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A TREASURE OF KRITIS ON LORD ANJANEYA

A TREASURE OF KRITIS ON LORD ANJANEYA

Jaya Mami Bhakti Padalgal is a serene offering of three volumes containing nearly 600 compositions, mostly in Tamil, on Lord Anjaneya (Hanuman). This assumes special significance as there is a virtual dearth of kritis on one of the most worshipped deities of our land associated with the epic—Ramayana.
SIKKIL BHASKARAN - A VETERAN VIOLIN ACCOMPANIST

SIKKIL BHASKARAN – A VETERAN VIOLIN ACCOMPANIST

Veteran violinist Sikkil R. Bhaskaran passed away on 20 July 2021. Dedicated exclusively to accompaniment, the artists he shared the stage with straddle generations and read like a who’s who of Carnatic music - from Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, K.B. Sundarambal and M.M. Dandapani Desigar to Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar, N. Vijay Siva and Palghat Ramprasad.
Sikkil Mala ChandraSekhar

Sikkil Mala ChandraSekhar – Upholding the Sikkil Sisters’ legacy

Sikkil Mala, the daughter of Sikkil Neela, is the torchbearer of the bani of the famed flautist duo – the Sikkil Sisters, Sangita Kalanidhis Kunjumani and Neela. Mala’s journey with the flute, did not begin purposefully as the heir apparent of the flute lineage of her family, but in a very casual manner.
Kanniks - Kannikeswaran

Music video on water resources

The symbolism of rivers has been used abundantly in poetry, music and storytelling. Rivers depict the entire circle of life and are revered as nature’s wonders. In the Indian context, they are worshipped and humanised to tell moving stories of civilizations. However, through the generations, excessive use of these water bodies has led to their erosion and contamination.
Guru puja of Palani Subramania Pillai

Guru puja of Palani Subramania Pillai

The 59th annual guru puja of the legendary mridangam maestro, Palani Subramania Pillai was conducted virtually by the Palani Sri M. Subramania Pillai Trust. The programme premiered on 2 June 2021 on the Trust’s YouTube page.
Padma Narayanaswamy

Padma Narayanaswamy

Padma Narayanaswamy, wife of Sangeeta Kalanidhi K.V. Narayanaswamy (KVN) is a distinguished Carnatic musician. She turned 80 in April this year. While much of her life was devoted to her late husband KVN, and she has remained in the background, her musical achievements and contributions as a guru are mostly unknown.
Remembering MSG

Remembering MSG

The birth anniversary of violin maestro M.S. Gopalakrishnan falls on 10 June, while 3 January 2021 marked the ninth death anniversary of the violin vidwan popularly known as MSG. It has been my good luck to have known him for a long time.
Veena Doreswamy Iyengar

Veena Doreswamy Iyengar memorial fest

As part of International Women’s Day celebrations, ‘Veena’ Doreswamy Iyengar Memorial Trust had organised a three-day music festival 6 to 8 March in Bengaluru, featuring eminent women vocalists. The festival was inaugurated by the Jeeyar of the Yathiraj Mutt, who also extended his blessings to the festival by providing use of the auditorium.
Tyagaraja aradhana in Bengaluru

Tyagaraja aradhana in Bengaluru

Music lovers of Bengaluru heaved a sigh of relief when they were informed of the five-day live music festival, from 29 January 2021. Sangeeta rasikas of the city were bored without in-person concerts due to the pandemic, and the announcement…
The ragamalikas of Subbarama Dikshitar

The ragamalikas of Subbarama Dikshitar

Among the various compositions notated in the Sangeeta Sampradaya Pradarsini, the ragamalikas are interesting and intriguing. Among the composers belonging to the family of Ramaswami Dikshitar, Subbarama Dikshitar has employed this musical form extensively.
Sow a seed of music

Sow a seed of music

The Oppilal School of Music and Fine Arts in Chennai presented a three-day festival of concerts and other events on the occasion of Kandhar Shashti Vizha in 2020. It featured performances by their students, and others. There was vocal and instrumental music, talks and short concerts by senior musicians.
The singer twins: B.V. Raman & B.V. Lakshmanan

The singer twins: B.V. Raman & B.V. Lakshmanan

When we are gratefully celebrating the birth centenary of vidwans B.V. Raman and B.V. Lakshmanan, I join the host of their fortunate disciples in paying my humble pranams to them. I was privileged to be a student of B.V. Lakshmanan for about five years when I was doing my B.A., followed by two years of Masters in Music.