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Making dance music real

It was an evening of exhilarating dance music by some of the finest DJs, including the man with the mask, Bloody Beetroots »
Amritha Murali

Delicateness of detail

Young Amritha Murali and seasoned T.V. Sankaranarayanan impressed the audience with their distinct styles in a two-day music festival in New Delhi. »
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Replaying the music

An extensive exhibition of Santhal music explores the changing face of the distinct tradition and why we need to restore it to its original form. »
Musician T.M. Krishna. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
April 27, 2015

To be and not to be

If I wish to tell you a story, I need my voice for it. Is telling you a story only about using my physiological voice? It also carries a wee bit of the storyteller’s self, doesn’t it? The story tha... »
Avial
April 23, 2015

Get a taste of Avial

Kerala-based Avial’s last album was released seven years ago. If you’re eagerly waiting for one anytime soon, you might just have to wait longer. Instead, watch them live at Phoenix MarketCity this... »
Pt. Shubhendra Rao. Photo: Special arrangement
April 23, 2015

Strings so special

Hailed as one of the key sitar soloists of India, Pt. Shubhendra Rao’s slow but steady ascent to recognition has been a remarkable process to observe. A disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Shubhendra’s m... »
At the performance of Judas Maccabaeus PHOTO: V. GANESAN
Chennai, April 20, 2015

A triumph of the will

Muggy evenings in Chennai can be soul-sapping. But not if you had traded it, like I did, to listen to some uplifting choral music at St. Christopher’s College of Education last weekend. The concert... »
Skrat recently released their single with Vishal and Farhan. Photo: Special arrangement
April 19, 2015

A marvellous dream

They started off as a garage rock band in Chennai but landed their first gig within a week of forming Skrat. Ever since, the three-piece band known for its alternative rock, garage and blues-based... »
April 16, 2015
GOING NATIVE

Decoding ghazal

Colossal and widespread popularity of Urdu language despite continuous official renunciation and lukewarm response of new generation of its native speakers owes much to its most-admired verse genre... »
Aishwarya Shankar at a concert.
April 16, 2015

Rhythms and ragas

Recently, the All India Radio, in its National programme of music, broadcasted a violin duet concert by Mysore M. Nagaraj and Mysore M. Manjunath. In their recital of about one and half hours, the... »
Vidwan T. S. Sankaran. (Below) Playing the tambura for his guru Mali.
April 16, 2015

Mali’s favourite

Flute maestro Mali (T.R. Mahalingam) had once written, in the form of a letter to his disciple, about the 16 good qualities that a person should possess. After listing these qualities, he ended t... »
Baradwaj Raman performing at the Arkay Convention Centtre.
April 16, 2015
Anniversary

The wait seems to be over

It is 25 years since S. Balachander, the veena ‘lion,’ passed away. I am using the word ‘lion’ because he was always majestic, both on and off the stage. His gigantic personality added to the sta... »
April 16, 2015

The insider’s view

R.K. Shriram Kumar for most of us is a renowned violinist, sought after by most of the top-notch vocalists in the Carnatic music circuit. But when Shriram Kumar doubles as a vocalist it’s more than... »

Fine vocal culture

Playing his own tune

Being themselves

Stoking forbidden memories

Earnest attempt

Showcase of skill

Singing paeans to Swati

The highest honour

Prodigies excel

Bombay Jayashri during her concert
Hyderabad, April 24, 2015

The shruti-sahitya fest

Apt timing, shruti and sahitya clarity form the fulcrum for good music and these traits adorned Carnatic vocal by Bombay Jayashri who gave a concert last week at Ravindra Bharathi... »
An old photo of the late musician with Pandit Kishan Maharaj.
April 23, 2015

A gem undiscovered

Pandit Amarnath Mishra, who passed away in Banaras recently, was not very well-known nationally or internationally. Yet he was one of Banaras’ finest musicians, a sitarist of great depth and sensit... »
(Clockwise) Kasthuri Kamala Deepthi, Moozhikulam Kaarthik, Krishnakumar, Sunil Gargyan performing at the dance and music festival at Irinjalakuda
April 23, 2015

Paeans to Swati Tirunal

The main purpose in organising music concerts dedicated to a particular vaggeyakara is to unravel and propagate rare compositions created by that person so as to enrich the repertoire of the perf... »
DJ Anish Sood.
April 19, 2015

Party on his mind

He began his tryst with DJing at the age of 16, and there’s been no looking back for Anish Sood since,. He has gone on to perform at some of the biggest EDM events, with some of the biggest names i... »
DJ Nic Thompson
April 19, 2015

India connect

It is said that music is the food for the soul. Something like this happened at the b-bar, Select City Walk recently. DJ Nic Thompson from London was the DJ of the Night at the restaurant... »
Pandit Madhup Mudgal. Photo: S. Subramanium.
April 16, 2015

Gentle and wafting

Madhup Mudgal is a seasoned vocalist whose performances are as unassuming as the soft-spoken artist himself. Initiated into music by his father Vinaychandra Maudgalya, who played a singularly signi... »
Nagore Hanifa.
April 16, 2015

His music was beyond religion

The death of Esmail Mohamed Hanifa, populaly known world over as ‘Nagore’ E. M. Hanifa, a singer-turned-politician, has left an ‘indelible ink’ mark in the Islamic music world. Hanifa was known fo... »
Dhananjaya Hegde. Photo: R. Ravindran.
April 16, 2015
Hindustani

Notes of nostalgia

The Music Club in association with the Humanities Department and the Comp Music Project presented Dhananjaya Hegde in a Hindustani concert, at IIT Madras recently. A disciple of Pt. Venkat... »
Giridhar Udupa
April 16, 2015

In the company of fingersmiths

The incessant rainfall outside does not dim the rhythm of the mridangam beats inside the house of K.U. Jayachandra Rao. The young voices rendering a krithi reverberates through the halls alongside... »
April 16, 2015

Raining music

The Carnatic music scene is vibrant and promising. The Ramanavami music season which is huge in Karnataka, brings the best of music to connoisseurs. One is beset by the huge number of youngsters w... »

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