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A maestro performs

The recent sitar recital by the U.K.-based Mahmud Mirza was nourishment for the soul »
Violin recital by Mysore Manjunath and Mysore Nagaraj at Sri Ramanavami celebrations, in Coimbatore. PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN review

Colourful mosaic of ragas

One event, different artists and composers, and varied styles…. »
The CSI Redeemer Church Choir.

Easter's classical connections

The CSI Redeemer Church Choir chose Bach and Handel to mark Good Friday. »
Radha Baskar's vocal cocert at Sarvani Sangeetha Sabha Trust, Chennai. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Grouped in devotion

Enjoyable musical, panagam and sundal - it was a treat in every way. »
Percussion maestro Sadanam Vasudevan is the recipient of the Kerala State Government’s Pallavoor Appu Marar Puraskaram this year.
Thiruvananthapuram, April 24, 2014

Thumping success

Of the multiple genres of indigenous percussion ensembles associated with the tradition of percussion in temples in Kerala, Thayambaka, the solo recital on the chenda, is probably the most sophist... »
new delhi, April 24, 2014
Hindi Belt

Every comma counts

Writers across the country are exercised about the possibility of Narendra Modi assuming power at the Centre as Prime Minister. His autocratic behaviour, intolerance for dissent, and unabashedly co... »
Radhika Vairavelan and Saranya. Photo: M.Srinath
chennai, April 24, 2014

Decoding a genre

What is the role of padams and javalis in enhancing a classical music or dance performance? ‘Chumma Chumma Varuma Sukham,’ a lec-dem by Sujatha Vijayaraghavan under the auspices of Natyarangam Trus... »
Thiruvananthapuram, April 24, 2014

Of sounds and rhythms

The rich musical traditions of Kerala have a long history, and the repertoire is too extensive to be assimilated in a single lifetime. The grandeur of the rhythms are located in music that... »
Bangalore, April 22, 2014
beat street

Madboy/Mink – All Ball

Put insanity and a bushy-tailed ferret-like creature together and what do you get – Madboy/Mink. The Mumbai-based funk-nu disco duo, well known for their distinctly unique mash up of dirty electro... »
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... »
S. Shankar
bangalore, April 17, 2014
review

Varied repertoire

The Rama Navami celebrations at the Sri Rama Temple, Vyalikaval, organised by the Vyalikaval Extension Association, included a vocal recital by S. Shankar, accompanied by B. Raghuram (violin), N. V... »
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... »
Balasaraswathi
chennai, April 17, 2014

Tamil padams, a treasure

The venerable nagaswaram vidwan Sembanarkoil Vaidyanathan ascended the stage to accept the honour that was being bestowed on him. None expected what followed. He sang the Atana padam ‘Chumma Chumma... »
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... »

Right on track

A concert that gave the whole package

Reggae rules

Stairway to heaven

Notes from coast to coast

Full of surprises

Confluence of ragas

A different beat

Many of the band members are self taught. Photo: G. Moorthy
madurai, April 24, 2014

Till we meet again

I. Gogul and his team of friends wanted to stay connected to their alma mater, even after they left. So, they decided to compose a song called ‘Nanbane...Nanbane…’ Within days of its lau... »
Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
new delhi, April 24, 2014

On the importance of being earnest

“Only when the sweat runs on the floor will it be effective (Asar to tab hi aata hai jab farsh par paseene behte hain),” says tabla maestro Hashmat Ali Khan referring to the kind of practice... »
Ashwath Narayanan
chennai, April 24, 2014

On a winning spree

He is young and his credentials are remarkable. Think of any reality show in Classical music on television and Ashwath Narayanan has emerged the winner. Also on the list is The Hindu–Saregama MS S... »
My teacher was a passionate artiste, with and without that ‘e, says Meera Srinivasan about Lalgudi Jayaraman. File Photo.
chennai, April 22, 2014

A musical giant’s take on the elephant

Winding up lessons after a three-hour class, Lalgudi sir decided to sketch for me one day. This was in the 1990s when I was not yet in my teens. I remember watching him curiously as he picked u... »
The band Karthick Iyer Live launched a contemporary Carnatic adaptation of Bharathi’s popular Aasai Mugam Marandhu Poche on SoundCloud.
chennai, April 21, 2014

Look who’s getting a musical makeover

Fancy listening to famous kritis like  Mahaganapathim  or  Alaipayuthe with a guitar playing in the background? Or a Subramanya Bharathi classic accompanied by so... »
Veena player Madokaram Prashanth Iyengar. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
bangalore, April 17, 2014

The food of life

At his recent Ramanavami kutcheri, vainika M.N. Prashanth Iyengar preceded each piece with an explanation “for audiences to understand the core implications behind the composer’s thoughts and music... »
Arvind Parikh
bangalore, April 17, 2014
review

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
review

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... »
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... »
Sanjay Subramanian.
Coimbatore, April 17, 2014

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... »

Learning too necessary

Move beyond karaoke culture

Who says Chennai doesn’t rock?

Lured by classics

String theory

Mad about metal

Voice embraces silence , but the song lives on

Nuanced performance