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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…

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…