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CHITRAVINA N. RAVIKIRAN

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,…

PROFILE S. Seshagiri Rao

Veeneya Bedagidu Mysuru’ is one of the several epithets for Mysore. The erstwhile Mysore state has produced many illustrious stars in veena and a unique style known as the Mysore bani is in vogue even to this day. The region has produced great…

ARTS ABROAD - Building community through music

Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran holds a Ph.D in Indian music and has been teaching Indian Music Theory and History as adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati since 1994. He has made his research presentations on Muthuswami Dikshitar and Swati…

CENTENARY TRIBUTE - Memories of a much loved teacher

Dr. S. Ramanathan — whose centenary is being observed beginning this month—was a much loved musician and teacher of Carnatic music. His humility and easy accessibility successfully hid his depth of knowledge and intellectual prowess from…

The bard as a hero - TYAGARAJA 250

(Excerpted from the novel The Singer By The River on the life of Tyagaraja by WILLIAM JACKSON)