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Neyyattinkara Vasudevan

Neyyattinkara Vasudevan (1940-2008)

Neyyatinkara Vasudevan shone like a meteor in the field of Carnatic music. Hailing from a humble background, he attained success as a vocalist and teacher against heavy odds, facing many rough patches along the way. Born on 24 August 1940, as the son of a Dalit woodcutter, in rural Thiruvananthapuram district (Neyyattinkara), Vasudevan went on to become a leading vocalist from Kerala.
Walajapet Venkataramana Bhagavatar

Unpublished varnas of Walajapet Venkataramana Bhagavatar

Ayyampettai, a small village on the banks of the river Kaveri becomes musically active in the month of Masi, to commemorate the birth of Walajapet Venkataramana Bhagavatar, one of the primary disciples of Tyagaraja, known for his devotion to his guru. His jayanti is celebrated every year as a three-day celebration in Ayyampettai coinciding with Moola, his birth star.
Chittoor Revathy Ratnaswamy

Chittoor Revathy Ratnaswamy (1936-2019)

The state of Andhra Pradesh has contributed many musicians of repute to the world of Carnatic music. Revathy Ratnaswamy was one such whose music was steeped in classicism and tradition.
R.A. RAMAMANI

R.A. RAMAMANI - All the world's her stage

R. A. Ramamani is a multifaceted musician. Singing avadhana pallavis, providing dizzying vocals for Indo-Jazz bands, composing for jazz and fusion, running a music school, training scores of students in India and abroad in Carnatic music - she has done it all. This versatile artist turned seventy on 2 March 2020.
Celebrating R.K. Srikantan's memory

Celebrating R.K. Srikantan's memory

The Vidwan R.K. Srikantan Trust celebrated the silver jubilee of its annual Sankranti Music Fest, along with the twin centenaries of Sangita Kalanidhi R.K. Srikantan, and the Maharaja of Mysore, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar—famous composer and art patron.
R.S. Jayalakshmi

R.S. Jayalakshmi: a scholar and vainika

Veteran R.S. Jayalakshmi is a respected vainika, teacher and musicologist. She was initiated into music when she was just six years old. Jayalakshmi used to observe her older sister in music class, and had a natural flair for repeating all the lessons that she heard!
M.K. THYAGARAJA BHAGAVATAR

A PEEP INTO THE PAST

In the history of south Indian performing arts, there perhaps exists no parallel to the case of M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavatar (1910 - 1959) where the tremendous popularity of one facet of an artist is matched by a near oblivion of another.
THE STATE OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

THE STATE OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Sruti spoke to on music instruments—their history, about the recent trends which several instrumentalists and all of playing styles and pointers on how have had a considerable impact on them consistently expressed the to appreciate instrumental music.
Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar - A great lakshana vidwan

Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar - A great lakshana vidwan

- R. Vedavalli Mysore Vasudevachar, who was a guru-bandhu of Poochi Iyengar, has written in detail about him in his book. Salem Chellam Iyengar, son of Salem Doraiswami Iyengar, who was a disciple of Poochi Iyengar, has also written in…
Music as a catalyst

Music as a catalyst to mathematical ability

- Vidya Raja A lot has been written about the relation between mathematics and music. Music training and its impact on the brain—as a catalyst in improving mathematical ability — is intriguing, especially during early childhood. Music…
The status of Carnatic instrumental music today

The status of Carnatic instrumental music today

Carnatic music has been evolving, probably, from the time it took its roots in south India. The evolution involves forms of compositions, usage of ragas, introduction of new ragas, themes of compositions, concerts, formats, duration, emphasis and more.
Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan

THE MAHA MELARAGAMALIKA (PART 3)

In the third and concluding part of this series on the monumental composition of Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan, let us look into some of the aspects of the melody of this ragamalika. In the first two articles on the melaragamalika, we analysed the structural and lyrical features of the composition.