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G.N.Sir

Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. T.N. Krishnan The late Sri G. N. Balasubramaniam (G.N. Sir to many of us) was hailed as a genius by his distinguished contemporaries. Veterans who were with us when GNB started his career showered on him their affection…

Bombay Jayashri - A strange and wonderful journey

V.Ramnarayan Not perhaps since the days of Veena S. Balachandar has a leading Carnatic musician traversed a path as unusual. Bombay Jayashri was all of 28 when she began a truly full-fledged performing career in Carnatic music. Though introduced…

A Colossus Remembered

Sundari Siddhartha A few decades ago, there was a period when the Music Academy and V. Raghavan were synonymous," said Sangita Kalanidhi M. Balamuralikrishna at the valedictory function of the centenary celebrations of Dr. V. Raghavan, on 22nd…

Celebrating Sampradaya

The centre appropriately named Sampradaya was inspired by the musical integrity and genuine affection of H. Ramachandra Shastry (my own teacher) and Savithri Rajan (the teacher of my associate, Michael Nixon). Neither is with us anymore, but…

Music for the soul

M.V.Swaroop Mining the Internet’s Carnatic music resources and databases, I came across a curious recording of one of Mali’s speeches at a concert in Bangalore. After announcing his retirement early in the speech, he proceeds to tell the…

A titan passes

V.Ramnarayan Three great Indian musicians have left us in the recent past - Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Gangubai Hangal from the world of Hindustani music and D.K. Pattammal, the last of the Titans of Carnatic music. All three of them were pioneers…

A stagnant music?

M.V.Swaroop Guitar Prasanna, one of my favourite musicians, said in a recent interview, "Jazz is constantly evolving, while Carnatic music is static. That is the reason Carnatic music is in such a pathetic state today." He goes on to state…

Musician, composer and arts administrator

G.Sundari - As told to S.Janaki S. Rajaram was a Carnatic musician, composer and arts administrator. Born in 1925 in Mysore, he learnt to play the mridanga from D. Seshappa and Yella Somanna, the jalatarangam from Devendrappa and vocal music…

Taking Carnatic music to the US - Interview with Lalgudi G.J.R.Krishnan

Gayathri Sundaresan I could say that the first Carnatic music concert tour of the U.S.A. worth its name was done by my father in 1971. He took N. Ramani Sir along with him – this was a novel idea of combining flute and violin in concert!…

Tradition, transition and transformation

S.Janaki What happens when a traditional art form is moved out of its context and projected on the urban proscenium before a suave audience not much in tune with its roots? Should it retain its robust and down to earth regional flavour or should…

Exemplars of a rare tradition

T.R. Moorthy T.Balasaraswati, the Bharatanatyam virtuoso and T. Viswanathan, the enchanting Carnatic flautist, have left indelible impressions on their arts. Though they were independently successful in two different performing art forms, they…

Strict teacher, loving mentor

Janardan Mitta turned 75 on 12th May 2009. His sitar was a permanent fixture in the music of films made in Chennai for some 40 years. A disciple of Ravi Shankar, he has been focussing on classical music concerts in the last few years. He has…