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  Feast with your ears: Mountbatten Mani Catering

As Mountbatten Srinivasan dishes out a feast, and the story behind the name, Dharma Raman tucks in. »

  Listen in to Jayanthi Kumaresh

For those who want to lose themselves in the art, there is instrumental music, says vainika Jayanthi Kumaresh, in a conversation with »

  An ear to fashion: Sudha Ragunathan

In this refreshing chat, Kalpana Mohan asks the trend-setter how she manages to do it all. »

  Feast with your ears: Gnanambiga Catering Service

The caterers have whipped out their best, but the proof of the halwa, sugiyan and kulcha is in the eating, says Dharma Raman. Do you have ti »

  An ear to fashion: Visakha Hari

Harikatha exponent Visakha Hari is an unlikely style icon. The traditionalist who set off a fashion wave. Kalpana Mohan is fascinated by the »

  Listen in to Priyadarsini Govind

Bharatanatyam exponent Priyadarsini Govind talks about an ancient art and of new opportunities. »

  Listen in to 'Chitravina' N. Ravikiran

The appeal of instrumental music is not resitricted by geography or language, says Chitravina exponent N. Ravikiran in this insightful conve »

  Feast with your ears: Sri Krishna Sweets' Gokulam

The music and moods of Margazhi are many, but let's not ignore it's culinary delights, urge Amrith Bhargav and Preethi Zachariah. In this su »

  An ear to fashion: K.V. Prasad

Kalpana Mohan caught up with Mridangam artiste K.V. Prasad, fresh as a flower, in Nageswara Rao park. In the ensuing conversation, she unrav »

  An ear to fashion: Shashank

Come music season, every artiste is looking for the perfect line-up -- and not of music alone. Kalpana Mohan unravels a tireless and often c »

  Listen in to N. Murali

N. Murali, President of the 'Academy, in conversation with Lata Ganapathy, about the Academy, amenities, artists and more. »

  An ear to fading arts: Kuntalam

Listen in as two of the last surviving exponents of the percussion instrument 'Kuntalam' strike a rhythm in Thanjavur »

  Tribute to Bharati: Nazir Ahamed

Staff at The Hindu, Chennai, paid tribute to the fiery poet, with renditions of their favourites from among Bharati's works. »

  Tribute to Bharati: Rajasekaran Nagarajan

Staff at The Hindu, Chennai, paid tribute to the fiery poet, with renditions of their favourites from among Bharati's works. »

  Tribute to Bharati: T. Ramakrishnan

Staff at The Hindu, Chennai, paid tribute to the fiery poet, with renditions of their favourites from among Bharati's works. »

  Tribute to Bharati: V. Balasubramanian

Staff at The Hindu, Chennai, paid tribute to the fiery poet, with renditions of their favourites from among Bharati's works. »

  Listen in to Trichur V. Ramachandran

Lata Ganapathy strikes a conversation with the Sangita Kalanidhi-elect and his charming family. »

  An ear to fashion: Ranjani & Gayatri

Come music season, every artiste is looking for the perfect line-up -- and not of music alone. Kalpana Mohan unravels a tireless and often c »

  Bharatanatyam: Unexplored dimensions - Part 2

In the second instalment of a candid interview with Sruthi Krishnan, Sangeeta Iswaran weans away upcoming dancers from the 'circuit', and pr »

  Bharatanatyam: Unexplored dimensions - Part 1

Danseuse Sangeeta Iswaran teases the boundaries of conventional Bharatanatyam in a candid interview with Sruthi Krishnan. In this first segm »

  Supreme architects of sound

Separated by cultures and time - a century apart - yet the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach and Muthuswamy Dikshitar exhibit the same t »

  For the love of Tamil

There was a time Tamil as a language was considered 'unsuitable' for Carnatic music. Sriram V tells us how the Tamil Isai Sangam, the first »

  A beginner's guide to listening...

In this exploration of the transformative process that follows focussed 'listening', Anil Srinivasan urges that we go beyond 'hearing' and »

  Innovation as improvisation

As Mozart 'plays' with a nursery rhyme, Anil Srinivasan dispels the myth about lack of improvisation in western music and underlines its vit »

  Travelling with the Academy

Continuing his saga of the sabhas of Chennai, Sriram V tags along as the venerable Music Academy journeys from its first home in the dry bed »

  Juggle-bandi: Balancing passion and profession - Part 1

Senior professionals, H.K. Venkatram, Director of Intel Architecture Group in India. and V Shankaranarayanan, Vice-president with Citibank, »

  Juggle-bandi: Balancing passion and profession - Part 2

Senior professionals, H.K. Venkatram, Director of Intel Architecture Group in India. and V Shankaranarayanan, Vice-president with Citibank, »

  Bharatanatyam: Challenging conventional history - Part 1

History of Bharatanatyam today is trapped in an idealised and romanticised version of the past that does not stand the test of critical enqu »

  Bharatanatyam: Challenging conventional history - Part 2

How can we accept caste and class as an issue in society but say they are non-issues in Bharatanatyam? We have to question the history hande »

  An excerpt from "Unfinished Gestures..."

Historian Davesh Soneji offers an alternative viewpoint of the history and aesthetic of conventional Bharatanatyam in his book "Unfinis »

  Stringing swaras and IT - part 1

A technologist with Intel and an accomplished violinist, H.K. Venkatram says with an upbringing full of music and academics, he was enchante »

  Stringing swaras and IT - Part 2

Your performance in one field has little bearing in the other, says Intel technologist H.K. Venkatram. As a fascinated witness to the transf »

  Ter Mallari by Injikkudi Subramaniyan

This Mallari is played during the temple procession, from the moment the idol is placed on the chariot, till the cavalcade concludes. Played »

  Taligai Mallari, by Injikkudi Subramaniyan

Played in the 3-4 meter, this Mallari is played while consecrating the 'neyvedyam' as it is taken from the temple kitchen to be offered to t »

  Teertha Mallari by Injikkudi Subramaniyan

Teertha Mallari is a compact composition played repeatedly without change in tempo or variation in swara, as a full vessel or kumbham makes »

  Mallari in Gambheera Nattai, Triputa Talam, by Injikkudi Subramaniyan

During the auspicious "Rushabha vahanam" cycle of a procession, this Mallari is played in Triputa talam whenever the chariot halts »

  So what is a Raaga?

Much more than a scale, open to interpretation yet a fixed series of notes... the 'raaga'' defies description but allows for imagination, s »

  The musical banker- part 2

Corporate banker and vocalist V Shankaranarayanan says his two professions act as mutual stress busters even as he emphasises the importance »

  Awarding excellence - the Sangita Kalanidhi

V. Sriram traces the chequered history of the most coveted of awards, the Sangita Kalanidhi, recognising a lifetime achievement in and cont »

  Mallari in Gambheera Nattai, Khanda Triputa Talam, by Injikkudi Subramaniyan

This mallari proves the point that Mallaris have been composed in all thalas. It begins with mathya sthayee panchamam and touches mel shatja »

  Mallari in Gambheera Nattai, Adi Talam, by Injikkudi Subramaniyan

Mallari is a unique piece of music played on nagaswaram when the presiding deity of a temple is taken on procession. The deity, decorated wi »

  Rough and ready homes - a look back at sabhas

Historian Sriram V walks back through history to the first sabhas in the last decades of the 19th century that began by hosting harikatha p »

  Patrons, passions and prohibitions - why sabhas proliferated

Sriram V. continues his series chronicling the mushrooming of sabhas during the early decades of the twentieth century, some to cater to a s »

  Music Season 2011 Curtain Raiser

Chennai hosts yet another edition of the grand Music Festival, an event that grows in scale every year. For the best Margazhi experience, Th »


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