One of the most beautiful and satisfying of kutcheris: right from the beautiful Kanada Adi Tala varnam all the way to the Jaavalis at the end. Truly serene and beautiful music that transcends the temporal. Very few concerts tug at the heart the way this does (there was another the previous year by TN Krishnan that was just truly and utterly serene and beautiful).
The raagam Maand can be so happy and so sad at the same time, giving one a strangely melancholic elation. Love the way Nithyashree just lets herself go in this song with some delightful saxophone interludes; Lovely percussion accompaniment as well;
“There’s a pleasure sure to being mad, that only madmen know”
– John Dryden in The Spanish Friar (1681)
Arthur Mailey famously declared that the greatest cricket fan is any twelve year old deeply, madly in love with cricket and it’s heroes. How will it feel if you find your heroes, the people whom you adore, in your living room one day and ready to play street cricket with you? One of the most deeply moving videos I have seen in a long time, the kind that makes you sob uncontrollably thinking about your childhood days dreaming about cricket non stop.
CLR James may wonder at the social and political implications of cricket for the masses, but just watch the joy on the faces of these little kids as they play with the Proteas. What do they know of cricket who only cricket know, was James’ famous rhetorical question. But to invert that slightly and provide an answer: it is this: the joy, the unbridled happiness, as a little kid, when you play the game you love. This video is perhaps the most moving tribute to Mike Marqusee, the American born cricket lover and writer who passed away recently.
Edit: From Gideon Haigh’s blog:
This love for cricket is aptly summarized by Afghanistan’s Hamid Hassan:
I have seen people die and I have not shed a tear. But there is something about cricket that gets me here [pointing to his heart]. Cricket is our chance.
(Photo taken from Cricinfo webpage; Photographer: Bruce Postle)
Gian-Carlo Rota is a writer of such crystal clear and beautiful prose, conveying the essence in an unconvoluted and direct manner. If your interests lie in the intersection of mathematics, science and technology and well written prose, I warmly recommend the book.
I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?
Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.