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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…

Accompanists’ role in Carnatic music A dialogic response – Part 2

P.K. DORAISWAMY This is the concluding part of the dialogue between two rasika-s: the senior Rasika-1 (R-1) and Rasika-2 (R-2) the junior, on the role of accompanists in Carnatic music. The first part was published in Sruti 285/ June 2008. R-2…

A friend for all seasons

R.K. Shriram Kumar Vijay is an exemplary musician and a wonderful human being, a real suddhatma. He strives hard for perfection and idealism marks all his endeavours. He makes sure that his music has been perfected before his well presented…

Akshara and matra

My friend and long-time co-contributor to Sruti, B.M. Sundaram, has raised the confusion prevailing in the minds of musicians as well as the public on the use of the terms ‘akshara’ and ‘matra’ (see Sruti Box, Sruti 283). The few books…

‘Vikku’ for Sangeeta Kalanidhi

The preparation for next year’s Wimbledon tennis tourney starts even before the completion of this year’s championships. Advance planning and consultations are always helpful. It is not too early now to think of the Music Academy’s choice…