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Mandolin Shrinivas passes away

Sources said that the Carnatic musician passed away due to liver failure. »  

The MSS Award 2014

You could be living in any corner of the globe. If you are a Carnatic musician and in the 18-26 age group, here’s a chance to win The Hindu-Saregama M.S. Subbulakshmi Award 2014. The award a... »
Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan. Photo : K.V. Srinivasan

Master storyteller

Guru predicts and the disciple makes it happen. Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan elaborates to V. Balasubramanian. »
HIGH PITCH: Mogulayya with his son perform. Photo. Tejaswi Acharya

A life of hardships

Mogulayya, the kinnera veena balladeer is struggling to keep his art form alive. »
HALLOWED SPACE: Navarathri Mandapam in Thiruvananthapuram where musicians perform during the nine-day Navarathri festival.
Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar
Thiruvananthapuram, September 18, 2014

Redefining a tradition of melody

Just like Christmas is one of the most beautiful times of the year to be in Europe, so is Navarathri/ Pooja/ Dussera in India. The Pooja celebrations at Kolkata and the Dussera festival at Mysore... »
Franz Welser conducts the choir inside the St .Augustine Church.
September 18, 2014

Church-hopping in Vienna

It was a night like no other. One city, one evening, six hours… and over 400 music programmes of every form at every venue. Welcome to the music capital of the world, Vienna. Not just in th... »
Radha Bhaskar Photo: V. Ramamurthi
September 18, 2014

Exploration of a researcher

Radha Bhaskar’s concert under the Krishna Gana Sabha Gokulashtami series was on the theme of Sadguru Rasanubhava. It was truly a researcher’s attempt at fathoming the genius of Tyagaraja in sahity... »
September 18, 2014

Unique effort

A three-day festival of Purushottam Chowdhary’s compositions evoked warm response at Kalabharati Visakhapatnam. Set to tune in Carnatic classical ragas, the composition exuded the Biblical spirit o... »
STRIKING A HIGH NOTE A.R. Rahman.
Chennai, September 17, 2014

I, A. R. Rahman

You know that familiar Tamil-cinema contrivance where a prisoner in handcuffs is being led away in a police van, and the van stops at a crossing, and the prisoner looks around furtively and sees a... »
HE HOLDS THE STRINGS Ögmundur Thor Jóhannesson
Bangalore, September 16, 2014

Music and a helping hand

There are two things that fascinate Icelandic classical guitarist Ögmundur Thor Jóhannesson about India – its rich cultural background and its ability to adapt to changing times. Here in the city f... »
MASTER OF KEYS Venkateswara Rao at Max Mueller Bhavan with the first piano he tuned for Handel Manuel. Photo: R. Ragu
Chennai, September 15, 2014

The piano man

It’s not easy to tell exactly how old he is, because he still bustles about like he’s in his 20s, lifting piano stools, attempting to move grand pianos by himself and juggling back-to-back piano... »
Koktebel, Crimea, September 15, 2014

Brown Indian Band regales audience at Koktobel Jazz Party

The Brown Indian Band, led by Goa-based bass player Colin D’Cruz, struck up on the Open Stage in Koktebel, on Sunday afternoon, to an appreciative audience sitting on the sands, man... »

A.R.Sundaram Photo: M. Karunakaran
September 13, 2014

A blithe spirit

To those who knew A.R Sundaram or Sunda as she was referred to among her close circle, her spirit never ceased to amaze. Except for the last six months of her long life of ninety-one years, she wa... »
A.R. Rahman has joined hands with Brazilian singer-songwriter Anna Beatriz for the movie “Pele”. File Photo
NEW DELHI, September 12, 2014

Rahman to work with Brazilian singer Anna Beatriz

After collaborating with multiple names from the international world, Oscar-winning Indian composer A.R. Rahman has joined hands with Brazilian singer-songwriter Anna Beatriz for the movie “Pel... »

On the evolutionary string

Mindful of lineage

Learning brings joy

Seasoned artiste excels

Tapestry of aural colours

She weaves silken notes

Her quest continues

Expertise appreciated

Alarmel Valli. PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
September 18, 2014

Colourful mosaic of arts

The nagaswaram recital by K.G. Sreenivasan and K.G. Karthikeyan, proved an auspicious curtain raiser to Rajalakshmi Fine Arts’ 12th September Season. The 10-day festival, held at Sarojini Natara... »
Rakesh Chaurasia and Anil Srinivasan, performing at Banyan Tree's Barkha Ritu. Photo: R. Ravindran
September 18, 2014

Ragas evoke the rains

There is a certain comfort level in the usual. There is anticipation of the good quality and the assurance, that the artists in question will enthrall the audiences. And given the choice of artists... »
MELODIOUS PERFORMANCE Ranjani Sivakumar at the concert.
Hyderabad, September 18, 2014

Powerful vocals

Sarada Cultural Trust organised a Carnatic vocal concert by Ranjani Sivakumar at their venue, the auditorium of Sri Mahalakshmi Sannidhi, situated in West Marredpally. Ranjani opened her co... »
CHRONCLING A LEGEND A still from the documentary “The Musical Journey of Khayyam”
September 18, 2014

Genius from Footpath

It has been 67 years since Khayyam got his break, by lending his voice to a Faiz Ahmad Faiz ghazal in “Romeo and Juliet”. In the ensuing years, he has seen several eras in Hindi film music and help... »
STRUNG TOGETHER Violin Sisters M. Lalitha (left) and M. Nandini at The One restaurant in Le Meridien, New Delhi. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
New Delhi, September 17, 2014
Table for Two

Slice of life

The Delhi weather is a bit muggy. It has rained recently but when the sun shines it’s hot. Rather like Chennai, perhaps. So the Chennai-based M. Lalitha and M. Nandini, popularly known as the Violi... »
Koktebel (Crimea), September 15, 2014

Indian jazz band sways Koktebel audience

The Brown Indian Band, led by Goa-based bassplayer Colin D’Cruz, struck up on the Open Stage here on Sunday afternoon to an appreciative audience sitting on the sands, many in their bathing suits.<... »
BEAT TREAT Ganesh Kumar with the kanjira
Chennai, September 15, 2014

On the tambourine trail

“My life revolves within the six-inch diameter of the kanjira,” declares Ganesh Kumar, fresh from the experience of allowing the instrument mingle with members of its ilk from across the globe at... »
GOING HIGH ON MUSIC The band believes in live their passion through their songs
Bangalore, September 14, 2014

Songs of hope

“The Party is just starting,” says Bangalore’s upcoming rock/metal band Morbidence. The band, which came together less than a year ago, comprises vocalist-guitarist Abhineet Pandey, drummer/percus... »
PULSATING BEATS The electronic music scene has penetrated tier-2 cities and youngsters are eager to be part of the music craze. Photo: K.R. Deepak
Visakhapatnam, September 12, 2014

Groove to the EDM tunes

Scores of partygoers gathered at the beachside venue soaking in the densely textured and rich with sounds — Electronic Dance Music (EDM) — thundering through the speakers. This was the scene at the... »
Srisha with MSV
COIMBATORE, September 11, 2014

City girl hits the high notes

with the concept of bringing in veterans, because it would make composing even more of a challenge. As for Srisha, he says she has a “different” voice, and creating the album was a great experienc... »

Where dhrupad meets kriti

Classicists excel

Vocal verve

Garland of melodious ragas

Chaste vintage music

Melody through the chords

Mukta and her Music

It was raining ragas here