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Thursday, December 8, 2011

FROM KARAAIKUDI TO KOLAVARI

On the evening of November 22, 2011 Sai Kulwant Hall was witness to a music fest that can only be described as 'divinely phantasmagoric'! 

'If only Swami was here how much He would have loved this!" I kept saying to myself. And this is exactly what I told Guru Karaaikudi Mani during a conversation after his out-of-the-world performance. 

"Oh! Why do you say so? Swami is here! His sukhsuma sareera (subtle form) is here!... I never imagined that I will be playing right in front of Bhagawan's Maha Samadhi! Can you believe it? I sat right in front of Him and did the performance! What a blessing it is! And what an experience it was! I cannot describe it in words... "

Guru Karaaikkudi Mani is to mridangam what Adi Shankaracharya is to the upanishads. He is not just a master of music, he is a Nada Yogi; for him the sound of mridamgam is divinity itself.

"There are only three instruments that have been played by the Divine - the Veena by Mother Saraswati; the Murali by Lord Krishna and the mridamgam by the Nandi. If one pursues any of these instruments with devotion and dedication, one can do wonders!"

And that is exactly what Guruji has done! An instrument which was always perceived as an accompanying add-on, in a matter of a 2-3 years occupied the centre stage in carnatic music concerts in the eighties. And today a solo mridangam performance is as popular and captivating as a solo violin or a tabla concert. 

After having dedicated his life in the worship of the divine through music, coming to Puttaparthi for Guru Karaaikudi was a truly indelible experience.

"How much I have longed to come to Puttaparthi... but Baba had decided that I should perform for Him only now. During the 18 years that I spent with my spiritual guru Sri Suraajananda, we discussed about Swami all the time.... I have seen His videos and heard a number of His discourses... actually I even saw Him once physically many years ago. And that was in a plane! I was going abroad for a concert and Baba was in the same flight, I went and touched His feet!"

The thrill and joy on his face as he said this, was sublime. For Guru Karaaikudi Mani, Swami is the Sole Force for his success even though he never had the opportunity to perform physically in front of Him.

"I have Shruti Laya centres (his music training schools) in many countries from USA to Australia. There are a 1000 students along their families who are associated with these centres, and let me tell you this: All these families are Sai devotees. It is Baba alone who is making all this happen... whenever I go abroad my hosts are always invariably Sai devotees. Baba is with me all the time."

"I have performed all over the world but presenting something here is absolutely divine. I cannot imagine my good luck... it is purely His blessing. I was filled with a different kind of energy..."

Will he come to Prasanthi again?

"Oh...yes! This is only the beginning!"

If this was Karaaikudi Mani's experience who is adored as a saint by music-lovers and others alike, just a few days ago Anirudh of Kolavari fame (the composer of 'why this Kolavari...") dropped in at the Radio Sai studio and said:

"I have come to Puttaparthi because I had mentally prayed to Swami that if this song works, first thing I would do is to come and see Him... I visit Parthi every year and this time there is an even more compelling reason to make a trip... I am here to offer my gratitude."

Wow! From Karaaikudi to Kolavari... Puttaparthi is the happening place for everyone on this planet! And it will continue to be!


[Radio Sai will offer the full text of the interview with Guru Karaaikudi Mani sometime shortly. Watch out radiosai.org]

14 comments:

  1. Very interesting! Esp. the part about 'Kolaveri' Anirudh! :) Eager to listen to Karaikudi Mani's interview soon on Radio Sai! :)

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  2. Amazing bro.....In fact the mridangam maestros performance took all of us to sublime levels. No words to express our gratitude to SWAMI who has brought such greats to parthi, Of course puttaparthi is the HAPPENING PLACE:-) Thank you

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  3. great Bishu!!! Waiting for more.............

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  4. Lord is Gana-priya... Fortunate are these musicians who can pray thru their music...


    Thanks for sharing, Bishu... look forward to more

    Subash

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  5. Sharath N KoundinyaDecember 9, 2011 at 4:31 AM

    Wow! This was awesome...Great info Prusty Brother

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  6. thanks for this update Bishu...i just saw the link to the blog today on your gtalk message. i will bookmark this page and come back...

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  7. Sairam bro
    Very nice thought :)

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  8. great one Bishu n I can see Swami smiling thru the article :)

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  9. Sai Ram Bishu.
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful experience.
    It goes to prove once again that whatever may be the medium or the vessel, the content inside is the same - LOVE for and from the Divine.
    May we all merge in the ONE.

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  10. MUSIC AND MUSCIANS, ARE VERY NEAR TO GOD.?

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  11. LISTEN OR SING MUSIC TO BE ALWAYS, LOOK FRESH, YOUNG AND MORE SMART.

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  12. LISTEN OR SING MUSIC TO BE ALWAYS, LOOK FRESH, YOUNG AND MORE SMART.

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  13. i, request, all love, human beings, first, to see any gods.?

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  14. best medicine of the world, is only laughing and music[ listen, any languages music ] to live happily forever.?

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