Krishna Jayanti greetings to all

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Antique portrait of my ancestor, Thanjavur Maratha King Shivaji II paying homage to Navaneeta Krishna at National Museum, Delhi.

Maratha period Tanjore style,Tamil Nadu circa A.D 1825-50, Cloth pasted on wood 79*60 cm. This image of the child Krishna, seated on his golden throne with the pot of butter in his tiny hands, widely known as Navaneeta Krishna, is the most loved theme of Tanjore artists. Here the plump child Krishna is more a lovable baby, rather than a divine image. He delights with his child-like innocence, mischief in eyes and his bewitching smile.Under the arch on Krishna’s right stands the Tanjore Maratha ruler King Shivaji II who ruled from 1832- 1855 A.D and led Tanjore arts to great heights. @ National Museum, New Delhi

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My views on ex Navy chief’s statement

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Respected Arun Prakash ji (Ex Navy chief),

Appreciate and respect your views. But our culture differs when compared our country with other countries. Our India is famous for ancient temples, history, literature, arts and heritage monuments, that cannot be neglected nor ignored. It gives our country an identity and our country is unique. We should not compare it with others as all are special and unique in their own way. We have rich roots, we are not those without spines or back bones to ignore our past and concentrate in present without knowing our past or roots of origin. It is not waste of time nor will distract when someone talks about our pride. According to survey, there are less people who shows interest in our country’s heritage or temples etc and if someone talks, he/she talks for a cause, talks for spreading its importance and for an awareness purpose/reasons. They do it voluntary, they don’t even get paid or only few get less pay for talking about it or for spreading awareness on it. Well, we are also well developed in terms of technology and AI. Both are well balanced. I don’t think so it will be waste of time or may distract when talking about something where people have interest in/for their respected field or area.


Gift from my cab driver at Delhi. Scroll down to see Tanjore paintings displayed at Delhi National Museum.

Yesterday my cab driver gifted me this stunning gold-plated Indian national flag brass lapel pin. He pinned it on my chest with pride. I asked him the reason… He told Independence Day is coming in few days and yesterday (5/8/2019) article 370 had been revoked and J & K has become a part of our country. He seemed to be a true Desh bhakth. I thanked him and after dropping me at the Delhi airport, he told to keep this flag as a remembrance of my stay in Delhi and also told me that this historical bill was passed when i was here in Delhi as their guest (he was indicating the co incidence). His devotion towards our country was admirable. We ended our conversation after saying “JAI HIND, JAI BHARATH”.

Indira Gandhi International airport,Delhi 👇

View from flight.
Tanjore plate at TamilNadu house, New Delhi.

India Gate 👇

National Museum, Delhi 👇

Musical instruments, Veena and its types.

Paid tribute to my ancestor- King Serfoji II at National Museum,Delhi.

There are lots of antique Tanjore paintings and my ancestor’s portraits displayed for public there.Whenever you visit Delhi, never forget to visit National Museum.

The court of King Serfoji II of Tanjore, Maratha period Tanjore style,early 19th century cloth pasted on wood, 130 * 111 cm with frame.

King Shivaji II with his two queens.

Equestrian portrait of King Shivaji II of Thanjavur.Maratha period Tanjore style,circa 1840.

Durbar of King Serfoji II. Maratha period Tanjore style, Tamilnadu, early 19th century cloth pasted on wood and gold foil, 163* 196 cm with frame.

King Serfoji II of Thanjavur worshipping Rama and Sita in his Palace Shrine. Maratha period Tanjore style,Tamil Nadu early 19th century.Decorated with gold foil and cloth pasted on wood, 33*23 cm.
King Shivaji II paying homage to Navaneeta Krishna. Maratha period Tanjore style, Tamilnadu circa A.D 1825-50.

Tanjore painting of a women feeding her baby, early 19th century.
Thanjavur Brihadeshwara temple, company style mid 19th century.

To experience the real beauty of those paintings, you have to visit National Museum Delhi atleast once in your life time. History and art lovers, add this museum to your visiting list.

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Met Kolhapur Yuvraj and Rajya Sabha MP, Sambhaji Chhatrapati Kaka Raje.

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Met Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan recipient Saroja Vaidyanathan at Delhi.

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Happy Friendship day to all. King Serfoji II’s friendship with Kings of other dynasties.

Happy friendship day to all.

Swati Thirunal Maharaj of Travancore kept contact with King Serfoji II even before he came to the throne and exchanged scholars,musicians and even their personal compositions. The above portrait of king Serfoji II in the photo (first half) was painted by Raja Ravi Varma.

King Serfoji II’s portrait was gifted to king frederik VI (second half first image in the photo) who was the king of Denmark and Norway. The gifted portrait of King Serfoji II is today seen at National Museum of Denmark.

Portrait of Raja Serfoji II (1777-1832) gifted to King Frederik VI (1768-1839). Photo: John Lee. National Museum of Denmark ( Dc.197).

Nawab of Udayagiri gifted King Serfoji II a falcon which is told to be one of his favorite falcon. The image of the falcon is at Tmssml (Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Sarasvati Mahal library).

King Serfoji II invited European dignitaries and the Thondaman Rajah of Pudukottai to witness his Cheeta’s and falcon’s hunt.

Nawab of Arcot visited Thanjavur Palace during the reign of King Serfoji II and a salvo of 21 guns was fired from the ramparts in honour of the Nawab.

Falcon, one of the birds of King Serfoji II. The Nawab of Udayagiri presented it for the King to Bhujanga Rao and Hari Rao when they were sent to Hyderabad.

King Serfoji II had a real judge of a horse, a cool head and a deadly shot of the tiger. He had the Urdu book on Falconry “Bajinamah” which deals with the treatment of diseases of birds translated into Marathi.

The British had given high regard to King Serfoji II. He was included as an Honorary member of Royal Asiatic society of Great Britain and Iceland. In 1827 there were only four foreign dignitaries who were honorary members in the society, they are:

1. His royal highness the Duke of Orleans.
2. His majesty the king of Oude
3. His royal highness Abbas Mirza, Prince of Persia.
4. His highness the Rajah of Tanjore.

It is a pride to note that Raja Serfoji had the opportunity to hold this High
position in those days.

This shows that King Serfoji II maintained friendship with the dignitaries of various kingdoms during his time.

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Muslim King Nawab Ahmad Ali Khan gifted Thanjavur Maratha King Tulaja II a Ostrich bird for becoming the king of Thanjavur. The ostrich birds were not available those days in India.


Met Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan recipient Saroja Vaidyanathan at Delhi.

With the most fabulous bharatanatyam dancers of Delhi, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan recipient Saroja Vaidyanathan and her grand daughter, Dakshina Vaidyanathan.

Attended the bharatanatyam recital of their 11 years old Japanese student. Her name is Kaname Tomiyasu, she was learning at their institute for three years, as her father was working in India. Last year her father moved back to Japan and then she started learning from them through Skype. She did her Arangetram last year before she left to Japan. The institute organised a program for her today. Admired by the passion she has on our Indian classical dance form- Bharatanatyam. Was so happy to know that Japanese people (especially women) are so enthusiast on our Indian classical arts and culture. I witnessed most of the japanese crowd in the program were observing the dance so interestingly that they lost themselves (engrossed).

Met Dakshina akka after many years and thanks to her for inviting me for this wonderful program. Missed Sangeet Natak Akademi Award recipient Rama Vaidyanathan mam today.

Got nominated for MePadvidhar award for Literature category

After seeing my three days old nephew at Maternity section of Pune Cloudnine hospital, I got this good news (posted above) within few hours 😃.

Babies are always lucky to me and i love them a lot ❤💕. Reaching upto this heights in my own efforts, facing struggles and challenges etc- is a big thing to me.

Particapate– What may come the result. Participate, Learn and Explore. What all you need in life is Exposure, Knowledge and what you learn from an event you participate or from the place or surroundings where you are in. Medals, Awards or Rewards are not so important than the exposure or knowledge you gain. Learning or Participating has no any age limit.

I thank to almighty goddess Bhavani, lord Shiva and to my ancestors for their blessings and supporting me throughout my endeavours and initiatives.

Got nominated for MePadvidhar award for Literature category.

Jai Maharashtra!
வாழ்க வளமுடன்!
Jai Bhavani!
Serfoji Maharaj ki jai!
Jai Shahaji Raje!
Jai Shivaray!
Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj ki Jai!

Muslim King Nawab Ahmad Ali Khan gifted Thanjavur Maratha King Tulaja II a Ostrich bird for becoming the king of Thanjavur. The ostrich birds were not available those days in India.

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Muslim King Nawab Ahmad Ali Khan gifted Thanjavur Maratha King Tulaja II a Ostrich bird after his coronation as the king of Thanjavur. The ostrich birds were not available those days in India.

After the demise of King Pratap Singh (ruled Thanjavur from 1740-1763 A.D), his son Tulaja II became his successor. Many kings wished him and presented him gifts after his coronation. The king got one strange gift which was not available in India that time. That was a bird, it was so amazing and was described as an
unprecedented bird whose legs height were approximately one and a half than human being’s height, like a camel’s leg. That time it was a new attractive bird for people. Muslim king Nawab Ahmad Ali Khan gifted this bird called Ostrich along with other gift, which was prodigious in those days.

King Pratap Singh.
Royal procession of King Tulaja II.

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तंजावरचे सहावे नरेश प्रतापसिंह राजे भोसले हे शके १६८५, स्वभानुनाम संवत्सरास (दिनांक १६ डिसेंबर १७६३)मृत्यू पावले. त्यांच्यानंतर त्यांचे पुत्र तुळजाजी राजे हे सत्ताधीश झाले. याच शकांत त्यांचा राज्याभिषेक देखील झाला. कुणा राजाच्या राज्याभिषेकानंतर त्याला इतर सत्ताधीशांनी शुभचिंतन करून काही भेटवस्तु पाठवावयाचा प्रघात आहे. तद्नुसार तुळजाजी महाराज सिंहासनाधीश झाल्यावर नवाब महम्मदअल्ली खानाने राजांना भेटवस्तुदाखल काही वस्त्रप्रावरणे तर पाठविलीच; परंतु एक अनोखी म्हणावी की नये या द्विधा मन:स्थितीत पडायला लावणारी एक आणखी भेट पाठविली. ती भेट म्हणजे- शहामृग!

आश्चर्य वाटले ना? वस्तुत: पशुपक्षी भेटीत देणे एकवेळ गृहित धरले, तरीदेखिल शहामृगासारखा तत्कालीन भारतात सहसा न आढळणारा पक्षी देणे हे तेव्हा आश्चर्यजनकच होते. या शहामृगाबद्दल वर्णन करताना म्हटले आहे,”मुतरमुरूग म्हणणार येक अपूर्व पाखरू थोर दिड मनुष्यप्रमाण उंच त्याचे पाय उंठासारिखे ऐसे पाखरू पाठविले…” याचाच अर्थ त्या काळात हा पक्षी हिन्दुस्थानात नवखाच असून, त्याबद्दल लोकांत आकर्षण देखील होते. ते असले, तरी असल्या भन्नाट भेटी देणारे तत्कालीन लोकांच्या बुध्दीचे कौतुक वाटते, हेही खरे!

संदर्भ: तंजावरचा शिलालेख अथवा श्रीमद्भोसलेवंश चरित्र

I bow to Sucheta Chapekar ji for her work she did on my ancestors and also to her team who had performed worldwide on their (my ancestor’s) work.

I bow to a person for their work they had done independently, achieved facing challenges, struggles etc. I respect them for their hard work, moral values, inbuilt qualities and dedication they show in their work or profession. I don’t bow to someone for their by-born rank, gender, discriminating attitude or for the community/caste they belong to or for their official positions or rankings. Things that you had achieved independently and the way how you treat waiters or sweepers determines you and respect is gained on how you respect or treat others.

Sucheta bhide chapekar is one of the renowned and well known bharatanatyam dancer in Pune, Maharashtra. Her Guru late Parvati Kumar ji had visited Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu), did research on my ancestor’s work on bharatanatyam, penned compositions, choreographies etc and with the help of the Maharashtra government he published the book titled ‘Thanjavur Nrutya Prabandha’ in the year 1958. This book is one of the rarest book on my ancestor’s work that exist even today. Her guru had faced lots of challenges, difficulties while the process he underwent for bringing out this beautiful book (mentioned in the book preface by the author Parvati Kumar ji himself) which acts as a main source and reference for many classical art scholars and researchers today. The copy of that book is very difficult to find in South India or even in Maharashtra.

Guru Dr Sucheta chapekar is among few who have researched Tanjore Maratha ruler’s Marathi compositions. She presented the first recital of ‘Tanjavur Nritya Prabandha’ way back in 1972 in Mumbai with her Guru Parvati Kumar ji.
Since then her students performed these compositions in all over the world. They had put their efforts to promote and show the work of my ancestors in the field of classical dance to the world. Many classical dancers in Tamilnadu or South are not aware of those marathi compositions nor show interest in it. They are busy performing their own modern choreographies or compositions. There are only few who show interest and perform on compositions or padas of Maratha scholar kings of Thanjavur or on their repertoire.

I officially bow to Sucheta Chapekar ji for her work she did on my ancestors and also to her team who had performed worldwide on their (my ancestor’s) work.

I thank Arundhati Patwardhan ji for inviting me on the auspicious day of Guru Purnima to witness my ancestor’s glory performed by charming divas 😊🙏.

Best wishes to the entire team of ‘Tanjavur Nritya Prabandha’.

Serfoji Maharaj ki Jai, Jai Shahaji Raje, Jai Shivray, Jai Maratha.

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‘Tanjavur Nritya Prabandha’ on the auspicious day of Guru Pournima (16th July 2019). Invited as Chief guest to witness the bharatanatyam performance on the compositions of my ancestors.

All are welcome.

Press report

‘Thanjavur Nritya Prabandha’ organised in ‘Anugraha’ program on Guru Pournima,16th July 2019.

‘Anugraha’, an unique dance program organised on 16th July 2019, 6 pm by ‘Kalavardhini Charitable Trust’,to mark Guru Pournima.

Unique dance program ‘Tanjavur Nritya Prabandha‘ will be presented in this program.It will held at Sardar Natu Auditorium, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan (Senapati Bapat Road). Arundhati Patwardhan, Secretary, Kalavardhini Charitable trust, informed about this programme, through a Press release.

Ten Disciples of Sucheta Bhide-Chapekar will participate in this programme. Sucheta Bhide-Chapekar will also present a dance on theme “Guru’.

From Past five years ‘Kalavardhini Trust’ have presented five different themes in the’ Anugraha’ program on Gurupournima day. Arundhati Patvardhan is daughter of Sucheta Bhide-Chapekar,also of disciple of classical dance.

Honourable Pratap Sinh Raje Bhosale, Prince of Tanjavur has agreed to come as chief guest for the program.He is the 14th descendant of Thanjavur Maratha Royal family and 6th descendant of Scholar King Serfoji II.
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Tanjavur Nritya Prabandha