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Samyuktam – confluence in creativity

Collaborations in creativity Samyuktam was the brainwave of that indefatigable organiser and visualiser Sanjeev Bhargav, who continues to delight Delhiites with Ananya – the annual festival of choreographic works at the historic Purana Qila.…

S.Rajam – a rare gem

V.Ramnarayan with S.Janaki and Gayatri Sundaresan S.Rajam is a multifaceted genius with creative talents in a variety of fields such as music, musicology, classical painting and acting. Born in 1919, he imbibed his interest for music and art…

Bringing back old Tiruvaiyaru Music in sacred spaces

V.R.Devika A religion and culture editor, a psychotherapist, a poet, a housewife, and a writer – women formidable by any standard – made great company! We made a motley group with a musicologist from the Netherlands travelling to witness…

Madurai Mani Iyer - Mohana Mani

V. Ramnarayan Madurai Mani Iyer. The very name evokes an affectionate, intimate kind of nostalgia. An outstanding vocalist of an earlier era, he was both a pundit’s and a people’s musician, whose lilt swayed even the unlettered, uninitiated…

When comes another?

K.V.Ramanathan Madurai Mani. What memories the name conjures up! Of hours of unalloyed delight across the years; of performances in the Rasika Ranjani Sabha of Mylapore; none less than four hours; of concerts during the Vidayetri utsavam of…

Superb addition to Chennai’s assets

V. Ramnarayan Expected to be launched in March 2009, the Music Academy TAG Digital Listening Archives is a public-spirited and well-conceived initiative towards the preservation for posterity of Carnatic concert music. It is the brainchild…

A Perfectionist

Peria Sarada as told to G.Sundari Sarada was a Bharatanatyam student at Kalakshetra who made a mark in the world of dance after G. Lilavati and Radha Sriram – the first and second pupils of the institution. She identified herself with all…

The golden era and the ‘moulded’ era

S.Sivaramakrishnan The first decade of the 21st century which is drawing to a close has seen revolutionary changes in the presentation of art forms especially music. Music has become more of a ‘commodity’ and naturally acute competition…

Kalapramanam in kritis

B.R.C. Iyengar This is the last article written by B.R.C. IYENGAR for Sruti. He passed away recently. He was Sruti’s Correspondent and Representative in Hyderabad/Secunderabad for more than two decades ...read more

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Voice of India

Deepak S. Raja Amongst 20th century giants of vocalism, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (born 1922) enjoys the rarest combination of popularity and stature. He has charmed three generations of music lovers with his awesome renditions of khayal, thumri,…

K.B. Sundarambal From sringara to bhakti

Vamanan Memories of the singing star Kodumudi Balambal Sundarambal, remain green in her centenary year, more than a quarter century after her passing. Her musical voice still reverberates in mind’s ear and the mark of her personality as a…

Sydney Music Circle turns 25

News & Notes On a cold winter night in Sydney in 1983, about 20 people sit on the living room floor of a small townhouse in the city’s southwest, a few hundred metres from the local meatworks. As the temperature falls towards single digit,…