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Padma Bhushana, Sangeetha Sastra Visarada, the late Mysore Vasudevacharya

A life of musical moments

S. Krishnamurthy, former AIR station director, talks about his life and grandfather Mysore Vasudevachar. »
In letter and spirit -- The cover of Raga of My Life; Ustad Vilayat Khan in joyous abandon; Arvind Parikh with his guru.

A manna from heaven

Sitar virtuoso Arvind Parikh’s book The Raga of My Life captures his journey in music, particularly his six-decade relationship with his guru, the late legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. On the occasion of... »
The children and their mentors. Photo: M. Karunakaran

Innocent voices ease some pain

Members of the Rhapsody Children's Choir were all smiles as they sang for the little patients at the Cancer Institute. »
Hemantha and Heramba.

Talent at the fest

Some of the young vocalists and instrumentalists hailing from different parts the South left an indelible mark mirroring great promise for them and for Carnatic music during the Kartikeya Gana Sabh... »
Apache Indian
October 19, 2014

In a Bangalore state of mind

It didn’t just pour over the last weekend. Music lovers in the city experienced a different kind of downpour at Kingfisher Premium’s The Great Indian Octoberfest with much sonic waves. The highligh... »
K. Raghavan
October 17, 2014

Melodies and memories

K. Raghavan, the musician who tuned love and angst for a generation of listeners with “Kayalarikkathu” and “Shyamasundara pushpame”, will be remembered on his first death anniversary... »
October 16, 2014

Elaborate exposition

Hyderabad-based young vocalist G. Srividya has a pliable voice, fair timber and good range that make her performance a pleasant experience to audience. She has an enthusiastic and robust approach t... »
October 16, 2014

Flawless flow of tunes

On his first concert in Vijayawada, flute artiste V. Vamseedhar of Mysore won the hearts of connoisseurs of music with his superb tonal quality and sound manodharma. The concert for Swarajhari Sab... »
Sumithra Vasudev. File Photo: V. Ganesan
October 16, 2014

Welcome voices

Listeners in the Capital experienced delightful Carnatic music concerts recently. Chennai-based Sumithra Vasudev’s appealing vocal concert was organised by Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha at New Del... »
A team participating in the auditions of the show 'Music India'.
Thiruvananthapuram, October 16, 2014

Battle of the bands

It has been raining music bands in Malayalam, thanks to the numerous avenues that have been opened up for alternative music. These home-grown bands, which dream of following in the footsteps of... »
Savita Sreeram
Thiruvananthapuram, October 16, 2014

Laced with creativity

Endowed with a mellifluous voice with an amazing range, Savitha Sreeram presented a breathtaking vocal concert at Tharekkad, Palakkad. Her proficiency in ‘Nama Sankeertana’ was an added advantage... »
Neha Nair
Thiruvananthapuram, October 15, 2014

A fine blend

Singer Neha Nair and musician Yakzan Gary Pereira are striking a new note as composers. ‘Raave moodal manjil nee chaayunnu…’, their melodious number in Amal Neerad’s Iyobinte Pusthakam, is... »
Salil Bhatt. Photo: V. Sudershan
October 15, 2014

Roadside resonances

Picture a classical musician, performing riyaaz in a quiet corner, away from the limelight till it’s time to take the stage; then after the accolades, retiring back into that quiet corner fo... »
Kozhikode, October 13, 2014

Gems from a genius

October 13 marks the 27th death anniversary of one of India’s most popular singers, Kishore Kumar. Let us rewind some of the unforgettable melodies he gave us. Woh shaam kuch ajeeb... »

Bee and the santoor

The BATON is his WAND

She sang from the heart

Pipe dream

Young brigade impresses

Marked by melody

The violin song

Keeping alive the memory of Begum Akhtar

Delhi electronica artist Gaurav Raina
October 17, 2014

Going against the Grain

There’s little doubt that in this time of electronica boom, DJs are the busiest lot, jetting around the country (and sometimes, globe), filling up clubs with dance floor burners. Delhi elect... »
M. Lalitha and M. Nandini. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan
October 16, 2014

When songs reflected moods

Manoranjitham, the cultural and fine arts wing of Sri Ayyappan Puja Sangham, Coimbatore, conducted a week-long Gokulashtami – Navaratri music festival at the Sangham premises. Malladi Bro... »
Vaikom Vijayalakshmi. File photo: S. Ramesh Kurup
October 16, 2014

A nine-day treat

Saraswathi Ganasabha, one of the oldest music sabhas in South India, celebrated the annual music, dance and drama festival on the occasion of Dasara for nine days at Suryakala Mandiram in Kakinada... »
Govind Menon, violinist and one of the vocalists of Thaikkudam Bridge
Thiruvananthapuram, October 16, 2014

Let the music play

They came, we heard, they conquered. Thaikkudam Bridge’s success story is as simple as that. But the phenomenon that it has become in the music circuit is no small feat. The 14–member band has a j... »
Recital of Kamalamba Navavarana kritis held in Kochi
Thiruvananthapuram, October 16, 2014

Soaked in devotion

Carnatic music lovers of Kochi recently had the opportunity to listen to all the Kamalamba Navavarana kritis. These compositions, nine in numbers, by Muthuswamy Dikshitar are in praise of the Godd... »
Musician John P. Varkey
Thiruvananthapuram, October 16, 2014

Imagining a life in peace

When Gaza was torn apart by Israeli air strikes, innocence was nipped in the bud as hundreds of children were killed and thousands left homeless. Protests have been brewing the world over against... »
The French band plays along to silent films. Photo: R. Ravindran
October 15, 2014

To the moon and back, via France

Unique little snowflakes fall on a tiny house, and the soft tinkling sounds of bar chimes accompany it. Swiiiish, the wind blows. Click, the lights go out. Silence, it’s time to hit the sack. Then,... »
Having studied design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Rida’s musical journey and her compulsion to document the intricate craftsmanship that goes into making a good piece of music began about four years ago.
October 15, 2014

Folksy charm

For Rida Gatphoh, music does not stop at singing. It encapsulates many other spiritual parameters such as travelling, seeking and finding. Having studied design from the National Institute o... »
October 14, 2014

V - Maroon 5

It’s been over a decade since Maroon 5 released their debut album Songs About Jane that shot the Adam Levine-led pop rock band to stardom and beyond. Now after four albums in their ki... »
In pursuit of happiness through music: Raghu Dixit. Photo: K. Ananthan
COIMBATORE, October 13, 2014

Project masti

Raghu Dixit is in a chatty mood. He is warming up for his performance for the evening at Codissia. He waxes eloquent about his love for gulab jamuns, makes fun of high-strung celebrities and delve... »

Man of his word

It was a great CONFLUENCE

Songs and strings

Concert in memory

Sailing from one raga to the next

Packed with melody highs

Playing it to the heart

U2 – Songs of Innocence