Entries by shankar9262

BLESSINGS FROM ANGELS

I honestly cannot recall when and how I met Anandhi Ramachandran. I was a regular at Kalakshetra programmes and on happy terms with singer-nattuvanars Kamalarani, Bhagavatula Seetharama Sarma and the man I described as second to Nandi as far as dance was concerned, Karaikudi R. Krishnamurthy.

ANNAPURNA DEVI (1927–2018)

The world of Hindustani music venerated her as Maa Annapurna Devi. She was a sadhika who abhorred the arclights of the concert stage, shunned publicity and refused to face the public eye even when invited to accept prestigious awards.

RAMNAD KRISHNAN: A CONFLUENCE OF THREE STREAMS

Ramnad Krishnan’s name brings to mind his electrifying delineations of ragas like Sahana and Begada, Keeravani and Sankarabharanam. Through his son R.K. Ramanathan’s initiative, a yearlong celebration of the legend’s music was organised at Raga Sudha Hall in Chennai, with two programmes held every month, starting in September 2017 and concluding in September 2018.

DOES MUSIC HAVE A RELIGION?

Each religion has its system of music based primarily on its cultural origin. Church music indicates the Western origin of its original propagators and mosque music indicates its Arabian origin. But does music itself as an art have any religion?

SRUTI AT 35

A lovely floral display spelt the name of the magazine which was soon to be launched that morning on Vijayadasami – an auspicious day. It was a double celebration to mark the release of the inaugural issue of SRUTI and the golden jubilee of Sangita Kalanidhi D.K. Pattammal’s concert career.

NEWS & NOTES

Ramesh Vinayakam, the talented film music composer, conceptualised and curated Class of Class – a full Carnatic music concert featuring many of his own compositions rendered by leading Carnatic musicians, at a well got up event recently in Chennai.

Mannargudi A. Easwaran

Mannargudi A. Easwaran is a reputed and popular mridanga vidwan, who through his exemplary ability to enhance, embellish and admirably blend with any style of music, has carved a niche for himself in the field of Carnatic music.

Indian music and the West: An exploration

From the 17th century, Indian mythology and ideals have exerted an indefinable influence on Western thought and artistic practice. The use of certain types of note intervals, experiments in transilience (equivalent of the gamaka), as well as atonal/functional harmonies have found their place periodically in themes that were generally classified as mystical or exotic.

Why Carnatic music matters more than ever by Ludwig Pesch

For this musicologist and author, there are good reasons to believe that Carnatic music matters, perhaps more than ever and almost anywhere in the world.  So why not perform and teach it in the service of better education for all, for ecological awareness or in order to promote mutual respect in spite of all our differences? And […]

DKP birth centenary celebrations

The birth centenary of Gana Saraswati D.K. Pattammal – one of the female trinity of Carnatic music—is being celebrated on a grand scale. In order to spearhead the year-long celebrations DKP 100 (A unit of D.K. Pattammal Charitable Trust) has been constituted with around 50 members comprising the family, disciples and fans of the legend with the guidance of patrons like N. Murali, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, N. Gopalaswamy, R. Seshasayee, and Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti.

REMEMBERING MDR

Vandeham Varadadasam, a celebration of the music of Carnatic music legend M.D. Ramanathan (MDR), was organised recently by his son Balaji Ramanathan at Raga Sudha hall in Chennai. It was an enjoyable evening listening to the introductory speech of Sangita Kalanidhi T.V. Gopalakrishnan who recounted his association with MDR—providing insights into the late musician’s personality.