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#51  Postby Raga Surabhi » 01 Jan 2011 22:21

Week 71 Updates:

Dear Rasikas,

Raga Surabhi wishes you all a very HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2011!

The music season 2010 has almost come to an end. Hope all our rasikas had taken time out to attend atleast a few concerts during this period.

We listened to some very good concerts in the Music Academy. Also, we were thrilled to meet a few friends of Raga Surabhi, Ms.Sundari Subramaniam and Mr. Keshav Raj, in person, at the Academy. We also made a few new friends while trying to spread the word about Raga Surabhi. Overall, we had a great time in this Music Season.

A word about the last week's quiz. The answer to questions 1 and 3, both are kambodhi but most of them have missed reading it. Congrats to Ms.Sumathi Suresh for getting the googly right.

This week, apart from the quiz and DIY exercises, we discuss the comparison between ragas Mandhari, Pantuvarali and Amrithavarshini. Hope you find it useful and enjoyable.

We share the concert reviews sent to us by two of our new rasikas, Mr.Gopal Srinivasan and Ms.Sumathi Suresh. We thank them for taking time out to write to us. Hope you will enjoy reading them in the blog.

Have a great week and a great year!

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#52  Postby Raga Surabhi » 01 Jan 2011 22:25

@srkris - Thanks for your nice words. Do spread the word about Raga Surabhi in your circle of friends and relatives.

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#53  Postby Raga Surabhi » 08 Jan 2011 22:22

Week 72 Updates:

Dear Rasikas,

Hope you have all got back to your regular routine after Music Season, Christmas vacation and New year celebrations!

This week we have a Surabhi Post column on the Lec Dems attended by Uma and the raga quiz and DIY exercises for you. Do not forget to send in your answers.

Last week's quiz was an inspiration from one of Shri. T N Seshagopalan's concerts :). Rasikas would have probably seen the connection between the three ragas, Nilambari (raga for inducing sleep), Bowli (raga for waking up, sung in the dawn) and kaapi (synonymous with the morning cup of coffee).

We will come up with some more pending raga comparisons in the coming weeks, do stay connected.

Have a great week!

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#54  Postby Raga Surabhi » 15 Jan 2011 16:49

Week 73 Update:

Dear Rasikas,

Raga Surabhi wishes you all a very happy pongal!

We are happy to be back with our weekly update. This week we have the twin raga comparison - Khamas and Nattai Kurinji - hope you find it interesting and informative. Do give us your feedback and as always send in your answers for the weekly quiz.

Have a great week ahead!

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#55  Postby Raga Surabhi » 22 Jan 2011 14:46

Week 74 updates:


Dear Rasikas,

Yet another week and time for update. This week Uma shares her experience of Shri Nedanuri Krishnamurthy's Lec dem in Surabhi Post. As usual we have our weekly quiz and DIY exercises.

A word about last week's quiz, surprisingly some of our rasikas have had difficulty in identifying Chala Nattai and some have got mixed up with Bhairavi and Mukhari. You might want to listen to the comparison episode once again :)

Keep sending in your quiz answers. Wishing you a great week ahead.

Advance Republic Day wishes!

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#56  Postby balakk » 23 Jan 2011 09:53

Very interesting. I fervently wish something like this exists for Rhythm as well, in understanding talas and layam. The articles i find on Talas just elaborate on the maths part of it; audio/visual aids are sorely needed here.
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#57  Postby Raga Surabhi » 23 Jan 2011 10:25

Dear Mr. Bala,

Please do keep visiting our site and spread the word around. Will be happy to receive your quiz answers too.

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#58  Postby Raga Surabhi » 30 Jan 2011 20:37

Week 75 - Platinum Jubilee week - Take the Special Quiz! @ www.ragasurabhi.com
Dear all,

With this week's update, Raga Surabhi completes 75 musical weeks. We are deeply thankful to our rasikas for supporting us thus far. With your support, we hope to continue this musical journey and hope to make our humble contribution to spreading Carnatic music among all.

We have a special quiz and a special song for this platinum week update.

The special quiz is different from the usual ones - there are no audio files. This is a theory quiz on Carnatic music. The answers can be anything related to Carnatic music - raga names, musicians, ... well, take the quiz to find out! You are free to use Google, Yahoo! or any other favorite search engine of yours to help you out! Do watch out for googlies :) Good Luck and hope you have fun with the quiz!

The full song for this week is a compilation of the most common daily chant slokas. We have chosen one sloka each on the following Gods -Vinayaka, Muruga, Shiva, Devi, Rama and Hanuman and tuned them in familiar ragas. We hope you will enjoy listening to them. We will be happy if students learning carnatic music pick up the tune and sing them in their homes or in small functions.

We have not introduced new ragas for the past several weeks so that rasikas can assimilate the ragas covered so far. We now plan to take up new ragas slowly. Also, a note about raga comparisons - we would like to take up raga comparisons only after individual ragas is covered separately. For example, there have been several requests for Poorna Chandrika and Janaranjani; we will take this up once we cover Poorna Chandrika.

Just a couple of things about the special quiz:
The deadline for the special quiz is 11-Feb-2011 (Friday midnight). Please submit your answers to quiz@ragasurabhi.com. Mention the subject as "week 75 special quiz". Please submit the answers in the following format:
(1) ANSWER1
(2) ANSWER2
...
As always do remember to send in your answers for week 75 regular quiz by 5-Feb-2011.

Thanks again and have a great week ahead!

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#59  Postby Raga Surabhi » 05 Feb 2011 20:28

Week 76 Update:

Dear Rasikas,

We have been receiving a steady stream of special quiz answers, thanks to all those rasikas who have taken time to send us the answers. We appeal to all those who have not taken the 'Platinum Jubilee special quiz' to take it up and send in their answers ASAP. Just to keep your reminded, the deadline is 11.2.2011, Friday, Midnight IST before which you must send in your entries. We would like to compile the winners and publish the results along with our next week update.

Do not forget to send in your answers for week 76 quiz...

Have a great week!

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#60  Postby Raga Surabhi » 13 Feb 2011 19:09

Dear Rasikas,

The much awaited results of the Platinum Jubilee Special Quiz is out!!! Please visit the quiz page to find out where you figure in the winners list!

This week we have kept it light with just the quiz and DIY exercises. Do send in your answers.

Have a nice week ahead!

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#61  Postby Raga Surabhi » 19 Feb 2011 12:17

Week 78 upates:

Dear Rasikas,

We are happy to be back with this week's update with a raga comparison episode. A comparison of the Kambodhi family of ragas has been discussed - Yadhukula Kambodhi, Kambodhi and Harikambodhi. Hope you will enjoy listening to it. As always, we look forward to your comments and feedback on this and of course, your quiz answers. Do not forget to send them!

Have a great week ahead!

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#62  Postby Raga Surabhi » 26 Feb 2011 21:34

Week 79 update:
Dear Rasikas,

We are happy to be back with our update for this week. After completion of 100 ragas, we took a hiatus on adding new ragas to enable rasikas familiarize these ragas before proceeding to new ragas and at the same time chose to focus on the comparison of twin ragas. We are sure our rasikas would be happy to know that our journey on learning new ragas begins its second phase this week with the addition of a new raga, Madhuvanti, in our Identifying Ragas section. We hope you will enjoy listening to it.

In the full song segment, we have the most famous 'Dhenuka' kriti, 'Theliyaleru Rama Bhakthi Margamunu', a composition of Thyagaraja Swamy, where the composer wonders about how much people are ignorant about the path of true devotion.

As usual, we look forward to your quiz answers, feedback and comments. Do keep them coming....

Have a great week!

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#63  Postby Raga Surabhi » 06 Mar 2011 19:00

Week 80 Update:
Dear Rasikas,

This week we have a comparison episode on the twin ragas, Dharmavati and Madhuvanti along with our weekly quiz and DIY. Please do take time to listen to them and send in your feedback mails and quiz answers.

The full song for the week is a rasika request, two of the 'Thirumandiram hymns' set to tune in Pantuvarali and Valaji. Hope you will enjoy listening to them.

Have great week!

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#64  Postby Raga Surabhi » 13 Mar 2011 15:04

Week 81 Update:

Dear Rasikas,

This week we have a full song - Shri Parthasarathy by Dikshithar along with our weekly quiz and DIY. Please do take time to listen to them and send in your feedback mails and quiz answers.

Uma would be performing at the Thirumala Thirupathi Devasthanam Temple at Venkatanarayana Road, T.Nagar on 19th March 2011, Saturday at 6.30 pm. Those of you at Chennai and can manage time to attend the concert are most welcome! Looking forward to meeting you.....

Have great week!

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#65  Postby Raga Surabhi » 21 Mar 2011 21:00

Week 82 update:
Dear Rasikas,

We are back with our weekly updates. This week we have a full song, Venkataramanane Bharo by Purandaradasar and weekly quiz and DIY exercise as usual.

Many thanks to our Raga Surabhi friends who had attended Uma's concert yesterday.

Keep those emails and quiz answers coming in.

Have a great week ahead!
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#66  Postby Raga Surabhi » 27 Mar 2011 08:07

Week 83 update:

Dear Rasikas,

This week again, we have kept it simple. We have a full song - Narayanam Bhaje by Bhadra Giri Dasar set to Valaji and quizzes as usual.

Continue supporting with your answers.

Have a great week ahead!

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#67  Postby Raga Surabhi » 04 Apr 2011 11:06

Week 84 update:

Dear Rasikas,

This week we bring to you the comparison of ragas 'Kedara Gowlai and Surutti' under the twin raga segment along with our regular quiz and DIY. Do give us your feedback on the comparison episode and as always, send in your quiz answers.

Have a great week!

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#68  Postby Raga Surabhi » 17 Apr 2011 11:00

Week 86 update:

Dear Rasikas,

Annaivarukkum Tamizh Putthandu Vazhthukkal!

We are happy to be back with this week's update. The comparison of ragas Arabhi and Suddha Saveri has been discussed, please take time to listen to the episode and send us your feedback.

The full song for this week is a composition of Ambujam Krishna in the ever pleasing kaanada raga, Enna Solli Azhaithaal, set to adi tala.

As always, do not forget to mail us your quiz responses...

Have a great week!

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#69  Postby Raga Surabhi » 14 May 2011 14:03

Week 90 updates:

Dear Rasikas,

We are back with our weekly updates, this week we have for you a Sloka on Lord Krishna under the full song segment and our quizzes as well.

Please do send in your answers.

We have one more update for the week :), Uma is performing at Adambakkam Sapthaswaralaya Trust, tomorrow (15th May 2011) 6.30 pm.

Venue:

Shri Karpaga Vinayaga - Pandurangan Temple,
9th Street, Shanthi Nagar,
Adambakkam 600 088


Rasikas staying close by are invited to join.

Have a great week ahead.

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#70  Postby Raga Surabhi » 29 Jan 2012 19:59

Week 127 updates-

Dear Rasikas (@rasikas.org)

Raga Surabhi has been continuing its journey and has crossed the 125th week milestone!! We are happy to be back here once again!

This week, we have a new raga, Bhoopalam, for you. Bhoopalam is a very pleasing morning raga with very close resemblances to ragas Bowli and Revagupthi. Alright, yes.........we have to do the comparison episodes, will surely take it up in the coming weeks :)

For those rasikas, who have postponed taking the Week 125 - Special Quiz, please do take it right away! We have barely a couple of more days to go...the deadline for receiving the answers is 31/Jan/2012.

Keep sending in your quiz answers for the weekly quiz......

Have a great week!

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#71  Postby vasanthakokilam » 30 Jan 2012 00:04

Raga Surabhi Team: Congratulations on the milestone. You all are doing excellent work. I especially like the way you do the comparison episodes. Crisp and clear, and to the point. Pantuvarali-Purvikalyani is an excellent example how well done are these comparison episodes. Thanks.
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#72  Postby Raga Surabhi » 11 Feb 2012 15:45

Week 128 and 129 Updates-

Dear Rasikas,

We are sure you are eagerly awaiting the results of our 'Week 125 - Special Quiz'. The results are available here - Week 125 Special Quiz - Results.
Congratulations and thanks to all the winners and participants of the special quiz!!

Before proceeding with our regular update, we would like to make an announcement -

For quite some time now, we have steadily been getting enquires regarding online music lessons. Due to lack of time for this, Uma has not been able to take this up previously. However, we are glad to announce that Uma is able to accept a limited number of students now and those who are interested may get in touch with Uma. Please email Raga Surabhi, with a subject "online music lessions". There is really no prerequisite for this, except a strong interest in carnatic music and a serious desire to devote time for this :)

In the weekly update, we have the next episode of Laya Lahiri, Tarang - 7 in which Suri demonstrates the various aspects of 'Thisra Nadai'. We hope you find his explanations and mridangam demonstrations enjoyable!

We have also taken up one of the most tricky pair of twin ragas - Poornachandrika and Janaranjani in our comparison episode. This comparison has figured in many of our rasika requests too, so we hope rasikas will take time to listen to it. And your feedback on whether you found it useful would be always appreciated :)

Keep the quiz answers coming......

Have a great week!

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#73  Postby Raga Surabhi » 12 Feb 2012 15:21

Vasanthakokilam,

Thanks for those nice words. It really motivates and encourages us to do more. Please do spread the word around and keep supporting us as you have been doing all these days.

Regards,

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#74  Postby Raga Surabhi » 08 Jul 2012 19:16

Dear Rasikas,

Yes..........it is yet another milestone week in our musical journey as Raga Surabhi completes 150 weeks!!

Raga Surabhi thanks its rasikas world over for all their support and encouragement! We look forward for your continued participation and support in the weeks to come....

As you would have already guessed, we have a special update for this week. We have uploaded a rare Choornika on Goddess Shri Rajarajeshwari, composed by Shri Vidyadeesha in the Full songs segment.
Uma dedicates this rendition to her Guru Late Shri. K.S. Vaidyanathan from whom she learnt this special composition.
Please do take time to listen to this and send in your feedback and comments.

And now................for the special quiz!! As you know, we have always attempted to make our special quizzes in new and novel formats and this time again we have something different for you - Special Quiz - week 150. We hope you will enjoy and have fun while solving it! The last date for receiving the answers for our special quiz is 25th July 2012.

In the mean time, do not forget to send in your answers for our regular quiz for this week.....

Have a great week!

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#75  Postby Raga Surabhi » 29 Jul 2012 22:30

Dear Rasikas,

We are glad to bring you the results of the Week 150 Special Quiz. The special quiz was like a marathon with lot of questions. Hats off to all rasikas who participated with enthusiasm. We are, yet again, impressed and humbled by the solid performances by rasikas. Thank you rasikas for supporting Raga Surabhi!

Please check out the eagerly awaited Week 150 Special Quiz Results and Winners!

And now for the weekly update. we have uploaded a new raga, 'Manirangu' for you this week. This is a very close raga to Sriragam and Madhyamavathi and that means that we would be naturally doing the comparison episode in the weeks to come :) Do stay connected.


Wish you all a great week ahead!

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