Shri Gurubhyo Namaha
With our humble namaskarams to our great acharyas, on this auspicious Pournami day combined with Arudhra Darshan of Lord Nataraja, this blog & Kanchi Guruparampara Foundation (KGF) is pleased to present you all the fully functional first-ever 24×7 Periyava Radio (www.periyavaradio.net) – dedicated to the acharyas of the great Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.
First and foremost, my namaskaram to Mahaperiyava who made this idea come to my mind. HH Balaperiyava’s blessings to this initiative was a pleasant surprise. When I wrote to Him, I was not optimistic at all in receiving blessings as I thought this request is too small for Him! Yet He showed His kindness in sending His divine blessings on an auspicious day like Vijayadasami!
Second, it didn’t take too long to realize that this effort is not something like running a blog that can be done by one person ! This is lot more labor intensive, time-sensitive effort that requires a team to do. Thanks to Mahaperiyava, who sent me a fine set of team members without whom this would not have been possible. They are not just bodies who do some work – they are passionate about what they’re doing to Mahaperiyava. Great mix of people – newly married couples, bachelors, just-became-moms, IT professionals, my colleagues etc. With the entire house washed away in the Chennai flood, this volunteer from Chennai was worried about not contributing to this project!! Only 1 in a million could think like that! While traveling on work, attending calls in midnights, having a new-born baby and still willing to contribute, taking calls amidst a house-shifting and sitting in parking lots shows nothing but their devotion to Periyava. Special thanks to our web and mobile developers for delivering a great output – this trio team do not compromise an inch on quality!! There are other folks who got disconnected due to flood etc. My sincere thanks to all who participated in every way – they all will have opportunities to engage with us in the future too. If I write about each of them, I need several posts to detail their commitments. I sincerely pray Periyava to bless these people with everything and keep them with me to run this station successfully for a long time!
Please note that the entire program schedule will be played both in Indian Time and US Eastern Time.
Finally, we aren’t perfect. We learnt a lot about internet radio during this journey and still learning. Together as a team, we constructed this station from all aspects based on our assumptions on how folks would listen, when etc. We have put together a good program schedule to begin with that has the mix of all – periyava speeches, upanyasams, Periyava mahimai, bhajans, veda goshams/bashyams etc…
We aren’t stopping here! We intend to refine this schedule as we progress based on your listening preferences and suggestions too. We could be wrong in certain assumptions. Please remember that we have spent a lot of time, effort and money spent on this initiative. Only by receiving your feedback and continued support, we will be motivated to run this station and make it better for you. It is very important that we hear your feedback about everything – timing, program schedules, content, quality etc. Please suggest how we can make this station better. If you have any audio content to be submitted, please use the form in the radio site to send to us.
Our mobile team has done an outstanding job in creating a beautiful app. It has lots of sections (1) Dheivathin Kural (2) Photos (3) Videos (4) Radio etc. This is an app to keep.
- iOS – the updated app is already available in the Appstore – Search for “Kanchi Sankara”. Please go to appstore and install it if you haven’t done in the past or update if you have the previous version.
- Android – the “updated” app is ready in the appstore – Search for “Kanchi Sankara” and install it if you haven’t done in the past. If you already have this installed, please uninstall this and install the new one (just to be safe)
- iOS/Android/Windows/Kindle Fire – Install the app “TuneIn” on your phone (Android/iOS/Windows). After installing, within the app, search for “Periyava Radio” – you will find two stations – (1) Periyava Radio (2) Periyava Radio – World. First station is for India. Make both your favorites and you can listen to the stations. This TuneIn app will work on all phones….
- From your computer – Please visit http://www.periyavaradio.net from your computer and click on the player to listen.
Our special thanks to Periyava upanyasakas like Sri Ganesha Sharma, Sri P.Swaminathan etc who immediately agreed to help us in every way and also gave their consent to broadcast their lectures in this radio and also willing to work with us to make this better. Thanks to you all for your support!
Radio Team – My hearty congratulations to you all for the launch….I am really lucky to know each of you through this initiative.
On behalf of the team, our namaskarams to Acharyas.
Hope you enjoy the radio!
Looking forward to hearing from you all!
Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara!