Monthly Archives: October 2010



One of my huge music obsessions is “light” carnatic music. This includes songs in raagams such as Kapi, Desh, or Hamir Kalyani, and a wide variety of carnatic fusion music.

During the height of my ‘obsession’ last summer, I discovered “Anil Srinivasan” through the Sikkil Gurucharan Website. I listened to “Sarvam” on the Gurucharan home page and wanted more. I turned to, where I found two full albums of Sikkil Gurucharan and Anil Srinivasan, which I have listened to on repeat many times. I also found Anil Srinivasan’s Gallery on his own website. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any of the CDs in the Canadian stores, or I would definitely purchase them.

When it comes to light and soothing carnatic music, this is possibly the best that I have ever heard.

I used my lenovo mike and audacity to record “Ksheerabdhi” onto my computer, and on a new track, I added my own voice in. I used the “noise removal” effect to clean up the sound a little bit. It was a one shot recording, so it’s not even near perfect, but I loved singing with the piano!

So here it is, a “collaboration” with Anil Srinivasan, featuring singers Subiksha Rangarajan, and me!


ksheerabdi kanyakaku sree maha lakshmikini
neerajaalayakunu neeraajanam

Charanam 1 :
Jalajaakshi momunaku jakkuvakuchambulaku
nelakonna kappurapu neeraajanam
aliveni turumunaku, hastha kamalambulaku
niluvu manikyamula neerajanam…neeraajanam

Charanam 2 :
Pagatu sree venkateshu pattapu raniyai
negadu sati kaLalakunu neerajanam
jagathi alamelu manga Chakkadanamula kella
nigudu nija sobhanapu neerajanam…neeraajanam

Charanam 3 :
Charana kisalayamulaku sakhiyarambhorulaku
niratamagu mutthyala neerajanam
aridhi jaghanambunaku nathiva nathanaabhikini
nirathi nanavarna neerajanam…neeraajanam

Meaning Summary

Summarized from here

Neerajanam means “benediction” or an invocation of divine blessing.

This song goes through all of the qualities of the goddess Lakshmi, and seeks blessings from the one with lotus like eyes, dark flowing hair, soft hands, and a pleasant voice.

Dinosaur Skull Updated!


I would like to thank my friends, my professor, and the wetcanvas community for giving me great feedback regarding my 16×24″ Dinosaur Skull Assignment.

This is a picture of the drawing to date

Summary of the feedback I received from WetCanvas

Artsy Bren, Golgiman, Robertsloan2- Make the leaves look more ‘dead’- Make them more curled up, or work up the skeletal part of the leaf. This was agreed upon by everyone! So I definitely put some work into that

Shar- Add creeping ivy, and work up the background a little bit with distant clouds or more dead vegetation like a log in the corner. She pointed me towards the wetcanvas image library, which I didn’t know about until now.  I tried to add the ivy, but they looked too “alive”. I tried to add creeping branches but whatever I was doing was crowding the picture. I guess I still have a long way to go as an artist! It was a great idea, and the image library was definitely a good find. I didn’t add a log, but I did add some leaves to the ground behind the skull.

Kevin- Add more detail to the foreground, and ‘lose’ a bit of the background to get dramatic perspective I did this in a subtle way. On the skull itself, I tried to add a few details to the front. I also added more darks to the vegetation in the front, and got rid of the stark contrast between the ground and the sky. It’s hard to see in the picture, but I added a few subtle clouds to get in a bit of that atmospheric perspective.

Summary of feedback I received from my Art Teacher

1) Work on the leaves to make them more ‘dead’. Dead leaves are more angular, and they curl up more. Even my teacher agreed :)

2) Move the horizon line up on the page, so it looks like the skull is comfortably on the surface This was a really good suggestion, and it definitely made a huge difference.

3) It is not necessary to add anything to the back corner (I told him about Shar’s log suggestion and asked him if there was anything else that I could add if the log didn’t work out), but a few wispy strands of grass or something subtle would help make the horizon line a little less dramatic. This goes back to Kevin’s suggestion about “losing” some of the background. I ended up adding in a few leaves, and getting rid of the strong contrast

4) Dead twigs are much more angular, so I could add more dramatic angles to the branches in the back. This has also been updated

5) Revisit the original skull image to see if the jaw lines are as straight, because the unbelievably straight jaw lines almost makes it look fake. I did revisit the picture, and the allosaurus jaw line is oddly straight. I never noticed that before! I did dramatize a few of the ridges to keep it from looking like I used a ruler

6) Lighten the “creases” on the dinosaur skull, to make them stand out less compared to the darker hole areas. This was another very subtle observation made by my teacher. He really has an amazingly keen eye which has done wonders for my drawing skills over the past couple of months.

The Final Result

Overall, both my teacher and the wetcanvas community agreed that I could work up some of the dead vegetation (I have never drawn landscapes or backgrounds until this course, so it’s all very new to me). I also had positive feedback from everyone I mentioned above and from mooz49 and luicre, especially on the skull, which was also great to hear :) (After I took this picture, I removed some of the darks from behind the trees)


Wild Microphone


Music is definitely one of my passions, so I decided to combine music and art and draw a microphone. I put the outlines in, and decided to fill the spaces with some crazy patterns. I wanted to break through the rigid metallic structure, and release the “music” in the picture.

I completed this drawing during little breaks over the span of two days, and used my Stabilo 0.4MM pen

Dinosaur Skull


I have an assignment due this Wednesday, and for the assignment, I need to use Skull/Bones/Skeleton, and surround it with dead vegetation.

We did an exercise in class, where we replicated a set-up that our professor made.

I was planning on doing something very similar for my assignment, so since we already did it in class, I decided to use a dinosaur (allosaurus) skull instead.

Here is my Work-In-Progress

I have completed it to the best of my ability, so if you do have any feedback/suggestions, let me know! I have tomorrow night to add anything recommendations.

I used 18×24 inch Canson Sketch Paper, willow charcoal to tone the paper and add darks, and regular charcoal to emphasize the darks. All the “whites” were highlighted using a kneadable eraser and a clic eraser.

I have also posted this on “Wetcanvas”– an online website where artists can share and get feedback on their work. I have already received great feedback!

Here is a random picture of my own personal art gallery. Also known as the corner of my basement

Skull on Toned Paper


In my drawing class last night, I had my first experience with working on toned paper. I used Willow Charcoal to shade the paper in. I used a kneaded and clic eraser to get the highlights, and layered on more willow charcoal to get the darks. Willow charcoal erases VERY easily. Too easily. It was a challenge at first, because when I touched my hand on the paper, everything would wipe away, but I soon got the hang of it. I eventually used a charcoal pencil to emphasize the darks.

This was the result of three hours of class time (I am always SO much more productive in the classroom atmosphere than I am at home!). Of course it’s not complete. I still need to add a few more cast shadows (To the bone on the left etc.), but overall I was pleased with the result considering it was my first time doing anything like this. If I could redo it, I would definitely use a higher quality paper. I used regular 18×24 inch cartridge paper for this exercise, and it wasn’t great for the constant erasing. I am actually getting the hang of working on such a big scale though! I really like the dramatic effect the size has on the drawings.

Here it is- Just in time for Halloween!

Giving Tree


A little while ago, I completed another “drawing in a day”, during the breaks in my day.

I was remembering my childhood, and I remembered what a huge impact Shel Silverstein had on it. For over a half of my elementary school years, I would quote the poems. One of my favourites was “Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout“. One of Shel Silverstein’s books, “The Giving Tree”, was the inspiration of this drawing.

Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo


I was youtube surfing when I came across Asha Bhonsle’s version of the song “Aaj Jaane ki Zid Na Karo”.  I really liked the song, and liked it even more after seeing the original Farida Khanum version in “related video’s”

This song is about a woman who is telling her beloved to stay with her for longer. There’s a slight “naughty” tone to this song, rather than a sad one. I was fortunate to find the exact translation which you can read below.

As always, I recorded this song in one go using my external Lenovo mike. The beat is being kept with an upside down tissue box. I recorded the beat as a separate track and ended up reducing the volume on it. A tissue box just doesn’t have a tabla effect :P

Enjoy :) I look forward to your feedback

Lyrics and Translation

You can find the lyrics along with the English translation here

aj jaane ki zid na karo
Yunhi pehloo mein baithe raho
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Hai mar jaayenge, hum to lut jaayenge
Aisi baatein kiya na karo
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo

Tum hi socho zara, kyun na roke tumhe
Jaan jaati hai jab uth ke jaate ho tum
Tumko apni qasam jaan-e-jaan
Baat itni meri maan lo
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Yunhi pehloo mein baithe raho
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo

Waqt ki qaid mein zindagi hai magar
Chand ghadiyan yehi hain jo aazad hain
Inko khokar mere jaan-e-jaan
Umr bhar na taraste raho
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo

Kitna maasoom rangeen hai yeh sama
Husn aur ishq ki aaj mein raaj hai
Kal ki kisko khabar jaan-e-jaan
Rok lo aaj ki raat ko
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Yunhi pehloo mein baithe raho
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo


Don’t insist on leaving today
Keep sitting beside me.
Don’t insist on leaving today
else I shall die, I shall be looted.
Please don’t talk like this.
Don’t insist on leaving today.

Give it a thought,
why shouldn’t stop you?
When you leave,
life goes out of me.
For your own sake, beloved
Just listen to this one plea,
don’t insist on leaving today,
keep sitting beside me.
Don’t insist on leaving today.

My life is trapped in time’s bars,
just a few solitary moments are free.
And if you lose them too, my beloved,
you shall keep craving forever.
Don’t insist on leaving today,
keep sitting beside me.
Don’t insist on leaving today.

What an innocent hueful meeting this is
of beauty and love, they rule today.
Who knows what lies in tomorrow,
Let’s make this night stand still.
Don’t insist on leaving today,
keep sitting beside me.
Don’t insist on leaving today.

Bead Organization


When I first started jewelry making, I decided to make a trip to the dollar store to try to find an easy way to keep my supplies really organized.

I picked up a stack of nail boxes for $1.00 each, and put my supplies into it.

It worked really well, and brought a lot of organization into my supplies drawer. The purple box was a gift for my 15th birthday that I use for wires and tools, and the small guess box is what I usually work over to keep odds and ends in one place.

Finding things was just SO easy I decided to revisit the dollar store to pick up similar boxes for my jewelry! I had earrings, necklaces, and bracelets collected from my childhood, and whenever I wanted to find something, I never could. I picked up more nail boxes for larger items such as bracelets and necklaces. I then made a trip to Home Depot for some smaller boxes to hold earrings. It worked out really well, and I’ve really been using my jewelry a LOT more.

The boxes on the bottom left of the drawer are some of my Indian sets, and the box where I keep the pearl set that I made and more delicate jewelry. The boxes on the top left are where I keep old style bracelets and necklaces that I still never wear.

Organization makes me happy :)

Colourful Mango and Abstract Swirls


I recently bought a pack of these colourful pens to use for this card

Of course, with colours as bright as those, it’d have been a pity to stop at one card! I decided to use them for my free-time-doodle-book! I use this book to do doodles during lunch breaks, train rides, and the 5 or 10 minutes when I’m sitting in bed before I go to sleep.

1. This one took me a day, and it has a henna influence similar to the Henna Ganesha.

2. This one also took me a day. I was originally planning to fill the entire page, but I really liked the effect that I got with this so I stopped. It’s definitely a lot simpler than the mango

Personal card


I recently got a pack of these fun Staedtler pens to use to make birthday cards. I am a little disappointed at how quickly it blots, but I love the intensity of the colours!

This was a birthday card for one of my close friends, and all the little objects in the card represent things that we’ve done together, or inside jokes that we share.  It’s definitely a simple not-that-artistic card, but I enjoyed making it :)