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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)

Contemporary concerns - R.Visweswaran

You have developed a unique style of playing the veena in the gayaka style. Yagnavalkya says that a knowledge of veena vadana tatva—the philosophy of veena play—is one of the elements of music that can lead to salvation. I used to wonder…

Tyagaraja kritis — some misinterpretations R. Vedavalli

Tyagaraja was in many ways a genius. On the one hand, he was a devout person and on the other, he was well aware of the complexities of life. He followed a disciplined life as laid down by the Vedas. He knew about the qualities of a good person…

Guru Neyveli

Neyveli’s disciples describe him as a meticulous teacher, a stickler for perfection, with tremendous patience. Some of his prominent disciples are Sriram Parthasarathy, Sriranjani Santhanagopalan, Srividya Ramanathan, Revathi Subramanian,…

VINJAMURI ANASUYA DEVI - Many firsts to her credit

Vinjamuri Anasuya Devi. When I met her nearly a decade ago for an interview for The Hindu, she sang Anbe ellam taruven from film Vikatakavi in a voice that was resonant and riveting at 88. “This harmonium is older than I am,” she said. “These…
Sriranjani Santhanagopalan

My father, my guru - Sriranjani Santhanagopalan

It has been truly fascinating being in the presence of such a great musician. It is like having a musical encyclopedia with you all the time.
Dr. S. Ramanathan

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 casual observer, but he was an inspiring mentor and resourceperson to musicians and music scholars who sought his help in their researches