Author:Hari Ravikumar

Kosambi launches into a polemic against Krishna, considering him as a real person, forgetting that he himself had cast doubts on the existence of Krishna in the first place. Kosambi spews venom against the acharya of the Gita (emphasis is mine):

The Geeta exposition is essentially contained between the words 'अशोच्यान्' (BG 2.11) and 'मा शुच:' (BG 18.66). The central message is quite simply ‘grieve not’; for what really is, is of the nature of pure joy ("नासतो विद्यते भावो नाभावो विद्यते सत:"). How not to grieve is what Krishna seeks to explain.

It is usually thought in the world of classical arts, especially in the Carnatic circles in India that a prodigy is born in a family which is rich with a music tradition, and in most cases, belonging to the lineage of one of the stalwarts. It is rather rare to find a genius being born in an unconnected atmosphere. When the eight-holed bamboo flute was still trying to figure out its place in main stream Carnatic music as a solo and an accompanying instrument and when the playing techniques developed by Mali (TR Mahalingam) were awaiting to be housed in a creative musician, Bangalore N.

किं वाससा चीकरिबाकिरेण
किं दारुणा वङ्कर-टिङ्करेण ।
सर्वज्ञभूपालविलोकनार्थं
वैदुष्यमेको विदुषां सहायः ॥

Of late, echoes of a certain something called "Art Therapy" has been resonating throughout our land. More specifically, there has been an increase in the number of self-proclaimed "Art Therapists" strutting around with claims that they can cure a wide variety of diseases using music, dance, painting and poetry. They occupy the line already populated by that class of people who've anointed themselves as Sanyasis-Babas and Gurujis.

Rare footage of Pandit Kumar Gandharva (1924-92) singing as a ten year old. He was born Shivaputra Siddharamayya Komkalimath and in his early years was given the title of 'Kumar Gandharva' in recognition of his genius.

 

There was a certain amount of misrule and evil during the reign of the Nandas. A powerful force awoke that would destroy all that evil from the past. That was Chandragupta Maurya. What we know from our written history – and commonly agreed upon – is that Chandragupta was a great example for the brilliance of kshaatra. There are many accounts of this in Jaina, Bauddha, and Hindu – Sanatana Dharmic – literature.

Bhaja Govindam is a popular poem attributed to the scholar-saint Adi Shankara, one of the foremost advocates of the Advaita Vedanta School of philosophy. A short work, of 31 verses, it urges us to pray to Govinda (‘the herder of cows,’ another name for Krishna).

From a young age, Krishnacharya apparently suffered from ill-health. He had several digestion-related ailments for which he tried a variety of treatments, all of which failed. Finally, he decided to create a specific diet and remold his eating habits, and as a result attained good health. He had named that diet ‘ಹವ್ಯಪಾಕ ಪದ್ಧತಿ’ [Anything offered to the fire of yajna is traditionally called ‘havya’ or ‘havis, ‘paaka’ refers to cooking, and ‘paddhati’ is custom or practice.