The intention of this blog is only to share the collections. Inadvertently if any file is under copyright, please intimate me so that it can be removed forthwith.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

T. N. Seshagopalan

Since many complained to me that they are finding it difficult to download through rapidshare, I have posted this through a new software. You simply click the link below, you will be able to hear the song. If you want you can download it through iTunes. If you do not have iTunes please download iTunes set up. I will be glad if you give me your feed back about your experience and also let me know which one is convenient.

  1. Yeppadiththaan - Nilambari
  2. Nee seidha dhavam
  3. Aparaadhamula - Lathaangi
  4. Baala gopaala - Bhairavi
  5. Ivanaaro - Kambhoji
  6. Bega baaro - Maand
  7. Lalithalavanga ( ashtapathi) - Lalitha
  8. Gopi gopala Lala - Gamanasmarana
  9. Yengal kannamma - Ragamalika

Concert - Abhishek Raghuram 3rd April 2004

This is a concert by Abhishek Raghuram, grand son of Palghat R. Raghu

  1. Varnam - Saami ninne - Sree
  2. Nenendhu - Harikambodhi
  3. Parama paavanaa - Poorvi kalyaani
  4. Nee dhaya raadhaa - Vasanthabhairavi
  5. Yemayya raama - Kaambodhi
  6. Natimarachithi - Devakriya
  7. Edhuta nilachite - Sankarabaranam
  8. Naaneka badavanu
  9. Slokam
  10. Thillaanaa

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Blogger aravind said...
In aAbhishek's concert,
8.# Naaneka badavanu -Purandaradasa
9.# Slokam
have been expired in rapidshare. Can u please upload again?
December 3, 2008 4:52 PM

Blogger Amruthavarshini said...
1 and 2 seem to have expired - could you repost? Thanks
December 28, 2010 10:37 PM
Blogger vigi said...
Thanks for sharing. Songs 2, 3 & 9 mediashare links have expired. I am reluctant to ask you to repost since you offer so much in any case. Will send you a link if I can find & download/ buy this concert
November 2, 2011 12:51 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
tracks 2, 3, 5, 9 have expired. is it possible to repost?
February 22, 2012 6:48 PM
Blogger hvaidya said...
I have uploaded afresh the missing links
February 23, 2012 10:22 PM

Oh God, Please! Make me women

OH GOD, Please ! Make me women
A man was sick and tired of goingto work every day while his wife stayed home.

He wanted her to see what he went through. So he prayed:

Dear Lord: I go to work every day and put in 8 hours while my wife merely stays at home.

I want her to know what I go through, so please allow her body to switch with mine for a day. Amen.

God, in his infinite wisdom, granted the man's wish.

The next morning, sure enough, the man awoke as a woman.

He arose, cooked breakfast for his mate, awakened the kids,

Set out their school clothes, fed them breakfast, packed their lunches,

Drove them to school, came home and picked up the dry cleaning, took it to the cleaners

And stopped at the bank to make a deposit, went grocery shopping,

Then drove home to put away the groceries,

Paid the bills and balanced the checkbook.

He cleaned the cat's litter box and bathed the dog.

Then it was already 1 P.M.and he hurried to make the beds,do the laundry, vacuum, dust, and sweep and mop the kitchen floor.

Ran to the school to pick up the kids and got into an argument with them on the way home.

Set out milk and cookies and got the kids organized to do their homework,

Then set up the ironing board and watched TV while he did the ironing.

At 4:30 he began peeling potatoes and washing vegetables for salad, breaded the pork chops and snapped fresh beans for supper.

After supper, he cleaned the kitchen, ran the dishwasher, folded laundry, bathed the kids, and put them to bed. At 9 P.M. He was exhausted

And, though his daily chores weren't finished, he went to bed.where he was expected to make love, which he managed to get through without complaint.

The next morning, he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and said, Lord,

I don't know what I was thinking. Iwas so wrong to envy my wife's being able to stay home all day. Please, oh please, let us trade back."

The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, replied, "My son, I feel you have learned

Your lesson and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were.

You'll just have to wait nine months,though.
You got pregnant last night."

Red Marbles

I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes.

I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprizing a basket of freshly picked green peas.

I paid for my potatoes, but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas.

I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

'Hello Barry, how are you today?'

'H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure look good.'

'They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?'

'Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time.'

'Good. Anything I can help you with?'

'No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas.'
'Would you like take some home?' asked Mr. Miller.

'No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with.'

'Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?'

'All I got's my prize marble here.'

'Is that right? Let me see it' said Miller.

'Here 'tis. She's a dandy.'

'I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?' the store owner asked.

'Not exactly but almost.'

"Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble", Mr. Miller told the boy.

"Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller."

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.

With a smile she said, 'There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.

When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.'

I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man.

A short time later I moved to Colorado , but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.

Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one.

Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community, and while there, I learned that Mr. Miller had died.

They were having his visitation that evening, and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them.

Upon arrival at the mortuary, we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased, and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.

Ahead of us in line were three young men.

One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts...all very professional looking.

They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket.

Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket.

Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket.

Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles.

With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.

'Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them.

Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size....they came to pay their debt.'

'We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,' she confided, 'but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho'.

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

The Moral:
We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.

Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ~ A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself.

An unexpected phone call from an old friend.

Green stoplights on your way to work.

The fastest line at the grocery store.

A good old sing-along song on the radio.

Your keys found right where you left them.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Will you not laugh ?

Atleast smile...............

Several men are in the changing room of a golf club. A mobile phone on
a bench rings and a man engages the hands free speaker-function and
began to talk.

Everyone else in the room stops to listen.

MAN: "Hello"

WOMAN: "Darling, it's me. Are you at the club?"
MAN: "Yes"

WOMAN: "I am at the shopping centre and found this beautiful leather
coat. It's only £1,000. Is it OK if I buy it?"

MAN: "Sure,..go ahead if you like it that much."

WOMAN: "I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw the new 2005
models. I saw one I really liked."

MAN: "How much?"

WOMAN: "£70,000"

MAN: "OK, but for that price I want it with all the options."

WOMAN: "Great! Oh, and one more thing ... The house I wanted last year
is back on the m ,000"

MAN: "Well, then go ahead and give them an offer of 900,000. They will
probably take it. If not, we can go the extra 50 thousand. It really
is a pretty good price."

WOMAN: "OK. I'll see you later! I love you so much!!"

MAN: "Bye! I love you, too."

The man hangs up. The other men in the changing room are staring at him
in astonishment, mouths agape.....

He smiles and asks:

"Anyone knows, who this phone belongs to?"

Contributed by Ms. Chithra Patil

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bombay Jayashree

I am posting these videos for the benefit of my readers, who do not know about You Tube and have no time to access various sites. Thanks to Kamakoti Sankara

Sudha Raghunathan Video

Beauty of Math

This was sent to me by one of the e mail friends ( Ramakrishna from Kulalampur). Really very very interesting. Big Thank you

THIS IS REALLY GREAT !!! However, don't cut it short. Be sure to follow the math logic to the very end. You'll be glad you did.
Beauty of Math!

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn't it?

And look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111=12345678987654321

Now, take a look at this...


From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What Equals 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been in situations where someone wants you to GIVE OVER

How about ACHIEVING 101%?

What equals 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help answer these



Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.


H-A-R-D-W-O-R- K

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%



11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%



1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:


12+15+22+5+15+6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:

While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will
get you there, It's the Love of God that will put you over the top!
It's up to you if you share this with your friends & loved ones just the way I did...
Have a nice day & God bless!!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Thank you for your time

This message came to me, from my cousin Ravi Shyam. Worth reading and realising the fact.


A young man learns what's most important in life from the guy next door.

It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls,
career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear
across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his
busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no
time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and
nothing could stop him.

Over the phone, his mother told him, 'Mr. Belser died last night. The
funeral is Wednesday.' Memories flashed through his mind like an old
newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.!

'Jack, did you hear me?'

'Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought
of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,' Jack said.

'Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you
were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his
side of the fence' as he put it,' Mom told him.

'I loved that old house he lived in,' Jack said.

'You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make
sure you had a man's influence in your life,' she said

'He's the one who taught me carpentry,' he said. 'I wouldn't be in
this business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of time teaching
me things he thought were important...Mom, I'll be there for the
funeral,' Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to
his hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no
children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to
see the old house next door one more time.

Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like
crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time
The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories.
Every picture, every piece of furniture....Jack stopped suddenly.

'What's wrong, Jack?' his Mom asked.

'The box is gone,' he said

'What box?' Mom asked.

'There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I
must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever
tell me was 'the thing I value most,'' Jack said.

It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack
remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser
family had taken it.

'Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him,' Jack said. 'I
better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom.'

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from
work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. 'Signature
required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post
office within the next three days,' the note read.

Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old
and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The
handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his
attention. 'Mr. Harold Belser' it read. Jack took the box out to his
car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an
envelope. Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside.

'Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack
Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life.' A small key was
taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack
carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold
pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched
the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:

'Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser.'

'The thing he valued most time'

Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and
cleared his appointments for the next two days. 'Why?' Janet, his
assistant asked.

'I need some time to spend with my son,' he said.

'Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!'

'Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the
moments that take our breath away,'

Think about this. You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.

Navagraha keerthanais

I have posted Navagraha keerthanis. My wife appeals to everybody to down load and play these songs every day according to the Graham connected with the day. It is believed that these songs and Navavarana keerthanais ( They are already in this blog under the label "Sri Kamalambaa navavaranam") are very auspicious and will give lot of prosperities to everybody who hear that, in case they are not able to do poojas etc. Why don't you give a trial (whether you believe it or not)?. As far as Raaghu and Kethu are concerned hear them on the day of the week, where these planets are conjoined with another planet as per your birth chart.(!)

These songs are rendered by Thiruchur Ramachandran

  1. Surya - Sourashtram - (Sunday)
  2. Chandram - Asaaveri (Monday)
  3. Angaarakam - Surutti (Tuesday)
  4. Budhamashrayami - Naattaikurinji (Wednesday)
  5. Sri brahaspathe - Ataana (Thursday)
  6. Sri Sukra - Paras (Friday)
  7. Diwakara - Yadukula kambodhi (Saturday)
  8. Smaraamyaham - Ramapriya(for Raaghu)
  9. Mahasuram - Shanmugapriya ( for Kethu)
  10. Navagraha sthothram

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Intersting mails received

This is the comment made by Mr. Nagarajan
which can be in
continuation of my previous
posting. My reply and his
subsequent reply
is also posted for your view. My father
had tuft,(kudumi) also wentto M.R.Radha's
by covering his head with
a towel(Mundaasu). It only goes to
how brahmins (Tamil) were patronising
Dravidian movement(!?)

Mr.Suriyanarayana sastri, a brahmin scholar
changed his name as
Paridhimal kalaignar and
not asparidhimalvazhudhi.I think since
subject was Tambrams, those who are not
Tamilians may not deserve
to be in this list.

Sri Hariharan:

I have been really enjoying your blogspot
entries,full of wonderful music and other
material. I was very touched by your entry
on mother. My own mother who passed away few
years ago was personified all these
attributes.I was silently crying for her loss.

The Iyer article was very interesting and
captured the spirit of the community. It
hasthe right combination of information and
humour. The list of eminent Iyers and Iyengars
was also very interesting. Of course, many
additions and deletions can be suggested. I am
sure you have already received some messages
on this topic.

Here are mine:

Mahaperiyaval was not born a Tamil Iyer. He
was a Telegubrahmin, as was Thyagaraja. In
any case, sanyasis shed their caste once they
assume sanyasam.That is why they do not wear
poonal. Sadasiva brhamendra who has composed
many wonderful songs was also a Telugu brahmin.
[His samadhi is in my mother's
native village Nerur (near Karur).My mother's
uncles and now their sons are in charge of
brahmendral's utsavam which is still
conducted every year, attended by well-known
musicians. As a boy, I attended the utasavam
during which Anayampatti Dandapani played
Jalathrangam and his brother Ganesan
(who now plays Jalathrangam)played violin.

Among musicians, Alathur brothers were
missing.In this combo,Srinivasa Iyer was Tamil
Iyer and Venkatasubbier was actually a Telugu

M.S. Subbulakshmi's father was Subramania Iyer
who had his own family and was also
maintaining a family through Shanmugavadivu.
I have read that he was so fond of M.S. that
he gave her the nickname: kunjamma. Now,does
that qualify her as Iyer? Same issue applied to
MLV whose father was Ayyaswamy Iyer who had a
relationship with Lalithangi. Srirangam
Gopalaratnam belonged to the Andhra Devadasi
community. Was her father an Iyengar, I wonder?

N.C. Vasanthakokilam was from an Iyer family.

Did U.V. swaminatha Iyer make it to the list?
How about Tamil scholar Suryanarayana Iyer who
Tamilisedhis name to something like



K.V. Nagarajan

My reply was:
Dear Mr. Nagarajan,

It was interesting to read your mail about my blog.
Thank you for nice words. Why don't you post your
opinion on comments, so that others also can view your
opinions. Interesting to know Sankaracharya and
Thiyagaraja are not Tamil brahmins, because their
forefathers were speaking Telugu. How about Periyar
who considered Thamizhar thandhai? His mother toungue
was also not Tamil. However, he is not quoted in the
list of eminent Tamilians. I will wait for some more
comments before deleting these names.

His reply was:

Sri Hariharan:

I meant that Periaval and Thyagaraja were not Tamil Iyers.
Of course, they were brahmins domicled in the Tanjavur area
probably from the time of the Naiks. I am not at all suggesting
deleting their names. Perhaps an explanatory note might do, if at all.

As for periyar, he belonged to a Kannadiga business family domiclied
in Erode. He was pretty proud of his Kannadiga heritage. I remember
once he was doing his propaganda in Ulsoor, Bangalore with his posters
all over the walls in the neghbourhood. He was probably serious when
he was describing Tamil as the language of kattumirandis. He could
get away with it because his Tamilian followers were so naive.
Ironically, his chief disciple Karunanidhi campaigned to get Tamil
designated as a classical language. Periyar would have probably objected
to that!

Despite his anti-brahmin propaganda, he got all his professional
services from brahmins. I remember in Trichy his chartered accountant
was teaching in St.Joseph's College when I was a student. I used to see
Periyar and his entourage visiting his office. His C.A. used to report that
Periyar used to say that his anti-brahmin propaganda was just his
livelihood. May be, but it was a poison the effect of which is felt to this
day. Anyhow, this is another example of what was written in that article
about Iyers wanting to stay behind the crown.

I see Periyar as a mild form of Hitler. Hitler started by baiting Jews
and moved on to eliminate them. Periyar started baiting brahmins.
Fortunately, things did not go any further. Hitler had his Brown shorts.
Periyar had his black shirts. I remember once these black shirts tried to
enter our agraharam in Trichy to cut off poonals from people walking
by. I am glad they did not think of cutting off peope's heads with
arivaal. Can you imagine what would have followed if he were to get
delivered his Dravidasthan?

As a boy, I once went to hear his impormptu speech to a crowd in
Mayavaram on the banks of the Cauveri. Our family's tailor was there
and he got scared to see me. He thought some harm might come to me
as a brahmin boy. So, he moved towards me and kept me protected.
I was only a couple of feet away from Periyar soaking in his rhetoric.
The crowd paid no attention to me and dispersed after his speech. Our
tailor advised me to stay away from such crowds. I did not. I later
listened to M.R. Radha (the actor) and many other visiting Dravidian
dignitaries. I always liked to listen to various points of view, a habit I
carry to this day.

Keep up your wonderful blog.


K.V. nagarajan

Sri Kamalaambaa Navaa varanam

The set of compositions popularly known as kamalAmba navAvaraNa consists of eleven kritis composed by the illustrious composer, Muthuswami Dikshitar, in praise of Goddess kamalAmba of the mammoth temple at Tiruvarur. In this set of kritis, the composer is at his best, and the lyrics are par excellence! While in many of the group kritis that Dikshitar is believed to have composed, some kritis are missing (perhaps lost to us forever), the kamalAmba navAvaraNa series has fortunately come down to us in a complete form.
It consists of a benedictory (dhyAna) k.rti, followed by eight compositions, one in each of the eight declinations of the proper noun “kamalambA” (or sometimes kamalAmbikA) in feminine gender, continuing on to a tenth k.rti which employs all the declinations (vibhakti-s) of the Sanskrit language; the series concludes with an auspicious maN^gaLa k.rti, appropriately set in the auspicious rAga srIrAgam. Each of the nine songs is on one of the nine enclosures (AvaraNam) of the shrIcakra (the auspicious wheel). In each k.rti, Dikshitar carefully brings out the name of the cakra, its geometry, many salient features specific to the cakra, and the devata-s associated with it. On many occasions, Dikshitar cleverly indulges in very lengthy word constructions, which to a layman may seem like a tongue-twister. The word “guruguha” (used in several meanings) appears in all these compositions as the composer’s signature or mudra. The rAga mudra is incorporated (through the art of shleSha (double meaning), in most of these compositions. The dhyAna k.rti in toDi does not feature a rAga mudrA, and the kritis in Anandabhairavi (first AvaraNam), and shaN^karAbharaNam (third AvaraNam) have only partial rAga mudras (the word “Ananda” for the former, and shaN^kara for the latter). The kambhoji, sahAnA, and Ahiri compositions have disguised rAga mudrAs (kAmbhoja, shAna, Ahari, respectively). All other kritis have the proper rAga mudrA.
The kritis of the kamalAmba navAvaraNa series are as follows:
1. dhyAna k.rti in saMbodhanA vibhakti (vocative case) - kamalAmbikE, tODi, rUpaka tALa
2. The first AvaraNa k.rti in prathamA vibhakti (nominative) on trailokyamohana cakra - kamalAmba saMrakShatu mAM, Anandabhairavi, tripuTa tALa
3. The second AvaraNa k.rti in dvitIyA vibhakti (accusative) on sarvAshaparipUraka cakra - kamalAmbAM bhaja re, kalyANi, Adi tALa
4. The third AvaraNa k.rti in tritIyA vibhakti (instrumental) on sarvasaMkShobhaNa cakra - shrIkamalAmbikayA, shaN^karAbharaNam rUpaka tALa
5. The fourth AvaraNa k.rti in caturthI vibhakti (dative) on sarvasaubhAgyadAyaka cakra - kamalAmbikAyai, kAMbhoji, aTa tALa
6. The fifth AvaraNa k.rti in pa~ncamI vibhakti (ablative) on sarvArthasAdhaka cakra - shrI kamalAMbAyAH, bhairavi, jhaMpa tALa
7. The sixth AvaraNa k.rti in ShaShThI vibhakti (genitive) on sarvarakShAkara cakra - kamalAmbikAyAH, punnAgavarALi, rUpaka tALa
8. The seventh AvaraNa k.rti in saptamI vibhakti (locative) on sarvarogahara cakra - shrI kamalAmbikAyAM , sahAnA, tripuTa tALa
9. The eighth AvaraNa k.rti in saMbodhanA vibhakti (vocative) on sarvasiddhiprada cakra - shrI kamalAMbike, ghaNTa, Adi tALa
10. The ninth and last AvaraNa k.rti in all eight vibhaktis (cases) on sarvAnandamaya cakra - shrI kamalAMbA jayati, Ahiri, rUpaka tALa
(The pallavi employs prathamA vibhakti, the anupallavi, the dvitIya and tritIyA vibhaktis, while the caraNam has one line each in caturthI, pa~ncamI, ShaShThI and saptamI vibhaktis. The line set in caturthI vibhakti also incorporates the sambodhanA, while the two lines sung in madhyamakAla return to the prathamA vibhakti.)
11. The final auspicious maN^gaLa k.rti - shrI kamalAmbike, shrIrAgaM, khaNDa eka tALa
The shrIcakra:
Since each of these compositions is on one of the nine AvaraNams (enclosures) of the shrI cakra, we will now quickly describe the geometry of the cakra. The shrI cakra, or the auspicious wheel is a geometrical diagram employed in the worship of Goddess Tripurasundari, according to Tantric rituals. It is more than a mere diagram, and has mystic powers and great significance in the shakti worship tradition. The outer portion of the shrI cakra consists of four units - the outermost layer gateway of three rectangular walls (bhUpura), three circles (trivalaya, or v.rttatraya), a sixteen petaled rose (ShoDashadaLa padma), and an eight-petaled rose (aShTadaLa padma). The core of the shrI cakra consists of numerous triangles - a set of fourteen triangles (manukoNa), two sets of ten triangles (bahirdashAra and antardashAra), a set of eight triangles (vasukoNa), and the innermost sole triangle (trikoNa). In fact these various triangles are formed by the intersections of four isosceles triangles with vertex pointing upwards (called the shiva group), and five isosceles triangles with downward vertices (called the shakti group) all situated inside the eight petaled rose. The culmination of all these is the bindu, a single dot placed at the center. Each sub-cakra bears the name of its presiding deity, as well as the subordinate deities (yoginis) associated with it.
A quick definition of the shrI cakra can be found in Adi Sankara’s famous work, Saundaryalahari (verse 11) as follows:
caturbhiH shrIkaNThaiH shivayuvatibhiH pa~ncabhirapi
prabhinnAbhiH shaMbhornavabhirapi mUlaprak.rtibhiH |
trirekhAbhiH sArdhaM tava sharaNakoNAH pariNatAH ||
It is customary to sing the kamalambA navAvaraNa group kritis, first by invoking Lord Ganesha through the k.rti, “shrImahAgaNapatiravatu mAm” in rAga gauLa, followed by a salutation to Lord SubrahmaNya (guruguha) through the composition “bAlasubrahmaNyam” in rAga suraTi. These two particular kritis might have been chosen, not for any particular reason, but perhaps one of the oldest books on kamalAmba Navavaranam by Kallidaikkuricci Vina Sundaram Iyer (supplement volume 16) has printed these songs preceding the AvaraNa songs.
The kamalAMbA navAvarANa kritis are very auspicious, deep in meaning and content, and bring out the deeper insights into the shrI vidyA upAsana. Dikshitar has packed numerous tantric and shrIvidyA details in these songs, which makes it difficult to translate them adequately into English. While the meanings may be straightforward for those who have adequate knowledge of shrIvidyA upAsana and have contemplated on it, for ordinary people, it is a hidden treasure. Hence, we shall only attempt a simple word to word meaning approach to these songs, and will not attempt to provide the deeper esoteric inner meanings. Interested readers may refer to many treatises on this topic that are readily available. (coutesy:

  1. Sri Mahaganapathi - Gowla - Maharajapuram Santhanam
  2. Sri Balasubramaniyam - Surutti - Sita rajan
  3. Kamalambike Thodi - (Dhyaanam) - S. Rajeswari
  4. Kamalamba - Aanadabairavi - FIRST AVARANAM - S. Rajeswari
  5. Kamalaambaam bajare - Kalyaani - SECOND AVARANAM - S. Rajeswari
  6. Sri Kamalaambikaya - Sankarabaranam - THIRD AVARANAM - S. Rajeswari
  7. Kamalaambikayai - Kambhoji - FOURTH AVARANAM - S. Rajeswari
  8. Kamalaambaayah paramnathire - Bhairavi - FIFTH AVARANAM - S. Rajeswari
  9. Kamalaambikayah - Punnagavarali - SIXTH AVARANAM - S. Rajeswari
  10. Sri Kamalambikayaam - Sahaana - SEVENTH AVARANAM - S. Rajeswari
  11. Sri kamalambika avaava - Ghanta - EIGHTH AVARANAM - S. Rajeswari
  12. Sri Kamalaambaa jayathi = Aahiri - NINETH AVARANAM - S. Rajeswari
  13. Sri kamalaambike - Shree - Mangalam - S. Rajeswari

    For meaning and lyrics (in English) you may click the following link in google. "Dikshitar:kamalAmbA navAvaraNa" 
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Sir, I could not access any of the links in the Navavarnam collection by S Rajeswari, ie the last set of songs on this page...
November 11, 2009 8:13 PM
Blogger hvaidya said...
My dear friend, All these songs are available just above this posting on "mediafire" and they are all down loadable. Please go to that get all the songs down loaded. All the best to you
November 16, 2009 10:50 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Namaste I need help to download the Navavarnam kritis... can you please point to the mediafire links? regards N
February 14, 2011 10:00 PM
Blogger hvaidya said...
Dear Mr/Mrs "N",

Mediafire links are available just above this posting.
February 15, 2011 8:56 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Sri Kamalamba Jayathi and Shri Kamalambikaya (third Avaranam) can you reupload these 2 files?
February 19, 2011 11:31 AM
Blogger hvaidya said...
I have uploaded afresh all the missing files. Now it is complete.
February 19, 2011 10:49 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Thanku Sir
February 20, 2011 3:57 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Sir if you have can you please upload RK Padmanabha_Navavarna Krithis ?
February 20, 2011 4:25 AM

Friday, February 22, 2008

Interesting mails received

My niece is accepting that the present generation ladies can reduce the numbers to some extent.

A new sign in the Bank Lobby reads:

Please note that this Bank is installing new Drive-through ATM machines
enabling customers to withdraw cash without leaving their vehicles.

Customers using this new facility are requested to use the procedures
outlined below when accessing their accounts.

After months of careful research, MALE & FEMALE Procedures have been
developed. Please follow the Appropriate steps for your gender.'

1. Drive up to the cash machine.

2. Put down your car window.

3. Insert card into machine and enter PIN.

4. Enter amount of cash required and withdraw.

5. Retrieve card, cash and receipt.

6. Put window up.

7. Drive off.



What is really funny is that most of this part is the Truth.!!!!

1. Drive up to cash machine.

2. Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window
with the machine.

3. Set parking brake, put the window down.

4. Find handbag, remove all contents on to passenger seat to locate card.

5. Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up.

6. Attempt to insert card into machine.

7. Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its
excessive distance from the car.

8. Insert card.

9. Re-insert card the right way.

10. Dig through handbag to find diary with your PIN written on
the inside back page.

11. Enter PIN.

12. Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN.

13. Enter amount of cash required.

14. Check makeup in rear view mirror.

15. Retrieve cash and receipt.

16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside.

17. Write debit amount in check register and place receipt in
back of checkbook.

18. Re-check makeup.

19. Drive forward 2 feet.

20. Reverse back to cash machine.

21. Retrieve card.

22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card
into the slot provided!

23. Give dirty look to irate male driver waiting behind you.

24. Restart stalled engine and pull off.

25. Redial person on cell phone.

26. Drive for 2 to 3 miles.

27. Release Parking Brake.


I can laugh at this because I have never used a drive up to ATM.
In 1995, I used one inside a bank in downtown Cleveland over
lunch hour-----and that was enough or me! There were too many
impatient MEN trying to do their banking over lunch hour.
I'm sure the men were shaking their heads and
saying, oh how true this is.

Now that you have had your morning laugh,
smile and have a wonderful day

smile and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


My nephew sent this mail. I am posting this in my blog so that those who have not read this interesting articles when published, can read and spread to others. After reading this article, I was inspired to post the list of famous Tambrahms from the web, for the benefit of the readers. The list may raise some questions about some characterisation of tambrahms in this article


This piece, it must be explained at the outset, is not a history of the Tamil Brahmins, or a gratulatory account of the community's famous achievers. It is more in the nature of a portraiture of the "average or the median" member of the species. In an endeavour of this kind seeking to crystallize the unique qualities of a whole people, it would be misleading to talk of the "tall poppies", the all-time greats, such as Sir T Muthuswami Iyer, G Subramania Iyer, Subramania Bharati, Rajaji, Satyamurti, Sir C V Raman, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Madurai Mani Iyer or Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar.

It would be more appropriate to use (or misuse?) the well known statistical concept of the "Bell Curve": a graph showing the distribution of the range of any characteristic within a population - say, height, weight,
intelligence etc. This is typically a bell-shaped figure with a single well-defined maximum, an initial steep slope and a gradual tapering further down. Since such a distribution is common in nature, it is also known as "normal distribution". The maximum number in the frequency distribution, also called the "mode", occurs roughly in the middle. It would be permissible to take persons in this range as authentic representatives, warts and all, of the whole community. What follows is one man's perception, necessarily subjective, of the defining qualities of this "representative" Tamil Brahmin.

Those who have seen the 1971 Satyajit Ray classic Seemabaddha (Company Limited) would recall a cameo in it of a conversation between the yuppie Bengali hero of the film and his personal secretary, a middle-aged Tamil Brahmin. The young man "on the make" is a "covenanted officer" in one of those once-famous British Merchant Houses of Calcutta. The two have forged a relationship of extraordinary mutuality based on trust and admiration for each other's contrasting qualities. Tormented by the neurosis of upward mobility, particularly by his frustration over a decisive promotion still eluding him, the young executive asks his elderly secretary the secret of his sangfroid, his total imperviousness to tension and worry. The secretary sagely replies: "Sir, it is quite simple. On a cold day, when the hearth-fire is on, the best position to occupy is the place that is neither too near the fire nor too far. If you are too near, you might get singed. If you are too far, you would not get the necessary warmth."

Here, if you like, is the metaphor of the working philosophy of the archetypal Tamil Brahmin. What this illustrates is that the Tamil Brahmin prefers to function (and function efficiently) from behind the scene, rather than thrust himself to the front, with all the hassles and hazards of overexposure and too public a presence. His preferred position is the row behind the throne (as when the pompous minister briefs the Press). His passion for anonymity is notorious. His real successes are private ones secretly to be gloated over by himself or at the most in the intimacy of chosen friends. Even his jokes are private, with his cynical wit much in evidence when among intimates. His forte is wit rather than humour, unlike, say, the Punjabi's. He is a master of the double entendre and is an inveterate punster, often bilingual and sometimes even trilingual. A random example: At the height of Japanese commercial expansionism in Europe and America in the seventies, an envious joke was that the Japanese multinational Sony had bought up-the Leaning Tower of Pisa and re-erected it in Tokyo . The Tamil Brahmin tourist in Japan watching the operation is supposed to have made the deadpan observation: "Nikkumo Nikkado" which is Tamil for "God knows whether it will stand or fall."

An apocryphal quip describes the Tamil Brahmins as "the best second-rate men in the world." Rude as this remark is on the face of it, it is in many ways perceptive and could well be considered a compliment. (It is certainly better than being considered the worst first-rate men.) The sneer latches on to the central characteristic of a Tamil Brahmin - his instinctive preference for anonymous functionality behind the scene rather than high profile highfalutin from centre-stage. A Tamil Brahmin would readily endorse E M Foster's famous prayer: "Let no achievement on an imposing scale ever be mine."

This ineradicable modesty coexisting with proven competence is the reason why his preferred professions are the great anonymous ones, such as the Civil Service, where it is easy - indeed the required trait - to be "the faceless bureaucrat." He lets his nominal boss, the publicity-hungry politician, boast about policies whose details his ingenious mind has given legal and formal shape to, with all the ambiguities and obfuscations safely hidden in the fine print. Give him a brief of your intention, and he will give it a shape that would pass muster with a trusting public. Like the prestidigitator, he gloats in secret not over the illusion that the public laps up but over his real skill of sleight of hand that had made the illusion possible. An extreme example of this is the Tamil Brahmin folklore to the effect that some of the brilliant judgments of the English judges in pre-Independence Madras High Court were really written by their Tamil Brahmin bench clerks.

In the public sphere, the representative Tamil Brahmin is an apolitical pragmatist rather than a passionate ideologue, a trait that makes him an ideal public servant rather than a political leader. Temperamentally, he is a natural Tory, or at best, a "Fabian", believing in the art of the possible rather than in the impossible dream. A British Conservative of the 1960s famously said once: "Let the socialists dream their dreams and scheme their schemes: we Conservatives have a job to do." This sums up admirably the Working philosophy of the Tamil Brahmin administrator. Grand gestures and conspicuous posturing are not in his blood. Risk averse by temperament and playing for safety, he is rarely given to extreme positions or assertive stances in public. A pugnacious Tamil Brahmin is a contradiction in terms, though high profile T N Seshan, former Chief Election Commissioner, might seem to disprove this assessment. (In any case, he is a "Palghat Tamil Brahmin", a sub (?) species that deserves a special study in itself!)

Intellect rather than imagination is the Tamil Brahmin's forte. (Harsher judges might even say that intelligence rather than intellect is a Tamil Brahmin's strength.) Typically, a Tamil Brahmin is a professional executive or administrator rather than a professional politician or entrepreneur or a labour leader. It can even be argued that this is a throw-forward of the ancient Varna taxonomy: of the Brahmin - the purohit and the counsellor, in contrast to the Kshatria (the forerunner of the modern-day politician), Vaisya (the prototype of today's entrepreneur) and the Labour leader, (the champion of the working class, the modern-day shudras.) Thus it is that you find that some of the greatest Diwans of Indian States of yore such as Seshadri Iyer, C P Ramaswami Iyer, T T Krishnamachari, and T Vjayaraghavachari were vintage Tamil Brahmins.

The Tamil Brahmin is by instinct a Rajabhakta, putting his ingenious mind at he disposal of the ruler of the moment for any purpose the latter chooses. But it is not a passive role of the flunkey, doing the bidding of his master. His manifest intellectual superiority makes him an ideal Amaathya, or Counsellor. Many a ruler of the former princely States had the good sense to listen to their Tamil Brahmin Diwans: this was true even when the advice was to quietly quit the scene collecting their privy purses when Sardar Patel ran a coach and four through their puny sovereignties. Quite often, some of these princelings have been saved from the extreme consequences of their rather lurid private lives by the sagacious intervention of their counsellors.

Ostentatious wealth is rare in this community, testifying once again that a representative Tamil Brahmin abhors extremes. Though poverty and privation are not unknown in the community the median Tamil Brahmin has a reasonable competence that meets his un-extravagant needs. Thrift comes naturally to him to the point of stinginess. A famous story used to go round the Indian Express editorial anterooms in the days of Ramnath Goenka. A Marwari friend asked RNG why he paid his Punjabi editors fabulous salaries while his Tamil Brahmin editors were paid a pittance. Ramnathji is supposed to have replied: "Arre Bhai! My Punjabi editor gargles his mouth with rose water after brushing his teeth. My Tamil Brahmin editor is content with rasam sadam. To everyone according to his needs. Pure Communism!"

Competent, conventional and conformist, the median Tamil Brahmin is rarely adventurous or conspicuously unorthodox. Resilient and quickly adaptive, he would never wish "to stand out" as too heterodox or for that matter excessively orthodox either, despite the fact that until recent times, the "caste mark" on his forehead was a give-away. A favourite expression of approbation in the community is "God-fearing." But his conformity is a convenience rather than conviction, arising partly from his reluctance to be the "odd man out". Ancient taboos atavistically present in him are observed in letter rather than in spirit as in the obligatory rituals regularly performed. His house has its sacred and secular spaces clearly demarcated. Even today, in villages and small towns where the "flatculture" has not yet found its way, a traditional Tamil Brahmin house has the ancient layout of increasingly "sacred" space as one goes inwards with the right of admission to each strictly caste-graded. In cities, where the "drawing-cum-dining room" layout has insinuated itself into domestic architecture, the Pooja room is inviolable.

A Tamil Brahmin's modernity is equally skin-deep, readily discarded in the privacy of his home. He eagerly sheds his trousers and shirt the moment he is back home and gets back to his comfortable lungi and bare chest. Until recently, alcohol was not a domestic amenity even among the more affluent and "modern" Tamil Brahmins and was meant mostly for others who might visit. Though for professional reasons and for compulsions of livelihood, he will go to the end of the earth, he is by no means as cosmopolitan, readily jettisoning his cultural baggage and merging with homogenized non-descript new environment. His domestic pieties are preserved whether in New Delhi or New Jersey and his twin-passion of temple worship and Carnatic music are never ever abandoned wherever he is.

Like the Jew to whom he is often compared, he is a great survivor. One of the earliest communities to have eagerly embraced the exhilarating new opportunities offered by English education in the early 19th century, the Tamil Brahmins had acquired a near monopoly of the much coveted Government employment of the times. This had naturally led to upper caste non-brahmin resentment, which effectively politicised itself in the first decades of the last century. When this self-consciousness captured political power and formed governments in the 1920s in the Madras Presidency, it pursued vigorously a policy of reservation that ended the Brahmin's earlier monopoly of government jobs. This was the signal for the great Tamil Brahmin Diaspora that still continues.

Denied opportunities at home, the Tamil Brahmin sought and found newer pastures in Bombay , Delhi and Calcutta . Caste-neutral professions such as accountancy and journalism became the alternatives. Still later, newer professional opportunities abroad, notably in the United States , became the magnet. And with the ascendancy in recent years of the new information technology where brainpower is more important than capital investment, this dispersal has become a flood. Almost every English-educated middle class Tamil Brahmin family has a younger member abroad.

Like much else in the world and in this country, the Tamil Brahmin profile is no doubt changing. The younger generations are conspicuously deracinated and some of the unique qualities of this community are getting blurred and homogenized with the rest of the world. Older generations still around are often disconcerted by the fact that the young Yuppies are losing their unique traits such as the love of their mother tongue and routine absorption of domestic pieties in an ambience of soft Hinduism.

Sanskrit slokas and Tamil Prabandam verses that used to reverberate in the house in the stillness of the evening are being heard less and less. Raucous rock music is displacing the softer Carnatic melodies and ancient civilities are being replaced by modern brusqueness in the attitude of the young towards the elders. But deep down, not much has changed. They are still the world's best second-rate men.

The author, a former Editor of The Indian Express, is a distinguished scholar in English and Tamil. An English version of Kamba Ramayana edited by him was published last year. He is - as you can well understand from the writing style - is also a Tamilian !


I was just smiling and laughing as I read this article..Typical Tambrahms self deprecating humor but well articulated article...I think many of this unique species are evolving now. The outgoing, financially savvy socially engaging streak is emerging...Especially the women in this Kaali-yuga will be a force to reckon with..We match line by line to our male [Sivam} counterpart in our notorious house-coat/Nightie to their Lungis, tapping and nodding to Elvis, Yardbirds, Jimi Hendrix/ John Lennon to the Inspired Doens of Carnatic Music,and while we serve the Lasagna and Enchiladas, Spiked with Molaga chilli powder and sprinkle Crushed red pepper and hot sauce on our Pizza. We are truly in our element while we sip a tumbler/Davara of Authentic frothy Kapi after a good dish of lip smacking Vatha kuzhambu and sutta Appalam and Thayir sadham with crisp Mavadu. We always adapt with great expertise but return to our core in our privacy. Best Thirst quencher is 'Thootham' from clay Panai and Neer Moru with kari veppalai and Perungayam....

Rahul Narayan

list of notable Iyers (people from the Iyer caste of Tamil Brahmins).

Spiritual leaders

The Shankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Maha Swamigal also called the Paramacharya served as the supreme head of the Kanchi mutt for 87 long years from 1907 to 1994 and is regarded as one of the greatest spiritual leaders of the 20th century.
The Shankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Maha Swamigal also called the Paramacharya served as the supreme head of the Kanchi mutt for 87 long years from 1907 to 1994 and is regarded as one of the greatest spiritual leaders of the 20th century.

Scientists and academicians

Sir C.V. Raman was India's second Nobel laureate after Rabindranath Tagore.
Sir C.V. Raman was India's second Nobel laureate after Rabindranath Tagore.

Journalists and writers

Advocates and social activists

Freedom fighters

Subramanya Bharathy, the national poet of Tamil Nadu, remains the most recognized and revered Iyer in Tamil Nadu
Subramanya Bharathy, the national poet of Tamil Nadu, remains the most recognized and revered Iyer in Tamil Nadu


Artists and musicians

Politicians and administrators


Business-persons, professionals, miscellaneous

Iyers in popular culture

Famous Iyengars
Due to education and a progressive outlook, Iyengars have progressed in many fields and have made remarkable contributions, especially in science, bureaucracy (Indian civil services) and more recently industry. Four of the 19 Indian RBI governors were Iyengars.

Science and Technology

  • Dr. M.O.P. Iyengar, 1886 - 1963 - Known as the Father of Algology in India, did pioneering research in fresh water, estuarine and marine algae, their systematics, life-histories, morphology and cytology.
  • Professor Mallur. K. Sundareshan,Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director, Information Processing and Decision Systems Lab, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Sreenivas Lakshminarasimha Malurkar (late), Former Director, Colaba and Alibag Observatories, Mumbai. M.Sc. Cantab, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, UK. Worked in mathematical physics at Sir Ernst Rutherford Research Laboratory, Cambridge, UK. Fellow, Indian National Science Academy. Post-doctoral Research Associate, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA.
  • M.C.Rangaswamy, Director, National Dairy Research Center, Bangalore
  • Prof. Asuri Sridharan , Geotechnical Engineer, Former Deputy Director, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore , Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Purdue University U.S.A, Fellow , Indian National Science Academy , Indian Academy of Sciences , Indian National Academy of Engineering.
  • Sir K. S. Krishnan - Physicist, Fellow of the Royal Society, Director of National Physical Laboratory. He along with Sir C.V.Raman discovered the Raman Effect.
  • C S Seshadri - Director, Chennai Mathematical Institute and Trieste Awardee.
  • Dr.Raja Ramanna - Nuclear Scientist.
  • Dr S Rajappa, Former Deputy Director, National Chemical Laboratories, Pune.
  • Dr Rangaswamy Srinivasan - Former Scientist, IBM Research Labs, NY and inventor of LASIK laser surgery.
  • Dr Rangaswamy Narasimhan- Designer of India’s first general purpose digital computer. Also, Dr Rangaswamy Srinivasan's brother.
  • Dr. V.K. Aatre- Former Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister of India (replaced Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Oceanographic scientist, Fmr. Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister of India and Fmr. head of the DRDO.
  • Prof S Sadagopan - Founder Director, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, India.
  • Mandyam V Srinivasan - Robotics and Biology.
  • Dr. K Kasturirangan - Head of Indian Space Research Organisation (India's Space Agency).
  • P. K. Iyengar - Former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.
  • M. R. Srinivasan - Former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.
  • Dr.Rajan K. Sampath - FAO Consultant Head of Economics Dept, Colorado State University and Former Managing Director of ISARD.Author of several books and journals.
  • Dr. S. Rangachari - Renowned physician.
  • Dr. P.Vasudevan- Renowned Urologist in the US after whom the Dr Vasudevan Wellness Center at the University of Arkansas at Helena, Arkansas is named.
  • Dr. Srinidhi Varadarajan - Renowned Computer Scientists, Director of Terrascale Computing Facility at Virginia Tech and leader of the team that built the world's cheapest and seventh fastest super computer.
  • Dr. R. N. Iyengar - Director, Central Building Research Institute, KSIIDC Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science.
  • Dr. Kotur S. Narasimhan - Former Director, Central Fuel Research Institute, (CSIR) Dhanbad, Bihar.
  • Dr Thirumalachari Ramasami- Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India, New Delhi.
  • Dr S Parthasarathy- Leading Eye specialist in Chennai.
  • Professor Ramanuja Vijayaraghavan - Physicist, TIFR.
  • Sonny Ramaswamy - Insect physiologist; Director of Agricultural Research Programs and Associate Dean, Purdue University
  • Gita Ramaswamy - Textile scientist; Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Purdue University
  • Ravi Iyengar- Indian neuroscientist, pioneer in G protein studies.
  • Dr. Rangachar S. Keshavaprasad - American trained Interventional Cardiologist who has performed over 10,000 cardiac catheterizations completely free of charge in rural India.
  • Dr. K.Aprameyan - Former CMD, Bharat Earth Movers Limited
  • Prof. S.Ranganathan- Professor Emeritus ( Metallurgical sciences ),IISc and Bhatnagar award recipient
  • Professor Dr Nallar Chakravarthy Vaijayanthi, Professor Obstetrics & Gynaecology, banaglore University
  • Dr. Sudarshan - Remote Sensing Expert - Regional Organisation for Protection of Marine Environment - Kuwait
  • Late Prof. Sampath -Ertswhile Director IIT Kanpur and a distibguished academic
  • Late Dr. M.D. Rajagopal - MBBS, PhD (Anatomy), Served as Professor of Anatomy at Medical Colleges of Mysore, Hubli & Gulbarga. Had been a visiting Professor of Anatomy at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA, pioneered research on comparative anatomy of Indian Elephants.
  • Dr N.V.Ramanuja Iyengar - a renowned Cardiologist - Miami, USA - Actively associated with building the Shiva Vishnu temple as Chairman of the temple trust in Fortlauderdale. He is now pursuing efforts for restoration/renovation of the Gunjanarasimhaswamy temple in T.Narasipur, Mysore district, India
  • Venkataramanan Soundararajan - Biological Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nanobiomaterials Researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. Graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, India in 2005. Founded the education consultancy company Lakshyas in 2005 and the Ignited Mind Council in 2006 of which he is currently the chairman.
  • Mr N.V.V.Char, Formerly Commissioner (Eastern Rivers) and Chairman, Brahmaputra Board of the Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India, is a renowned civil engineer and has been involved in fruitful negotiations of the Mahakali Water Sharing Treaty with Nepal and the Farakka -Ganga Water Sharing -Treaty with Bangladesh and has played a significant role in resolving issues connected with the most controversial Sardar Sarovar Multipurpose Project on the Naramada river. He is now very well known as consultant in the field of Hydropower development in India.
  • Dr. S.Sridhar - Aero Space Engineer for 20 years in several aerospace companies in USA, followed by more than 10 years computer companiesand is currently a programme manager of Sun MicroSystem in San Diego, USA
  • Dr. Krishnamachar Harish - Surgical Oncologist for 15 years and contributed towards pioneering research in Cancer surgery, is currently the Dean of the Oncology department at the M.S.R. Hospital, Bangalore
  • V.L. Narasimhan - Associate Director at High Energy Materials Research Labs Pune and a 2 time AGNI award winner
  • Mannargudi Rengarajan Rajesh - Prominent Home Theatre Professional from Chennai. Involved in widely publicising the concept of Home theatres and micro electronics in Chennai and Singapore.
  • Dr. S.Sampath Iyengar, Geologist and renowned Mineralogist of the Technology of Materials Laboratory, in California, who did original research work on the Mysterious Crop Circles. His work has been covered in shows in History Channel and also in a show called Uncalled Mysteries.
  • Dr.G.Sundararajan-Bhatnagar award winner and Director ARCI, Hyderabad ( Metallurgist)
  • Dr.Rama Govindarajan- IIT Alumnus & Bhatnagar award recipient
  • Dr. Prof. Venkateshan Shakkottai - Professor of heat transfer at IIT, Chennai and author of the text book 'First Course in Heat Transfer'.
  • Dr.Venkatavaradan-Astrophysicist and Erswhile Director, Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai
  • Dr. Vijay V. Raghavan- Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of Louisiana





Diplomacy, Bureaucracy and Politics


Films and Entertainment

Army and Police


Blogger Ramakrishnan Parthasarathy said...
Just stumbled across this piece through the web, and I agree with much of the article. Nietzsche's portrayal of the priestly (Jews) rides somewhere close to the Tamil Brahmin picture here. As a born Tamil Brahmin and an agnostic now, I still owe most of whatever I am to the Brahmin way. The austerity, the self-understanding everything. The Brahmin life is highly compatible with agnosticism - even Periyava would've acknowledged it. However, most of what we are is indebted to our approach to religion - our beautiful culture, the priestly avocation of vegetarianism, which is conducive to self-discipline and meditation, and lots more. Brahmins possess imagination. This is where I disagree with the article that states that intellect rather than imagination is our forte. It is just that the Brahmin imagination is not the "easy-sensuality/ perverted" kind that a typical poet has, and can be attributed to several factors including our diet. The poet would exploit his experiences that his "adventurous spirit" subjects itself to, a large part being a lack of self-discipline. In contrast, a Brahmin is highly imaginative in a universal way, and even sometimes utilitarian with it. A Brahmin is classified as an introvert, a bore due to his dislike of parties, but usually makes for an excellent conversation companion. In a lot of ways, he is undervalued for his wisdom. I have noticed that Brahmins have been opportunistic, but in this regard he only is adjusting to the modern world. Opportunism is the modus operandi of all now, and when a Brahmin is being so, he just is conspicuous because his introverted self holds mystery and resentment arising out of mystery and the "boring rationalist" tag in others. A Brahmin is great at giving sage advice, and he needs to extend that to material charity too. Thanks once again for posting this.
June 1, 2008 12:14 AM
Anonymous Chander said...
Just to point out the famous Tamil Brahmin Diwan referred to as T T Krishnamachari was in fact Sir V T Krishnamachari who was Diwan of Baroda State. Former Union Minister T T Krishnamachari was never a Diwan in any State.
August 25, 2008 6:35 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Lakshmi Sehgal is Half Iyer and half Nair(Kerala). Her mother Ammu Swaminathan was a Nair married to an Iyer
March 16, 2009 9:04 PM
Blogger cvsmuthy said...
Dear Sir, I am a nascent follower of your blog. However please permit me to write a few words on this subject. One of my friend's Onbuthuveli Vaidyanathan (a small village near Thirukattupalli, Tanjore or rather Thiruviyar) used to say ( and all of us are 65 plus)that the Brahmins(may be Iyer or Iyengar or other Brahmins domiciled in Tamilnadu due to migration)were living a peaceful life in pockets of villages earlier. Due to 'land reforms' they were forced out of their villages and migrated to cities especially Madras and were the pioneers in English education, to say, they started many convents or matriculation schools and slowly started to set their foot in Government departments. They sold their lands and bought property in cities. The 'reformists' ushered problems through and Brahmins could not find a place in Government departments. Even their due promotions were deprived due to 'roster' system. They educated their children and found greener pastures in out of 'home'. And now almost every family has atleast one living or settled abroad. This notwithstand a latest write up in your blog about 'reverse brain'... Seems to sound plausible! And inducting everyboyd into Government service, who earlier used to work harder has made them lazy. And all hardworkers have become lazy and proceed to office by availing the 'grace' time and even beyond that. Earlier in a village everybody owned some sort of a house and now due to migration many live in rented houses shifting them frequently. And now the skyrocketing prices of property eluding the reach of middle class or riddle class! Thank you.
January 6, 2010 3:33 PM
Blogger cvsmuthy said...
Will Mr. Anantharamakrishnan of Simposons groups form part of Industrialists?
January 9, 2010 12:58 PM
Blogger bairavi said...
Madras Lalithangi Vasanthakumari is not a brahmin (assuming a strict definition that both parents must be "brahmins"). In fact, Lalithangi, MLV's mother, is well-known as a member of the devadasi community.
January 12, 2010 11:40 AM
Blogger cvsmuthy said...
DearSir, As far as I understand history the Jews were living in various parts of the globe. They were hounded everywhere and hence formed their own Jewish state. And one must know that they are christend as 'Gods chosen people' something like 'Brahmanapriya'.
January 13, 2010 9:09 AM
OpenID sthitapragnya said...
Dear Sir, Meaning no disrespect to Tamil Brahmins, I would like to point to the fact that Jiddu Krishnamurthy, Alladi Krishnaswami Iyer, Alladi Kuppuswami, Thyagaraja, Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Y. V Rao and his daughter Lakshmi, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Mokshagundam Vishveshwarayya, Jana Krishnamurthy, Actress Bhanupriya, Annamacharya, Srirangam Gopalaratnam and Kilambi Venkata Narasimhacharyulu (aka Aathreya) - all belonged to Telugu speaking Brahmin families and were not TamBrams as claimed here. Also, Annamacharya was born into a Telugu Vaidika Smartha Brahmin family and was not born a Sri Vaishnavite. He was initiated into Sri Vaishnavism much later. His wife Timmakka is widely regarded as the first woman poet in Telugu. Finally, my mother's side of the family traces its lineage back to Sri Shyama Sastry and so far as I'm aware, we hold no Tamil pedigree. Our family has always spoken Telugu and I barely understand Tamil. Again, my intention is hardly to mean disrespect to the Tamil language and the Tamil Brahmin community. I'm only pointing to some discrepancies in the list.
March 4, 2010 4:27 PM
Blogger BHASKARAN said...
I just happened to post this to US Brahmin Group and someone has pointed out the following missing list: +++++++++++++++++++++++++ Late T.S Santhanam and other brothers,all T.V Sundaram Iyengar's sons. S.Anantaramakrishnan and A.Sivasailam of Simpson group Journalists Late Kasturi Srinivasan and others of THE HINDU GROUP Late T.V Ramasubbier.Founder,Dinamalar,R.Lakshmipathy and R.Krishnamurthy,TVR's sons Late Swadesamitran Subramania iyer, Late A.N.Sivaraman of Dinamani Tamil Thataha Late U.V Swaminatha iye Freedom Martyr--Maniyachi N .Vanchinathan Fighter for Harijan Temple entry,,Vaidyanatha Iyer,Madurai
August 19, 2010 7:52 PM
Blogger Saras said...
Wow! A beautiful compendium of "Tambrahms".It felt as if I was looking at a Mirror1
April 5, 2011 10:25 AM
Blogger Saras said...
Sir, this is how I would describe "Tambrahms" acrostically! Tactful Articulate Matured Bashful Reformer Avoiding High Profile Media Glitz Scrupulously
April 5, 2011 10:36 AM

    Blogger Harisankar said...

    Behind every great iyer is another iyer and infront of both of them is the greater iyer woman. :))
    June 16, 2011 8:34 PM

    Anonymous Venkat said...

    Literally, this article is just awesome!!! I stumbled across your blog accidentally when I had a chance to read the poem about the plight of tamil iyer, which I felt was necessarily not emphatically true with all though...I am really thankful to read several other articles at your site. I have literally started reading a bunch of articles that you have put up..Awesome work! Hats off to you!
    November 30, 2011 11:04 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Superbbb... article...

    I am proud to be a BRAHMIN...
    December 1, 2011 2:19 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is a beautifully crafted article well researched both within and without. It is with extreme love and respect for the writings of Dr Radhakrishnan and C Rajagopalachari that the pride the writer has for his ilk does not feel out of place. I hope that the people like mentioned keep churning out and make life much brighter and interesting.
    December 27, 2011 12:42 AM

    Blogger raja said...

    sir,the informations give an enthusiasm.all well done but how come sudha raghunathan"s name is not included in artists &musicians. i note that her name is in only carnatic music.
    December 27, 2011 5:16 AM

    Blogger hvaidya said...

    Ms. Sudha Raghunathan' name is there under Iyengar musicians list
    December 29, 2011 9:16 PM
    Blogger MaX said...
    Sir, I may agree to many of the things you've noted here. However, I'd like to point out that the way you want to emphasize on focusing on the middle of the bell curve of TamBrahm distribution, kindly do the same for Punjabis as well. The across the board classification of all Punjabis as loud and hollow is the same as calling all Tams as meek.
    January 10, 2012 8:06 PM
    Anonymous Anonymous said...
    This is an absolutely wonderful article - Its just so so so correct that I dont know of a louder way to approve of and attest to it....
    January 25, 2012 5:23 AM
    Dear Sri Hariharan
    I think you should add Padma sri Prof D Balasubramanian to your list of scientists