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Rohan Krishnamurthy

Percussion classes in New York

Well known international percussionist and entrepreneur, Dr. Rohan Krishnamurthy will offer the sixth South Indian Percussion Institutes at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochest... »
Embar Kannan with Deepika and Prithvi

Tracking a single

Violinist Embar S. Kannan takes his string story forward through the tech route »
Blues Conscience opened the night with an instrumental off their album that was something of a teaser for what was in store that night. Photo: M. Vedhan

A darker shade of blue

Edgy vocals, aggressive riffs and sharp saxophones… Chennai-based band Blues Conscience rocked the night »
T.V. Gopalakrishnan, Leela Samson
CHENNAI, July 21, 2014

Multi-faceted musician TVG to get Sangita Kalanidhi Award

Eminent vocalist and mridhangam exponent T.V. Gopalakrishnan, popularly known as TVG, has been chosen for this year’s Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy.“The executive committee of... »
It was the unwrapping of a birthday gift from his beloved grandmother that set Joachim on the road to music. Photo: R. Ragu
chennai, July 18, 2014

Whispers in the wind

It’s a sun-dappled afternoon at the YWCA and geese cackle loudly about the pond. Sengen Joachim lovingly caresses his Yamaha saxophone and coaxes out a torrent of sound. Rough-hewn ballads, fuzzily... »
The Chennai-based band Frank's Got The Funk has a Soundcloud, a Reverbnation, a YouTube account and a successful Facebook page.
chennai, July 18, 2014

It’s raining tunes

Jakubi, Melbourne’s pop/funk/ hip-hop five-piece band landed a US tour recently. The secret behind their success? Soundcloud. A website that was started in July 2013, Soundcloud now has 40 million... »
The Baetles
Chennai, July 17, 2014

‘Give me excess of it…’

As far back as I can remember, there was always music in the ether. Carnatic music wafted through our home almost round the clock. G.N. Balasubramaniam, M.S. Subbulakshmi, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iye... »
Mastodon - Once More ‘Round
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Bangalore, July 15, 2014

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun

There’s been a lot of talk of pop-metal, something conjured up entirely among music journalists who think metal can ever be pop. They are claiming that American progressive/sludge band Mastodon is... »
Prof. Stephen Slawek, during a performance
HYDERABAD, July 14, 2014

A ‘sishya’ from the US

It is said one can honour one’s guru by excelling in the field and bringing laurels to the teacher. With these thoughts in mind came a shishya from Texas to Hyderabad to pay tribute to his... »
50-50 Covers and originals. Photo courtesy: Leena Ernest
Bangalore, July 13, 2014

An existential continuum

There’s a new super-group in town, and they’ve got an interesting portmanteau for a name. Infinyght, a melodic/progressive metal band who formed earlier this year, comprises vocalist Berino Laban,... »
Carnatic musician Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam
Thiruvananthapuram, July 11, 2014

Disseminating music among the masses

She gave her first concert at the age of 12. Now, even after nearly four decades in the field, Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam approaches Carnatic music with the same passion and dedication she had i... »
Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod wowed the connoisseurs at a concert in Hyderabad.
July 10, 2014

Bound by love and music

On a brightly lit stage at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in King Koti, a group of accompanists rehearse as singer-couple Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod walk in. Dressed in a pista green kurta... »
Durga Prasad performing a veena recital. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
July 10, 2014

Morning ragas

Being on the beach early in the morning can be a soul stirring experience, more so when soft musical notes waft through the air. So it was at Rajiv Smirti Bhavan on Beach Road in Visakhapatnam. Wra... »

Spirit of harmony

The balance of sound

Classical carnival on foreign shores

Audio CD launched

Quest for quiet

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Members of Susmit Sen Chronicles
New Delhi, July 18, 2014

A sea change

In 2012, at the Guitare en scene festival in France, Susmit Sen met the English rock and blues guitarist, Bernie Mardsen. Mardsen later came to India and performed two shows with Sen and, enthused... »
A few of the members of 'Baby Boomers: A Hard Day's Night' who get together once a month to pay tribute to the rock songs of the 60s and 70s
Photo: Sreejith R. Kumar
July 18, 2014

Rock n’ roll is here to stay

It’s with as much enthusiasm as their own teenagers going gaga over the likes of Lady Gaga that these city-based music lovers of the baby boomer generation listen to the rock songs of the 60s and... »
Josh Vivian and Varun Parandhaman make up Chennai’s first pop boy band Namma Ooru Boy Band
chennai, July 17, 2014

Namma ooru backstreet boys

Five years ago, Josh Vivian and Varun Parandhaman joined a music school at around the same time for no reason other than to make friends in the musical circle. “We were already performing, but we... »
MUSIC MAKERS The Sah brothers at their shop in Chintadripet. Photo: R. Ragu
chennai, July 16, 2014

Strings attached

In a little shop opposite Chintadripet police station, a 25-year-old Taylor guitar sleeps dead in a dusty, dirty case. Its neck has warped, fingerboard has loosened and alignment has waned, but the... »
IN THEIR HANDS Teachers don new roles to train students in music Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Bangalore, July 14, 2014

Not just notes and scales anymore

From learning to pluck the first strings to playing the right keys and struggling to hold drum sticks to getting on stage for the first concert, music classes always hold treasured memories. The e... »
Musing over music Lobomir Jabbanda believes in deeper connections to his music
July 13, 2014

Bringing the paradox closer

It’s not every day that you see an artiste bring together music, visual arts and dance onto the same platform. But for city-based music producer and live performance artiste Lubomir Jabbanda, his... »
Gangubai Hangal. Photo Bhagya Prakash K
July 11, 2014

Finding Gangubai

It takes a lot, in the hustle and bustle of our ‘modern’ world, to be supportive of the elderly in our own family, let alone those not even related to us. Reading Deepa Ganesh’s biography of the le... »
Gayathri Venkataraghavan
Thiruvananthapuram, July 10, 2014

Setting high standards

Music is nothing short of a spiritual experience for Carnatic vocalist Gayathri Venkataraghavan. The celebrated musician, who performs in the city today, stresses that constant practice and prepar... »
Kamala Ramani. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
July 10, 2014

Rich repertoire

Senior vocalist M.V. Kamala Ramani was invited by Sri Kartikeya Gana Sabha to give a concert, last week at its venue Sri Gana Saraswathi Temple hall, Musheerabad. Kamala is blessed with mellifluous... »
July 10, 2014

Palindrome to pure music

They sound like palindrome in the lexicon of classical performing arts: Swarajati and Jatiswara! For the uninitiated, they convey no singular impact than reversal of words for the same subject. At... »

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Sipping coffee with Kabir

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