Friday, 4 July 2008

Kulambiyagam - 1st Anniversary

Today, Kulambiyagam celebrates its first birthday. First and foremost, thanks to all the wonderful visitors we have had over the past 1 year, especially those who took the time to leave comments. Second, thanks to gokul for triggering the blog idea one year back and without whose efforts Kulambiyagam would not have had the recognition and regular visitors that it has today.

Thursday, 3 July 2008


One of my all time favourite ragas. The magic of reethigowlai is such that it keeps the listener asking for more and brings calmness in the listener's mind. My association with reethigowlai started through Ilaiyaraja despite the fact that i learnt carnatic vocal for 6 years.

Listening to "Thalaiyai kuniyum thamaraiye" from the movie "Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu" was the first time i came across Reethigowlai. Ilaiyaraja would have composed this number without compromising on how the raga should be rendered. Similarly "Chinna kannan Azhaikiran" from "Kavikuyil" and "Raman Kadhai Kelungal" from "Sipikkul Muthu" are other songs composed by Raja in Reethigowlai Raga.

Other famous film songs in Reethigowlai include "Azhagana Ratchasiye" from "Mudhalvan" by Rahman,"Theenda Theenda" from "Thulluvadho Ilamai" by Yuvan Shankar Raja and more recently, "Sudum Nilavu" from "Thambi" by Vidyasagar.

Famous carnatic compositions in this raaga are Janani Ninuvina by Subbaraya Sastry, Cheraravademira by Thiagaraja and Paripaalayamaam by Swathi Thirunal.

Reethigowlai is in no way related to Gowlai, Mayamalavagowlai, Kedaragowlai or Narayanagowlai. It is indeed closely related to Ananda Bhairavi about which we will discuss some other time.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Prince charles' car runs on wine

Guess, we indians need to find something like this given the never ending problem of rising fuel prices in India. Well, here's the article from CNN.

"Britain's Prince Charles has converted his 38-year-old Aston Martin to run on biofuel made from surplus wine.

The car was a 21st birthday present from Queen Elizabeth, and the prince has converted it to run on 100 percent bioethanol as a way to reduce his carbon emissions, his office, Clarence House, said.

The prince has also converted his other cars -- several Jaguars, an Audi and a Range Rover -- to run on 100 percent biodiesel fuel made from used cooking oil, his office added.

Details of the prince's biofuel use were made public Monday in his household's 2008 Annual Review, which details the prince's income and activities over the past year.

The report says Charles and his household reduced their carbon footprint by 18 percent last year after switching to green electricity supplies and reducing their travel-related emissions.

Charles, 59, has a strong interest in environmental issues and rural affairs. He is active in environmental charities, and his food company, Duchy Originals, uses ingredients produced at his organic farm in Cornwall, southwestern England.

The biofuels are converted and provided by Green Fuels Limited, a British company that previously provided biodiesel to power the royal train, Clarence House said.

The wine used for the bioethanol comes from current vintage that remains after English wine producers reach the EU limit for annual wine production, a spokesman for Green Fuels said.

The prince uses wine from a vineyard close to his Highgrove Estate, the spokesman said."

P.S: BTW, நம்ம ஊரு குடிமகன் யாராவது Old Monk, Monitor இந்த மாதிரி சீப் சரக்குல ஓடற வண்டி கண்டுப்பிடிக்க கூடாதா?