Wishing you all a Happy Sankranti (Pongal). Many Iyers and Iyengars who were working with Thanjavur Palace were flourished and patronised by Maratha Kings and Princes.

Kapaleshwara temple on the evening of Pongal. #Boomerang

Posted on 15/1/2020

Photo duration: 1960s

Photo description: My great grandfather, H.H Prince Pratapa simha Rajah Bhosle with his grand childrens. Seated next to H.H on left is Ram Patankar kaka Raje from Kolhapur, he owns the famous ‘Hotel Tourist’, which is told to be one of the oldest hotel in Kolhapur; seated on right is Vijay sinh Maloji Raje Bhosle from Pune; beside him on right is Shree Sambhaji Kaka Raje, my father’s own younger brother; behind standing is my atya Raje, Saveeta Amar sinh Raje Deshmukh from Amravati., B.Com, M.Com, L.L.B, LLM etc is her graduation; Standing behind Ram Patankar Kaka Raje is Veerandra Kaka Raje, my father’s own younger brother; next to him, i.e behind my great grandfather, a man standing is Krishna Iyengar. He was the P.A and accountant of my great grandfather. He was gifted lands from my great grandfather’s share for his work and sincerity.Many Iyers and Iyengars who were working with Thanjavur palace were flourished and patronised by Maratha Kings and Princes.

Posted on 16/1/2020

Facebook screenshot.

There are some set of people- because of their ill-treatment or Discrimation towards others, we consider or think that their whole caste or race is casteist or racist.

In today’s generation, people or youngsters are not aware or don’t know anything about their past history, roots or lineage. Only few are left who are still grateful for the patronage, their ancestors or community has been benefited from erstwhile Kings or Noble sardars.

In 21st century, some so called intelligents or politicians who had come to fame by licking their leader’s feet, ask for proof to prove Royal’s identity. But such so called intellects or politicians may not have any proofs of who their forefathers were nor anything about their lineage.

Even Mahatma Gandhi- who is called the father of our nation, didn’t asked for proof from any royals to confirm their identity because he knewed the history and lineage of royal families of India nor he compared himself to any eminent King.

In today’s time period, where majority are a ‘tree without roots’ – there are also few people left who are very grateful for the history or patronage that are associated with/for/to their community or caste from erstwhile Kings or patrons. Even we are grateful to them for not forgetting the past and for the bond they have with us 🙏🙏.

No one can be compared to our god on this earth. He is one and only. Paid or intentionally motivated writers should have adequate knowledge and sense before comparing Shivaray to someone in this world.
आम्ही आदराची मागणी करीत नाही, आम्ही आदर आज्ञा करतो. आमच्या स्वराज्यात योगदान देणारे आणि लोकांचे / लोकांचे अनेक प्रकारे आणि समाजात हित साधणारे राजे भोंसले यांचे वंशज असल्याचा आम्हाला अभिमान आहे. आमच्याबद्दल बोलण्यापूर्वी प्रथम आमच्याबद्दल जाणून घ्या. अद्याप कोणीही आपल्या महान पूर्वजांशी स्वत: ची तुलना करण्यासाठी जन्म घेतलेला नाही, ज्याला आपण देव मानतो.

जय मराठा. छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज की जय. जय शिवराय.

We don’t demand respect, we command respect. We are proud to be the descendents of the Raje Bhonsles who had contributed to our Swarajya and benefitted people/public in many ways and to our society. Before talking about us, know about us first. Even no one has yet born to compare himself to our great ancestor, who we consider as god.

Jai Maratha. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj ki Jai. Jai Shivaray.

My blog turns 3 on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti (14/1/2020) 🥰🤩😊☺️

Wishing you all a happy Makar Sankranti (Pongal).

Today is the three anniversary of my WordPress blog and 97 articles has been posted so far.

Last year on its second anniversary, i took a resolution that i will reach 100 posts before its third anniversary. But unfortunately target missed and i was too close to reach a century.

Writing is an art. A writer has to expand his/her network, travel, talk and interact with people of different backgrounds, participate, explore, come out of his/her comfort zone to get ideas or content on the subject that he/she wanted or is suppose to write.

Early morning exercises like running, walking etc is enough for improving your skills for writing.It helps to generate your creativity and innovative ideas. Good writers can change the odds in the society. Encourage writing, that can benefit our society and an individual. Ignore and do not encourage or motivate writings that are negative, spreading hatred or criticizing/mocking someone. These are just an entertainment that never last long, it will not benefit others or to the society. Writing informative or your experience is always the best that can educate or benefit others. Do not expect anything in return for sharing your knowledge or experience. You will get what is deserved for you in right time ☺️😊.

May you be blessed with good health,good luck, peace, Joy, happiness and prosperity.

Regards,

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Tanjore painting at Chennai international airport. #Mobile_Photography
Panoramic view of renovated Dev Ghar [Marathi word]/pooja room of Sadar Mahal Palace, Thanjavur. This Dev ghar is more than 200 years old.

Padma Shri Narthaki Natraj and Dakshina Vaidyanathan’s bharatanatyam recital at Madras Music Academy.

Posted on 8/1/20

I saw ‘Padma Shri’ Narthaki Nataraj mam’s performance for the first time.

Before I tell about her performance, you have to know about her. She is the disciple of late Guru Kittappa Pillai, a direct descendent of the Tanjore quartet, who were flourished during the Maratha rule in Thanjavur and had composed many songs on Thanjavur Maratha Kings and Brihadeshwara. The house of Kittappa Pillai in Thanjavur west main street was gifted to his ancestor by King Tulaja II.

Narthaki Natraj has received prestigious Sangeet natak Academi award, Padma shri from the Government of India and Kalaimamani award from the Government of Tamilnadu.She is expert in Tanjore style of bharatanatyam dance and also one of the senior most guru/trainer in Chennai for Tanjore style which is told to be the traditional gurukula style.

Yesterday she performed on the compositions of Tanjore quartet, one on Shyama sastri, Ramalinga adigalar, Thayumana swamigal, Arunagirinathar etc. They were all unique compositions. Those soulful music and songs rendered by the orchestra moved me to the tears of joy. By seeing her performance, I got a feeling of how artists performed in front of a King in Darbar or God in temple on those days. She conquered the stage and dazzled everyone with her expressive abhinaya and won loud applause from the audience. Indeed it was her first performance in Madras music academy after receiving the prestigious Padma Shri award from the Rashtrapati. I was elated and overwhelmed with joy after her performance.

Thank you so much for inviting me mam, you rocked 😊☺️.

She even told me that “if my ancestors might not been, this art form might not been developed or seen to this level which we see today”, It is all because of them and their blessings where i am today to this position in my career and profession.

A glimpse from Mangalam. Song: Pooranam, vocalist: KP Nandini sai giridhar👇

Posted on 9/1/20

On 7th Jan 2020 morning at 10 a.m, Dakshina akka performed at the Madras Music Academy. She started her recital with salam daru- on composition of King Serfoji II, which pays homage to Maisasura Mardini.

Thanjavur maratha King Serfoji II wrote that composition for the Devadasis to perform for the goddess Maisasura Mardini.

I use to watch Dakshina akka’s bharatanatyam recitals since 2016. I never missed any of her solo performances in Chennai. I always use to call her the ‘Queen of Abinaya‘ because of her natural and graceful expressions which are wonderfully mobile and eloquent. Every gesture is perfectly timed and legible.

I enjoyed her recital at the Music Academy and it was a treat for the audience. Witnessing her recitals with soulful music and songs, brings great happiness to the rasikas and artists.

This time I have decided to pay tribute to her in a very different and special way. Yess…. I have made a video for her. Posting a photo has become common and i have already posted multiple photos with akka on facebook and instagram. So this time i am posting a video and i dedicate this video to Dakshina akka and Rama aunty who had taken efforts to perform for the compositions on/of my ancestors for this Margazhi season.

Rama aunty was the conveyor for last year’s Natya Kala Conference and had encouraged artists/scholars to perform or give lecture/presentations on Thanjavur Maratha King’s literary works/compositions.

P.S: The song in the video is on Lord krishna sang by Sudha Raghuraman.

Posted on 11/1/20

I was not able to attend his bharatanatyam recital at Madras Music academy. Atleast I was able to meet him, before he left Chennai.

Meet Praveen Kumar annan, a senior and reputed bharatanatyam dancer from Bangalore. For the past several years, he performs for The Madras Music Academy’s dance festival and also for other renowned sabhas in India for Margazhi and different occasions.

He has also choreographed a thematic bharatanatyam presentation on Pandharpur Vithala and had performed across various places in our country.

They are the gem, who are the reason for spreading the richness of our culture and pride through art to others. It was an honor meeting you anna and thanks for the Hershey’s dark chocolate.

Krishna gana sabha.

His thematic bharatanatyam presentation on Pandharpur Vithala is on 8th February 2020 at Mangalore.

Click the below link to know about him in detail 👇

Know about Praveen Kumar

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Panduranga temple in Thiruvaiyaru and Thanjavur

Well spent Sunday at Music Academy, Chennai

Yesterday from morning till evening, I was at Madras Music Academy for their Margazhi dance festival 2020. Witnessed amazing Bharatanatyam recital of Meera Sreenarayanan chechi. She performed for the composition on Thanjavur Maratha King Pratap Singh. Last year she performed on ‘Danike’ which praises Thanjavur Maratha King Shivaji the second. I missed her performance last year. Yesterday, all her performances received rousing applause, the most appropriate acknowledgement of the wonderful performance.

After her recital it was Anwesha akka’s Bharatanatyam recital.

Anwesha akka after her stunning bharatanatyam performance.

A dream of every artist is to perform at Madras Music academy atleast once in their life time. The hard work, efforts they take to reach their goal cannot be compared to anything or anyone in this universe. Well trained classical dancers have ability to dance continuously for more than one hour in their programs and the stamina and energy that they have for it is really commendable. An artist puts ten times the amount of effort and energy in his/her work or task as compared to a normal or common human being. Imagine who can dance or do their work/task continuously for minimum one hour these days. We get tired and take breaks often after doing something for minimum 20 to 30 minutes.

An artist is been made. He/she is trained vigriously to perform on stage for hours continuously. They undergo continuous practice and diets to achieve sufficient stamina and energy. The process of becoming an artist undergoes many sacrifices (may be for some), vigrious trainings, being punctual to class, disciplined and right attitude towards art and for the classical dance form they practice, being obdient to their teachers etc. There is a saying ‘A strict teacher produces a good number of disciplined and well trained artists’.

Hatsoff and salute to the Gurus and Artists for their struggles, efforts, sacrifices, pains they had gone through and achieved their goals. I would also like to add that many senior classical dancers had gone through surgeries of heel spur/bone, spine, knees etc because of the injuries caused due to regular or frequent practice. Some are advised by the doctors not to practice Bharatanatyam again and also some practice after decades or years, after getting cured. Most of the classical dancers never give up. They try their Best to get back to the form and continue their practice regularly. This shows their devotion, dedication, passion and love towards the classical dance form they practice. We do give up things or tasks that we are not able to do or that harms or injures us. We have to learn from such dedicated and passionate artists that we should never give up things that we are really fond of or passionate about. Difficulties do come, but the fruit which we get after succeeding and crossing such difficult hurdles, will satisfy u and gives a feeling of pride, honor and being top of the world.

I enjoyed padam and tillana alot in Anwesha akka’s Bharatanatyam recital. She started with a Mayura, Alarippu – Kanda chapu, then Varnam – Swamiyai azhaitodi va – ragamalika, Yarukagilum bhayama, Tottu tottu (padam) and Kalinga Narthana (thilana). The audience were stunned and impressed by her performance. ‘She came, she performed, she conquered’.Her performance received a standing ovation from artists and rasikas. She is from Seattle, Washington and a disciple of Urmila Sathyanarayan . My Best wishes for your future and success akka 🙏.

In evening, it was Rama Vaidyanathan aunty’s Bharatanatyam recital. She performed on Lord Murugan. One piece among others that she performed was probably told to be on the composition of Thanjavur Maratha King Shahaji.

Snippet from Rama aunty’s Bharatanatyam performance for the recital that was probably told to be on the composition of Thanjavur maratha King Shahaji.

After her recital, the most awaited moment came. Yes… Non other than meeting Padma shri Narthaki Nataraj mam and Chithra Madhavan mam., historian- whom I admire alot.

Finally….. Met one of the most renowned dancer who has inspired many classical dancers- Padma shri, Kalaimamani Narthaki Nataraj mam.

Inspiring video on Narthaki Nataraj mam.

Thanks to meera chechi and Anwesha akka for inviting me and making this weekend very special.

With Padma shri Datuk Ramli Ibrahim at music academy, Chennai.