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Sriram Venkatkrishnan

The discovery of Swati Tirunal

An Academy was formed to identify and popularise the songs of the royal composer. »

More a teacher

Personality Umayalpuram Sri Swaminatha Iyer's code of conduct for musicians was “master the text, melody and laya, and do not be a tra »

Bold gesture

The article, ‘Tyagaraja Aradhana Creates Sensation,’ (Jnauary 29) was an excellent recall of a historic event that happen...»

Crowning glory for percussion instruments

This year, the Music Academy's Sangita Kalanidhi designate is tavil maestro Valayapatti A.R. Subramaniam. While the choice has met with u...»

From no-no to Kalanidhi!

There was a time when upa-pakkavadhyam had no place on the concert stage. Today, with thavil maestro getting the Sangita Kalanidhi, things h »

A trip to remember

On September 3, 1977, The Hindu announced that “Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi will leave Delhi on September 7 on a concert tour of the U.S...»

The sabhas those days...

George Town of the 19th Century saw the mushrooming of pioneering organisations devoted to the arts, promoted by businessmen. The Tondaimand »

Tongue twisting titles

The titles these days are nothing compared to those of a couple of centuries ago. Kunrakkudi Krishna Iyer of the 19th century was referr...»

Of women and awards

While it is known that the Music Academy honoured women with the Sangita Kalanidhi from 1968 (first recipient M.S. Subbulakshmi),...»

Ph.D Bhagavatar

The first doctorate (for really writing a thesis that is) in Carnatic music was Harikesanallur L Muthiah Bhagavatar. This was awarded in...»

A century of lec-dems

This year marks the centenary of lecture sessions on Carnatic music in the modern sense. The first of these was held in 1912 in Thanjavu...»

The Christmas connection

This is the 85th edition of the December Music Season for it began in 1927 with the All India Congress Session. If the origin was connec...»

Mint Street, music and memories

Once a cultural nerve centre, today, music seems to have long departed the longest street in Chennai »

Awesome threesome

Till the 1970s, only three establishments were a part of the December Music Season – The Music Academy, the Indian Fine Arts Society (IF...»

Reflection of Season economics

Though almost all Sabhas claim one of their objectives to be the construction of an auditorium, very few actually see it materialise. Th...»

Unique Season

During its 85 years, the Season has not received any kind of government support, though those in power have at times lent private help. A...»

Defying the odds

In 1931, thanks to the Music Academy banning his seven-stringed violin, T. Chowdiah conducted a violin festival at the Gokhale Hall. In 1...»

Famous Venues

The Tamil Isai Sangam held its first performances at the St. Mary's Co-Cathedral Parish Hall, on Armenian Street. The Music Academy, has...»

A Carnatic coronation centenary

Artistes based out of George Town responded with great zeal »

  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 »

  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 »



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