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Treat for Prog Metal fans

Treat for Prog Metal fans

It has been more than a decade since the proliferation of what is contentiously called djent – progressive metal and rock-inspired music that takes its name from the supposed sound a seven-string guitar makes. This is important to note because it spawned many bands into this particular style – looking ...

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An equal music – The Hindu

An equal music - The Hindu

While we have seen women playing percussion instruments, Bengaluru also boasts a woman who makes them. Ask Ashwathamma why she took up the profession and the 75-year-old says, “I have not gone to school. I am, however, educated in melody. My husband, RS Ananthramaiah, is a professional tabla and mridanga ...

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Rewind: Lakshmi Bai’s voice and R Sudarsanam’s music made the song ‘Premanandamaya’ a hit

Rewind: Lakshmi Bai’s voice and R Sudarsanam’s music made the song ‘Premanandamaya’ a hit

The year was 1932. A V Meiyappan, the young entrepreneur from Karaikudi moved to Madras and founded Saraswati Stores to deal exclusively in gramophone records. Meiyappan won the franchise for the distribution of the German label, Odean. At that time most of the records he sold were classical songs. Breaking ...

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‘Madonna dances like me, my husband says’ | music

‘Madonna dances like me, my husband says’ | music

For a woman tribute artist, there’s probably no better muse than Madonna. There’s the music, of course — over three decades of chartbusters, from the 1980s ‘Like a Virgin’ and ‘Material Girl’ to the 1990s ‘Vogue’ and ‘Ray of Light’ down to ‘Music’ in 2000. There are the costumes – ...

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Ragas on the accordion – The Hindu

Ragas on the accordion - The Hindu

The accordion, widely used in French compositions starting in the latter part of the 20th century, is called “le piano du pauvre” (the piano of the poor). Bruno Plasse, Director at the Alliance Française of Madras says that it “embodies the spirit of the 50s to 80s, with Java music ...

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The people who listened to music in the Before Cellphone era

The people who listened to music in the Before Cellphone era

One of the most captivating (albeit secondary) aspects of listening to classical music performances live is getting to hear how the audience responds. From soberly appreciative, reverential murmurs, to corroborative and approving ‘haans’ on the sama, to more raucous wah-wahs and kya-baat-hais, music audiences in both Hindustani and Carnatic music ...

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Pumping iron to Carnatic music

Pumping iron to Carnatic music

What do you listen to when you work out? Chances are, it is not Carnatic music. Interestingly enough, though, a social media survey conducted among those who attended the MadRasana festival last December could have us rethinking our playlists. Besides giving feedback on the show, Mahesh Venkateshwaran, founder of MadRasana, ...

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Ragalu, Cine Geetalu: Confluence of two genres

Ragalu, Cine Geetalu: Confluence of two genres

He was a child when he began listening avidly to Telugu film songs; that was in the 1960s and 70s. It was only much later when he was 40 that he began learning Carnatic music. Now, 62-year-old Dr Kodati Sambaiah’s love of both genres of music has culminated in the ...

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Chennai prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram is ‘The World’s Best’

Chennai prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram is ‘The World’s Best’

As his fingers flew over the keys, it became clear that Lydian Nadhaswaram, the 13-year-old child prodigy from Chennai, was the favourite to win ‘The World’s Best’ global talent contest. On Thursday Lydian was declared the winner, taking home $1 million in prize money. The Chennai youngster, who spent four ...

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Splashing some colour to life

Splashing some colour to life

“In the absence of an engaging atmosphere or a fulfilling hobby, there seems nothing to look forward to for people over 60. The ever busy lifestyle of working-children doesn’t allow them to pay attention to their ailing parents. As a result, the elderly start feeling lonely and get into depression. ...

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