A little more than a year back, right out of college into the corporate world with no experience whatsoever, having to stay away from home in a new city for 4 full months, sharing a room with a person whom I didn’t know at all, spending days and nights in front of the computer learning new things on one hand and making new friends out of the teammates in project on the other, the training turned to be one of the most unforgettable experiences in my life! The past two days I am feeling very nostalgic thinking about my training days thanks to the songs, Giriraja Suta and Enta Muddo by Mandolin Srinivas! It was during my training that I became crazy about these songs and listening to those now has brought back all the pleasant memories!



  1. August 1, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    feeling nostalgic is probably one of the best things to happen as it is always pleasant 🙂 and for you sure life looks like revolving around music be it current or nostalgia.. 🙂

  2. Sathej said,

    August 1, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    Giriraja Suta in Bangala – hmm, quite some time since I heard someone sing/play that. By the way, is it a detailed exposition by Mandolin Shrinivas – say with Alapanai and/or Neraval/Swarams? I have once heard Thanjavur S Kalyanaraman sing a detailed Shobhillu with Neraval and Swarams (Apart from the Chittai Swarams)
    Entha Muddo – I simply love Lalgudi Mama’s rendition of it.
    Good choices. I too get nostalgic when I listen to certain songs.

  3. Aparna said,

    August 2, 2007 at 7:38 am

    Yes! What’s life without music? 😉

    It just has swarams.
    Listen to Mandolin Srinivas’ Girirajasuta here.

  4. ranjhith said,

    August 2, 2007 at 10:09 am

    “Aparna in Wonderland” the movie has just started. More to go, inclusive of the sequels. 🙂

  5. Sathej said,

    August 2, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks a lot for the link, Aparna. Listened to it. Imaginative Swarams. But in the Anupallavi, I guess it sounded a bit different as I am used to hearing it being sung/played on the violin or veena where the Gamakas for the first line of the Anupallavi are slightly heavier. But, a nice rendition.

  6. Aparna said,

    August 2, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    Maybe I should start categorizing these posts under a new category ‘Aparna in Wonderland’ 😉

  7. Shiva said,

    August 6, 2007 at 2:08 am

    Giriraja.. with an interesting twist.. check out Remember Shakti’s version here:

  8. Aparna said,

    August 6, 2007 at 8:01 am

    Welcome to my blog! I have watched Shakti’s Girirajasuta and I do like it. The one thing that I don’t like in this one is Shankar Mahadevan messing up the words (splitting them as he wishes so as to fit it to the tune).

  9. Shiva said,

    August 6, 2007 at 9:30 pm


    Thank you for welcoming me in :). You’re right, I guess that’s one of his bad habits from playback singing which he shouldn’t be doing here. And when you’re performing with a fusion band in Paris, I’m sure there’s a temptation to be careless. It’s not exactly Krishna Gana Sabha, you know 🙂

  10. Aparna said,

    August 7, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Yeah that’s true. Not many in Paris is going to be bothered about the words being messed up 🙂 Anyway, Mandolin Srinivas’ playing is mindblowing in that as usual

  11. Shiva said,

    August 7, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    totally.. he’s brilliant..

  12. shridanya said,

    November 28, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Very nice…good music.
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