Sri. A. Ananthapadmanabhan, my most reverred Guru, a graduate in Mathematics, learned music from his Father T.S. Ananthakrishna Iyer,a vainika and a professor at College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, and his sister Smt.Gomathy Chidambaram guided him. He started playing the veena as a hobby and it became his profession when he joined AIR in 1975. The great Vainika says that he has not received any systematic training in playing veena. He started playing the veena as a hobby and used to spent hours on Saadhana/practice. He had great admiration for S.Balachander, the great Vainika and his “Gayaki Style” of playing and considers him as his role model.
Here is a veena concert by Sri.A.Ananthanaryanan
There are two ways in which our needs can be taken care of. One is the material. For example, when we have ill health we can go to a doctor for medical treatment. But a time comes when no human aid can help. Then we look to the other way, to the Spiritual Power, the Maker of our body, mind, and soul. Material power is limited, and when it fails, we turn to the unlimited Divine Power. Likewise with our financial needs; when we have done our best, and still it is inadequate, we turn to that other Power.…
Contd.. From Scientific Healing Affirmations, by Paramahansa Yogananda
Man’s word is Spirit in man….Words saturated with sincerity, conviction, faith, and intuition are like highly explosive vibration bombs, which, when set off, shatter the rocks of difficulties and create the change desired. Each thought of depression or happiness, irritability or calmness, cuts subtle grooves in the brain cells and strengthens the tendencies toward sickness or well-being.
Decades before the mainstream discovered the power of affirmation in healing the mind and the body, Paramahansa Yogananda was teaching rapt audiences around the country how to directly access and apply the remarkable healing powers hidden within every human being.
Mavelikara P. Subramaniam started learning Carnatic music from his parents, S. Padmanabha Iyer and Mavelikara L. Ponnamal, at the age of seven. He joined the Sree Swathi Thirunal College of Music, Thiruvananthapuram, and passed Ganabhooshanam and Ganapraveena with the first rank. He later underwent training from his maternal uncle Mavelikara H. Ramanathan. He received the Central Government scholarship for advanced training in music and had the good fortune of coming under the tutelage of the famous vocalist Mavelikara Prabhakara Varma. He is a graded artiste of All India Radio and has a teaching experience of nearly three decades.