Warrier's Collage on Saturday June 25, 2022

Welcome To Warrier's COLLAGE On Saturday June 25, 2022 🦜 🐦 🙏 World Parrot Day : May 31 https://youtu.be/yHCe7gbrP3A Prayer 🙏 https://youtu.be/vxHLnzOK8-E Know More : https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/the-creator-and-the-creation Good Morning Nice Day M G Warrier A Messages/Responses 1) C V Subbaraman According to Skanda Purana, Vyasa had a son from Pinjala, daughter of Jabali Rishi; the child repeated everything he heard and so was named Suka. Another version is that an Apsara named Ghritachi flew in front of Vyasa in the form of a parrot and this parrot produced a son from Vyasa and hence the child was called Suka. Whatever be the reality, the fact remains that Suka grew into a great Rishi and was destined to narrate Bhagavatha to Parikshit. Vyasa is considered none other than Vishnu (Vyaasaaya Vishnu roopaaya....) and hence Suka having such an illustrious father is not a small fortune. Suka as such has a special position in Hindu Pantheon. Besides, Kili paattu is famous in Kerala. Many songs are there in Tamizh about Kili or surrounding kilis. Kili Jolsiem as Vathsalaji has described has also been in vogue for many centuries. Incidentally, I had also to my credit an article (published in WR in the 1978 or so) built around a young self employed aspirant seeking bank loan for starting a Kili Josiem project with two parrots. In Mysuru, in the Ashram of Shri Ganapathi Satchitanandji (Datta Peetham) there is a Suka Vana in which hundreds of parrots got from across the world have been housed. There is also an enclosure where visitors can go to have the thrilling experience of several parrots coming and perching on their head, shoulders and hands! Facing the balcony of the flat where we live in Mysuru, there is a big neem tree and during the season when the tree gives good fruits, a large number of parrots come there to enjoy the fruits. It is a pleasant thing to watch. Unfortunately, parrots are also associated with not so pleasant things; the Supreme Court called the CBI chief as a "caged parrot"! One would however pray that all parrots are free birds. Subbaraman 2) Vathsala Jayaraman Shared an anecdote from Rama's life 🙏 Shri Rama! You too are a boatman! Ramayana is a well known story throughout the world. But certain interpretations make it more spicy. Shri Rama, Lakshmana and Sage Valmiki were going along the forest. They had to cross a tumultuous river. They met a fisherman who was willing to take them across. As Rama was about to get into the boat, the boatman prevented him and said "Please wash your legs well before entering the boat." Rama looked here and there. The boat was already not very clean. As he was staring, the boatman continued," O Rama, I hear that a stone getting into contact with your pada dhuli( dirt from your feet) was converted into a woman ( Ahalya). Now if you enter my boat with dirt and if my boat is transformed into a lady, what will I do? I will not only lose the only source of my livelihood and but will also have to support an additional member. Rama heartily laughed. The boatman himself washed Rama's feet perfectly so that no dirt could get in. Happily they reached the other shore. Rama as a token of affection gave a ring to the boatman. The boatman politely refused and said,"it is not proper for one boatman to receive a gift from another boatman". Shri Rama was astonished to hear his words. He slowly said,"I am a prince" The boatman said, "No : You are a boatman. Holding the help of your holy feet, the boat, people cross the ocean of Samsara and attain Mukthi. If I get a gift from you now for crossing the small river, what gift can I give you, the boatman, when you really take me across the samsara sagara towards the eternal? Rama smiled. His mandha haasa conveyed a special meaning to the boatman. Vathsala Jayaraman 3) M G Warrier Shared a 2013 Weblink https://www.moneylife.in/article/universal-healthcare-when-will-the-government-act/30971.html B World Parrot Day World Parrot Day was observed on May 31 this year https://www.silentforest.eu/parrottag/world-parrot-day/ WORLD PARROT DAY World Parrot Day was originally founded in 2004 by the World Parrot Trust and has been adopted by many organisations aiming to promote parrots and highlight the threats they face in the wild. This day is held annually on May 31st The EAZA Parrot TAG would like to promote the day with educational activities in zoos worldwide and to encourage zoo visitors to experience parrots – either in your local zoo or if you are lucky, in the wild. Bonus : A 17th Century Painting 🖌️ https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/summer-2015/a-17th-century-indian-parrot The subject of one of the most striking paintings in the Sultans of the Deccan : 1500-1700 Opulence and Fantasy exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is, of all things, a parrot. Its disproportionate size as it perches on a mango tree and looks down at a tethered ram raises questions for historians, art historians, and curators of southern Indian art. At issue is the painting's supposed inspiration: Netherlandish artist Adriaen Collaert's engraving of a parrot, first identified by Robert Skelton, a renowned scholar of Indian painting. The exhibition catalogue echoes this theory, suggesting that the parrot's unusual proportions are "a result of the artist's reading of the distant sheep in the Collaert print as being on the same plane as the bird and therefore of much smaller size," an explanation attributed to Sheila Canby, the Met's Patti Cadby Circh Curator in Charge of the Department of Islamic Art. But Rajeev Kinra, a Mughal cultural historian at Northwestern University, is not entirely convinced. Kinra suggests that there are too many differences between the two pieces of art to justify this explanation. "If you look at [the engraving] closely, there does not appear to be a single ram," he observes. "And even if there were, none of them are in profile, and none of them are tethered. They're in a jumble. So even on that score, it's hard to make the case that this Indian artist is just copying the sheep from the Collaert print, that he doesn't understand that they're part of a background plane. But even if we were to grant this, it tells us nothing about why the parrot is so huge vis-a-vis the tree. Surely the painter would have known the difference in size between a parrot and the tree he's sitting in!" C Collage Books To Father, With Love: Wisdom from Guideposts : Norman Vincent Peale, Marjorie Holmes, Arthur Gordon, Will Rogers https://amzn.eu/d/1eH7wun Brief stories from Guideposts magazine tell how fathers have met the challenges of parenthood and learned lessons in love and faith along the way, as well as how fathers have enriched and influenced the lives of their children. This perfect gift celebrates the joys of fatherhood. Bonus: Media Response : M G Warrier June 24, 2022 BRICS and regional cooperation This refers to the HBL Short Take "Xi wants BRICS to counter US-led world order"(The Hindu Business Line, June 24). The plea that "Nations need to"reject the Cold War mentality and bloc confrontation, oppose unilateral sanctions and abuse of sanctions, and reject the small circles built around hegemonism by forming one big family belonging to a community with a shared future for humanity" coming from the Chinese President makes huge political and economic sense for the people from this side of the planet. If Xi's political vision expressed clearly now can get integrated into the economic insight with which India promoted BRICS Bank, the balance of power will tilt in favour of nations now craving for peace in this part of the world. Mainstream Media's hesitation to give prominence to Xi's observations is understandable, though. M G Warrier Mumbai D Story Time with Vathsala Jayaraman Melattur Bhagavata Melam People from Thanjavur might be well aware of the ancient art form. Bhagavatha Melam. Shri Janakiraman, Ex DG was an active participant of this form and Bhagavatha melam used to be conducted in his house in KK Nagar, Chennai-I had an occasion to witness such programmes in our village. Every year in May, there is a Bhagavatha Mela festival in Melattur. Continued at H E Faith Dr Charan Singh https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1540068852314165248?s=20&t=zpX2q_fMYvV9Kh16vGVRyw Unity in Diversity - 292 लख खुसीआ पातिसाहीआ जे सतिगुरु नदरि करेइ निमख एक हरि नामु देइ मेरा मनु तनु सीतलु होइ Immense joy as of lakhs of kingships, just with glance of True Guru Blesses a nimakh (.03 secs) of Nam and my mind & body come to peace Guru Arjan, Srirag, 44, SGGS F Leisure Parrot Jokes https://www.plannedparrothood.com/jokes.html Like: GOT ANY GRAPES? One day a parrot walked up to the counter inside a convenience store. The parrot said to the clerk "Got any grapes?" "No" replied the store clerk. The parrot smiled and walked out the door. A little while later the parrot returned and asked "Got any grapes?" The clerk replied "No! I already told you 15 minutes ago, i don't have any grapes!" The parrot smiled and once again walked out of the store. Ten minutes later, the parrot returned and asked once again "Got any grapes?" The irate clerk yelled "No! We didn't have any, we don't have any and we're not going to have any! If you come back in here again, i'm going to nail your feet to the floor!" The parrot smiled and walked out the door. Later that day the parrot returned and asked "Got any nails?" The clerk said "NO!". The parrot replied "Good. Got any grapes?" G Quotes on Parrots 🦜 https://www.azquotes.com/quotes/topics/parrots.html Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. Will Rogers Norman Vincent Peale, Marjorie Holmes, Arthur Gordon, Will Rogers (1995). “To father, with love: wisdom from Guideposts”, Dimensions for Living H Continued from D It is a yearly affair that falls around the second week of May (corresponding to the 14th day of lunar fortnight of Vaisakha that wakes up Melattur, an obscure village from its serene slumber near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The Bhagavatha melam represents 500 year old dance drama tradition that dates back to Vijayanagar peroid. Many elite individuals very well employed and business magnets participate. Each one of them views the event as a religious duty mandated by divinity and not as just a song and dance event for entertainment. And perhaps that should explain the undiminished appeal of this festival and the magic spell it casts on viewers despite its pristine Telugu content. To understand the Telugu connection in a bastion of Tamil culture, we need to travel back in time to an era when minds, unfettered by parochialism and petty animosities, were conscious of and cared for our common heritage that cut across geographical divide. It all began in 1565 with the fall of Vijayanagar empire, the last bulwark against Muslim invasion in the fateful battle of Thalaikkottai , which triggered an exodus of a large intellectual community of Vedic scholars, performing artistes, artisans, dancers, poets, composers, litterateurs and musicians to Thanjavur then ruled by the benign Nayak dynasty. This Diaspora comprising some 510 Brahmin families were accommodated by Shri Govinda Dikshitar, an extraordinary Minister who was known for his piety as much as he was for his administrative acumen under the orders from King Achutappa Nayak (1560-1600 AD)of unnathapuram, Melattur was then referred to. After a long spell of persecution, these families discovered some peace and protection under the benevolence of the Nayak king. Each family was given a house with a well, a cow and a little plot of land which they could cultivate. Two tanks were dug for supplying water to the community. Due to the protective environment created for them, the creative genius of these artisans sprang forth thus making significant contributions to fine arts and literature. These migrants-turned maestros went about their artistic pursuits and continued beyond the political changes of Thanjavur. It is during this period that Bharatha natya forms like Sabdam, alarippu etc were developed. Bhagavatha Mela is intimately connected with religious, mythological and literary traditions. when demonstrated in the form of natya natakam, as in the case of Bhagavata Melam at Melattur, the entire complexity and differences between the various forms of art vanish, and the lay man and the connoisseur alike are transported to a new world, where there is no distinction between the lover of art for its mere entertainment value and the devout one yearning for spiritual solace. The viewers and the actors lose their identity and all are converted as devotees surcharged with emotion praying for the blessings of Lord Nrusimha. The operas are taken seriously and not as a pleasant pastime. No low sensuousness is allowed in the name of "art for art's sake." Only male artists take the role of women also. No allowance is made for a slip-shod art, because what art is exhibited as devotional offering had to be of high aesthetic value without which no God of the Hindu Pantheon would be pleased. Thus this art is a unique blend of Bhakti, Music, Dance and Drama. Vathsala Jayaraman


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