Ambujam mami


  • Ambu mami & the film star who locked himself in - THE LAV MUSE
  • Ambu Mami and the coy cow
  • Keeping Up With The Neelakanthans
  • Charumathi Ramachandran tunes Ambujam Krishna’s compositions
  • Ambu mami & the film star who locked himself in - THE LAV MUSE

    January 23, Around , vocalist Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan took her friend, composer Ambujam Krishna, to visit vocalist Charumathi Ramachandran. Ramachandran, sing the Narayaneeyam that he had set to tune.

    Ambujam found it coincidental as she was leaving for Guruvayur soon after. On her return, Ambujam handed Charumathi a composition to tune.

    That piece, Om Namo Narayana, which she set to rAgam Karnaranjani, soon became well-known and remains extremely popular. A version of this piece appeared in The Hindu newspaper. Charumathi Ramachandran shared document excerpts and more.

    Sujatha Vijayaraghavan explained the selection process of the songs and her association with Late Smt. Ambujam Krishna. She also sent the photograph below of the composer. Radha Parthasarathy freely shared her thoughts on her mother.

    My sincere thanks to the three ladies. Sujatha Vijayaraghavan. Ramanathan, K. Kedaranathan, Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan and others when she was around. I am trying to get them done in my lifetime. Vedavalli, T. Seshagopalan and Charumathi. They were carefully selected by Sujatha Vijayaraghavan, scholar, choreographer and daughter of Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan.

    A facsimile of Smt. Her note in the margin indicates that Smt. Charumathi tuned it. Courtesy: Smt. I handed over those marked for Charumathi to Charu. Charu had also expressed a desire for thematic compositions — so I selected several on Krishna that touched different rasas emotions — sringaram love , karunam sadness and compassion , bhakti devotion , vatsalyam parental affection etc.

    Others featured different deities. Ramachandran tuned five pieces. Their daughter, Shubasree Ramachandran, tuned one piece — as a tillana in Ahir Bhairav and Brindavani. She has set some as — ragamalikas including a Daru Varnam -Aadum azhagai featuring Khamas, Hindolam etc. She also created a new ragam, a janya derivative of Harikambhoji, that she has christened Radhambujam.

    Charumathi also set cittaswaram-s for many songs, some extensive and some in ragamalika-s. Shubasree too contributed in this exercise. A sample of Smt. She sees many of these compositions as having applicability in the dance circuit too. Charumathi shares further observations.

    Her pieces are, in my opinion, Tamizh Isai Revival songs as they are in chaste but easily understood Tamizh that can reach the masses easily. She always said if they are good they will get known for their worth. We will post the songs on YouTube along with notations so that people can learn.

    Ambu Mami and the coy cow

    Ambu Mami and the coy cow Ambu Mami was missing Pankaja. With her missing in action, this was the first weekend in the year when Ambujam went shopping. She was in a hurry to catch the bus and barely nodded to Chettiyar and Panchu as she passed them in a rush. Sadagoppan, the conductor of the bus came up to deliver the ticket. Going to the market, huh? Usually Pankaja does my shopping but she is out of town right now. She is usually so regular. Well, enjoy your shopping.

    She then made her way to the house of Lacchu, her childhood friend for a stopover and a chitchat until she could catch the next bus at PM. She was just reliving some of their mutual school escapades as she was entering when she suddenly stopped in her tracks. Lacchu was sitting right in the middle of the koodam with her heads between her palms.

    It supposedly has all the modern amenities, including, a toilet! Everything was going according to the plan until the part where the cow and her calf enter the new house to finish the rituals. Our cow, Usha and her calf Meena were supposed to participate and Nadar paid us generously so that the function may be completed without a hitch.

    Worse yet, all the invitees to the event are now saying that the new house is haunted or cursed as Usha refused to enter it. Nadar is furious at us for spoiling the ceremony and we have lost our cow and calf. Usha is usually an extremely placid and calm animal, as is her calf.

    I am sure either you or any of your neighbours will come across her soon. There have been 4 search parties so far to search for Usha and her calf. I led them myself along with my friends and neighbours. Usha is nowhere to be found. Nadar can be pacified if we find Usha before dusk today, as we can try another attempt at making her enter the house to complete the ceremony. Can you help us?

    The house is haunted. Ambujam slowly came out of the house shaking her head. She beckoned to Pitchu. The tree seemed a forest unto itself. Cuckoos, crows and parrots flitted busily among its branches while a red fox slunk away at their approach.

    With a great heave at her halter, Pitchu managed to coax the reluctant cow and the calf into a slow trot. A great wave of cheering erupted at the approach of Pitchu and Ambu mami along with the cow and the calf. Nadar eagerly came forward along with his wife, all animosity forgotten. Pitchu finally made Usha and her calf enter the house and received a generous sum of money from a relieved Nadar at the successful completion of the ceremony.

    A gratuitous Lacchu was awaiting the approach of Ambujam and Pitchu at the entrance of her house. She happily erupted as they drew near.

    I have to leave soon to catch my bus. It seems supernatural, they way she found the cow. He even knew why Usha had run away. He said his idiot priests had been sprinkling tamarind powder around the house to fend off evil spirits when I was coming up to the entrance with Usha.

    He was sure Usha had got an eyeful of turmeric before she fled away in panic. He was very annoyed with the supernatural rumours that were going around.

    The bus driver reluctantly went to his seat at PM while Sadagoppan lingered by. He spoke to Ambujam in a reverential whisper. The entire district knows of your miraculous feat now.

    Otherwise, Nadar, the poor man will suffer. I had no doubt that she would have possessed the poor Usha cow to drag her to the banyan tree so that she could escape to her favourite hang out. Everyone knows that all ghosts like to hang out on banyan trees. That was amazing.

    Otherwise no one would visit poor Nadar in his new house if word got out that his house was previously possessed by a vengeful spirit. Not a word.

    Can you help us?

    Keeping Up With The Neelakanthans

    The house is haunted. Ambujam slowly came out of the house shaking her head. She beckoned to Pitchu. The tree seemed a forest unto itself. Cuckoos, crows and parrots flitted busily among its branches while a red fox slunk away at their approach. With a great heave at her halter, Pitchu managed to coax the reluctant cow and the calf into a slow trot. A great wave of cheering erupted at the approach of Pitchu and Ambu mami along with the cow and the calf.

    Nadar eagerly came forward along with his wife, all animosity forgotten. Pitchu finally made Usha and her calf enter the house and received a generous sum of money from a relieved Nadar at the successful completion of the ceremony. A gratuitous Lacchu was awaiting the approach of Ambujam and Pitchu at the entrance of her house. She happily erupted as they drew near. I have to leave soon to catch my bus. It seems supernatural, they way she found the cow.

    He even knew why Usha had run away.

    Charumathi Ramachandran tunes Ambujam Krishna’s compositions

    He said his idiot priests had been sprinkling tamarind powder around the house to fend off evil spirits when I was coming up to the entrance with Usha.

    Ramachandran, sing the Narayaneeyam that he had set to tune. Ambujam found it coincidental as she was leaving for Guruvayur soon after. On her return, Ambujam handed Charumathi a composition to tune. That piece, Om Namo Narayana, which she set to rAgam Karnaranjani, soon became well-known and remains extremely popular. A version of this piece appeared in The Hindu newspaper. Charumathi Ramachandran shared document excerpts and more.

    Sujatha Vijayaraghavan explained the selection process of the songs and her association with Late Smt. Ambujam Krishna. She also sent the photograph below of the composer. Radha Parthasarathy freely shared her thoughts on her mother. My sincere opap joker to the three ladies. Sujatha Vijayaraghavan. It was a bite that defined his life for he carried the name of Mr. Scorpion Bite with him all the way to Vaikunta Lokam.

    Anyways, back to the sujet originale, Burma Mama! But his primary merit and endearing feature that my grandma could not stop gushing about was that he was fair…and extremely so. There was an air of mystery around Burma Mama that fascinated her.

    Sometime in the late s, Burma Mama, a dissatisfied youth with little career prospects in Madras got a government job in Burma. Excited, he was all for going there and had even booked a steamer for Rangoon. Except for a small snag — his wife, Burma Mami. Though to be fair to her, Burma Mami never set foot on the soil of Burma. Yes, Mami stayed behind. So she stayed put. Months passed by and Burma Mama wrote letters frequently, pleading with his wife to come and stay with him. Or maybe they were pyoor high class Burmese vegitarians.

    I know what you must be thinking — all that build-up for this?


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