Sruti Magazine articles reproduced with permission. All rights reserved.

MUSIC SEASON 2017 - Supply exceeds demand

MUSIC SEASON 2017 - Supply exceeds demand

For the last few seasons I stayed anchored at the Music Academy for the annual music season. This year I decided to do the sabha hopping that many rasikas experience during the season. I attended about 50 plus concerts across seven venues including the Music Academy.
Sruti 400 an event to remember

Sruti 400 an event to remember

Eminent business leader R. Seshasayee, who is also a vice president of the Music Academy, and a connoisseur of music, formally released the 400th edition of Sruti on 4 January 2018 at Amethyst, Royapettah, Chennai.


Sukanya Ramgopal has carved a singular place for herself in the world of Carnatic music as the only top-ranked woman ghatam player. A prime disciple of ghatam maestro T.H. ‘Vikku’ Vinayakram, her passion for the percussion instrument has taken her around the world.

CARNATIC MUSIC TODAY - Loud and not so clear

The modern kutcheri takes place in a rather casual manner, seldom starting on time, with the audience and others drifting in and out all the time and few of them staying for the whole concert.

CHITRAVINA N. RAVIKIRAN - Maestro on a mission

Chitravina Ravikiran has been selected to preside over the 91st annual conference of the Music Academy and has been designated as the Sangita Kalanidhi for 2018. I spent some family time with him at my brother's house in Philadelphia…
T.S. Sathyavathi

T.S. SATHYAVATHI - "Rasa reigns supreme"

Dr. T.S. Sathyavathi is a discerning musician and a brilliant speaker. Her felicity with languages, sharpness of intellect, mastery over the subject matter and ability to assess the expectations and limits of her audience come across powerfully…

SRIRAM PARASURAM - A devotee at the altar of music

There was a spring in his step, and, though dressed in a kurta and veshti, he verily sprinted towards us.

CENTENARY FEATURE - DR. S. RAMANATHAN - A doctor in every sense

The first thing that comes to mind about Dr. S. Ramanathan’s music is his sense of proportion. He was an example of how the simplest things could weave the most wondrous magic and leave listeners asking for more.

THE TANJAVUR QUARTET - Margadarsis of Bharatanatyam

Historically, Bharatanatyam was mostly prevalent in Tamil Nadu, though traces of it were found in the 20th century in what are now Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Today it is taught and practised throughout the globe. The term ‘Bharatanatyam’…

CENTENARY FEATURE - The Sangeetha Vidyalayam

The gentle waves on the Chinna Chokkikulam kanmoy (lake) glinted in the moonlight. Waves of music wafted from its bank. A knot of youngsters walked blithely singing aloud as they were returning home. What kind of a bhajanai group was that,…

PARASSALA B. PONNAMMAL - A gem of purest ray serene

Padma Shri awardee Parassala B. Ponnammal, the nonagenarian vidushi, has been leading a simple life in her modest house in Valisasala Street in Trivandrum after retirement, teaching music to senior aspirants of music and spending time with her…

‘Saxophone Samrat’ - KADRI GOPALNATH

Born in Panemangalore, Karnataka, Kadri Gopalnath was initiated into music by his father Thaniappa, a nagaswaram vidwan, who taught him to play the instrument as a child. An adept at playing the nagaswaram, clarionet, trumpet and the saxophone,…