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Popularity vs Progress for aspirants & students

Popularity is an important initial (certainly not the final) step in the lives of those passionate about contributing widely and effectively.  Personal success in the eyes of many can certainly enable one to make a positive impact on so many lives, if used unselfishly. Let me hasten to add that numerous people have contributed before or even without getting popular during their lifetimes. 
But a popular person can influence and inspire numerous people even without specifically setting out to do much for others - as shown by great legends in almost every era and arena.  With serious intent, a popular person so inclined can catalyse a lot of good things. 
Popularity can be a tool that can enable one ability to popularise rare things of beauty or things of rare beauty; or create a whole system of values that can raise standards all around.  Take the case of sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar whose popularity not only enabled him to influence his chosen Hindustani classical but also had a positi…

A complete system - Ravikiran with Sharada Ramanathan - The Hindu 12 April 2002

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U Shrinivas Demise - A loss beyond words - Deccan Chronicle 20 Sept 2014

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Mandolin U Shrinivas: Incomparable, Irreplaceable - The Hindu 20 Sept 2014 (Page 1)

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Lalgudi's Music Stands Tall - Article in The Hindu 24 Apr 2013

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Ravikiran on Dr M Balamuralikrishna The Hindu, 25 Nov 2016

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M S Gopalakrishnan - a tribute in Deccan Chronicle

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Culture - Essential or extra fitting?

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Lalgudi Jayaraman: An unprecedented phenomenon - Deccan Chronicle

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Sliding up series - Deccan Chronicle: Learning to Learn

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GEN-XT Reality Check

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Deccan Chronicle: Carnatic Music and Communal Harmony

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Sliding Up Series: Deccan Chronicle: Discernment in Music

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Sliding Up Series: Deccan Chronicle: Perfection with correctness

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Sliding Up Series: Deccan Chronicle: Good vs Great

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Sliding Up Series: Secret of enduring excellence (Deccan Chronicle)

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Sampoorna Bhashanga Mela Concept

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The concept I have postulated is more an intellectual exercise with theoretical validity, aimed to give a codified structure to what is often attempted in contemporary orchestral/operatic/fusion/film forays with "a Carnatic base".  My postulate also offers a mathematical extension to such forays since many new combinations can be tried more systematically by futuristic composers interested in venturing into this territory.

Carnatic music, renowned globally as much for its exciting aesthetics as for its scientific and precise approach, made tremendous strides both theoretically and practically after the 72 parent-raga (melakarta) system was postulated and developed several hundred years ago by Govinda Dikshitar, Venkatamakhin and others.  Prominent classical composers including the Tyagaraja, Muttuswami Dikshitar, Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi and others embraced the system and created attractive pieces which bestowed musical immortality upon this already brilliant concept, which i…

One more formula for Squares of Integers

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Even though I have left formal math behind several years ago (though somewhat later than it had left me behind!), I have always had a fascination for numbers, some of which has been applied in original musical concepts I have popularised over the years including Seamless Korvais.

This topic is completely off the music charts as it attempts to chart a different course in pure math in a fairly populated area - Squaring numbers. Doubtless there are several time-tested and elegant approaches to this including the most well known algebraic formula of (a+b)^2 and others based on pattern recognition.  I found another approach staring me in the face this afternoon, literally in my half-sleep state.

I roused myself to action and tested the concept. Itseems to hold good from negative infinity to positive infinity and I decided to not get too greedy and ask for more but share it with heads wiser than mine in the field.  So here goes (in fairly simplistic, rather than formal terms)...


Explanation…

A new option to make cricket ODIs more balanced

“ICC has ruined cricket, there is no real contest between bat and ball. Win the toss, bat first and there you go!” screams a cricket lover.  “ODIs now are no less stereo-typical than T20s! Please ICC, change the nature of the wickets,” berates another.
Several thousand feel the same way, whether they voice it or not.  Teams scoring about 200 runs in the last 20 overs have become as unexciting as it used to be when they scored about half the runs in the same space. SA scored about 222 in just 15 overs in the latest against WI with De Villiers raking up 60 plus in the last 14 balls he faced, almost obliterating memories of Chris Gayle’s 215 just a match before.  Ironically, this was 8 shy of their booty a few weeks before against the same team in Jo'berg in the last 15 overs, where AB's strike rate was 333 plus as opposed to a mere 245 in this match. 

With cyber-debris of such numbers hurtling at one literally at the speed of light, even (chrono-) logical awareness is consigned…

Law of Collective Inertia...

      [People from diverse fields (including social-scientists, psychologists, government and corporate leaders, who read my post on "Positive Inertia" gave me a very positive feedback on it, motivating me to think further on the subject.  I have shared just highlights here...] ========================


Isaac Newton used 'Inertia’ as a technical term and his law can roughly be paraphrased as – “bodies tend to retain a given state of stillness or movement, unless an external force is applied”.  Albert Einstein had to redefine the concept of inertia in terms of geodesic deviationto postulate his General Theory of Relativity.  But this article doesn't deal with either of these gentlemens' concepts.  

Instead, it focuses on the colloquial (esp. philosophical) employment of the term and creates its own set of laws!The colloquial inertia doesn't necessarily collide with its scientific namesake, since both deal with "how bodies (living or non-living!) tend to resis…

The C I D Mantra

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The C I D Mantra: Deccan Chronicle 1 July, 2013