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At a guitar factory

While my guitar gently sings…

Shalini Mitra traipses among the famed luthiers of Philippines’ Cebu island and finds the rich heritage and history behind the craft »
The second season of Sound Trek is a musical journey in the true sense of the term melange

Journeys: in song

Ahead of the second season of Sound Trek, three musicians talk about their experiences of the show »
Swaralayam performs at Dakshinchitra, Muttukadu. Photo: M.Karunakaran melange

The drum that changed their destiny

Playing the chenda, a percussion instrument, has transformed the lives of the members of Swarnalayam, an all-women Singari melam troupe »
Sharada Thampi, coordinator of Padana Kalari, extension centre of Kerala Kalamandalam leading the Carnatic music class at the centre Photo: S. Mahinsha

Striking the right note

Padana Kalari, an extension centre of Kerala Kalamandalam in the city, is inspiring music buffs to tune in to Carnatic music »
I feel one needs to work diligently to excel. Practice should be rigorous, says Ramakrishnan Murthy. Photo: Special Arrangement
August 28, 2014

‘Artists are highly sensitive’

Rising star He may look incredibly young and amiable at close quarters; but, he speaks with commendable maturity. Ramakrishnan Murthy’s views are definitive and clear lik... »
Annasami Bhagavathar with wife Dharmambal.
August 28, 2014

His stories were legend

August 16 marked the 47th anniversary of the passing away of a legend who stood tall in concert halls in his time – Harikatha exponent Annasami Bhagavatar. A recipient of the fellowship of the San... »
Students enjoying the rock concert by Opeth, the Swedish rock band, at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras as part of the IIT's annual fest,
August 28, 2014

Bandwidth: The Other Music

A monthly column on the current trends in independent music. There is a story behind the origins of the popular Tamil film song “Nakka Mukka” that was related by marana gana Viji. He cla... »
Nandini with Apoorva Krishna and N.C. Bharadwaj.
August 28, 2014

Control over medium

At 22, you are all starry eyed, the world looks happy, beautiful and you want to make the best of it. But N.J. Nandini, the Carnatic vocalist from Thiruvananthapuram, is rearing to make it to the... »
Vidya Kalyanaraman at her concert in Palakkad.
August 28, 2014

Notes of finesse

Vidya Kalyanaraman exhibited her virtuosity and musical prowess when she performed at the Palghat Fine Arts Society, Tharekkad, Palakkad. Her perfect sruti and elegant stage presence caught the a... »
Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar. Photo: C.V.Subrahmanyam
August 28, 2014

Listeners’ choice

It was exciting to learn about All India Radio’s new monthly series of classical music concerts, “Sangeet Sandhya”. AIR has a tradition of “invited audience programmes” that are recorded and later... »
Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna singing at 'Krishna Lahari' event in Viskahapatnam. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
August 28, 2014

Maestro mesmerises

“Parvaledu, kallu moosukuni paadeddam”, (no problem, we’ll sing with eyes closed) — maestro Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna quipped finding the technicians struggling hard to get the haloge... »
The New Jersey State Assembly honoured musician couple Kavita Krishnamurthy and L. Subramaniam for their contribution to world music.
New York, August 28, 2014

Kavita, L Subramaniam honoured by New Jersey Assembly

Renowned singer Kavita Krishnamurthy and her violin maestro husband L. Subramaniam have been honoured by the New Jersey Assembly for their contributions to world music. New Jersey State A... »
Through powerful staccatos and crescendos.
August 27, 2014

When the saints come marching in

A choir performing in the city may be a regular sight. But having various choirs coming together and singing as one is something else. The Bangalore Choir Festival, held recently in Goodwill School... »
Cover of Until We Last.
August 26, 2014

Until We Last – Earthgazing EP

It’s been a common known fact that Bangalore has been churning out post rock on a bigger scale than any other Indian city – starting from the now-defunct Lounge Piranha. So who’s stepping up to re... »

Detailed analysis of any situation

Music echoes from the hills

Sibling chemistry comes to the fore

Opera unfolds visually

Impressive improvisations

The lilt, the tempo, the talent…

Melodious tunes

‘Nothing that we do is an act’

Lakshmi Sreeram Photo: R. Ragu
August 28, 2014

When Meera and Andal sang

Recently, Lakshmi Sreeram presented the voices of Andal and Meera through the genres of Hindustani and Carnatic music. Her presentation, accompanied by brief narratives, was at Arkay Conve... »

Grasshopper Green was the only band in Chennai, and one of the very few in India, to play only original compositions since the late 1990s.
chennai, August 28, 2014

Bands that make Tamil rock

There is a reason why Anthony Hariharan vividly remembers Grasshopper Green’s recent concert at Hard Rock Cafe in Chennai. “We were performing ‘Taani Taani’ and more than the people who had turned... »
Tabla player Anubrata Chatterji, percussionist Gino Banks, vocalist Suchishita Das, flute maestro Rakesh Chaurasia and sitar player Purbayan Chatterjee. Photo: Special Arrangement
August 28, 2014

And now, classical is COOL

Purbayan Chatterjee is one of the brightest sitar scions of the Maihar gharana. His music combines the tone and richness of the Nikhil Banerjee style with his own urbane sensitivity. Some of his a... »
Peethambaran Menon of 'Thaikkudam Bridge'. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
Kochi, August 28, 2014

He rocks the Bridge

Appozhum paranjille poranda porandannu (Didn’t I tell you not to come) has been playing in loops on YouTube. The trippy folk song that appeared in the 1983 Malayalam movie Kadamba, w... »
Audience friendly: Mysore Chandan Kumar’s concert
August 28, 2014

Keeping it simple

Flautist Mysore Chandan Kumar, great grandson of violin wizard T. Chowdiah, is known for rendering complex aspects of Carnatic music in his concerts. At a recital at Nellayi, near Thrissur, Chand... »
Young singer Prachotan Photo:Satyanarayana Gola
August 28, 2014

Balancing act

In the corridors of an apartment complex in Yellareddyguda, Devulapalli Lakshmi Prachotan is studying while humming a complex raga. He takes a break to watch his favourite television programme and... »
Smitha Madhav. Photo: M. Karunakaran
August 28, 2014

Of rich range

Smitha Madhav is blessed with very soothingly melodious deep voice, with good range that helps her to reach different octaves effortlessly. She gave a vocal concert for Sangeetha Ksheerasagaram, l... »
Jayaprada Ramamurthy
August 28, 2014

Soothing and soulful

Guruvayur Sri Krishna Samaj organised an enchanting flute recital by Jayaprada Ramamurthy to celebrate Krishnashtami. She performed in the company of Dhananjay on violin and Kali Varaprasad on tw... »
An instant ice breaker. Photo: AP
August 27, 2014

While my guitar gently weeps

How to win friends and influence people? By learning to play the guitar! The days of learning to play the guitar for passion is gone the way of the typewriter and other dinosaurs. Now the selfie ge... »
Musician T. M. Krishna.
CHENNAI, August 25, 2014

Indira Sivasailam Endowment Award for T M. Krishna

Carnatic vocalist T. M. Krishna has been chosen for the fifth Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal and Concert.The fifth Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert will be held at The Music Academy i... »

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