Grand Bhajans – Dr Udayalur Kalyanaraman Birmingham, UK

Solihull based Carnatic-Circle & London based Shri Radha Madhava Kalyana Mahotsav  is pleased to invite you all for a Grand Bhajan festival. On Saturday, the 17th Nov 2018, world renowned Dr Udayalur Kalyanaraman and troupe are performing between 5-7pm at the temple of

Shree Hindu Community Centre
541A Warwick Rd,
Birmingham B11 2JP.

4.15pm – Car park opens. Coach and Cars allowed.
4.45pm – Temple opens. A small snack will be available in downstairs hall
4.45pm – Sound check with the artists upstairs
5 to 6.45pm – Bhajan event by Mr Brigha Balu. Car park will be securely locked
6.45pm – Short discourse (5 mins) by  Mr Brigha Balu
6.50pm – Vote of Thanks by Raj (5mins)
7.00pm – Car park will be reopened
7.00 – 7.20pm – Temple Aarti

Parking is available on Warwick road and the adjoining roads. A special manually gated car park has being arranged with Tyseley Locomotive works (670 Warwick Rd, Birmingham B11 2HL)  which is situated diagonally opposite the Temple and is a 5 minute walk. The car park will be opened between 4.15-5.05pm by Bharath (07902 865540). Please note that the GPS takes you to the neighbouring car park. Hence, please use the map below. 

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Car park will be opened at 4.15pm and gates secured at 5.05pm. The gates will reopen after the event at 7pm

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The temple is undergoing refurbishment and consists of 2 church style buildings(White & brick Colour). There are no signboards for the temple at the moment. The programme will be conducted at the Temple Sannadhi hall on the 1st floor.

RSVP – Santhana Gopal (07906 535762) or Krishnan (07929 613063).

This will be followed by a week-long celebration culminating in a Radhakalyanam on the 24th and 25th November near Heathrow.

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Websites

http://Carnatic-Circle.com

http://radhakalyanam.uk

 

Ramanavami Carnatic Bhajans – Birmingham

Carnatic-Circle.com was invited to perform at the phenomenal Ramanavami celebrations on Saturday, the 31st March at the Spacious New Bingley Hall, Birmingham. The divine Sita-Rama kalyanam event held on Utharapalguni Nakshatram in Vilambi nama year was attended by not less than 2500 people – full of energy and lively. The ambience at the hall was stunning due to sheer numbers. This shows the excellent strength of our community and a typical example for the togetherness in serving the lord by serving for the community.

Carnatic-Circle’s music/singing was an integral part of the community and enjoyed the blessings of Sree Rama. We primarily chose some Telugu based krithis composed by Annamacharya & Bhadrachala Ramdas keeping in line with the interests of the audience. The energised performance kept up a relentless pace for 40 minutes. It was full of positive vibrations and was very well received by the community. We received quite a lot of words of praise. Admittedly, we had some background noise in our video recordings, but the fact that we were invited to perform for this divine event as a highlight was indeed a great blessing.

Some Photos/Excerpts from our previous Weekly Bhajan sessions since last year

 

Bhajans/Krithis Birmingham Balaji Temple 21st Oct 2017

Carnatic-Circle’s Midlands based “Sampradaya” Bhajan group and “Mantrasara” came together to put together a traditional & impressive performance at the Tividale Balaji temple community hall on Saturday, the 21st Oct 2017 (5pm- 7.15pm).

The event was graced by the presence of Tabla Pandit Sandip Banerjee (From Kolkata) and Chief guest – Dr Kanakaratnam (Chairman of Trustees at the Balaji Temple)  who graced the occasion with their presence and support.

The Balaji temple has been ever supportive of our Carnatic based Devotional singing & Bhakthi initiatives and we are very grateful to them and their volunteers who made this event successful in every sphere. Such a unique choir consisting of Adults & Children does not exist in the entire country and it is with utmost pride that we present our Bhajans/Krithis and ensure that we uplift everyone that participate in our community gatherings.

This performance was well received by the audience who came from across the midlands to see us perform. One of the feedbacks that we received from few of the experienced elders was that, we have implemented a traditional system in the same lines as it is done in South India. Below were the songs that were sung as a part of our repertoire at the temple Continue reading “Bhajans/Krithis Birmingham Balaji Temple 21st Oct 2017”

Ashtapadhi 22 -Radha Vadana

Our Birmingham/Solihull, UK monthly Bhajanais involve the devotional, traditional bhakthi or Paddathi singing. Below notes for the same. Continue reading “Ashtapadhi 22 -Radha Vadana”

Andal Thirupaavai 1-5 for monthly Bhajanais

I am adding the English Notes for the 1st 3 Thirupaavai Pasuram for our monthly Bhajanais. (Our Birmingham/Solihull, UK monthly Bhajanais involve the devotional traditional bhakthi or Paddathi singing)

How to Sing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TygcSAr_xw

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Pasuram 1 – Ragam Naatai

maargazhi(th) thingaL madhi niRaindha nannaaLaal*
neeraada(p) pOdhuveer pOdhuminO nErizhaiyeer*
seer malgum aayppaadi(ch) chelva(ch) chiRumeergaaL*
koorvEl kodundhozhilan nandhagOpan kumaran*
Eraarndha kaNNi yasOdhai iLam singam*
kaar mEni cengaN kadhir madhiyam pOl mugaththaan*
naaraayaNanE namakkE paRai tharuvaan*
paarOr pugazha(p) padindhElOr empaavaai

Continue reading “Andal Thirupaavai 1-5 for monthly Bhajanais”

Jayadeva Ashtapadhi Lesson 1

The following notes are for the monthly Bhajanai sessions in Solihull/Birmingham. The Ashtapadhi consists of 24 Prabandhams and it is auspicious to spell the respective shlokas prior to each Ashtapadhi. It is customary to perform a Naivedyam after each Ashtapadhi is sung.

Lesson 1 will spell out the preceding shlokas and the 1st Ashtapadhi based on Dashavatharam

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Your musical gateway to Indian Culture

Namastheysthu  Maha Maye, Shri Pitey Sura Poojithey

Shanku Chakra Gadha Hasthey, Mahalakshmi Namosthuthey

Carnatic music is a powerful universal musical medium that unites, enlightens and transforms. For us at the Solihull Carnatic Music Circle, the innate power of Carnatic music sparked a spiritual awakening that has influenced our lives more deeply than we could have ever imagined. We have since devoted our efforts and talent to providing spiritual enlightenment as a service to the community through traditional renderings of South Indian Classical (Carnatic) music.

Music is not “just music” to us. It is a path to spiritual enlightenment. That is why, we practice music of various forms in order to enhance our ability to connect music to spirituality in unique ways that can help put listeners on the path to their own spiritual awakening. This transformative process, in the end, is the path to achieving your highest potential, reaching a higher plane of knowledge and awareness, and living in peace and contentment.  

For those who desire to nurture and develop their own Carnatic (South Indian style) musical talents, we provide flexible, personally-tailored training/Lessons through the week. The teaching is based on the age old tradition of learning the Swaravalis and gradually build up to Alankarams, Gitam & Varnams. We also indulge in Devotional Bhajanais also called Namasankeerthanam or Pracheena Sampradaya Bhajanai. Join us to learn this art!