Monthly Archives: June 2013

Oil Painting Flower Magnet

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An El Salvadoran co-worker of mine wanted to order a painting from me, but her time in Canada was limited, and there would not have been enough time for a large oil painting to fully dry. I decided to surprise her with a mini painting, which could be used as a magnet. I wrapped this simple floral painting up in an old Ghiradelli Chocolate Box :) As it is not completely dry, the photos didn’t turn out great.

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Sivagamiyin Sabadham

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On July 5, 2013, I have been presented the amazing opportunity to perform at the Sony Center Toronto for Madurai Muralidharan’s dance drama “Sivagamiyin Sabadham”. It’s one of those venues I didn’t think I would EVER get to perform at, so though my role is small, I’m REALLY looking forward to it.

In addition to a short dancing stint on TVI Canada, featured in the image above, I was also interviewed by Mississauga News.

Mississauga News Article & Excerpt

http://www.mississauga.com/whatson-story/3849698-thousands-gather-to-celebrate-tamil-heritage/

“…Like Manoharan, Raghavan, 24, has been dancing for nearly 15 years. She’s currently one of the senior dancers at Sri Sanskriti, a large academy in Mississauga.

“Though I was brought up in Canada and did all my schooling here, Bharatanatyam is one of the ways I can connect to my rich traditions. There’s an emotional aspect to Bharathanatyam. More than the rhythmic steps and geometric movements, there’s an acting element which brings life to historical stories and mythology,” she said.

Raghavan is thrilled to be working with Muralidharan and associate choreographer Uma Murali.

“Classes with them have been an amazing experience. Their passion for dance is contagious, and we feel blessed to be a part of something like this so far from the place our parents call home,” she said.” – Joe Chin @ Mississauga News

Krishnashtakam

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A few years ago, my mami introduced me to a set of CD’s titled “Sacred Chants”. The CD’s are comprised of simple bhajans & shlokas, rendered by a group of woman singing in beautiful harmony, accompanied by modern instruments. The music really takes you to a different place. This song, titled Krishnashtakam is a shloka about Krishna. My rendition doesn’t have instruments, though I did use a second layer to add in some harmony. I had actually recorded this over two years ago, using my old lenovo laptop & mike, back when I was in University. It was a very nice discovery :)

Krishnashtakam Lyrics

Vasu deva sutham devam
Kamsaanura mardhanam
Devaki paramaa nandham
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Adhasi pushpa sangaasam
Haara noopura shobitham
Rathna kangana keyuram
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Kudilaalaka samyuktham
Poorna chandra nibhananam
Vilasath kundala tharam-devam
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Hare krishna hare krishna
Krishna krishna hare hare(2)

Mandhara kandham samyuktham
Chaaru haasam chaturbujam
Parhi pinjaava sudangam
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Uthpulla padma bathraksham
Neela jimutha sannibham
Yaadha vaanam shirorathnam
Krishnam vandhe jadathgurum

Rukmani keli samyuktham
Vinaabha dhushobitham
Avaaptha thulasi thannam
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Hare krishna hare krishna
Krishna krishna hare hare(2)

Gopikaanaam kusath vandha
kunkumangitha vakshasam
Sriniketham mahesvasam
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Srivathsangam mahoraskam
Vanamaala virajitham
Sangu chakra tharam devam
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Hare krishna hare krishna
Krishna krishna hare hare(2)

Wedding & Henna Party!

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image (2)One of my old friends from University got married today, and it seemed like a great excuse to have our own henna party! I used MDG henna powder and cellophane wrap to make cones. It was my first time making henna cones, and once I got the consistency of henna right, it worked out pretty well! A lot better than the air/water filled cones at our local Indian store :)

The wedding was absolutely beautiful, and I wish them an amazing life together :)

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Highland Dancing & Bharathanatyam Fusion

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Nearly four years ago, I was the president of the “Math Society” at my University. As one of our final events that year, we had our very first charity talent night, where I had also sung “Hallelujah“.

One of the VP’s happened to be a professional Highland Dancer, so we decided to put together a last minute fusion performance. It was pretty fun choreographing in the Hallways outside our Society Office, and it makes me miss campus life.