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19 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Sumitra Vasudev Concert in Music academy

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04 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Mridangam maestro no more

Veteran mridangam vidwan Vellore Ramabhadran, who enriched the world of carnatic music with his sensitive percussive technique, passed away here on Monday. He was 82. Born on August 4, 1929, he was introduced to mridangam-playing by his father Vellore Konnakkol Gopalachariar, a noted laya vidwan. Ramabhadran’s journey as a performing artiste began in 1943 at […]

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22 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Pleasant in the lower registers

The morning concert of Manimaran began with the varnam in Saveri and moved on to a brief essay of Shanmukhapriya. The effort by Bangalore Balu Raghuraman on the violin was a little better. The kriti that followed was ‘Siddhi Vinayakam.’ The appended swara segment was quite long. ‘Enneramum’ in Devagandhari with two charanams was sung […]

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20 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

In the service of Carnatic music

My acquaintance with Lakshman Ragde started many years ago while searching the Internet for the lyrics of a rare kriti. Lakshman’s name came up in different Carnatic music forums and online communities that I visited, enthusiastically responding to member requests, and fulfilling them. Born in Chennai, Lakshman has travelled through several career paths before finding […]

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19 January 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Dorakuna ituvanti seva…

Tyagaraja Aradhana seva held every year at Tiruvaiyaru attracts musicians and devotees from all over the world. The Sri Thyagabrahma Mahotsava Sabha has unfailingly made arrangements for the annual festival year after year.  Preparations begin three months before the Aradhana festival and the selection of artistes for singing during the Aradhana is an important task. […]

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02 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Replete with swaras

Arundhathi Krishnan has a strong voice and clear diction and significantly she has not succumbed to the speed bug. Her rendition also has azhutham and the brigas are applied at relevant places. She began with Dikshitar’s Hindola raga kriti ‘Saraswathi’ and sang swaras for the madhyamakala passage ‘Sabdharathaswaroopini.’ The Pantuvarali essay was decent followed by […]

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