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Through a rasika’s eyes

Bhargavii Mani’s Arpana, an exhibition of photographs, captures musicians and dancers in the moments when they are most involved in their art »

For those sweet spots

Is it time to bring back the time-honoured performance regimen in concerts? »
Suguna Varadhachari at Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan Music & Dance

Hidden layers

Experience creates knowledge and expertise. In Suguna Varadachari’s music, one can perceive its most important dimension - depth. That is because she appreciates the wealth of imagination, sublime... »
Music & Dance

Too predictable

Sishyas of iconic gurus have the initial advantage of early recognition, of a decent concert- standard and exposure to concert planning. Alas! For soon enough, the listener says, “I have heard it... »
Producer Donn Bhat
December 19, 2014

Going full circle

Effortlessly fusing genres to create a soundscape that blends electronica, electro-rock, folk and ambient, music producer and composer Donn Bhat was in the city to perform at Humming Tree recently... »
Vasundhra Rajagopalan. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
December 18, 2014

The repertoire made a difference

Vasundhra Rajagopal chose kritis not frequently heard and for that reason, her concert was appealing. Her Subhapantuvarali and the Mysore Vasudevachar’s kriti ‘Paripahimam Dasarathae’ was quite... »
December 18, 2014
Music & Dance

Vim and vigour

The high level of music set the evening apart with a prominent degreeof genuineness. C.S. Sajeev was – true to his name - full of vitality. Those who couldn’t make it to his concert have missed a... »
Ramakrishnan Murthy. Photo: R. Ragu
December 18, 2014

Maintained his individuality

Ramakrishnan Murthy has been making rapid strides in his path to progress in the Carnatic concert arena and is now a force to reckon with. This was evident by the full house that attended his conc... »
Bharathi Ramasubban. Photo: Madhuvanthi. S
December 18, 2014
Music & Dance

Cast a euphoric spell

Bharathi Ramasubban’s meticulous attention to sahitya suddham was outstanding in every song she rendered in Telugu, Tamil or Sanskrit. She savoured every word of the original text and conveyed it... »
Maharajapuram Srinivasan. Photo: K. Pichumani
December 18, 2014
Music & Dance

Evocative elaboration of ragas

Age and experience have lent maturity to the music of Priya Sisters. Their approach to the rendering of ragas and kritis had depth and understanding. After the Thodi varnam and the Ritigowla kriti... »
The canteen at Music Academy. Photo: R. Ravindran
December 18, 2014

Three cheers to super chefs!

A small but significant anniversary will take place on December 24, 2014, for that will be the day when the concept of a Sabha canteen will enter its 75 year. Many of the core rasikas ma... »
Urur-Olcott Kuppam. Photo: K. Ananthan
Chennai, December 18, 2014

Bridging the gap

It is Margazhi and Chennai is now transformed into a different world altogether. If you take a walk through Mylapore in the evenings, you will be surprised to see the number of sabhas and concerts... »
Mandolin Srinivas. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
December 18, 2014

Recap 2014: Looking back, looking forward

The year 2014 galloped to its end. Be it any milieu, the turn of events were meteoric, melodramatic, maverick, melancholic and miserable. So it was, as if the six flavours of life (sweet ,sour, pun... »
Sacred notes: from left Sybil D'Rozario, Glenitta Fiqueiredo, Heather Correya, Sandra Dias, Godwin Figueiredo, Glenn Fiqueiredo and Danny Fiqueiredo practising choral music. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
December 18, 2014

Our musical Latin legacy

Godwin Figueiredo, 63, is a busy man these days. His services of singing, teaching and conducting Latin choirs are in demand. For it is Christmas time, a time for tradition. On December 24 t... »

Vibrant aural spectrum

Tinkling on the charts

Those good old days…

Communities of music, a peep into the past

In step with techno

A recital steeped in classicism

Sushma should look to add variety to her presentations

‘Naada Kovida’ title for T.V. Gopalakrishnan

Shafqat Ali Khan. Photo: special arrangement
December 19, 2014

Song from the heart

The highlight of Shafqat Ali Khan’s recent performance at a club in Noida was his rendition of “Tera ishq nachaya kar thaya thaya”. The rendition seemed straight from his heart as he sang to a pack... »
Gayathri Girish. Photo: S. Thanthoni
December 18, 2014
Music & Dance

More of a cerebral exercise

Gayathri Girish is a disciplined and dependable vocalist. She always plans her concerts in a unique and gratifying manner. She prefers to introduce new ideas within the frame work of Carnatic gram... »
Suryaprakash. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
December 18, 2014
Music & Dance

Animated effort

After a vilamba kala rendition of ‘Yenna Punniyam,’ Suryaprakash ventured into the fast lane with a pacy ‘Manavinalkincharadate,’ from the anupallavi before retracing to pallavi. Mudhra Bhaskar (m... »
Ranjani and Gayathri. Photo: R. Ragu
December 18, 2014

The Ra-Ga pair rocks!

They are at the cusp of music aficianados’ favorite’s list; and they earned it by their assiduousness. The style in which Ranjani and Gayathri design their programme keeps the listener bound to th... »
Kalyanapuram S. Aravind. Photo: M. Karunakaran
December 18, 2014
Music & Dance

Free-flowing style

Kalyanapuram S. Aravind has a clear, ringing voice that traverses the octaves with ease. His open-throated singing and musical involvement with the kritis made his concert thoroughly enjoyable. He... »
'Flute' Mali.
December 18, 2014

Mali, the maverick

(This piece is about the flute wizard T.R. Mahalingam aka Mali) “My grandfather Papanasam Sivan was very fond of Mali. He would often say, ‘ There is no one who can ever be a patch... »
December 18, 2014

Breaking free from boundaries

Ruhaniyat in Bangalore brought some amazing offbeat performances ‘Ruhaniyat’, this year’s edition, was a soulful event that brought together an impressive ensemble of national and... »
Flute sisters Suchismita and Debopriya
HYDERABAD, December 18, 2014

Refreshingly different

When sisters Suchismita and Debopriya meet, there is lots of music, laughter and secrets to share. “We both are married and lead our own lives. When we meet to perform together for these kinds of... »
TTD Joint Executive Officer P. Bhaskar announces the release of CD containing ‘Tiruppavai’ and its meaning, at Annamacharya Kalamandir in Tirupati last Tuesday. Orator Padur Puranam Rangarajacharya is to his right, while singer Dwaram Lakshmi seen at far right.
December 18, 2014

Melodious ‘Tiruppavai’

Tiruppavai composed by saint-poetess Andal is the much-spoken-about compendium of 30 verses after the onset of Dhanurmasam (or ‘Margazhi’ masam), as it even replaces Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatham r... »
Vocalist Gauri Pathare.
December 18, 2014

Inspired and lucid

Over the past several years, Gauri Pathare has emerged as a singer of great promise. Endowed with a powerful and well-trained voice, she sings with confidence, verve and elan and impresses the list... »

Touching a musical high

Across a sea of music

Andrea all set to rock

Preserve slow tempo in Carnatic music, says ISRO chairman

Copybook style rendition

Sunil Gargyan sets a peppy pace

Scope well utilised

Annual festival