Thursday, May 28, 2009

How Important is Sanskrit Anyway?

Here is a site which tracks what words and phrases have made their way into our common life. Or maybe the lives of people living in India. But I am sure you have heard them or perhaps you can adopt one of them as a tattoo...check it out!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sanskrit Camp July Long Weekend

Please look at the Sanskrit camps for adults and youth posted on

There is a West Coast adult camp during the July Long weekend for the USA (not Canada's long weekend)

There is a West Coast youth camp

There is an East Coast youth camp

There will be an East Coast Family Camp probably during Labour Day (same for USA and Canada) yeah!

Lights on Sri Krishna

This is a great song. I love the lyrics. Can be used for anyone you think helps you out in life.


Sunday, May 10, 2009

World Record for Annamacharya Singing

Hyderabad, May 10 (IANS) A whopping 160,000 people sang in chorus seven keerthanas, or hymns in praise of god, of Telugu saint-poet Thallapaka Annamacharya here Sunday evening, and broke a 70-year-old world record.A representative of the Guinness Book of World Records announced that the previous record is broken at the grand spiritual musical event, organised to mark the 601st birth anniversary of Annamacharya.
“I have great pleasure in announcing that more than 70 years later the record has been broken,” said Guinness Book representative Raymond Marshal amid thunderous applause at the sprawling Parade Grounds in Secunderabad, Hyderabad’s twin city.
He also presented the certificate from Guinness Book of World Records to state Minister for Finance K. Rosaiah.
It was on Aug 2, 1937, that 60,000 people sang the national anthem in Germany to set the world record.
The programme, ‘Laksha Gala Sankirthanarchana’, was organised jointly by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), the Andhra Pradesh state cultural council and Andhra Silicon.
The organisers said 160,000 people sang the keerthanas in one voice.
Renowned Carnatic musician M. Balamurali Krishna, singer Kavitha Krishnamurthy and her husband L. Subramanyam and Garimella Balakrishna Prasad led 160,000 singers, both professionals and amateurs. Telugu actor Nagarjuna, who acted in film “Annamayya”, was also present.
Annamacharya, who was born in 1408, composed 32,000 Sankeerthans eulogising Lord Venkateswara.
The TTD, which manages the affairs of the Lord Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala, is organising Annamacharya’s 601st birth anniversary celebrations on a grand scale.
TTD chairman D.K. Audikesavulu Naidu announced that Tallapaka, the birthplace of Annamacharya in Kadapa district, will be developed as a major spiritual centre.
The TTD is also making efforts to propagate Keerthanas of the first Telugu lyric poet worldwide by organising spiritual programmes, including group rendering of Sankeerthans and lectures on his literary works.