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With many useful information – The Hindu

With many useful information - The Hindu

Apart from being a violinist R.K. Shriramkumar has been presenting lec-dems on various topics with particular focus on Dikshitar kritis. The vidwan rendered a two-hour lecture demonstration at Vani Mahal, on the various forms of Siva as depicted in Dikshitar’s kritis (he had given a similar lec-dem last music season ...

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Second edition of ‘Kovaiyil Thiruvaiyaru’ is back

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The second edition of ‘Kovaiyil Thiruvaiyaru,’ a festival of music, dance and a cultural melange in aid of ‘Ghosala’ took place at the Kikani Higher Secondary School Auditorium, Coimbatore. The festival began with Kshithija Kasaravalli’s dance recital. With the accent on bhava and rasa, Kshithija presented adavus, nritta and nritya ...

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Going with the tide – The Hindu

Going with the tide - The Hindu

The afternoon was slowly turning into evening. The nip in the air was getting sharper when we reached the premises of Desi Vidya Samsthe, the music school run by the well-known music composer, Hamsalekha. In the narrow compound, you could see several eager parents with dreams in their eyes about ...

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What’s special about Greta Van Fleet?

What’s special about Greta Van Fleet?

There are times when one becomes a rock band’s fan purely by chance. Last week, a friend happened to ask me which new bands I really enjoyed, and I mentioned Death Cab For Cutie, Muse, The War On Drugs, The National, Alt-J and The Black Keys, which are all over ...

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Keeping it in-house – The Hindu

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When your band’s name itself indicates an inward-looking approach, it is no surprise to hear folk rock band Swarathma’s bassist Jishnu Dasgupta tell us that their new album is much more about inner monologues than it is about social and political issues. “It is a more inward-looking album,” Dasgupta says. ...

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Rihanna sues her father – The Hindu

Rihanna sues her father - The Hindu

Singer Rihanna has sued her own father Ronald Fenty for using her brand name Fenty to launch a business for himself. In a new lawsuit obtained by tmz.com, Rihanna claims her father Ronald started a talent development company in 2017 called Fenty Entertainment. The “S&M” hitmaker has already trademarked “Fenty” ...

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Chennai band Oxygen brings back terrace jamming

Chennai band Oxygen brings back terrace jamming

C Girinandh, keyboard player and member of city-based fusion music band Oxygen, steps on to a tarpaulin-covered wooden floorboard set up at the terrace of a building in T Nagar. Along with him are drummer Prithvi Kumar and bass guitarist Bumon Kashyap. The day is almost ending, and sunlight blinks ...

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The best of young musical talent

The best of young musical talent

Our country is brimming with young musical talent. The Toto Awards held annually by Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) in memory of Angirus ‘Toto’ Vellani is proof of this as they award the very best in various creative fields, including music. Every year a concert on the night before the ...

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A ‘grand’ tribute to Mosa Valsalam Sasthriar

A ‘grand’ tribute to Mosa Valsalam Sasthriar

Music is in his blood. The vast collection of cassettes and CDs lining the shelves at Bennet Thompson’s residence in Nanthancode bears ample testimony to his passion. Great grandson of Mosa Valsalam Sasthriar (1847-1916), poet, missionary and composer of Christian devotional songs, the 80-year-old Bennet continues to uphold the social ...

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Alcohol advertising in the digital age

Alcohol advertising in the digital age

Cheers! Friends. Reunion. Goa, an original YouTube webseries by the digital arm of United Breweries, is (understandably) replete with actors downing bottles of Kingfisher beer, unaccompanied by the usual warnings about the injurious effects of alcohol (unlike in television or film). After all, the Advertising Standard Council of India’s (ASCI) ...

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