Entries by shankar9262

Cyber sabhas and concerts during lockdown

Perhaps there will be a cyber sabha not too far in the future, fully equipped with the musicians and the enrapt audience, a virtual reality et al. — This was the concluding line of one of my articles on music published in December 2000. The phrase “cyber sabha” had been coined by my husband even […]

T. Rukmini: a radiant soul (1936-2020)

Beauty is skin deep; it is oft said. In rare cases it permeates the whole being—inside, outside, and in the body, mind and soul. Vidushi T. Rukmini, who performed the “mangalam” to her sojourn on this earth recently, was one such.

Ties That Bind: the pandemic, technology and the arts

We, in Columbus, Ohio, have been in the isolating grip of a viral pandemic for three months now. Social interactions have been impacted in ways one could never have imagined before its onset. Our diverse humanity has been united via this singular experience. How? An unknown piece of RNA, identified as COVID-19, has rendered us […]

Neyyattinkara Vasudevan (1940-2008)

Neyyatinkara Vasudevan shone like a meteor in the field of Carnatic music. Hailing from a humble background, he attained success as a vocalist and teacher against heavy odds, facing many rough patches along the way. Born on 24 August 1940, as the son of a Dalit woodcutter, in rural Thiruvananthapuram district (Neyyattinkara), Vasudevan went on to become a leading vocalist from Kerala.

Unpublished varnas of Walajapet Venkataramana Bhagavatar

Ayyampettai, a small village on the banks of the river Kaveri becomes musically active in the month of Masi, to commemorate the birth of Walajapet Venkataramana Bhagavatar, one of the primary disciples of Tyagaraja, known for his devotion to his guru. His jayanti is celebrated every year as a three-day celebration in Ayyampettai coinciding with Moola, his birth star.

We Stand With You

It is with deep sadness and anguish that we have all been observing the events surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Our emotions are also mixed with the knowledge that the circumstances and behavior which led to his death are all too common.

R.A. RAMAMANI – All the world’s her stage

R. A. Ramamani is a multifaceted musician. Singing avadhana pallavis, providing dizzying vocals for Indo-Jazz bands, composing for jazz and fusion, running a music school, training scores of students in India and abroad in Carnatic music – she has done it all. This versatile artist turned seventy on 2 March 2020.

Celebrating R.K. Srikantan’s memory

The Vidwan R.K. Srikantan Trust celebrated the silver jubilee of its annual Sankranti Music Fest, along with the twin centenaries of Sangita Kalanidhi R.K. Srikantan, and the Maharaja of Mysore, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar—famous composer and art patron.

R.S. Jayalakshmi: a scholar and vainika

Veteran R.S. Jayalakshmi is a respected vainika, teacher and musicologist. She was initiated into music when she was just six years old. Jayalakshmi used to observe her older sister in music class, and had a natural flair for repeating all the lessons that she heard!

A PEEP INTO THE PAST

In the history of south Indian performing arts, there perhaps exists no parallel to the case of M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavatar (1910 – 1959) where the tremendous popularity of one facet of an artist is matched by a near oblivion of another.