COME DECEMBER SEVENTH!

 

Come December Seventh-whole nation bows in reverence
To those all who sacrificed their lives for our Motherland
Over the years in protecting the sovereignty
Of Bharath- yes NATIONAL FLAG DAY is today hefty!

ARMED FORCES FLAG DAY- FLAG DAY OF INDIA is today
We remember the valiant forces and their dear
Loving families living far away for the nation clear
Duty of the society, Government is to take care!

On this day let us donate liberally for the cause
Of their welfare on receiving a flag as token
As we are approached by young school children and others
Minimum as citizen patriotic I can –add feathers!

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BABU RAJENDRA PRASAD BIRTH DAY 3rd DECEMBER.

Rajendra Prasad

India that is Bharath my homeland became free nation
After sacrifices of millions under the leadership
Of Mahatma Gandhi -big and small, rich and poor, well read
And unread- with the sole goal of FREEDOM from the British!

Babu Rajendra Prasad born on third December,
Hundred and Thirty three years ago in Bihar
A teacher and lawyer plunged into freedom struggle
Till achieved – served as Minister till the year Fifty!

Babu the first President of India served for terms
Two full- a Congress leader yet- proved non partison
In office and of great advisor to the Government
On education in India a subject dear to his heart!

INDIAN CONSTITUTION DAY- 26th November.

Our holy Motherland-India that is Bharath
With its tradition and culture glorious –behemoth
Fought unitedly against the foreign yoke cruel
Under the leadership of Mahatma – the noble!

On twenty sixth November ninety forty nine
Gave our great constitution to ourselves fine
Sacred constitution drafted by the eminent
Not to be meddled with by politicians present!

Seeks to provide all citizens JUSTICE and LIBERTY,
EQUALITY and FRATERNITY sure for eternity
It is the sacred duty of the patriotic
People to follow and protect our Constitution

JOURNEY TO FREEDOM (PART 24)

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Many in thousands were in the forefront on the journey
To Indian Freedom which indeed was not sweet honey
But quite  arduous- tumultuous journey -with Gandhi
One was great Sardar Vallabhai Patel born on this day!

First Deputy Prime Minister of India he was
With Nehru as Prime Minister. Patel a Barrister
Statesman,  a leader of Indian National Congress-
Founding Father of the Republic of India-success!

After his leading role in the journey to our freedom
Guided its integration into a united and
Independent India -was called Sardar-the Chief
Let us pay our respects to him on this day -atleast in brief!

 

PASUMPON DEVAR BIRTH DAY TODAY

India that is Bharath – my holy Mother Land
Gave birth to personalities great-in East and West
South and North, Central all over never to be forgotten
For their selfless service to the homeland-by the grateful!

In the down South was born an astute leader- admired by all
PASUMPON MUTHURAMALINGA DEVAR- disciple of Nethaji- tall
Refused to believe he was dead and gone till Devar lived
That was his belief and confidence in his LEADER-loved!

An honest politician common in those days-Devar
Was faithful to the Party, the People and Leader
Congress and Forward Block as Subhash Chandra Bose was
Let us pay our respects to Devar on this Day-his birth day!

MANDELA’S IMPRISONMENT! 25th October 1962

The  day, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned a cruel  day indeed is today
South African Mahathma Gandhi-so considered by the world to pay
Our respects and shower honors to the great and noble soul who worked
For the lowly, poor and downtrodden and for social justice- sacrificed!

A call by the United Nations Organization to the world
To serve the humanity! Call to prove the idea that one be bold
And each individual has the power to transform the world-impact
He has the ability to make on the people and society-a fact!

Call: Nelson Mandela fought for years sixty seven pretty long
Serve the society minutes sixty seven a day that will change strong
And bring together people around the world to fight poverty and
Promote peace, harmony and cultural diversity abound!

No wonder suffered for his boldness to go violent
Imprisoned several times- and on this day twenty fifth
October fifty five years ago- for treason-filth
And sabotage for years five but made for ‘life’ strict!

PRESIDENT HE WAS!

 

One of the largest democracies of the world-India that is Bharath- my Holy Mother land had a galaxy of great FIRST CITIZENS right from the time we won freedom under the noble leadership of our Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.

  1. HE Babu Rajendra Prasad 1950 to 1962
  2. HE Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan 1962-1967
  3. HE Zakir Hussain          1967-1969
  4. HE V. V. Giri        5/1969 to 8/1974
  5. HE Fakruddin Ali Ahamed 1974- 1977
  6. HE B D Jatti        2/1977 – 7/1977
  7. He Sanjeeva Reddy                 1977- 1982
  8. HE Sardar Zail Singh         1982-1987
  9. HE R. Venkataraman        1987- 1992
  • HE Shankar Dayal Sharma 1992- 1997

11.HE  K R Narayanan                        1997-2002

  1. HE Dr. APJ ABDUL KALAM 2002- 2007
  2. HE Prathiba Patil 2007-2012
  3. HE Pranab Mukherjee 2012 – 2017

 

Each one was great in his own way and the whole world acknowledged with great respect  not only because he/she was Indian President but for their intrinsic worth.

One of them Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam though came of a humble origin and means rose to the level of the President of India was born on this day in the year 1931- 86 years ago in the South of India and brought glory as a great Space Scientist and the First Citizen of India!

The other finer side of his greatness besides as a Scientist, is that he was a secularist, Universalist, lover of fine arts and music, a nice veena player!

With my personal experience I recollect and share with you though already done a couple of years ago.

A lover of Karnatic music Kalam  loved
My Tamil translation of Thyagayya’s gems five proud
Listened personally sung by great artists at night
Ten at Madurai at the artists’ humble home- a delight!

A noble first citizen of Bharath – our homeland
Moved so freely with all in simple style- made wonderland
Lives ever in the minds of all- on that great day
We pay our respects to him in all humility this day.

Yes; I had the opportunity of translating the five gems of keerthanas on the Lord Rama – of Thyagabrammam of Thiruvaiyaru at the instance of a learned scholar on visishtadwaitha  of Kanchi Mutt, Tanilnadu- infact our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurating Thyagabranha Adadhana in Thiruvaiyaru in the year 1963 expressed his desire that such  great keerthanas of the Saint composer in Telugu must be translated into other Indian languages for the entire nation to get benefit!

My translation of the same  into Tamil and rendered by One of the leading Karnatic music vocalists- Smt. Ranganayaki of Madurai accompanied by her husband Sachidanandam on violin and Dr. K Thyagarajan on Mridangam and brought out in the form of CD reached Dr. Kalam through a common friend. Dr. Kalam greatly delighted at the translation and rendition wanted to hear the songs sung in person and on 13th Februaru 2015, he sent word to the musicians in Madurai that he will be visiting their home on that night to listen in person to the Pancha rathna keerthanas!

“ It was on that day former President of India His Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam visited a humble musician couple living in Madurai to personally hear the great Pancharathna Keerthanas of Thiruvaiyru Thiyagaraja swamigal – Thyagabrammam-in Telugu translated into Tamil from the lips of the karnatic musician accompanied by her husband in violin and a co-musician in Mridhangam.

Dr. Kalam has already heard the renderings in Tamil through the CD which he came across through a common friend. He said that he was so impressed by the translation and the rendition that he used to hear one gem each day. Now utilizing his visit to Madurai he wanted to hear right from the troupe directly! Of course the musicians who with great efforts brought out the CD were making efforts to render the Keerthanas in the presence of the former President who loves Karnatic music, our culture, our traditions, our literature et all with all his heart.

After fulfilling a few engagements in the city of Madurai, he planned to visit the musicians in the night and accordingly he arrived at their humble residence at 9.30 in the night and spent an hour. The musicians were in an ecstatic mood and delighted to have a great and noble personality in their humble residence. As the public saw the former President’s convoy entered the street, there was a big surge to have a glance of Dr. kalam who indeed is “காட்சிக்கு எளியவன், கடுஞ்சொல்லன் அல்லன்” எனவே சிறந்த ஆட்சியாளனாக விளங்கியவர், உலகமே வியந்து பாராட்டப்பட்டவர்.

As Dr. kalam arrived he was received with a shawl and the team that rendered the “five gems” of the Saint composer was duly introduced. As he was eager to hear the melodious rendering of “ENTHARO MAHANUBAVULU”- “எத்தனையோ மகான்கள் அத்தனை பேருக்கும் வந்தனம்” it was rendered by the team-vocal accompanied by violin and mridhangam. The prestigious guest heard the rendering with great attention and his body language expressed it all- he was so enthralled with the translation and the rendering. Then he openly appreciated the artists profusely and said the translation was ideal. For decades he has been hearing this ‘keerthana’ without understanding the full meaning and import of the song. He enquired about the person who translated the ‘keerthanas’ and he was shown the profile of the translator and Dr. kalam read it with great joy. He requested the artists to convey his appreciation and compliments to the translator.”

Yes, it was a great day for the musical party, -‘a day never to be got in life ‘!

 

Such was the type of a man was Dr. Abdul Kalam  whose birth day is today 15th October.

And hence this Sunday Story!

 

The Saint Composer Thyagayya.

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From left to right: Sachidanandam-Violinist, Ranfganayaki vocalist, Dr. Thiyagarajan Mridangist,  DR> A P J ABDUL KALAM being offered a shawl

 

 

ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,11,000 views.

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