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

 

 

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WORLD STANDARDS DAY

World Standards Day is today to honor the efforts of experts
Who set the standards in areas different for all to explore
Follow and standardize the Global economy to benefit
For the society to be safe and prosperous and be in profit!

Standardization is needed today more of humans than goods
Things and services as what the society sees today is in woods
Thanks to degradation in moral standards, fall in ethical values
Demonetization of principles noble unfortunate!

Let all of us on this day pledge to keep up the standardsin all
The areas affecting peace and poise, health and happiness tall
And within the selves keeping great values as our standards
That is bound to bring heaven on this earth with God’s grace- branded!

 

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AIMS HIDDEN!

 

Unique or peculiar is the way of dogs and cats
Lying peacefully in a place well settled for a while
In a few minutes get up and move for a few feet and
Lye down again as if a great work is accomplished sound!

So is a man talking for hours just leaves sans proper bye
The one who listens unable to make out what and why
The behavior is so! Difference between man and animal
Seems very thin and fine unable to appreciate !

Aims hidden cannot be fathomed by my mind very sure
Left to the individual’s mind and thought quite pure!
Nothing on the universe done without an aim anywhere
God’s creation is inscrutable – all have AIMS HIDDEN!

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SEPTEMBER 22nd WORLD NO CAR DAY!

In the great creation of the Universe by the Lord
Everything was pure and clean-water and air, the earth
And sky- unpolluted, no dust, no fumes, no emissions
My God- thanks to the advancing technology all good gone!

Man lost his peace, good health and habits, alas pollution
On the road, in the homes, in the sky, atrocious
All in the name of comforts and conviniences –
Pollution, pollution, pollution everywhere- selfishness!

Moving automobiles main culprit in polluting
Diesel or petrol- equally harming all the living!
WORLD NO CAR DAY is today! For a day atleast let us
Keep pollution away to resume tomorrow!! Dangerous!

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 21st September

 

A Sanskrit prayer reads:
“Swasthip prajaabyaha paripaalayanthaam
Nyaayaena maargaeNa mahee maheesaaha
Go brahmaNaabyaha subha masthu nithyam
Loka samastha sukino bavanthu,
Sarvae janaaha sukhino bavanthu!E”
The last two lines offering prayer:
“May the whole world be at peace and joy
May the entire people be at peace and joy!”
All the prayers end invoking God for peace:
“Ohm Shanthi! Ohm Shanthi! Ohm Shanthi”
“ Ohm peace! Ohm Peace! Ohm Peace!”

Today is International Day of Peace-theme of the year
“Together for Peace, Respect, Safety and Dignity for all”
A noble occasion for all in the world to work united
To achieve the theme throughout the world and all times.

Let us honour the spirit of being TOGETHER,
A global initiative to promote respect, safety
And dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes
In search of a better life- a great day to work for success!

IN THE CELL WORLD WE ARE !

On their noble journey to freedom great leaders were in the cell
Undergoing sufferings at the aliens hand -hard to tell
Cells and cellars beneath the ground in the jails all over
Freedom at midnight we got years seventy earlier!

In the CELL WORLD we are today with no hope of getting relieved
Unfortunate in the society all are slaves-slaves of the cellphones
What, why, when, to whom and where questions difficult to answer-pity
Age, sex, position, work-the cell phones know not- variety!Plenty!

Speaking from a room to room under the same roof of the home
On the road, in the running bus and train quite crowded, on roam
At the office or school- young or old, men or women- no hand sans cell
To laugh or weep-mad craziness- in the cell world we are -foolish look-well!

“Cellphone addicts” all over the society most distressing
Any medicines to get out of the addiction- ‘tablets’help not
In fact added addiction- a bigger version of cell phone
And smaller edition of laptop-desk top- God help us to come away!

September 7 FORGIVENESS DAY

 

‘Forget and Forgive’ words of wisdom often quoted
“Forget” may be human but “Forgive” is Divine –blessed
September Seventh “Forgiveness Day”worldwide observed
Let us develop the same in us for greater peace !

Forgetting and forgiving enable society
To be with poise, needs harmony and friendship-variety
For every one to try to the level best-serve
The cause –for individual, home and society !

“Love all and serve all” paves path for forgiveness pure
“Help ever, hurt never” spreads red carpet quite sure
Let us take to the path Divine, forget and forgive
Lord Almighty in all HIS compassion, takes to Heaven!