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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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Giving Hawaiian guitar a classical makeover

Giving Hawaiian guitar a classical makeover

You can take a Tanjorean out of Thanjavur. But you cannot take Thanjavur out of a Tanjorean. Thanjavur was the epicentre of music and dance for centuries. Not surprising, Kamala Shankar, who was born in Thanjavur and brought up in Varanasi turned out to be a popular musician. Her maternal ...

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Flow of melody – The Hindu

Flow of melody - The Hindu

Bhoomija’s Indian Youth Symphony ‘19 on January 12 is a melange of Carnatic and Hindustani flourishes directed by flute maestro Pravin Godkhindi based on a narrative by director and playwright, S Surendranath. Talking of her passion for professional symphony Gayathri Krishna, Managing Trustee of Bhoomija says, “Getting youngsters to perform ...

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The artiste as activist – The Hindu

The artiste as activist - The Hindu

Carnatic singer-columnist-activist TM Krishna had the spotlight trained on him right from the time he announced he would no longer sing in the famed Chennai Music Season, turning into an advocate of art’s power to heal the country’s deep social divisions, breaking barriers of caste and class and fighting against ...

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Raftaar on diss-war with Emiway: He is a misguided kid, I am the mature one | music

Raftaar on diss-war with Emiway: He is a misguided kid, I am the mature one | music

Rapper Raftaar is known for his Punjabi songs and Bollywood numbers alike. Right now, the singer is all set to return as a gang leader against Neha Dhupia and Prince Narula on Roadies Real Heroes. Taking a break from his duties, the hip hop artiste speaks about his friendship with ...

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How Tukkadas liven up a concert

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In Hindi, ‘tukkda ‘ means a small piece of a larger original. In Carnatic music, it refers to the somewhat ‘lighter’ songs sung towards the end of a concert after the more serious and ‘heavier’ songs have been sung. These are full songs in their own right and are not ...

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