For the sake of harmony

This is with reference to the article “Team play, mind games” (Magazine, December 14). As a person deeply interested in Carnatic music and one who had arranged Carnatic concerts for Shri Rama Navami festivals at Kochi for a number of years in the 1970s, I would like to state that in those days, there was a certain amount of team play and by and large complete understanding between the main musician and accompanying artistes during the concerts. When the musician is approached for booking, he or she used to enquire who the accompanists were and the latter also did likewise. The only problem in those days was that the senior accompanists were generally unwilling to accompany female singers but there were exceptions too. Female singers had their own accompanists. The trend narrated by the author reveals a painful situation and both the vocalists and the accompanists should abjure personal ego on the stage in the interest of both the great art of Carnatic music and the connoisseurs.

T.R. Anandan


This has reference to “Bridging the gap” (Magazine, December 14). The Hindu is doing a yeoman service by still carrying informative articles on our traditional arts and culture. As Leela Samson rightly puts it “the number of dance forms, the various gharanas or banis within each style, the numerous performers of those banis: young and younger to old and older, the various disciples of illustrious gurus whose gurus are beyond reproach” As we Indians live passionately amid a multicultural atmosphere, boasting “unity in diversity”, the art loving readers would appreciate if you carry more articles on different classical and folk arts and artists of the country.

Mrs. Charu Shankar


The article by T.M. Krishna was revealing and timely. Many of our great performers have yet to learn the virtues of generosity. They should remember that at the beginning of their career, they were getting only one tenth of what they are getting as remuneration now. But have they enhanced the remuneration of their accompanists through years?

R. Gopimony,


A blot

In the last 60 years of independence, the nation has witnessed innumerable barbaric killings of men, women and children belonging to different caste and religion and the dastardly acts perpetrated in Nellie is in no way less or different from the terrorist attacks taking place at frequent intervals. This human genocide is mainly due to political leaders’ reluctance coupled with Human rights commission’s indifference to act expeditiously in such matters. K.R. Srinivasan, Secunderabad Dignified humour

Thanks for publishing “Driving Miss Desi” by Sadaf Siddiqui (Magazine, December 14). .I am happy that there is space in the magazine for such dignified humour.

Chirutapudi Subramaniam,


Not trivial

Blaming it on the system by Bill Kirkman (December 14) brought forth an issue generally considered trivial, until one is faced with it. A few weeks back, I had a somewhat similar experience on lodging a complaint for my laptop. Not receiving any reply, I tried to contact the local service centre. Upon giving my complaint number, they nonchalantly replied that the database did not display the status of the complaint. They even argued that I might have already got it repaired. I think the author was succinct in mentioning that the employees have started treating the systems as ‘a substitute for thought and judgment rather than a means of applying them more effectively.”

Shruti Shrimal


No generalisations

“Clothing a Tamil hero” by A. Srivathsan made interesting reading. As a Malayali brought up in erstwhile Bombay, brought up on a steady diet of Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil (not to forget English movies too), I’d always found the costumes worn by MGR and Sivaji Ganesan rather gaudy; the advent of Eastman colour only made it worse! Malayalam heroes, even then, were always dressed in a simple “shirt and mundu” ensemble.

That Bollywood generalises “South” heroes is deplorable. In Tamil movies, we have Madhavan, Parthiban,Cheran to name a few who are “sober” dressers.

Mani Menon,