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Tamil padams, a treasure

Padams in Tamil stand on their own merit, with their pristine music and emotion-packed lyrics. »
Veena player Madokaram Prashanth Iyengar. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

The food of life

Prashanth Iyengar takes the cause of the veena firmly forward. He is not only a musician but also a composer »
S. Shankar review

Varied repertoire

S. Shankar’s concert was evocative and rich with emotion »
Sanjay Subramanian.

Sanjay Subramaniam casts a spell

Imparting vigour without sacrificing the nuances of delicacy is the hallmark of Sanjay Subramaniam’s display of his musical perceptions. His vocal recital, featured on the occasion of the Sri Ra... »
Alternative and awesome: Coimbatore is witnessing an alternative music culture
coimbatore, April 19, 2014

The songs they are singing…

There is music afoot in the city. Crashing cymbals blend with soft notes of the violin. An electric guitar plays the swaras of a Carnatic raga. Elsewhere, a Flamenco plays hauntingly, accompanied b... »
Guenter Ebel, Elvira Seeleitner, Monika Eisner and Sandra Schurzmann.
Thiruvananthapuram, April 17, 2014

Sound of Alpine tunes

Sandra Schurzmann laughs when asked why the music troupe she is a part of is named after a popular Bavarian dessert - Bayerische Creme (Bavarian Cream). “My friends Guenter Ebel, Elvira Seeleitner... »
Aruna Sairam is planning to travel to the Canadian Rockies, where she will be a part of the eminent faculty invited by a Jazz centre to introduce youngsters to different world traditions. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao
delhi, April 17, 2014

Quest for the best

Grace and charm combine in the persona of vocalist Aruna Sairam, one of the recipients of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards-2013 that were given out this past week in New Delhi. In the Capital to r... »
Newcomers are getting a chance only because of the experiment by music composers, says Shahid Mallya.
delhi, April 17, 2014
quick five

Right on track

Shahid Mallya recorded his first song “Rabba main to mar gaya re” in the movie Mausam in 2011 and received a good response. The same year he partnered with poet and lyricist Irshad Kamil fo... »
Vasanthi Ramesh.
Sri Guruguha Gana Saba, Srirangam, April 17, 2014

A concert that gave the whole package

Under the auspices of Sri Guruguha Gana Saba, Srirangam, vocal concerts were held at Srirangam, Tiruchi recently. Aishwarya Shankar began her concert with a composition by Kolkata Indira Natesa... »
The band loves playing all over India but has experienced also the European reggae scene.
delhi, April 16, 2014

Reggae rules

“Don’t forget your history, know your destiny...” was singing Bob Marley in his song “Rat Race” in 1976, and this is very close to the idea of music that inspires the Reggae Rajahs, arguably the fi... »
The Lady Andal auditorium saw a packed audience of young and old ready to hear their classic favourites. Photo : R Ravindran.
chennai, April 14, 2014

Stairway to heaven

Tribute shows have the added pressure of having to live up to the expectations of hardcore fans who relish their favourite artists and know the nuances of their songs. Unlike original composition... »
bangalore, April 13, 2014

Notes from coast to coast

No matter how varied your taste in music is, you’re bound to share a common liking for some artists and that’s what got Palmfret together in 2012. Says rhythm guitarist Don Philip, “we met at Suma... »
chennai, April 11, 2014
a raga's journey

Full of surprises

Vasanthabhairavi is the janya of the 14th melakarta raga Vagulabharanam. An attractive raga, Vasanthabhairavi is usually familiar even to the untrained ear. This is because there are very few compo... »
S. Kasim and S. Babu, Nadhaswaram vidwans and grandsons of the legendary nadhaswaram exponent Sheikh Chinna Moulana, feel there is no place for ego in music. Photo: M. Moorthy
Tiruchirapalli, April 11, 2014

Confluence of ragas

Grandsons or disciples? “Before we are grandsons of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sheik Chinna Moulana, we are his disciples,” asserts Subhan Kasim. Speaking about his maternal grandfather and acclaimed nad... »

A different beat

Melody rules

Ensemble enthralls

In the spirit of the note

On the right note

When simplicity sings

Multiple roles

Blindfolded, violinists unable to mark out a Stradivarius

Arvind Parikh
bangalore, April 17, 2014

Enthralling music performances

Under the aegis of “Anvaya Series : Musical links in Lineage” organised by Sursagar , a unique father- daughter pair enthralled the connoisseurs of Hindustani classical music with their sitar and v... »
Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam
Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai, April 17, 2014

Soothing tempo

In a two-hour concert, the repertoire plays a vital role in keeping the tempo at a uniform level. This can be easily achieved by singing more kirtanas than elaborate raga alapanas. But an opinion... »
Kannyakumari at the concert
delhi, April 17, 2014

Women’s voices

Three women artistes in the field of Carnatic music recently performed in the Capital for three different organisations and delighted music lovers with their musical talents. On the last day of Sun... »
delhi, April 17, 2014
Telling Voices

Learning too necessary

University of California at Irvine was from where one of the modern myths originated: the myth »
Akhil Kodamanchili conducts music workshops for not just amateurs but also for complete novices. Photo: G. Ramakrishna
Hyderabad, April 16, 2014

Move beyond karaoke culture

He believes we need to move beyond the karaoke culture when it comes to music. Little wonder that his workshops encourage complete novices to use any instrument of their choice and not just play b... »
Members of Subject to Change
chennai, April 14, 2014

Who says Chennai doesn’t rock?

For a city that is often stereotyped as ‘traditional’ and ‘closed’, with an intense love for Carnatic music, Chennai has embraced music of all kinds. Bands are not just rock bands here, with head-... »
Melinda James
Hyderabad, April 14, 2014

Lured by classics

It was Karen Carpenter’s voice that inspired her to pursue singing. Today, with over a decade’s experience of singing at various hotels and cruises across the world, Melinda James still likes to c... »
Sahana Banerjee. Photo: Special Arrangement
April 12, 2014

String theory

She is perhaps one of our most accomplished sitar players, but few people know of or have had the opportunity to hear Sahana Banerjee. Besides coaching aspiring musicians and spearheading a movemen... » 1 comment
The city has seen a small wave of rock music culture swelling in the recent past. Photo: K.R. Deepak
Visakhapatnam, April 11, 2014

Mad about metal

Last year when the popular rock band Krosswindz came to perform in the city for the first time, it was a reiteration of the fact that rock music had a very niche following among Vizagites. “When yo... »
Geetapriya’s original name is Lakshman Rao Mohite; his pen name came to stay and the world knows him as Geetapriya. Photo: K. Gopinath
bangalore, April 11, 2014

Voice embraces silence , but the song lives on

The man who put a song on everyone’s lips, Kannada lyricist and director Geetapriya has lost his voice. Frail and weak, he walks into the living room of his house, gesturing that he has no voice to... »

Nuanced performance

A three-day treat

A musical feast

It’s a song and dance

Erudite rendering of classic pieces

Celebrating Tyagaraja

Music for change

Abhas unplugged