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The practical flautist

Mysore Chandan Kumar shares his impressions of the current music scene. »
N. Vijay Siva.

‘When ego vanishes, Music becomes Divine’

This is the final set of questions which Carnatic vocalist N. VIJAY SIVA has answered:The essence of Carnatic music lies within the seven notes (Sa re ga ma pa da ne»
Madhup Mudgal

A vibrant show all the way

The recent Takshila Utsav in Patna saw a rich amalgam of promise and performance. »
BACK AGAIN The CD cover image released by Columbia Records of Pink Floyd’s new album ‘The Endless River'.
November 21, 2014

Us and Them

So Pink Floyd have a new album out. It’s called The Endless River, which sounds about right for a Pink Floyd album. It’s the kind of name the band is so fond of, suffused with new-agey image... »
Members of the band Swami that recently launched the album Upgrade
November 21, 2014

Indo-Brit music masala

Musicians do not like to be marked by boundaries; theyprefer to be cultural travellers. Birmingham-based DJ Swami’s pop electronic band, which has predominantly bhangra influences, sums up in sound... »
A working still from the music video 'Nangeli'.
Thiruvananthapuram, November 21, 2014

Nangeli gets a warm welcome

Spirited music, lyrical lines and catchy visuals are enough for a music video to go viral. ‘Nangeli’, a song sung by playback singer Vidhu Prathap, has all that and more. It is Vidhu him... »
Angus Young picture at the Gibson Through the Lens show
November 20, 2014

Salute to a rockin’ guitar

Jimi Hendrix welcomes you at Vivanta by Taj.  Eyes closed, head bowed, his iconic, hand-painted Gibson Flying V guitar in hand, lost to the magic of music flowing from it. It was a photograph... »
Veena concert by S.R. Padmavathy. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
November 20, 2014

Veena’s unique predicament

In the Indian ethos, the veena is considered a divine instrument but it is definitely not a crowd puller. Not these days, anyway. Perhaps, this is because the veena is believed to be so sacred tha... »
For a social cause: SPACE theater workshop.
November 20, 2014

An atmospheric show

This writer met a young and energetic group of four girls recently at a school in Salem where they had come to create awareness on the environment among students. It was a chance meeting, when And... »
Vijay Siva
November 20, 2014
ASK THE ARTIST

‘Styles blossom organically’

What is voice culture? How does one improve it? X. Rosario Rajkumar, Tiruchi Voice culture is the skill of properly utilising the voice apparatus which covers the e... »
Clinton Cerejo and his band at The Hindu Friday Review November Fest. Photo: K. V. Srinivasan
November 19, 2014

Sound of new music

He did not strum a guitar to be a showman. “I took to the stage recently. I have been more into composing,” said Clinton Cerejo, one of the most sought-after music arrangers in the country, at his... »
Bickram Ghosh's Rhythmscape. Picture: R. Ravindran
CHENNAI, November 19, 2014

Talking drums

“Suresh, you've been to Kolkata. What do you have to say about the traffic there,” asked Bickram. Suresh’s instant reply, in the form of beats, brilliantly captured the bustle and chaos of traffic... »
Noreum Machi performing at November Fest. Photo: K. V. Srinivasan
November 18, 2014

Korean new wave washes over city

They made a grand entrance in a ceremonial procession, complete with elaborate costume and headgear. To the beat of drums and wind instruments. That set the mood for an evening of Korean song and... »

A musician activist

Making magic with music

Medley, masti and a dash of masala

Playing own music

Tune in to Ghibran

Finesse reigned

Lucid enunciation of ragas

Replete with nuances

The Go Go boys

MESMERISING BEATS: The Bachi Atari band
November 21, 2014

Fire, flourish and frenzy

There’s an unusually eclectic crowd gathered at the Music Academy. They’re here to watch Bachi Atari drum on the traditional wadaiko, honouring an age-old Japanese tradition, while bringing a new s... »
Inculcating love for music: Parvathy Baul
November 21, 2014

Artistry unlimited

The sound of an ektara wafts through the mountain air at Vidya Vanam. I follow the music and find myself before a remarkable looking woman in saffron robes, with long braided hair touching her ank... »
Members of Arka: Santhosh Chandran, Selva Ganesh, Karthik, Ravichandra Kulur and Mishiko M'ba. Photo: K. Pichumani
November 20, 2014

Here comes the Sun

It’s mid-afternoon and five musicians huddle together in a small recording studio in the dusty, crowded Pillayar Koil Street in Triplicane. Oblivious to the din outside, they are masterminding thei... »
November 20, 2014

Bhavan’s music festival

The curtain on the annual cultural festival of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan goes up this evening at Dr. Preetha Reddy Auditorium, Mylapore. Sri Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Chief Justice of Madras High Court, wil... »
Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao.
November 20, 2014

Fond notes on a sadguru

Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao (IVR) was a vocal and violin teacher, who passed away on October 18. In this tribute, three of his disciples, who are now famous musicians, share their memories of the m... »
Prathibha Sharma's Sattriya performance
Thiruvananthapuram, November 20, 2014

Many hues of artistry

Kalabharathi National Music and Dance Fest, which showcased young, promising dancers, proved to be a crowd puller. The first day opened with a Bharatanatyam recital by Pavitra Krishna Bhatt who pr... »
Ebenezer believes character is most important for a musician. Photo: Bhagya Prakash. K
November 19, 2014

A champion for the cause of music

For artiste, musician, singer-songwriter and music teacher Ebenezer John Premkumar, teaching music is a passion by itself. Leading a campaign of music with a mission at MuzikGarage, the a... »
The Clinton Cerejo band. Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar
HYDERABAD, November 19, 2014

A medley of genres

Clinton Cerejo and his band will perform in Hyderabad on November 23, after having performed in Bangalore and Chennai editions of The Hindu Friday Review November Fest 2014. The format will... »
Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Bangalore, November 18, 2014
Beatstreet

Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter

After bassist and founding member Paul Gray’s death in 2010, it’s difficult to have imagined Slipknot soldiering on with their metal crusade, but four years on, minus another founding member – the... »
Answering the call of music: Leon James, a musician and a theatre professional.
November 18, 2014

Mad about music

“I was like Batman,” says Leon James, a musician and a theatre professional about his life as an IT professional. He worked all night and slept during the day. He was successful. He impressed his... »

Music for the soul

A raga trip through India

When the twain met

Honouring kuchchi mridhangam maker

Of letters, life and music

Hip hop in town

Making vocals versatile

Platter full of global rhythms