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Almost there… – The Hindu

Almost there... - The Hindu

The India International Centre organises Double Bill Concerts of Music & Dance to promote young artistes, offering them a prestigious platform to showcase their art. The recent Double Bill Concert of Music featured Danish Ali Khan from Delhi in a violin recital and Debdeep Misra from Bengal in a Hindustani ...

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Short and sweet – The Hindu

Short and sweet - The Hindu

Old timers would remember that the first recordings made were of three or four minutes only, and it was a challenge for a classical musician to encapsulate his vast training into a brief presentation of only a few minutes. This had to showcase the main features of the raga, express ...

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‘I sing for the audience and the Almighty’

‘I sing for the audience and the Almighty’

R Kashyap Mahesh is attired in a crisp cotton dhoti and kurta and looks every inch the consummate Carnatic vocalist as he welcomes visitors to his ancestral home in the busy Diamond Bazaar area of Tiruchi. As the 27-year-old musical prodigy and technology enthusiast says, “Music is my job. Lots ...

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An interview with musician and theater artist Leon James

An interview with musician and theater artist Leon James

Leon James picks up the didgeridoo and begins to blow softly into it. As the sound increases, Dharanidharan joins him on the djembe and Charu strokes the croaking frog. The dimly lit hall at Nimble Foot Dance Academy, Singanallur, begins to recede. I am transported to the dry dusty Australian ...

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K.S. Harishankar’s tryst with Telugu

K.S. Harishankar’s tryst with Telugu

Music is in his blood. Young singer K.S. Harishankar, who has a couple of well-received covers to his credit, has added another feather to his cap. This time, the 24-year-old crossed the barriers of language to come up with his own signature version of the soft track Inkem Inkem Inkem ...

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Atif Aslam trolled for singing Indian song at Pakistan Independence Day event, responds to haters | music

Atif Aslam trolled for singing Indian song at Pakistan Independence Day event, responds to haters | music

Pakistani singer Atif Aslam faced hate on social media and from the country’s mainstream media, for singing an Indian song at a Pakistan Independence Day function in New York earlier this month. Atif, who has lent his voice to many Bollywood songs, sang one of his Indian tracks ‘Tera Hone ...

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Discordant note in the world of Carnatic music

Discordant note in the world of Carnatic music

The hue and cry over Carnatic vocalist O.S. Arun’s participation in a Christian musical event — Esuvin Sangama Sangeetham — and his decision to cancel the programme subsequently has sparked a heated debate on Hindu singers singing devotional songs of other religions. Arguing that the growing influence of the BJP ...

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Felicitations to mridangam maestro Mannargudi Easwaran

Felicitations to mridangam maestro Mannargudi Easwaran

Senior mridangam maestro Mannargudi A. Easwaran, has reached a milestone — his outstanding career completes 60 years. He is renowned for a playing style — distinguished by brilliance, precision, subtlety and spontaneity — that reflects a harmonious blend of grammar and aesthetics. Born in 1947 into the family of the ...

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A tribute to Geetha Bennett

A tribute to Geetha Bennett

She went down fighting, Geetha Bennett did. It could be considered a relief for her and her close family, which witnessed her battle spanning three decades but Geetha Bennett will be missed. For the warmth that she exuded. A bundle of energy, she was always ready to oblige the Desk ...

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Geetha Bennett — frank, friendly and articulate

Geetha Bennett — frank, friendly and articulate

I met Geetha Bennett last April when she flew down to Chennai to participate in the centenary celebrations of her illustrious father Dr. S. Ramanathan. She presented a concert and also had a brief tête-à-tête with me on her beloved guru, father and role model. By that time I knew ...

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