Agasthya.

438) SVAAVAASAM PRATHI BHAGAVATHKRUTHADEVAADIPREYSHANAM
Devaan Sampreyshayaamaasa Svadhaamaani Vrishaakapihi!
Brahmaadeenaam Suraanaancha Muneenaamoordhveythasaam!!

Meaning: SENDING LORD BRAHMA AND ALL THE DEVAS TO THEIR RESPECTIVE PLACES
Lord Srinivasa according to the status of Lord Brahma, the Devas and the pious monks who have conquered their sensory organs.....

439) Dadau Vasthram Yadaayogyam Bhagavaan Bhakthavathsalaha
Theynaagnyapthaa Jagaddhaathraa Jagmurlokam Svakam Suraaha!!

Meaning: ......Lord Srinivasa felicitated them with suitable garments. On being ordered  by the Lord to go to their respective residences the Deva-clan started to take leave and depart.....

440) Rushayashcha Thaporanyam Jagmurnaaraayanaagnyayaa!
Lakshmeerjagaama Raajendra! Karaveerapuram Thadaa!!

Meaning: Deciding to obey the orders of Lord Narayana, the holy sages prepared to leave for the woods that suited their purposes. Goddess Lakshmi left for Karaveera Puram (KOLHAPUR).

441) Mahothsavam Thanvanubhooya Devathaaha
Brahmeshapoorvaaha Samaharshi Saththamaaha!
Jagmuhu Savakam Dhaama Mahaanubhaavaha
Raajendrapoojyam Prashashamsuraadaraath!!

Meaning: The entire clan of Deva Loka (Celestial World), great personages and all the pious monks and sages witnessed the celestial wedding of Lord Srinivasa who was the King of Kings. They all returned to their places singing praises of the Lord.

442) Gathey Devaganey Thathra Thvagasthyanilayam Gathaha!
Bhunjaano Bhogamathulam Thathraascha Bhagavaan Harihi!!

 Meaning: After seeing off the last of the Deva-clan, Lord Srinivasa entered the Harmitage of Sage Agasthya and lived there enjoying the tranquil bliss.

443) VIVAAHAADHYAAYA PHALASHRUTHIHI
Shathaanandaha:-
Vivaahaadhyaayamahaathmyam Ye Shrunvanthi Janeshvara!
Theyshaam Bhaagyodayam Vakshye Shrunu Raajan! Savistharam!!

 Meaning: THE BENEFITS OF LISTENING TO THE WEDDING CHAPTER OF SRI VENKATACHALA MAHATHYAM

Shathananda said:-
O King! Please listen to the wonderful benefits and fortune of listening to this sacred wedding chapter.

444) Kotikanyaapradaanena Yaavadbhoomipradaanathaha!
Yathphalam Labhathey Dehi Thathphalam Shravanaadaraath!!

Meaning: ...the chanting of this chapter is equal to giving away one crore maidens in marriage ("Kanya Daanam") and one crore lands ( "Bhu Daanam") in charity.

445)Ye Uthsavam Kaarayanthi Vaivaaham Venkateshithuhu!
Thasyothsavo Bhaveydraajan! Venkateshaprasaadathaha!!

Meaning:
Devotees who chant the wedding chapter of Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam will get married favourably.

446) Ithi They Kadhitham Raajan! Vivaahacharitham Hareyhe
Shrunuyaachraavayedvaapi Sarvaabheeshta Mavaapnuyaath!
Shubhadam Shrunvathaanchaiva Sarveshaam Mangalapradam!!

Meaning: O King! I have told you the wonderful benefits of chanting or listening to the wedding chapter of Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam. Those who either listen or chant will be blessed by good fortune and all their wishes will be granted/ fructified. The most fortunate events will manifest for those who either listen or chant this sacred wedding chapter. Speaking thus, Shathananda concluded  his discourse of the celestial wedding chapter to King Janaka,

THE CONCLUSION OF THE GRAND CELESTIAL WEDDING IN THE 11TH CHAPTER OF SRI VENKATACHALA MAHATHYAM!!

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam ( wedding chapter 412-435)

                   LORD SRINIVASA GODDESS PADMAVATHI CELESTIAL WEDDING

412) Sreenivaasaha:-
Nrupa! Vaakyam Shrunu Mama Kaaryasya Mahathee Thvaraa!!

Meaning:  ....after listening to the King, Lord Srinivasa told him gently,' Please listen to me, I have very urgent wok....

413) Thasmaadaagnyaancha Mey Dehi Raajamsthey Syaath Krupaa Mayi
Ithyukthvaa Vaasudevasthu Garudaskandhamaasthithaha!!

Meaning:  ......If you have concern for me kindly permit me to leave!" saying that Lord Srinivasa mounted Garuda.

414) Jagaama Bhagavaan Saakshaath Sarvadeva Samanvithaha
Aakulaaha Vyaakulaassarvey Nagarasthaa Janaasthadhaa
Praakaaragopuraaroodhaaha Pashyanthaha Svadrushaavadan!!

Meaning:  Lord Srinivasa departed along with the Devaas. All the citizens who were standing on the walls, towers and everywhere became upset while watching the scenario.

415) Janaaha:-
Dhanyaa Raajakulothpannaa Padmaa Kamalalochanaa
Anugachchathi Govindam Pashyathethi Parasparam!!

Meaning:  Citizens:
 " Goddess Padmavathi who is aristocratic and hailed from the royal lineage is extremely fortunate!! A wonderful sight to behold is Her departure in the company of Lord Srinivasa!" The common people conversed among themselves.

416) PADMAAVATHEE SREENIVAASAYO RVIYANRUPAPREYSHITHA PAARIBARHAADIHI

Thadaa Dadau Mahaaraajaha Paaribarham Shriyahapatheyhe
Thandulaan Shaalisambhoothaan Vrushabhaanaam Radhopari!!

Meaning: KING OF THE SKY (AAKAASHA RAJA) SENDING WEDDING GIFTS FOR PADMAVATHI AND SRINIVASA

The King of the Sky ( Aakaasha Raja) presented the bridegroom with aristocratic gifts such as a 100 measures of high variety rice placed on a chariot run by cows.....

417) Aaropya Preyshayaamaasa Shatham Khaareerviyanrupaha
Mudgaan Goswamisamroodhaan Thrimshathkhaareerdadau Hareyhe!!

Meaning:  300 measures green gram placed on bulls full of vigour.....

418) Gudabhaaram Mahaanthancha Thinthrineebhaarameva Cha
Payoghatasahasraani Dadhibhaandashathaani Cha!!

Meaning:  Innumerable measures of jaggery, tamarind, thousands of milk pots, hundreds of curd pots.....

419) SahasraardhamGhruthaapoorna Charmapaathraani Sarshapaan
Meydhikaan Hingulavana Thilapaathraani Chaiva Hi!!

Meaning: 500 vessels made of skin and filled with pure ghee, vessels filled with mustard seeds, fenugreek, asafoetida, salt, sesame seeds.......

420) Thadhaa Sharkarayaa Poorna Ghataamsthu Dvey Shathey Thadhaa
Vaarthaakam Choothakadalee Phalajambeerakaani Cha!!

Meaning:  200 pots filled with sugar, brinjals, mangoes, plantains, lemons.....

421) Kooshmaandakandamoolani Mareechaamalakaani Cha
Madhubhaandashathey Dvey Cha Rambhaakaashtachayaamsthadhaa!!

Meaning: ...pumpkin, yam, chillies, gooseberries, 200 honeycombs, innumerable trunks of bananas......

422) Rambhaathvachascha Raajendra! Pathraanaam Nichayam Thadhaa
Ashvaanaamayutham Dathvaa Gajaanaancha Sahasrakam!!

Meaning:  ....innumerable rows of branches containing plantains,  10,000 raw bananas, 10,000 horses, thousands of elephants.....

423) Dhenoonaam Panchasaahasram Avikaanaam Shatham Thadhaa
Daaseenaam Dvey Shathey Raajan! Daasaanaam Thrishatham Thadhaa!!

Meaning: .....5,000 cows, hundreds of sheep, 200 maid servants, 300 male attendants.....

424) Vasthraani Vividhaanyaashu Paryankam Rathnabhooshitham
Upabarham Rathnayutham Paaribarhena Samyutham!!

Meaning:  .....varieties of garments, cot studded with rare and precious gemstones, pillos studded embedded with gems and carrying many other gifts that are meant to be given during a wedding.....

425) Evamaadeena Vasthooni Gruheethvaa Nrupasaththamaha
Puthrena Sahitho Raajaa Sreenivaasaparaayanaha!!

Meaning:  ....the King along with his son approached Lord Srinivasa, intently meditating on His Lotus Feet.

426) Aakaasharajo Dharmagnyaha Sreenivaasasya Sannidhim
Aagathaha Shvashuram Drushtvaa Choththasdhau Jagadeeshvaraha!!

Meaning:   King Aakaasha approached the Lord. Lord Srinivasa stood up on seeing His father-in-law.


427) VIYANRUPASYA SREENIVAASADUTTA SVABHAKTHI NAIRANTHARYAROOPAVARAPRAAPTHIHI

Sreenivaasaha:-

Dooraadhvaanam Mahaaraaja! Kimardham Thvam Samaagathaha
Daathavyam Kim Nrupasreshtha! Thava Puthrasya Meynagha!!

Meaning:  LORD SRINIVASA GRANTING  BOON TO KING OF THE SKIES, KING AAKAASHA THAT HE SHOULD HAVE UNWAVERING DEVOTION  TOWARDS HIMSELF.

Srinivasa: O King! Why did you come this far?? What else have you got to offer myself who is like a son to you?

428) Kanyaa Dutta Suthaha Praapthaha Sukrutham Kim Kruthamthvayaa?
Santhoshashchaathulaha Praaptho Mama Thaatha Na Samshayaha!!

Meaning:  "You have left your daughter and have earned a son! You have committed such good deeds and are sinless and pious! It is beyond doubt that you have made me very happy by your actions.....

429) Kim They Manogatham Raajan! Thanmamaachakshva Bhoopathey!
Sandeham Maa Kurushvaathra Daanaadaaney Maheepathey
Vaasudeva Vachaha Shruthva Vaasudevamabhaashatha!!

Meaning:  ......Please speak what is in your mind. Please do not hesitate regarding giving and taking" as the Lord expressed thus Aakasha Raaja said....

430) Raajaa:-
Sarvamangalamasmaakam Thvathprasaadena Keshava!
Naanyadyaachey Jaganmaadha! Thava Paadasaroruhey!!

Meaning: The King said,  "Srinivasa!  Dueto your Grace and Blessings we are all fine! I have nothing more to pray for at the Lotus Feet of Thyself....

431) Bhakthim Dehyachalaam Krishna! Sakutumbasya Meynagha!
Thachchruthvaa Vachanam Thasya Shvashurasya Mahaathmanaha!!

Meaning: Krishna! Bless me and my family to enjoy the blissful  tranquility of devotion towards Thyself"" Lord Srivasa's father-in-law prayed thus...

432) Duttavaanasya Saayujyam Aakaashanrupatheysthadaa!
Syaalakasya Dadau Vasthram Svaangasdham Madhusoodanaha!!

Meaning: Granting  His father-in-law Oneness with Himself,  Lord Srinivasa presnted the silk shawl adorning His body to His brother-in-law.

433) Jaamaathraa Cha Samaagnyapthaha Puthreebhavana Mabhyagaath!
"Puthree! Gachchaami Nagaram Viharasva Haripriye"!!

Meaning: Receiving such orders from the Lord, King Aakashaa entered the private quarters of his daughter, Goddess Padmavathi and said, " O Daughter! I am returning to my town. You become the beloved of Lord Srinivasa....

434) Shayaney Sreenivaasasya Shayanam Kuru Mangaley!
Ithi Raajaa Saanthvayithvaa Puthreem Kamalalochanaam!!

Meaning: ..... you adorn the bed of Lord Srinivasa" as King Aakaasha ordered his daughter affectionately....

435) Shashaasa Saa Svapithroktham Sheeghram Maadhavamabhyagaath!
Rudan Gadgadakanthena Jagaama Nagaram Nrupaha!!

Meaning: Obeying her father's orders Goddess Padmavathi approached Lord Srinivasa. King Aakashaa left for his hometown with a heavy heart.