Hridaynath Mangeshkar in Los Angeles

Had the pleasure of attending the live concert of Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar (Feb 21, 2009). It was a blast – with Panditjee’s rendition of the memorable songs that he has composed and sung (in some cases). There were around 400 people attending and still it had a feel of a private mehfil with Panditjee responding to farmaish for most of the concert. He also broke into the background stories of each of the songs and the people behind the magic of them. He also showed his typical tricks like making plenty of fun of the Marathi Mandal’s secretary and testing the local singer by starting out the opening lines of the duets in different scales 🙂

Here is a list of all the songs in sequence: (The video links are not the videos from the program, but just links to youtube videos of the same song)

  1. Gagan Sadan Tejomay – गगन सदन तेजोमय (Video)
  2. Tu tevha tashi – तू तेव्हा तशी (Video)
  3. Sarja Raja – सर्जा राजा (Video)
  4. Sunya Sunya Maifilit majhya – सुन्या सुन्या मैफ़िलीत माझ्या (Video)
  5. Ti Geli Tevvha Rimjhim – ती गेली तेव्हा रिमझिम पाऊस निनादत होता (Video)
  6. Jambhul Piklya Zada khali – जांभुळ पिकल्या झाडाखाली (Video)
  7. Yaara Seeli Seeli – यारा सीली सीली (Video)
  8. Gorya Dehavarati Kanti – गोर्‍या देहावरती कांती (Audio)
  9. Ne Majasi Ne Parat Matrubhumila – ने मजसी ने परत मात्रुभुमीला (Video)
  10. Valhav Re Nakhava – वल्हव रे नाखवा (Video)
  11. Daya Ghana – दया घना (Video)
  12. Runu Jhunu Re Bhramara – रूणू झूणू रूणू झूणू रे भ्रमरा (Video)
  13. Sarnar kadhi raN Prabho – सरणार कधी रण प्रभो Video
  14. Shur amhi sardar – शूर आम्ही सरदार आम्हाला Video
  15. Vedat marathe veer doudale saat – बेडात मराठे वीर दौडले सात Video
  16. kevha tari pahate – केव्हा तरी पहाटे (Video)
  17. malavoon taak deep – मालवून टाक दीप (Video)
  18. chandanyat phiratana – चांदण्यात फिरताना (Video)
  19. Mee maj harapun basale – मी मज हरपून बसले (Video)
  20. Jivalagaa – जिवलगा (Video)

Sony Bravia Internet Link Unofficial API

Some notes from experimenting with my new toy!

The device (DMX) plugs into HDMI port of the TV and has its own HDMI input allowing pass-through. The control of DMX is done from a USB cable which is attached from the TV to DMX (Wonder why they do not use the HDMI for that!). DMX has an ethernet port which can get autoconfigured using DHCP (or can also be configured for manual settings from the TV). Sony has licensed a lot of content providers (slacker for radio and tons of other video providers like youtube, Amazon, Yahoo, They have a portal ( which allows you to add your own video links and some browser extensions which allow you to link your favorite videos which the DMX can then play for you. The firefox extension unfortunately requires older (2.X) version of firefox and does not work with newer versions (3.X). I tweaked that extension and it now works okay without significant changes. Here is a link to it. This extension adds a context menu to firefox and you can use it to direct the DMx to start playing the linked video, bookmark it etc. The caveats are that the link needs to be a raw video file (mp4, mov, avi, divx etc.) and not HTML file or any other kind.

Here is what I learned from reverse engineering the extension code.

The DMX runs a primitive web browser on port 9784. The server is reportedly called “Callisto Debug Server v0.2”. There is a php script running which responds to URLs like the following
Send commands using the following REST API:{encoded URL}

The firefox and internet explorer generates these URL’s.

Here is what I gathered from the extension code about the API:

Available commands and arguments:

  • play (url => encoded URL to mp4, AVI, MOV file to play)
  • pause
  • stop
  • addbookmark (title=> encoded bookmark title, description=>encoded description, icon => ???, source =>encoded URL)

It seems to play the mp4 files quite well (I had good success with HD mp4 links from youtube and dailymotion websites which have a lot of bollywood movies). The streaming is very smooth and video quality is acceptable. You can use a website like to see the hidden video links. These links are then directly playable by DMX. I will experiment with AVI, MOV, DIVX files next…

Next step for me is to create a simple webservice which does all of these steps and posts the link to the DMX! Can’t wait till I can manage to do that…

आसमाँ के पार (Aasamaan ke paar – Rockford)

A beautiful song composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and sung by Shankar Mahadevan.
Lyrics by Gulzar

सन सना ता रा रे रारा सन सना

आसमाँ के पार शायद और कोई और आसमाँ होगा
बादलों के परबतों पर कोई बारिश का मकाँ होगा

ओ… मैं हवा के परों पे कहाँ जा रहा हूँ कहाँ
कभी उडता हुवा कभी मुडता हुवा मेरा रास्ता चला
ओ हो हो हो
ओ… मैं हवा के परों पे कहाँ जा रहा हूँ कहाँ

मेरे पाँव के तले की ये ज़मीन चल रही हैँ

कहीं धूप ठंडी ठंडी कहीं छाँव जल रही हैँ

इस ज़मीं का और कोई आसमाँ होगा

होगा… आसमाँ …

हो आसमाँ होगा

मैं हवा के परों पे कहाँ जा रहा हूँ कहाँ

इन लम्बे रास्तोँ पर सब तेज़ चलते होंगे

Copy के पन्नों जैसे यहाँ दिन पलटते होंगे

शाम को भी सुबह जैसा क्या समा होगा

होगा…. क्या समा….
हो.. क्या समा होगा

मैं हवा के परों पे कहाँ जा रहा हूँ कहाँ

Rescuing hosed server

This post describes the steps that I took to restore an old server which had died some months back.

I had a linux server running debian pretty reliably. It had failed because of a hardware problems (broken power supply). I replaced the power supply and proceeded to make it current with security fixes. But as it happens when you update after a long time, (or it could also be due to my own itch to remove old kernels), I hosed the system. By that I mean that the system was running but somehow all the kernels had been removed (including the current one that I was running!). Anyway, in summary, the system would not boot because there was no kernel to do so.

Step 1: Okay, I thought I will just reinstall it with Ubuntu (which BTW is my new favorite distribution). But the problem was that the machine was using LVM and Ubuntu installer did not recognize the LVM volumes (even though it is documented to do so).

Step 2: So next stop was latest and greatest Knoppix which recognizes LVM. When I booted knoppix, I was able to see all the old partitions and data (70 gigs of legal *cough* songs, audio books and movies). Success!

Step 3: Next step was to chroot into the old root partition and use apt-get to get the kernel package installed back again. I confirmed that there was no kernel-image-* package installed! apt-get update would fail, because procfs was not mounted, so from out of the chroot, mounted the procfs. After that I was able to update the packages, but the install scripts failed because of errors. The specific error was /dev/null: Permission Denied. I was stumped. The device looked okay and the permissions also were okay (the script runs as root afterall). Upon some search I found out that it is because the default mounts in knoppix do not mount devices (nodev option). Once I fixed that, all things fell right in place.

Religious Stotra – काही धार्मिक स्तोत्रे ध्वनीरूपामध्ये

Update: For those looking for the lyrics of Mahishasura mardini shloka, here is a link.

Update: There have been many requests for Shivaleelamrut (Shivleelamrut). Here is one link to the complete text in devanagari: – श्री शिवलीलामृत

Update: Click here to listen to Complete Ganesh Pooja.

I keep getting a lot of hits on some of the old posts (Ram Raksha Stotra and Hanuman Chalisa) with visitors asking for audio versions of the stotra. Here is a page where I will keep collecting the audio versions of various stotras.

To Play: If you have javascript enabled, you can click on the small arrow before each link to play the file.
To Download: Right click the link and select “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”.

श्री शिवलीलामृत – ११ वा अध्याय (अपूर्ण) (Shivaleelamrut – 11th Chapter (Incomplete))

RamRaksha Stotra – श्री रामरक्षा स्तोत्र

Ganapati Atharvasheershश्री गणपत्यथर्वशीर्ष words and English Meaning

Ganapati Stotraगणपती स्तोत्र (words and English Meaning)

Guru Mantra – गुरू मंत्र

Another version of Guru Mantra (Guru Stotram) by Swami Atmananda.
Guru Stotram गुरू स्तोत्रम Text
Shiva Tandav Stotra – शिव तांडव स्तोत्र

Shiv Mahimna Stotra. Lyrics / शब्द

Vishnu Sahastranam – श्री विष्णुसहस्रनाम

Beej Mantra – बीज मंत्र
Maha Mrutyunjay Mantra – महा म्रुत्युंजय मंत्र
Kailas Rana Shiva Chandramouli – कैलास राणा शिव चंद्रमौळी
Mantra Pushpanjali – मंत्र पुष्पांजली

Bhimarupi Maharudra (Hanuman Stotra)भीमरूपी महारुद्रा – शब्द

Mahishasur Mardini Stotra – महिषासुर मर्दिनी स्तोत्र –

Pasayadanपसायदान शब्द
Purush Sukta (with meaning in English) – पुरूष सुक्त (इंग्रजी अनुवादासहित)
Chandika Devi Kavach – चंडिका देवी कवच
Durga Kavach 1 – दुर्गा कवच १
Durga Kavach 2 Anuradha Paudwal- दुर्गा कवच (अनुराधा पौडवाला)
Hanuman Kavach – हनुमान कवच
Shree Sukta – श्री सुक्त (Script and Meaning)
– Thanks to Abhijeet V. Wajpe for this
जय अंबे माता Jaya Ambe Maata
Jai Jai Hanuman – जय जय हनुमान:
Shree Hanuman Chalisa (Anup Jalota) श्री हनुमान चालिसा (अनुप जलोटा)
Hanuman Austak – हनुमान अष्टक
Hanuman Stavan – हनुमान स्तवन
Chhand – छंद
Jiske Man Main Base Shreeramji – जिसके मनमें बसे श्रीरामजी
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Ki – जय जय हनुमान की
Kab Loge Hamari Khabariya – कब लोगे हमारी खबरियाँ
Shree Hanuman Aarti – श्री हनुमान आरती
जय जगदीश हरे जय जगदीश हरे – Jay Jagadeesh Hare (words)


Song from animation film Hanuman
Mahabali maharudra beautifully sung by Vijay Prakash, Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Palash Sen, Kailash Kher, Madhushree, Sneha Pant, music by Tapas Relia and lyrics by Satish Mutatkar.

Lyrics in itrans ascii:
(jaya hanumaan gyaan guNa saagar
jaya kapiis tihu lok ujaagar
raamadoot atulit bal dhaamaa
a.njanee putra pavanasoot naamaa)

paraakram se gu.nje tribhuvan
dharatii paataal,duShTa bhanjan
jal saagar kare paraajay kra.ndan
trikaal nira.ntar lok va.ndan

mahaabali mahaarudraa mahaavajraa
shauryavaan veer hanumaan……

chehare se chhalakatii namrataa
aankho.n me.n shaa.nt chit kii chhaayaa
mukhapara hai.n subaha kii laalii
vishaal si.ndoor lipii kaayaa

(mahaabeer bikram bajara.ngii
kumatii nivaar sumatii ke sa.ngii
ka.nchan baran biraaj shubhesaa
kaanan ku.nDal ku.nchit kesaa
haat vajra aur dhvajaa biraje
khaa.nde moo.nj janeu saage
sha.nkar suvanaa kesarii na.ndan
tej prataap mahaa jag va.ndan)

bikaT samay nikaT jo aaye
pratham vahii smaraN aa jaaye
har vipadaa vo door kare
sa.nkaT mochan tabhii kahalaaye

shaktii kii nayii paribhaaShaa
viraaT vikramii roop anokhaa
laaye uThaaye droNagirii
aur jag dekhe leelaa nyaarii

(जय हनुमान ग्यान गुण सागर
जय कपीस तिहु लोक उजागर
रामदूत अतुलित बल धामा
अंजनी पुत्र पवनसूत नामा)

पराक्रम से गुंजे त्रिभुवन
धरती पाताल,दुष्ट भन्जन
जल सागर करे पराजय क्रंदन
त्रिकाल निरंतर लोक वंदन

महाबलि महारुद्रा महावज्रा
शौर्यवान वीर हनुमान……

चेहरे से छलकती नम्रता
आन्खों में शांत चित की छाया
मुखपर हैं सुबह की लाली
विशाल सिंदूर लिपी काया

(महाबीर बिक्रम बजरंगी
कुमती निवार सुमती के संगी
कंचन बरन बिराज शुभेसा
कानन कुंडल कुंचित केसा
हात वज्र और ध्वजा बिरजे
खांदे मूंज जनेउ सागे
शंकर सुवना केसरी नंदन
तेज प्रताप महा जग वंदन)

बिकट समय निकट जो आये
प्रथम वही स्मरण आ जाये
हर विपदा वो दूर करे
संकट मोचन तभी कहलाये

शक्ती की नयी परिभाषा
विराट विक्रमी रूप अनोखा
लाये उठाये द्रोणगिरी
और जग देखे लीला न्यारी