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L. Shenkar, violin virtuoso, is in rewind mode during a chat. »
Krithika Natarajan

And the 5 finalists are…

Five young talents have made it to the finals of The Hindu Saregama M.S. Subbulakshmi Award 2014.Karthik Narayanan: A finalist of The Hindu Saregama MSS Award 2013, he i... »
Martin Van Hees

Lyrical, beautiful, and warm

Dutch classical guitarist, Martin Van Hees will be performing in Bangalore on Friday »
The Octet Cantabile. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Eight voices, one harmony

The Octet Cantabile’s 20 anniversary show saw superb choral music arrangements. »
October 24, 2014

Nation on song

You’re a speck in a sea of 10,000 people. Rows of bodies bounce to the beat; roving lights wash over, and the cold winds of the open night sky sweep all around you. As power cans flash lightning o... »
Bangalore Brothers, Hariharan and Ashok, giving a concert in Palakkad.
Thiruvananthapuram, October 23, 2014

Festive vignettes

The curtain-raiser for a four-day Sangeetha-saraswathy Sree V. Dakshinamoorthy Nrutha Sangeetholsavam was a mesmerising vocal concert by Bangalore Brothers – Hariharan and Ashok. The singers, who... »
Ramnath Venkat Bhagavath
October 23, 2014

Fulfilling an inner urge

In recent times, classical music seems to have reversed a trend by making many youngsters return to India from the U.S., especially Chennai, Ramnath Venkat Bhagavath is one of them. He was... »
Remembering Kannadasan: The award winners with the special guests.
October 23, 2014

Proscenium for litterateurs

The young man with a golden voice approached the inimitable composer M.S. Viswanathan for an opportunity to sing in Tamil cinema. “Your voice is commendable but your Tamil diction has to improve. L... »

In a Bangalore state of mind

Melodies and memories

Elaborate exposition

Flawless flow of tunes

Let the music play

A life of musical moments

Innocent voices ease some pain

Battle of the bands

FROM KASHMIR TO TENNUR: Handicrafts personnel from Kashmir who have been camping at Tennur, have been making and marketing 'dolaks' in the city for the past few years. Photo: B.Velankanni Raj
TIRUCHI, October 25, 2014

Making all the right sounds with dholak

The standard definition of a musician or percussionist may not fit them, but the dholak artisans from Kashmir are making all the right sounds with the instrument in the city. A group... »
October 24, 2014

Finding the lost sound of a generation

Sidharth Bhatia’s recent, debut book India Psychedelic fools you with its cover of crazy colours spiralling wildly around a silhouetted guitarist. If this seemed like the story of sex, drugs... »
Pranavam Shankaran Nambudiri Photo: K. K. Najeeb
Thiruvananthapuram, October 23, 2014

Notes of artistic excellence

The annual Navarathri Music Festival at the Erinjeri Karthyayini Temple, Thrissur always promises rasikas 10 days of first-rate concerts by eminent musicians. Pranavam Shankaran Nambu... »
A view of R.R. Sabha in Mylapore. Photo: M. Srinath
Chennai, October 23, 2014

Redefining its role

R.R. Sabha, a Mylapore landmark, has been out of the arts circuit for some time because of various reasons. Friday Review »
Former CEC N. Gopalaswami has been appointed as Chairman of Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai. A file photo: V.Sreenivasa Murthy.
New Delhi, October 22, 2014

Ex-CEC Gopalaswami new chairman of Kalakshetra Foundation

The government has appointed former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami as the new chairman of the governing board of the Chennai-based Kalakshetra Foundation. The Ministry of Cultu... »

Going against the Grain

When songs reflected moods

A nine-day treat

Talent at the fest

A manna from heaven

Welcome voices

Soaked in devotion

Imagining a life in peace