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Bala, queen of abhinaya

The Tamil Isai Sangam is doing yeoman service to the cause of Tamil music since 1943. It has been holding the pann aaraaichi or pann research from the year 1949. Professor P. Sambamoorthy used to head the pann research sessions till his death, after which many other stalwarts presided over the sessions. For the past […]

Old is gold, so what’s new?

V. Ramnarayan “Bigger… and better?” we asked in our last issue on the Chennai music and dance season. Bigger it certainly has been but whether better is arguable. We shall at any rate wait till our next issue, when all our correspondents will have filed their stories, before we pass judgement. Yes, it’s early days […]

Opera … of love and destiny

On the occasion of Alain Danielou’s centenary celebrations which culminated in October 2007, the Alain Danielou Foundation, with branches in Rome, Berlin and Paris, presented a series of concerts and exhibitions in different Italian cities related to the life and work of the great musicologist and scholar. One of the major events of the series […]

Sensitive, sensuous Shobana the filmstar Dancer

S. Janaki Shobana was introduced to films by Jaya Chakravarthy, mother of another star-dancer – Hemamalini. She made a brief appearance as a child star in a Telugu film first. In 1984, the year she made her dance debut, she received a break in films too and for the first time played the lead role […]

From the heart

R.K. SHRIRAMKUMAR The sun would be on the horizon, about to retire for the day. Much dust and enthusiastic tones of high frequencies would be generated on the streets with boys playing cricket. That was when he would bring me home, after a long walk from school (Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan) teaching me, enroute, verses […]

R. Visweswaran: Bridging the North-South divide

S. Janaki Music was his passion, so he opted to make it his profession. Music to him was an elixir which, combined with his unswerving faith in his spiritual guru Mataji Vithamma, brought him back from the jaws of death time and again. R. Visweswaran was totally immersed in music. This multi-talented artist was adept […]

Pleasant Memories of the Golden Past

Manna Srinivasan Navaneetham was born in 1923. Hailing from an Isai Velalar family, she was first initiated into dance. Though she progressed up to the varnam stage, she switched over to the flute out of fancy. She would observe Peruncheri Muthu Pillai playing on the instrument at her house and try to imitate the action […]

A Golden Voice

S. RAJAM on N.C. Vasanthakokilam, as told to S. JANAKI. NC. Vasanthakokilam’s music career was short, but while it lasted, she was one of the topmost women vocalists in Carnatic music. Vasanthakokilam, or NC as she was popularly known, could sing with great felicity. She was gifted with a golden voice which was the envy […]

Brinda-Muktha: Certain Aspects of their Music

Brinda and Muktha had a thousand songs in their repertoire. The popular and the rare kriti-s of Tyagaraja and Dikshitar, the gems of Syama Sastry and Subbaraya Sastri, Anai-Ayya, Gopalakrishna Bharati, Arunachala Kavi, Subbarama Dikshitar, Ponnayya Pillai, Kshetrayya, Mysore Sadasiva Rao, Subbarama Dikshitar, besides innumerable javali-s were all in their possession. Karubaru, a grand Tyagaraja […]