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Sunday, 30 September 2012

The Mesmerizing Anthems...

Although not watching the World T20 Cricket regularly, one thing I noticed during the series was the national anthem of Sri Lanka, "Sri Lanka Matha", and have since fallen in love with its meaning and specifically, its tune. There is something in the tune that has made many Southern Asian patriotic songs to be sung on these lines. A bit of Khamas and Dhirashankarabharana in terms of Ragas, as far as I could guess, and they emit patriotism in abundance.

The Sri Lankan National Anthem composed by Ananda Samarakoon:

Then we come across this awesome piece of lyrics by Sri Basavappa Shastry, in the "State Anthem of the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore". This song "Kayou Sri Gowri" was sung by every school going child in Karnataka region a few decades ago:

And finally, the song "Jayati Jayati Bharata Mata" by Mayuram Vishwanatha Shastry is a very melodious one too:

Friday, 28 September 2012

Infosys Mysore: Flora and Fauna

Some pictures from the trip to Infosys Mysore Campus in August. Thanks to Madhura, Thomas, Ajay and Aswathi who "dragged" me along :)

Lush green stranded bliss! 

A Greater Coucal searches for food

Bright and colourful, with stunning stings 

Morning sun rays light up the brand new flowers 

A Red-vented Bulbul begins its day

Crape Jasmine blooms on a gloomy evening

Bright yellow flowers with a hostel block in the background 

No, not a place for retired folks, probably a place to sit and reflect upon a hectic day? 

Indian Cuckoo getting ready to sing? 

The Red-vented Bulbul flies with gay abandon 

A Little Cormorant dries its wings

This bright green little bird is getting ready for a morning breakfast flight 

And the bright blue Kingfisher contemplates

The majestic look of the Red-vented Bulbul

And a video of these and a few other photos:

Monday, 10 September 2012

Pune Trip Part 1: Photos of Greenery

Some pictures from my July Pune trip, showcasing the greenness and freshness of the rainy season:

Greenery atop the Parvathi Hill

Green and stranded Saras Baug in the morning

Female sparrow at Saras Baug

White lotus in the Saras Baug pond

Indian Pond Heron walks amongst the lotuses in the Saras Baug pond

Trees stand tall atop Sinhagad hill station

Sinhagad fort walls covered with lush greenery

Rains threaten to splash Khadakwasla lake, as seen from Sinhagad hilltop

Sinhagad valleys covered with nothing but green

A rain drenched Indian Myna

Lonesome Stranger

Stairs to invisibility

Ficus Religiosa with its golden new leaves

Endless greenery reminding a well planned tea estate

"Two roads diverged in a green wood..."

Standing tall in the mountain mist

"The road not taken"