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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,…

Rajeswari Padmanabhan (1939-2008)

WAY OF LIFE Vainika vidushi Rajeswari Padmanabhan was born in Kollur in 1939. She was the daughter of Lakshmi Ammal and the granddaughter of Karaikudi Subbarama Iyer (the elder of the Karaikudi Veena Brothers). From the age of five, she was…

Then and Now

Caviare Performers and listeners of today must be sick of talk of four hour Carnatic music concerts. It all seems so long ago and so much out of tune (no pun intended) with the times. But upto the end perhaps of the sixties, certainly of the…

Trailblazing traditionalist

V. Ramnarayan When Dr. N. Pattabhi Raman started Sruti, a "south Indian classical music and dance magazine" in October 1983, it was by and large a family affair. His two elder brothers Sundaresan and Venkatraman (my father) were publisher and…

Sruti Silver Jubilee Eyal Isai Natakam Gala

S.P. Sundaram Apart from the obvious toast to Sruti for its dedication and service ov er a quarter of a century, one should also propose the second toast to Sruti parivaar for putting on a typical programme, in the tradition of Sruti, befitting…

Desigar Raga Musical contribution

For the lay music lover, Desigar lives in such wonderful songs as Jagajjanani (Ratipatipriya - Ghanam Krishna Iyer) and Taamarai poota tadaagamadi (Hindustan Gandhari – Tiruchi G. Tyagarajan). Tuned by him, both these songs are honeyed webs…

Kamala at seventy five

Famed in India as "Kumari Kamala" during her prime as a dancer, the acclaimed Bharatanatyam exponent has dedicated about seven decades of her life to its propagation. Endowed with a rare and uncommon prowess at the art, her name has become synonymous…

Neyyatinkara Vasudevan

S. Janaki Neyyatinkara Vasudevan shone like a meteor in the field of Carnatic music. Hailing from a humble background, he attained success in his career as a vocalist and teacher against heavy odds, facing many rough patches along the way.…

Syed Sallauddin Pasha

Leela Venkataraman At first glance, he looks like another fresh-faced young man with a genial smile. But Guru Syed Sallauddin Pasha, has for over twenty five years, served the cause of the mentally and physically handicapped with his art expertise.…

Natyacharya Subbaraya Pillai

Born on 7th December 1914 to Sengammal and Chockalingam Pillai, Subbaraya Pillai, like his father, was extensively trained by Pandanallur Meenakshisundaram Pillai. After early training at Pandanallur, he assisted his father at Kalakshetra and…

Striking new notes

V. Ramnarayan Fusion in music involving Indian classical together with other forms, mainly from the West, has been a controversial subject in the music community over the years. Traditionalists may not appreciate or approve these collaborative…