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accepted,stating the LG of the National Capital Territory is not bound by the aid and advice ofCouncil of Ministers Ruling on the AAP’s plea alleging undue interference from the Centre and the LtGoverner the court said that all service matters fall outside the jurisdiction of DelhiLegislative Assembly and if the Lt Governor chooses to exercise his powers then it cannot be deemed unconstitutional The ruling is being seen as a major setback for the AAP government who have time and again been in loggerheads with the Centre over who wields more power in the National Capital Territory After the court ruling the 21 May 2015 notification of Centre barringACB from proceeding against central government employees is neitherillegal nor unsustainable Similarly the high court ruling automatically made defunct theCommission of Inquiry in the CNG fitness scam and DDCA scamsince the same was issued without concurrence of LG Meanwhile reacting to the huge setback in what was more a political battle AAP has decided to move the Supreme Court AAP government’s counsel has said that hey will immediately filean appeal against the verdict in the apex court while AAP leader Ashutosh has refused to call the judgement a setback Ashutosh said that AAP is "fighting for democracy not supremacy" therefore they expect justice will be delivered in the apex court With inputs from agencies Dharamsala: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has expressed sadness over the terrible earthquake in Nepal that has left more than 3200 people dead "The people of Nepal and Tibetans have been neighbours throughout history and many Tibetan refugees live in Nepal" the Dalai Lama said in an open letter to Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala The Dalai Lama AFP "I offer my condolences to you and to those who have lost members of their families friends and their homes in this tragedy "As a token of solidarity with the people of Nepal I have asked the Dalai Lama Trust to make a donation towards rescue and relief efforts" Tibetan prime minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay said: "At this dark and painful time words fail to convey how deeply we feel for the people affected in Nepal Tibet and India" IANS In many ways this BJP National Executive – the firstsinceNarendra Modi took over as Prime Minister and Amit Shah as party president-is a departure from the past not so much in substance but surely in symbolism and general atmospherics The fact that party patriarch LK Advani declined to make his usual “guidance speech” in the concluding session is by itself a watershed moment in theBJP’s history While it’s truethat he had been gradually pushed to the margins and is no longer a force of consequence in the BJP or the Modi government his decision to be nothing morethan a mute spectator is an altogether different thing Advani wasexpected to make an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the party by dwelling into the past makinga reasoned valuation of the present political scenario and present a vision for the future Advani had refused to speak at the NE meet A party leader said the “the Margdarshak mandal has become a mookdarshak mandal” That too when from the BJP’s perspective this Executive meet is no ordinary one In addition to the reasons cited above what makes this National Executivemeet special is that it roughly coincides with the 35th year of thefoundation of the BJP The day 4 April is a very significant date in BJP’s political calendar It was on this date 35 years ago the then Bharatiya Jansangh was thrown out of Janata Party to which it was one of the constituents on issue of dual membership Incidentally that had happened on Good Friday And in a strange coincidence theBangalore National Executive also began on Good Friday The BJP as it is known today was formed two days later on April 6 1980 which coincided with Easter Sunday Advaniand Atal Bihari Vajpayee were the two principal architects of this move to form a new party Vajpayee as is known is unwell and can’t move or talk Even the Bharat Ratna was conferred to him by President Pranab Mukherjee at his residence That leaves Advani who is 88 but has been in good health His physical firnessdefies his biological age Although there has been some pretence of a working relationship between him and Modi the turn of events as has been displayed by Advani’s decision to be completely silent on an occasion as significant as this means that that the trust deficit amongst them is far deeper than perceived Advani wason the dais throughout the day on Friday but has not spoken nor is likely to speak on Saturday when the Executive will close with Modi’s concluding remarks He was also there on the podium at the public rally addressed by Modi Shah and other a host of other leaders His decision not to speak is afirst of its kind situation in the party’s history The BJP current leadership did its bit to request Advani to speak but he had refused The matter seems to have ended there Sources said there has not been much effort to persuade him to rethink and review his position The veteran leader was reportedlya bit hurt because he was not asked to campaign for theDelhi assembly elections even thoughhe was in the Capital throughout the election period He was not asked to address even a single rally nor washe invited for any strategy meet either in Parliament or in the party There is an argument that the party leadership Modi and Shah have perhaps taken the 75 plus retirement formula a bit too seriously both in letter and spirit and have pushed seniors on a path of total retirement Modi did visit Advani’s home on his 88 birthday and 5oth marriage anniversary but beyond niceties like theexchange of greetings substantive talks or any other confidence building measures have not taken place Though no party leader is willing to talk on record about Advani those close to him and those in disagreement ironically agree that “it’s not really consequential whether he speaks or not” Incidentally Prime Minister Modi and BJP president Amit Shah chose to omit any reference to history despitethe party gearing up to celebrate 35 years of its inception They will have theirreasons for that Its clear that the BJP’s present is not comfortable with the past and vice versa It’s significant that this chasm comes out at at time of two massive victories for the BJP -winning an absolute majority in Parliament on its own and becoming the largest political party in the world It is also the first time that the media has been not allowed anywhere near the actual venue for the meet the five star Lalit Ashok National Executive meets have always been closed door affair but media was issued passes around the premises There have of course been official media briefings two or three a day but no off record in-depth analytical briefings or senior leaders droppingby the media centre just to say hello and have a cup of tea These tradition also seem to be relegated to the realms ofnostalgia for thegood old days The evening of 22 November 2016 saw one man’s name dominate the shared mental space of the Indian South: adorned and adored vocalist composer and teacher Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna passed away Today we collectively revisit his legacy and pay homage to the legend whose music touched so many lives The news broke at about 530 pm after which the (mononymous ‘Balamuralikrishna’) sir quickly dominated the news cycle: “veteran Carnatic singer passed away at 86;” the great “scholar singer guru a game changer” was being mourned by civilians and celebrities alike (While we’re on the matter dear Deccan Herald might I suggest renaming your article Figure of speech aside he may have passed away but he is still very much here in our psyches He has become the number one searched term here in the South where I write from and is the fourth most discussed topic in the entire subcontinent (Listen closely — I can almost hear the feet of sabha directors shuffling to arrange for memorial concerts already can you) The Legend Behind the Man His tale as we know it to be is quite legendary On the east coast in Andhra Pradesh you will find the Godavari river breaking out into her many tributaries Squarely placed in between the southern most streams with a base made of the Bay of Bengal resides the village of Sankaraguptam where Balamuralikrishna was born Folklore leads its natives to believe that Lord Shiva spent time here once when in hiding from a boon gone wrong Such is the village to house the fitting beginning for the legend More than half a century later he would be given the keys to the landmark city of Vijayawada about 150 kilometers away from his birth village as the crow flies The government would name him an ‘Honorary First Citizen’ So the story goes: his mother Suryakanthamma was a vainika Her father — Balamuralikrishna’s maternal grandfather — was a composer named Prayaga Rangaiya His own father Mangalampalli Pattabhiramaiya was a multi-instrumentalist playing his wife’s signature instrument the veena alongside the violin and flute Balamuralikrishna was not afforded the chance to grow up in the arms of his mother On the thirteenth day of his life she is said to have complained of a headache She passed away three days later His mother’s elder sister Subbamma took over the responsibility rearing the child She named the young one Krishna but called him Murali Hence was born the name ‘Murali-Krishna’ He is said to have stopped school at age 10 (fifth standard) at the advice of the principal who insisted the young boy instead focus on music His father charged with continuing the family’s musical legacy would later choose to enroll his young son under the tutelage of Parupalli Ramakrishnaiya Pantulu His guru PR Pantulu traced his own lineage to that of Thyagaraja claiming a relationship that was only thrice removed This would place Balamuralikrishna as the fifth sishya of a paramparā that could claim the legendary member of the Carnātic trinity as one of their own In a 2011 cover story for Sruti one reads the fantastical story of his first concert and the creation of his moniker: On 18 July 1940 on Ashadha Suddha Ekadasi day exactly nine Hindu calendar years after his birth Muralikrishna ascended the stage – with Kambhampati Akkaji Rao (veena) and Radhakrishna Raju (mridanga) as his accompanists He paid obeisance to his guru seated in a corner of the platform The Kalyani varnam Vanajakshiro was the opening item followed by Sobhillu in Jaganmohini Young Murali’s music seemed to challenge the audience: “Are you looking for melody It is inborn Do you expect mastery over laya It is there in abundance Sruti laya arithmetical manipulations – are all at my beck and call” Though the allotted time was thirty minutes the concert crossed three hours The audience was unaware of the passage of time When the recital came to an end Pantulu stood up to say a few words but his voice choked Tears rolling from his eyes he rushed into an adjacent room carrying Murali on his shoulders and started to weep Musunuri Bhagavata took Pantulu’s place and spoke at length about Murali’s music He said ‘This boy reminds us of the young Muralikrishna of Brindavan who swept away the universe with his sweet music This young Muralikrishna may henceforth be called “Bala Muralikrishna” Hope you will all agree’ From that day Murali came to be known as Balamuralikrishna (I highly recommend this article for those interested in learning more about the myth of the legend that he is) The larger-than-life details don’t stop there He started performing at 6 says one Seven says another He performed and composed before he started to receive training says one He has over 400 compositions to his name He has performed over 20000 concerts says a grieving Tamil Nadu governor – nay the number is closer to 25000 says another He accompanied the legends of his day in violin we read “And mrudangam” cries another “Did you know about the time he played the viola for Ariyakudi” (I didn’t Did you) Kamal Haasan called him a “maha-guru” the “great teacher” Tamil Nadu claimed him as one of their Kalaimamani-s the nation claimed him as a Padma Vibushan Even in France was he claimed with the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (For a full list of his impressive accolades might I suggest this link) The Spirit Behind the Pioneer It is important for us to remember that Balamuralikrishna transcended the realm of Carnātic music in that he did not play only by its rules He sang memorable numbers in Bollywood movies building an impressive fan base out of Carnāticrasika-s and film fans alike Many opinions of him are floating around now but the chorus largely sings the tune of a man whose voice they can still hear in their hearts The sopranos sing of a Carnatic musician The baritones sing of a Bollywood actor who sang The tenors sang of a prolific composer The altos sing of a game changer Jayanthi Kumaresh says of him: “there are musicians who flow along the current of the wave that music is But there are those who create a change in the wave” Says Aruna Sairam: “His was a free mind — his music wasn’t pocketed into any particular set-up Also he was aware of the knowledge he was sitting on It was because there was his childlike approach that made everything sound effortless” A strong sense of identity is consistently found in him across the span of his eight-decades: in a telling interview for The Hindu Gowri Ramnarayan wrote six years ago that “[he was] convinced that his love for verse [made] him excel in handling the Trinity ‘When I sing Sadasiva Brahmendra or Jayadeva [says Balamuralikrishna] you will think that the composers would have sung like that’” He tells Gowri: "I flew into the skies with ‘Sogasu Nee Somma Kalyaniragini’ The moon melted like butter the stars ran helter-skelter trying to find the source of the music The woman’s half-closed eyes brimming with feeling energised [Lord] Brahma into fresh creativity The woman was none other than Kalyani Raga Others saw her too My love songs will make you feel I have a lover beside me Can’t sing without experience" This honesty when describing one’s own sense of self is refreshing in a cultural norm that expects humility to trump pride even at the cost of authenticity When asked if he regretted any of his bold choices he says to Gowri: “I am content won’t change even the controversies They improved my knowledge” Balamuralikrishna did not buckle to the will of controversy Many may have agreed or disagreed with his choices but his public persona has been largely consistent: a feat for someone in a largely populist and group-think-led world M Balamuralikrishna PTI Improvisation is a skill possessed by practically every Carnātic musician But to do so with the intention of crystallisation to unabashedly pen their own compositions is most certainly not In a genre where the likes of the Carnātic Trinity dominate — not only with their compositions but with the tales of their divine lives — to compose can be seen as your attempt to rank yourself self amongst them This can be a dangerous move in a world where the composers of the past have risen steadily to the status of sainthood; the aesthetics of Carnātic music has strong lines of Hindu (if not Brahmin) sensibilities woven into its fabric To compose then can require one to defend their own divinity as per the understandings of a largely Brahmin sensibility — piety as it is understood here rarely allows for the brand of pride and self-confidence that Balamuralikrishna showed throughout his career All that aside a mind preoccupied with the mundane details of how to circumnavigate this issue has not transcended it In this way Balamuralikrishna did surpass it He would have proudly told you himself that he has many compositions to his name As the reader may already know he even has rāgam-s to his name — an uncommon pursuit for the Carnātic composer He is said to have composed the rāgam Mahati at age 24 Some of his creations have been contested Two years ago SH Venkataramani chronicles of a “Stormy Exit:” Balamuralikrishna had just announced a retirement of sorts where he would continue singing in radio programs television shows and abroad When asked why he swore off public concerts in the motherland he was quick to retort that “the dignity of professional music concerts had deteriorated to a very low level and become commercial communal and political” This might have been a hard swallow for the rather insular sabha scene where criticism is not taken lightly Venkataramani writes: “It was Balamurali’s claim of having created new ragas that got the tradition-bound music circles of the south truly up in arms against him Balachander vehemently contended that some of the ragas already existed” In a largely gratification-driven world that his creations were being spurned didn’t seem to deter him Other rāgam-s of his include Lavangi Manorama Murali Omkari Prathimadhyamavathi Rohini Saravashri Sumukham Sushma Ganapathi Siddhi and Pushkara Godvari In fact the same Sruti article I mentioned before writes of how “in 1944 Balamurali provided viola accompaniment to Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar and Chittoor Subramania Pillai” Viola — would you believe it Let’s put this in context: pioneers who picked up non-traditional instruments include Sukumar Prasad who started playing the guitar in the 1970s (who would later accompany Balamuralikrishna) There is of course Guitar Prasanna who debuted in in the late 1980s We have our late Mandolin Srinivas who debuted in the late 1970s; saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath became a part of the public sphere in the 1980s Balamuralikrishna picked up a viola to accompany someone a good three decades before any of this had begun My own grandmother Seetha Doraiswamy played the jalatharangam Although she technically debuted at 1937 she didn’t really resurface for another 40 years until her familial obligations were over in the late 1970s Regardless for the purposes of the exercise and tracing the trend of playing innovative instruments in the Carnātic scene the jalatharangam is not entirely a non-traditional instrument to begin with But bear with me as I explain why I am reminded of her: to pick up a non-standard instrument and venture to play your own music on it requires a child-like curiosity and a clear understanding of one’s own language There has to be a love for the growth of what is yours You have to love it enough to not let its limitations limit you I bring this up because I know this from having seen my grandmother’s own work — existing outside of the box has its advantages but the disadvantages can easily topple the scale I can only imagine the look on attendees’ faces a young man ascended the stage to play a viola (or as my mother called it once the “periya (big) violin”) for the likes of Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar Nearly 72 years later do we have any viola players playing in our Carnātic circuits As an amusing aside I wonder how the landscape of our collective music experience would be different had he instead chosen to go down that route Would “Viola Muralikrishna” have moved us just as much What would we have done without his trademark bass voice which effortlessly glided between three octaves Who would have instead been our Narada in Bhakta Prahlada Would as many people know and love reetigoulai without his Chinna Kannan Azhaikiran To recount all of this Oru Naal Pothuma Let us remember during this time as we are flooded with information of him that no matter what thinks of his musicality and how he lived his life that this was a man who dared to be innovative Can we say that we dare to do so in our everyday lives Do we boldly take credit for our work Playfully approach things after decades of training Innovate The Human Behind it All For those who know him — or of him — we will always have those memories to hold on to My older cousin tells me once of when she was driving in a late-night darkened Chennai She saw a car nearby driving with the lights on As she peered in perplexed she recognised his face We are all now recounting our memories of him as thousands of pictures and stories are being shared I met him as a child I was young perhaps teetering on 10 years of age To be completely honest I don’t recall why I was there but I do remember being upset I was missing my scheduled weekly allowance for doing non-school or music related activities yet I was standing in for Tukaram Ganapathi Maharaj a harikathā exponent I believe I was there to receive an honour on his behalf The honour of course was to be bestowed by a certain M Balamuralikrishna It was loud; people were yelling over each other Everyone was scurrying The chaos broke suddenly; the sea of people parted to form a clear path as he came into the room in a feat of wordless organisation that struck me to be no less miraculous than the many ancient stories of parting seas This was indeed an amusing picture: here came a legend for whom the people collectively silenced themselves and respectfully sat in awe And I still sat uncomfortably under layers of clothing pouting — mourning the loss of my weekly free-time Perhaps he picked up on this I did not know then Balamuralikrishna the legend but I did know the grandfather who sat with me kindly He did not stay for long We went on stage he opened the large silk cloth — the ponnādai as it were — and with a seasoned flourish opened it and covered me in it as he towered me “Smile” he directed turning to the camera I did Somewhere in the crowd my dear friend Bhavya’s mother could be heard telling my mother: “Let her be upset now it’s okay One day she will know the worth of that picture” As we all look back now together at his prolific career I wonder if I comprehend the entirety of it even now That’s my first memory of him Tell me yours Ganavya Doraiswamy holds degrees in psychology and graduate degrees in performance (Berklee College of Music) and ethnomusicology (UCLA) She has lately been on the road with Quincy Jones’s production company for Tocororo an album that hit #1 in jazz charts? 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