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When gravitas meets virility… – The Hindu

When gravitas meets virility... - The Hindu

In its 7th year, the Swara Samrat Festival was held in two phases – one weekend showcased youngsters, and the following weekend featured the established doyens of the music arena at the prestigious Nazrul Manch auditorium in Kolkata. As the festival is dedicated to Maihar gharana giant, Swara Samrat Ustad ...

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The more the merrier – The Hindu

The more the merrier - The Hindu

As much as we suffer at the hands of bad air-quality, Delhi’s winters and the corresponding festive season have made many of us step out in search of that common cheer. Amidst the lingering fog, the bright hues of baubles and the numerous cups of warm cocoa, Christmas comes and ...

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Float into the next year

Float into the next year

Destination music festivals have realised that they cannot be isolated experiences. The latest on the block, Catamaran Beach Festival, not only hosts stellar music across two days, but also includes activities to boost the local economy at their venue, Chinna Veerampattinam Beach, Puducherry. Go local Festival director Prasad Radhakrishnan says, ...

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The earth and Ricky Kej

They are human too - The Hindu

“My music is an extension of my thoughts and beliefs. When people hear my music, they should know what my principles are,” says Ricky Kej, a Bengaluru-based music composer who brought home the Grammy in 2015 for his album Winds of Samsara, that is dedicated to environmental consciousness. Though the ...

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All night long! – The Hindu

They are human too - The Hindu

Two microbreweries – Ironhill and MyzUno definitely upped the party mood in 2018 with their craft beer. Within the first half of the year, Vizagites gave them a thumbs-up that encouraged the breweries to experiment with flavours as well as their menu and their selection of music. “Since craft beer ...

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Singer Poorvi Koutish on her musical journey

Singer Poorvi Koutish on her musical journey

When Poorvi Koutish was three years old, she had already given her first stage performance. This was when her mother, a professional singer based in Chandigarh, Veenu Koutish had no idea that she could sing. “My principal asked me to sing at the rose festival, I did it and that ...

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Trichur Brothers’ sincere and seamless rendition

Trichur Brothers’ sincere and seamless rendition

Trichur Brothers — Srikrishna Mohan and Ramkumar Mohan — have worked hard to reach where they are today. Their vocal prowess and distinct style of presenting ragas and compositions have aided them in their musical journey. At their concert at The Music Academy, the siblings concentrated on two ragas — ...

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Sanjay Subrahmanyan offers music for the mind

Sanjay Subrahmanyan offers music for the mind

It is challenging to cast a true and fair view of Sanjay’s musical balance sheet. The debits and credits tally or otherwise depending on what aspect you focus on. On the one hand, there are deviations from melody and the decibel surges which, his Kohli-esque stature and fan following perhaps ...

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Nisha’s concert was a winner

Nisha’s concert was a winner

Dulcet voice, clear vision, perfect enunciation and above all, good planning marked Nisha Rajagopalan’s concert. Time distribution was meticulously done to provide judicious treatment to the main features of the concert. Nisha had chosen three ragas for elaboration — Mohanam and the kriti was ‘Narsimha’ (Dikshitar), Thodi for Tyagaraja’s ‘Kaddanuvariki’ ...

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It is God’s own instrument

They are human too - The Hindu

Kerala is not only famous for the backwaters, temples, Trichur Pooram and elephants but also for instruments such as Chenda and Idakka. Idakka (idakkya/edakka/edakkya) is considered the most revered percussion instrument in Kerala and is known as Deva Vadyam. It is used in the temple rituals, usually performed during the ...

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