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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…

72-melakarta calendar

S. Rajam’s paintings The twelve chakras of music and the twelve months of the English calendar have been beautifully and artistically correlated by renowned artist-musicologist S. Rajam in a calendar brought out by Larsen & Toubro (L&T)…

The past and the present

Kalakshetra functioned from 1936 to 1963 in the sylvan surroundings of the Theosophical gardens, Adyar. There was an intimate relationship between the institutions run by the Besant Trust such as the Besant Theosophical High School, Arundale…

Leela Samson; Bridging two worlds

As the Director of the Kalakshetra Foundation what are your priorities? Kalakshetra Foundation comprises the Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, The Besant Theosophical High School, The Besant Arundale Senior Secondary School, a Craft Education…

Rukmini Devi’s views On Bharatanatyam

"Few dancers either know the true meaning of the mudra-s, the mandala-s, etc., but learn the poses for the sake of effect. Just as the ancient South Indian bronzes were made to the correct proportion according to the Sastra-s, given for the…

Narayanan Nambiar Master of poetic rhythms

Octogenarian Kalamandalam P.K. Narayanan Nambiar is a towering figure among theatre percussionists of the country. Awarded the Padma Shri this year, the mizhavu maestro has become the first of his clan to earn this national honour ...read m…

Lecdems at the Tamil Isai Sangam

The Tamil Isai Sangam is doing yeoman service to the cause of Tamil music since 1943. It has been holding the pann aaraaichi or pann research from the year 1949. Professor P. Sambamoorthy used to head the pann research sessions till his death,…