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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Trying to impress grandmas and getting carried away..

Jr. and the little one both get a "ragam quiz" every night at bedtime. They can guess ~20 ragams from either a song I hum, the aarohanam-avarohanam or phrases or swarams I hum or sing.

Sometimes just play from iPhone for the quiz(usually GNB, MS, MLV, TN Seshagopalan, Ariyakudi from the music collection or the latest Sudha Raghunathan, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Priya Sisters, Ranjani-Gayathri straight from Youtube favorites).

They guess reasonably well, considering they have been at this for two three months already.

Every now and then, they pick a favorite and listen to the whole song till they memorize it and imitate it. While San thinks this is border line blasphemy, I encourage it. After all every kid is not going to be a super singer and the whole idea is to imitate and learn and this is my way of spending some quality time with them and having some fun.

The most important thing in learning, is learning how to learn! (if that has not been copyrighted, I am doing it right now)

So, here are the little Narayanan girls, doing their version of Vinayaka. They thought this was a rehearsal and did not know that the camcorder was on.

Don't know if the paati's will be pleased, what with the little one's novel concept of "variable thAlam" where she suddenly goes into a vigorous hand slapping to give herself some more energy to sing and Jr.'s attempts to sustain notes to try and get some semblance of a steady timing.

If they do improve over the years with lots of practice and training, they might look back at this and go "god, we have come a long way".. and if their interest in music dies out after some time, they might still look at this and go "we did try, didn't we"..

Getting these two to sit next to each other and sing in unison was in itself a workout for Daddy Narayanan. If they happen to sing this in tune and tempo eventually, will post that video as well...

For now the girls are a "work in progress"!


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I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...


if your kids can guess 20 raagas after two-three months, i guess i need to join your kumaon school of raaga identification. after all these years, i am maybe a dozen or so behind your kids :-(.

what is especially galling is that i don't have this issue guessing hindi film songs based on the lead ups.

- s.b.

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 5:03 PM, Blogger Hawkeye wrote...

can you let me know your playlist, is it public?

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 6:05 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...



will add more to these playlists when I get time..


I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 5:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...


are you guys talking of a playlist of food preparation or raaga recognition?

- s.b.


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