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Vocalist with immense potential – The Hindu

Vocalist with immense potential - The Hindu

A full house on a Sunday afternoon greeted Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath, something she is familiar with. Having attended her concerts earlier too, I feel her strengths are her penchant for classicism and the impressive reach of her voice. She would do well by working further in her pursuit of excellence. ...

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A repertoire of Tamizh songs

A repertoire of Tamizh songs

The concert of M. Lalitha and M. Nandini, the violin sisters, was an opportunity to hear vintage Tamizh isai. The duo, presenting a concert of Tamil compositions, maintained a uniform tempo from the opening Gambhira Nattai ‘Ganapathiye’ to the concluding Thiruppugazh (‘Oru pozhudhum’) in Chakravaham. Their concert was also about ...

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Art and the bliss within

Art and the bliss within

It is significant that certain words have no exact opposites. One of them is Ananda or Bliss. We have unhappiness for happiness or hate for love but there is nothing, exclusively opposed to Bliss. Similar is Moksha or liberation, also a state of bliss. If there is any term opposed ...

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Kruthi Bhat impresses with her skills

Kruthi Bhat impresses with her skills

Kruthi Bhat, received the ‘Best Vocalist’ award, five years ago, at the same sabha. Initiated into this art by her mother Rajarajeswari Bhat and uncle, vidwan Vittal Ramamurthy, Kruthi had the privilege of learning from Lalgudi and TRS. She is doing her Computer Engineering in Houston, Texas. It was a ...

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Pattabhirama Pandit did his gurus proud

Pattabhirama Pandit did his gurus proud

T.S. Pattabhirama Pandit’s concert in the afternoon slot took the rasikas on a melodic journey. His ability to assimilate the attributes of a raga to convey its authentic form came to the fore right in his opening sketch of Sri. In ‘Sri Varalakshmi Namasthubhyam,’ Dikshitar invokes the Goddess of fortune ...

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Time travelling through music – The Hindu

Time travelling through music - The Hindu

A concert, ‘A Brief History of Musical Time’, traces the journey of music, right from Vedic chants and Gregorian chants, to Baroque music and original choral works. The concert, featuring 14 musicians, has been conceptualised by city-based Australian composer Devissaro. Says Devissaro: “I have always been fascinated by the history ...

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Gems from our rich past

Gems from our rich past

I presented a Ragam Tanam Pallavi in Ghanta at my concert at The Music Academy, in December 2018. The variety of questions and responses that I have been hearing post this from students and rasikas, including one in this newspaper, mainly centred around the relative unfamiliarity of the raga in ...

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A treat of classic compositions

A treat of classic compositions

Shertalai Renganatha Sharma projected his powerful voice and confidence in a well-defined concert. He presented classic compositions that are rarely heard on concert platforms these days. Annasamy Sastri’s ‘Parama pavani’ (Atana) and Koteeswara Iyer’s ‘Mohanakara Muthukumara’ (Neethimathi) were two such. The medium-paced madhyamakala swaras in Atana fitting perfectly with the ...

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Pliable voice is her asset

Pliable voice is her asset

Vani Ramamurthy impressed the audience with her choice of ragas and kritis. Opening with Tyagaraja’s ‘Enta raani tanakenta’ in Harikhambodi, she moved on to explore Pantuvarali. Blessed with a voice that seems to be at ease in all ranges, she presented a vivid image of Pantuvarali. Once again it was ...

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Blend of traditional and contemporary

Blend of traditional and contemporary

The ambition and skill of this young instrumental quartet are praiseworthy. Fourteen-year-old violinist from Chicago, Rishabh Ranganathan, led the quartet. Haritha Raj (21) from Thiruvananthapuram on the veena, Chennai-based Sarvesh Karthik (18) on the mridangam and e-percussion (such as drum-pad), and Samyukta Sreeram (16), from Virginia DC, on the ghatam ...

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