Sruti Magazine articles reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. www.sruti.com

Dr. V. Raghavan

Renaissance man S. Janaki The name of Raghavan is a legend in the revival of studies into ancient Indian culture. When our country had lost its memories of the past, Dr. Raghavan brought back the original thoughts. Those of us who had no identity,…

N. Ravikiran

Ambassador of Carnatic music V. Ramnarayan Chitravina N. Ravikiran is a child prodigy who has evolved into a maestro in his field. He astounded scholars and musicians with his amazing knowledge and musicality even before his third birthday.…

Tyagaraja Aradhana 2010 in Tiruvaiyaru

Manna Srinivasan The 163rd aradhana mahotsavam of Tyagaraja was held at Tiruvaiyaru from 2nd to 6th January with the usual fervour. The turnout was huge. Coming so close to the music season in Chennai, it was a continuation of the music soaking…

Where words fail, music speaks

Ganesh-Kumaresh First there is silence, then there is sound. Then there is language; and then there is a theme. The first thing that penetrates silence is sound. There are two types of sounds – musical and unmusical, nada and noise. The nada…

A great loss to Sruti

V. Ramnarayan Sruti was devastated when its founder Pattabhi Raman died in December 2002. The recent passing away of Contributing Editor S. Rajam has been no less a loss. His was the sage counsel we sought whenever in doubt about matters historical…

Rukmini Devi's Ramayana revisited

Could you imagine anyone here performing the Iliad or the Odyssey in six episodes over six evenings,and people actually showing up to watch? Nobody cares about these epics anymore, except maybe a few classicists at Chicago. Dead beyond a doubt," …

Tavil maestro Valayapatti AR.Subramaniam

Manna Srinivasan Tavil maestro Valayapatti AR. Subramaniam has become a legend in his own lifetime with his introduction of new dimensions to the art of percussion, scoring several firsts as a performing artist and bringing laurels to the traditional…

Virtuosity triumphs

V.Ramnarayan Was it an astute masterstroke on the part of the Music Academy? An attempt to broadbase the demography of Carnatic music practitioners? Delayed recognition that Carnatic music was essentially temple music before it acquired temporal…

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…