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Kicking off perfectly

Kicking off perfectly

A crowd-funding campaign, a couple of solid music videos in circulation (with a third set to release soon) and the well-received album was all part of Source link

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Ashvin keeps up the tempo

Ashvin keeps up the tempo

D.B. Ashvin’s concert had a refreshing appeal. His pliant voice helps him explore the middle and upper octave phrases with speed and accuracy of swarasthanas. The concert picked up instant colour with the pada varnam ‘Omkara pranava’ in Shanmukhapriya composed by maestro Balamuralikrishna with sahityam for the mukhthayi and chittaswarams. ...

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Mridangam is like a living being: Anantha R Krishnan

Mridangam is like a living being: Anantha R Krishnan

Anantha R Krishnan, the young mridangam player, has an awesome repertoire and exciting stage presence. Barely 36, the grandson of Vidwan Palghat Raghu is already sharing the stage with his guru Ustad Zakir Hussain, from whom he has learnt the tabla. Anantha was excited about playing in Delhi. “Unlike some ...

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Serene ceremony, soothing music – The Hindu

Serene ceremony, soothing music - The Hindu

It is heartening to see excellence in performing arts like classical music, which demands total and lifelong dedication, being recognised with due approbation. One experienced such feeling of satisfaction when Kesari Nath Tripathi, the Governor of West Bengal, conferred the prestigious MLK Award upon Pt. Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay and Pt. ...

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Lalgudi siblings create a melodic ambience

Lalgudi siblings create a melodic ambience

Lalgudi G.J.R.Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi laid accent on melody, be it raga, kalpanaswara, kriti or tukkada. Nowhere was there any attempt to create a sensation or play to the gallery. Veteran Tiruchi Sankaran on the mridangam and Suresh Vaidyanathan on the ghatam added colour to the proceedings. Young accompanists would ...

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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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