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Sparrow’s monstrous talent

T.K. Murthy, the legendary mridanga vidwan, has a faultless memory at 92. His enthusiasm and passion for his instrument is a rare to come by »
OF SOUND AND TECHNIQUE From the seminar

Strings and standards

A recent seminar in Mumbai saw sitarists, sitar makers, dealers and maestros deliberating on a range of questions on the instrument. »
Krishna Vageesh

In service of rhythm

Delhi-based Carnatic musician-composer Krishna Vageesh talks about his long journey. »
Sudha Raghunathan

Traditions in time

Carnatic vocalist Sudha Ragunathan, named in this year’s Republic Day honours as a Padma Bhushan recipient, speaks on her projects and plans. »
January 29, 2015

Taking a legacy forward

Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi is a name synonymous with Karnatik music. Aptly called Suswaralakshmi by the great Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, her voice continues to fill the hearts of millions of people ar... »
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Rahul Sharma, and Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
January 29, 2015

Melodic charm

Splendour of the Masters’ organised by Banyan Tree Events featured a spectacular santoor jugalbandi instrumental music recital by the legendary maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and his son Rahul S... »
Lady Gaga, right, and Tony Bennett arrive for a media event.
NEW YORK, January 28, 2015

Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett among duets set for Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards will feature a number of collaborative performances, including Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett and Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani. The Recording Academy said on Tuesday that... »

Singing in many languages: Charles Antony
January 26, 2015

How Maradona worked his magic

Charles Antony carries his life’s achievements inside a plastic folder. He pulls out one sheet after another from inside to show us laminated newspaper clippings of his interviews ever since he sta... »
SEASON OF MUSIC Subhendu Ghosh (top) has planned his upcoming annual programme around the theme of spring.
January 23, 2015

Spring in their song

“Sufis have been celebrating basant since the time of Nizamuddin and Khusrau,” says classical vocalist Subhendu Ghosh. Ghosh who spearheads the cultural organisation Pratidhwani, has planned... »
Mambalam M.K.S. Siva (left) and Kalahasti K. Durgaprasad performing a Nadaswaram concert. Photo: M. Moorthy
January 22, 2015

Bringing the melody home

Like in the past, this year too, All India Radio, through a special national programme, brought to music lovers two live Carnatic music concerts from the samadhi of Tyagaraja at Thiruvaiyaru, wher... »
Classical singers performing at the Saint Thyagaraja Pancharatna Keertana Utsav, organised by Sangeeta Sanmandali
January 22, 2015

Homage to Thyagaraja

Sangeeta Sanmandali of Vijayawada organised a week-long Thyagaraja Aaradhana Sangeetotsavam, an annual musical treat that attracted huge crowds on all days at Laila Gangaraju Kala Vedika situated o... »
January 22, 2015

Rhythmic extravaganza

It is not often that one can feast on an aesthetic treat in an environment that is steeped in historical grandeur and sanctity. When the occasion is one of revering two such musical giants, every d... »
Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar.
January 22, 2015

Two evenings of Tiruppavai

(This is an article which appeared in The Hindu dated January 13, 1963.)Two evenings last week-end were given over to the privilege and pleasure of listening to Sri Ariyakudi Ramanuja... »
Jayati Chakraborty.
January 22, 2015

Classical touch to Tagore

Jayati Chakraborty is the new star on the singing firmament of Bengal. Widely hailed as one of the finest Rabindrasangeet exponents, Jayati has also carved a niche for herself in playback singing... »

Quite appealing

This percussion fusion was different

Musical extravaganza

Series of musical highs

Rooted in resilience

Meet The Vamps – Christmas Edition

A new musical wave

For the love of music

Neela Ramgopal
January 29, 2015

Unheard melodies

Apoorva Raga Darshini – 1, the inaugural session of a series of lecture demonstrations on rare ragas devised and hosted by Ananya, Bangalore, was conducted recently by eminent vocalist Neela Ramgop... »
A file photo from Bharat Rang Mahotsav.
January 29, 2015

A festival of firsts

Every year, theatre enthusiasts in New Delhi wait for Bharat Rang Mahotsav. They mull over the festival schedule, wait in queues for tickets and clear out their week to catch plays from across the... »
“I want my saxophone’s sound to travel beyond geographical borders,”
says Brooks.
January 27, 2015

Blown away by sound

“Hello, I am George Brooks,” he says with a firm handshake. Dressed formally in shirt, trousers and leather shoes, his silver grey hair neatly combed, he looks very much a Wall Street guy. But qui... »
Team Buffle
Thiruvananthapuram, January 23, 2015

A unique musical act

Music meets theatre this Sunday as French music group Buffle (Buffalo) takes centre stage at Co-Bank Towers. A group that has created its own ‘style’ their act according to band member Xavier M... »

In memory: Our USP is that listeners can take away a song at the end of the show, says the band. Photo: Murali Kumar K.
January 22, 2015

Paying tribute with music

It’s not often that a new band makes headlines in its infancy. However, Bengaluru-based River Man Band is making inroads in the music capital’s scene like no other band with their unique original m... »
Sivamani
January 22, 2015
Quick Five

Drumming for the divine

World percussionist Sivamani, for all his rockstar looks, firmly believes in the divine power of rhythms. What makes him unique is not only his constant search for new techniques, new sounds and ne... »
January 22, 2015

Sweet spontaneity

A veena concert by Revathi Sadashivam, accompanied by B.S. Prashanth (mridanga), and S.N. Narayana Murthy (ghata), was hosted recently by MES Kalavedi, Bangalore.The evening commenced with “... »
A.S. Murali. Photo: K. Ananthan
January 22, 2015

A fitting tribute

The sixty-first annual Tyagaraja aradhana festival under the aegis of Thyagabrahma Gananjali, got off to a sprightly start, at Sree Venugopalaswami temple, at Sullivan Street, Coimbatore, with the... »
Malavika Sarukkai, Hari Krishnan, Lakshmi Vishwanathan, Dr. Goswamy, Sadanam Balakrishnan and Shyamala Mohanraj.
January 22, 2015

On the process of creativity

The 14th Natya Darshan conference on ‘Lotuses Blossom: The Creative Process,’ had a befitting start with noted art historian Dr. B.N. Goswamy’s keynote address.‘Befitting start’ would... »
(Clockwise) Kuldeep Pai, Srikanth Gopalakrishnan, K. Hariprasad, Gomathinayagam, Chitrambari Krishnakumar, Radha Badri, Nandini Ramani, Roshini Ganesh and Randini. (Below) Sai Shankar and Sudha Raghuraman. Photo: M. Vedhan.
January 22, 2015

Onus is on the dancer too

(The first part, ‘From the left side of the stage,’ appeared on January 9.)... »

Simply Sanjay!

Why this frenzy?

Showcasing musical acumen

Singing for peace

Breaking boundaries

Music thrills from the hills

Of bands and birdsong

Like a melodious duet