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First day first show

Bombay Jayashri’s sparkling recital and K. Gayathri‘s fine rendition inaugurated Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s music festival. »
November Fest 2014

Fitting finale with Clinton

Clinton Cerejo and his band treated the audience to truly foot-tapping numbers »
Guitarist Philips. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam Tunesmith

Harmony with strings

The name of Philips, the veteran guitarist, always figured during my discussions with Radha Vijayan (director of a Music school in Singapore) on those lovely guitar pieces of the film songs of the... »
A still from the film.

The ‘R’ Factor

Ramesh Vinayakam talks about composing for ‘Ramanujan’, the film whose English avatar is round the corner. »
Geetha Raja. Photo: V. Ganesan
November 27, 2014

In a meditative mood

‘Neelaayadaakshi! Neevay Jagatrakshaki!’ (Syama Sastri) ‘Maragatha-mani-vanna!’(Tyagaraja, ‘Maragatha-mani’) ‘Mangalakara Mandahaasa’ (Dikshitar, ‘Chintaya...’) Bea... »
Ustad Zakir Hussain.
November 27, 2014

In the company of the Ustad

I hope you are speaking to the other artistes too,” says Zakir Hussain. “This show is about us; not just me. I want them to say what they think about it,” adds the maverick tabla maestro, talking... »
Subbulakshmi and Swarnalatha, the Akkarai sisters, singing at the ‘Sangeethotsavam 2014’ organised by Edappally Sangeetha Sadas in Kochi.
Thiruvananthapuram, November 27, 2014

Panoramic aural artistry

S. Saketharaman A disciple of Lalgudi Jayaraman, he wooed the audience with his high pitched emotive singing. On one hand, he revealed his technical mastery in the swaraprasthara o... »
J.A. Jayanth. Photo: G. Moorthy
Thiruvananthapuram, November 27, 2014

Amalgamation of styles

The musicians featured in the sixth National Music festival in Tharekkad presented a grand spectrum of classical music. Rajeswari Satish The vocalist showcased her revere... »
The cd cover of Yeh Mujhe Kya Huwa
November 27, 2014

Song for the youth

Puja Neelam Kapoor is a prodigy in music. Blessed with boundless knowledge of music and certified by 17 world records, she has been honoured by Indian Tele Academy the youngest achiever.With... »
African musician Fatoumata Diawara
November 26, 2014

Thinking songster

During the initial years of her 10-year-long career, Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara produced music which celebrated only her African roots. She continues to be proud of her African lineage but... »
Vocalist T.M. Krishna. Photo: Special Arrangement
Washington, November 23, 2014

Krishna’s ‘One’ breaks new musical ground

Carnatic musicians entertain U.S. audiences all the time. But rarely do they bring to the rasikas here an entirely new medium, format and sensory experience that enthrals and challenges their trad... »
BACK AGAIN The CD cover image released by Columbia Records of Pink Floyd’s new album ‘The Endless River'.
November 21, 2014

Us and Them

So Pink Floyd have a new album out. It’s called The Endless River, which sounds about right for a Pink Floyd album. It’s the kind of name the band is so fond of, suffused with new-agey image... »
Members of the band Swami that recently launched the album Upgrade
November 21, 2014

Indo-Brit music masala

Musicians do not like to be marked by boundaries; theyprefer to be cultural travellers. Birmingham-based DJ Swami’s pop electronic band, which has predominantly bhangra influences, sums up in sound... »
A working still from the music video 'Nangeli'.
Thiruvananthapuram, November 21, 2014

Nangeli gets a warm welcome

Spirited music, lyrical lines and catchy visuals are enough for a music video to go viral. ‘Nangeli’, a song sung by playback singer Vidhu Prathap, has all that and more. It is Vidhu him... »

Salute to a rockin’ guitar

The practical flautist

‘When ego vanishes, Music becomes Divine’

An atmospheric show

‘Styles blossom organically’

A champion for the cause of music

A medley of genres

Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter

Sikkil Gurucharan, Patri Satish Kumar and V. Sanjeev.
November 27, 2014

By artists, for artists

The trio has launched Sraavyam Andriod App, now available on Google Playstore. It enables listeners to enjoy the entire library of music in their hand held devices. Once registered, rasikas... »
Warsi Brothers from Rampur performing Qawwali at Kalikota Palace, Tripunithura, under the aegis of Sree Poornathrayeesa Sangeetha Sabha. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
Thiruvananthapuram, November 27, 2014

Music of the mystics

Mohammed Ahmed Khan, the lead vocalist of Warsi Brothers from Rampur, the famous Qawwali group, urged the audience to clap their hands in unison with his team, as he, backed by others, sang full-t... »
Father Paul Poovathingal
Thiruvananthapuram, November 27, 2014

Harmonious blend of art forms

A three-day ‘Harmony Festival 2014’ at Marthoma Nagar, Azhikode, Kodungalloor, was interesting on account of the broad spectrum of art forms staged by artistes belonging to different age groups an... »
November 27, 2014

It’s raining music

Music lovers in the city have a reason to cheer this season. With several artistes lining up to perform in the twin cities, most music enthusiasts have their diaries blocked. From international art... »
Mark Stone
November 27, 2014

A mixed bag

Two ‘big ticket’ organisations — the Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Sabha, New Delhi, and Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Chennai, — came together to conduct a three-day music festival, “Bharat Sangeet Uts... »
THE CULTURE CONNECT: Contemporary dancer Padmini Chettur and her husband, saxophone player Maarten Visser. Photo: R. Ravindran
November 25, 2014

No time to pause

The parkour artists scale a giant web. They climb in time to the music. Except it’s not music: more a series of determinedly unmelodic sounds. Four auto-rickshaws rattle towards the front ga... »
Singer Fatoumata Diawara
November 23, 2014

Freedom of the spirit

In the glitzy world of music where singers hope to walk in the hall of fame as a big star, Fatoumata Diawara is an exception. The soft spoken artiste isn’t interested in fame or boasting about her... »
MESMERISING BEATS: The Bachi Atari band
November 21, 2014

Fire, flourish and frenzy

There’s an unusually eclectic crowd gathered at the Music Academy. They’re here to watch Bachi Atari drum on the traditional wadaiko, honouring an age-old Japanese tradition, while bringing a new s... »
Inculcating love for music: Parvathy Baul
November 21, 2014

Artistry unlimited

The sound of an ektara wafts through the mountain air at Vidya Vanam. I follow the music and find myself before a remarkable looking woman in saffron robes, with long braided hair touching her ank... »
Members of Arka: Santhosh Chandran, Selva Ganesh, Karthik, Ravichandra Kulur and Mishiko M'ba. Photo: K. Pichumani
November 20, 2014

Here comes the Sun

It’s mid-afternoon and five musicians huddle together in a small recording studio in the dusty, crowded Pillayar Koil Street in Triplicane. Oblivious to the din outside, they are masterminding thei... »

Bhavan’s music festival

Veena’s unique predicament

Fond notes on a sadguru

Many hues of artistry

A vibrant show all the way

Sound of new music

Talking drums

Korean new wave washes over city