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A year of plenty
In a roundup of Hollywood films for 2002, PRADEEP SEBASTIAN finds that no critic has a clear favourite. Two, however, figure on nearly every critic's `best' list.
Film Review

Glorious shades of Sankarabharanam
THE UNIQUE distinction in Sanjay Subramanian's music is the way he alchemises his husky voice and rough articulation into something exquisitely aesthetic. The struggle to give shape to his surging manodharma casts a spell on the listeners. Not ...
Steeped in tradition
IT WAS indeed a rare privilege for rasikas to enjoy the mesmerising violin music of the Lalgudi trio on New Year's day at the Mylapore Fine Arts Club. This concert bore ample testament to the fact that it is no exaggeration that Lalgudi's ...
Studded with emotional ripples
IN THE performance of Ranjani and Gayatri, they were absolutely in command of kritis and raga alapanas. The intensity of their expression in rendering the songs, "Tulasidala" (Mayamalavagowla), "Kamalamba" (Ananda Bhairavi), "Amma Raavamma" ...
Annual festival
THE PAPANASAM Sivan Karnataka Sangeetha Sabha, Madipakkam, (Ph: 247 3330; 247 1521), is celebrating its 13th Music Festival from January 2 to 12 at Sree Sath Sanga Sankara Hall. This 11-day festival features music concerts by eminent artistes. At ...
The high decibel level
YOUNG MUSICIANS seem to be convinced that loudness alone sells their music. May be it is not the general trend yet, but soon it is likely to happen. At least that was the impression one got after listening to three young artistes in a week and ...
Refreshing experience
SRIVALSA MENON is a promising artiste on the musical firmament. Almost all the songs he chose in his concert for Nada Inbam were those not heard often and thus were very refreshing. The Daruvarnam in Kamas `Mathe' set a cheerful tone. Valson's ...
Impressive alapana
THE MAIN item of the concert by Sashikiran and P. Ganesh for Mylapore Fine Arts Club was the Ragam, Tanam, Pallavi in Natabhairavi. The alapana by Sashikiran was quite impressive, considering the fact that Natabhairavi is a little difficult to ...
Jugalbandhi in style
ANURADHA SRIRAM and Sriram Parasuram have created a slot and style for themselves. To sing a piece of Carnatic, in a full-fledged Hindustani concert. Well, it is good for them and for the listeners because their voices suit the latter better than ...
A different dimension
SWEETNESS AND quietude marked T.N.Seshagopalan's morning veena recital at the Narada Gana Sabha. The Purvikalyani alapana had some playfulness to match "Anandanatamaduvar", where the kalpanaswaras bristled with the excitement of the dancing feet. ...
Moves with devotional spirit
THE VOCAL concert of Aruna Sayeeram made an instant impact with the house full overflowing audience in the Madhyamakala kalpanaswaras for the opening ``Sri Vignarajam Bhaje" sung with great gusto and rhythm. A brief Devagandhari raga delineation ...
Mundane recitation
THE PRESENT day music field provides room for any singer with a fairly pleasing voice and some confidence to sing on stage. Sometimes, even these prerequisites are overlooked due to other influencing parameters. P.Radha, declared as D. K. ...
Racy rendition on veena
VISWESWARAN, PERFORMER musicologist and guru, is a Karnataka-based senior veena vidwan. His kalpana swaras in the dhurita kalam for Dikshitar's ``Sri Saraswati" in Arabhi set to 2 kalai adi talam were gripping racy rendition. A melodic sketch of ...
All sound and fury
THE TAVIL vidwan, it is observed possesses an intuitive capacity to judge or gauge the auditorium and adjust the decibel level of his playing to maintain shantham in the concert hall. Musicians, who pull everything out of technology to ...
On traditional lines
ACCOMPANIED BY Bhagyalakshmi (violin) and Erode Nagarajan (mridangam) Geetha Sundaresan, a devout student of Tyagaraja and engaged in propagating the saint's ideals in Muscat, is a seasonal visitor to Chennai. In her R. R. Sabha concert, she ...
Clear and confident
WITH A feeble voice, Gayatri Sathya showed her potential by singing with confidence and clarity. Thyagaraja's ``Dayaleni Brathukemi" (Nayaki) and ``Balakanakamaya" (Atana) were impressive. Shanmukhapriya (also known as Chamaram) raga alapana was ...

Gentle and aesthetic
CONTENT AND tradition are essentially the backbone of programmes put up by the Music Academy each year for its season. And that is very evident in the dance recitals that are featured, mostly in the 7 p.m. slot. It is probably an unsaid thing ...
Words and connotations in dance
KANCHIPURAM DHANAKOTI Ammal's response to a peremptory order by a patron in a sabha, without as much as a by your leave, to sing a song from the Ramayana, took the form of the lyric in Kedaragowla ``Yarada nee Korange?" (Hey! Who are you, oh ...
Excellent control over laya
THE RAJAH Annamalai Hall in Esplanade is a regal edifice, opulent in its design and décor, with elaborate woodwork and large, airy green rooms. This magnificent setting where Lakshmi Ramaswamy, disciple of Chitra Visweswaran, gave a Bharatnatyam ...
Delightful footwork
IT IS not often that Kuchipudi takes centre-stage, especially when Bharatanatyam holds absolute sway. But now and then inroads are made by the few from Andhra Pradesh who resolutely practise this art form. One of them from the Vempati Chinna ...
The Empowered Woman
DANCING UNDER the aegis of the Music Academy, after more years than one would remember, Odissi exponent Sonal Mansingh did not disappoint the audience, the breathtaking energy of her performance astounding, to say the least, for a dancer well ...
Life dedicated to dance
Guru Mahalingam Pillai, doyen among nattuvanars, who was associated with Mumbai's Sri Rajarajeswari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir for 55 years, died recently at the age of 85. In this tribute, his younger brother, Guru T. K. Kalyanasundaram Pillai, leading dance guru, speaks to V. GANGADHAR.

Hanumath Jayanthi
THE 36TH Hanumath Jayanthi of Sri Ramanjaneya Trust, No.98, G. S.T. Road, Tambaram Sanatorium, Chennai-47, (Ph: 240 5390) is being celebrated at their Sri Ramanjaneya Temple, from January 2, 3.05 p.m. to January 3, (today) 3.05 p.m., with Akanda ...
An interesting temple tale
FOR DEVOTEES of Lord Anjaneya, the temple dedicated to the `Son of Vaayu Bhagawan' at Krishnapuram, near Kadayanallur, in Tirunelveli district comes first, as Sri Anjaneya himself is said to have visited the place during the time of the ...
For a cause
THE TEMPLE car of Sri Saranatha Perumal Temple in Tirucherai, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur district, is being renovated. Every year, the car festival is celebrated on makara poornima pushyam. But the celebrations have been suspended from 1982. The ...
Philosopher and saint in the true sense
SRI CHANDRASEKHARENDRA Saraswati Swamigal, the 68th Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Math, also known as "Maha Periaval" and "Mahaswami" by other appellations, was born on May 20, 1894 in Villuppuram, Tamil Nadu. He lived for a century and passed ...
Diamond jubilee celebrations
GOING BY the Hindu calendar, Sri Sankara Math at Kanchipuram informed devotees that the "Ninth Annual Aradhana of Jeevan Mukta and Parabrahmaswaroopi, the 68th Acharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal ...


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