Just seeing: A week of Instagram posts

Here are some posts from August 2015. You can follow me on instagram.

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Boundless beauty of everyday life. #freedom

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Early evening sky

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Welcome to the new website

Welcome, vannakam, namaskaram, 欢迎光临! I’m happy to share my new website with you. Moving your website is almost like moving to a new house! There are things to prepare, rearrange, throw away and set up. Some stuff gets lost in the move, some things sit in boxes in a corner for a while before you finally dust it off.

There are some minor changes, but most of the content is still here. I was able to import most of my old posts into the new website. My old podcast “Indian Classical Jazz Saxophone Set” got somehow deleted on my old web host and I’ve received emails asking what happened. I will likely repost the mp3 files on this blog just for fun and as an archive. My life has changed so much since 2009 when I did that podcast, especially since I don’t really think too much about differences between Carnatic music and jazz anymore. I just play.

Those of you who were subscribed to the blog may need to resubscribe to follow via email. Check it out and let me know what you think. One new addition is a lessons page, just to let visitors know that I am teaching. I get many emails inquiring about learning Carnatic music on saxophone but people are not sure if I’m actually accepting students.

The highlight of the new site is the content I will be posting here like audio tracks, videos, photos and perhaps some interesting links. Watch the blog or even the homepage for updates. Feel free to let me know what you think of the new site layout, etc.

In the meantime, enjoy the photo of beloved Arunachala.

Ramana Maharshi and Be As You Are

Many are familiar with the book of Ramana Maharshi’s teachings, Be As You Are. If you have not had a chance to read it yet, maybe now is a good time. There are several other excellent books, such as “Talks” and others, but Be As You Are was the first one I read.

Carnatic saxophone concert at San Diego IFAASD, March 15, 2008

I am writing from Boston today. I am here for a couple concerts. I just finished one yesterday, which went well at Brandeis University. I performed with Phil Scarff and his Indian-Jazz-West African group Natraj.

A couple weeks ago, I performed at San Diego for the inaugural Music and Dance festival there. It was organized well, especially considering it was the first year. I enjoyed playing for the San Diego audience, who were very warm and receptive.

Concert at San Diego Indian Fine Arts

Concert from the side

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Recap of concert at Ektaa Center, Irvine, CA

This is a bit overdue, but I thought I would do a quick recap of a concert from August 2007 at the Ektaa Center in Irvine, California. Personnel included myself on saxophone, Ajay Narasimha on Violin and Poovalur Srinivasan on Mridungam. It was the first time playing with Ajay, and had been quite a while since I had played with Poovalur Srinivasan.br /br /I had played a concert with Howard Wiley, David Ewell and Sameer Gupta the night before at the Red Poppy in San Francisco. That was a great show, which I will elaborate upon later. So I drove down directly to the concert hall from the bay area.br /br /a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://blog.prasantmusic.com/uploaded_images/irvine_concert-791841.jpg”img style=”margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer;” src=”http://blog.prasantmusic.com/uploaded_images/irvine_concert-791838.jpg” alt=”” border=”0″ //abr /The hall was very intimate and I was actually able to do the concert without a microphone. There was a good connection between the three of us musically. Ajay did a nice job and of course Poovalur sir provided seamless and beautiful mridungam playing as usual.br /br /I was fortunate to get most of the concert on video. Here are a few clips from the concert. The first is the timeless Swati Tirunal composition “Deva Deva.” The other is the beginning of the ragam in the Ragam Thanam Pallavi (main piece of the concert).br /br /object height=”355″ width=”425″param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/5w2EQ2sgtE8″param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/5w2EQ2sgtE8″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” wmode=”transparent” height=”355″ width=”425″/embed/objectbr /Deva Devabr /br /object height=”355″ width=”425″param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Uh9CWMZr4mk”param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Uh9CWMZr4mk” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” wmode=”transparent” height=”355″ width=”425″/embed/objectbr /Lathangi Ragambr /br /I will post more from this concert soon.br /br /Some pictures from this concert and the Boston concert a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/prasantmusic/sets/72157602499523404/show/”here/a.div class=”blogger-post-footer”a href=”http://prasantmusic.com”Visit Prasant’s website/a | a href=”http://cdbaby.com/all/prasant”Buy CD’s/a/div