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Root Folkways is a colourful showcase of folk forms

Root Folkways is a colourful showcase of folk forms

It will be a colourful showcase of folk music and dance as Banyan Tree hosts its second edition of international folk heritage festival ‘Root Folkways’ in the city. With enchanting performances by different folk groups from across India and Senegal and Yakutia, Russia, the festival is an opportunity for the ...

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Rising to the occasion – The Hindu

Rising to the occasion - The Hindu

The Chennai-based youngster Akshay Padmanabhan gave a scintillating concert last week at the Malai Mandir during the Skanda Shasti celebrations 2018 organised by New Delhi’s Sree Swaminatha Swami Seva Samaj at their temple complex. In his concert of close to two hours, Akshay took up predominantly songs on Lord Kartikeya ...

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What makes Apoorva Gokhale special among Hinustani vocalists

What makes Apoorva Gokhale special among Hinustani vocalists

At her debut public performance in 1990, at the age of 17, Hindustani vocalist Apoorva Gokhale sang raag Bhairav Bahar. This raag belongs to a special category of raags called Jod, or paired, raags. A musician elaborating a jod raag must constantly alternate between the two constituents, which, in the ...

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Music is the secret script of a film: Australian filmmaker

Music is the secret script of a film: Australian filmmaker

Music is the secret script of a movie and the glue that binds everything together, widely acclaimed Australian director Philip Noyce said. Mr. Noyce, who has directed several films, including Harrison Ford thrillers Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994) and Oscar nominated movies like The Quiet America ...

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A free-flowing musical dialogue at Ras Barse Utsav

A free-flowing musical dialogue at Ras Barse Utsav

“The energy of the audience is absolutely amazing. Especially for a Hindustani classical event, such as this, in a city like Chennai,” said Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt with a smile. The enthusiasm of the students and parents of shehnai artistes S. Ballesh and son Krishna Ballesh’s Tansen Academy left him ...

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What sets Dikshitar’s kritis apart

What sets Dikshitar’s kritis apart

Dr. T.S. Sathyavathi began her lec-dem for Guruguhaamrta, with a list of possible areas of research on Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s compositions — ragas, melas and janyas, vivadi ragas, laya, raga mudras, bhasha prayoga, chandas, alankara, gamaka prayoga, asampoorna krama, vyaakharana, jyotisha, tantra, mantra, Advaita, Sri Vidya, and added that this list ...

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Our music is formless: Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar

Our music is formless: Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar

When filmmakers focus on the life of trained musicians, they invariably approach Arati Ankalikar -Tikekar. From Sardari Begum to Anternaad to Samhita, the Hindustani classical vocalist has lent her voice to many immortal compositions. The last two films won her the coveted National Award for best female playback singer. For ...

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Just take five – The Hindu

Just take five - The Hindu

It’s always a delight to watch one of your favourite bands live at a stadium or auditorium. India has had many such acts, though the frequency has come down. This year, we saw legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea, star Bryan Adams and the younger sensations Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. ...

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What are Bhashanga ragas? – The Hindu

What are Bhashanga ragas? - The Hindu

In her lec-dem for Guruguhaamrta, Dr.R. Hemalatha elaborated on Bhashanga ragas in the Sangita Sampradaya Pradarsini. Muddu Venkatamakhi’s raga lakshanas are followed in the Pradarsini. The conventional definition of a bhashanga raga is one that has one or more swaras not found in its raganga raga. But one problem is ...

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Many moods of Tyagaraja – The Hindu

Many moods of Tyagaraja - The Hindu

Music apart, reading Tyagaraja’s kritis is more interesting than reading the krithis of Dikshithar or Syama Sastry. Tyagaraja does use epithets like the other two to describe Rama and other deities but he is unique in that he is the only one to engage in a conversation with his deities. ...

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