Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Snapshots From A Tamil Drama


Whether women are better than men I cannot say; 
but I can say they are certainly no worse.

~ Golda Meir

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Purandara Dāsa : Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma

Purandara Dāsa's Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma 
Rendered By M.S.SubbuLakshmi

Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma..

Oh, Goddess of Fortune ! Lakshmi Devi !

Do come slowly with your anklets making the jingling sound!

Come to us like butter emerging out of buttermilk when it is churned !

Come and shower on us a rain of gold and fufilll our aspirations !

Come with the brightness of countless number of rays of the sun !

Come and bless us; Oh, Devi, who has taken incarnation as Sitha !

Oh, lotus eyed Devi who is the pride of MahaVishnu!

Come and appear before us wearing the shining golden bracelets on your wrists
and the auspicious vermilion mark on your forehead!

Oh, Consort of PurandaraVithala !

Welcome to You who shine auspiciously in the hearts of great sages !

Oh, Queen of Alagiri Ranga!

Come to our worship on Friday when streams of ghee and sugar will overflow !


~ Purandara Dāsa



To Listen to M.L.VasanthaKumari's rendering :


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Smita : The Quintessential Indian Beauty

Smita Patil
(1955 ~ 1986)

Within the image,
there is always something else..
What the public wants is the image of passion,
not passion itself..

~ Roland Barthes