Archive | Music Festivals

19 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Sumitra Vasudev Concert in Music academy

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15 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

In praise of Tygaraja

The 165th Aradhana Mahothsavam of Tyagaraja was celebrated by Sri Thyagabrahma Aradhana Committee, Kalpathy, for a week. The 89-year-old fete in Palakkad featured stalwarts and young talents who paid homage to the saint-composer by rendering his compositions. The Tyagaraja Aradhana at Kalpathy started in 1924, when the legendary Ramabhagavathar and Mridangam Subbayyar (guru of Palghat […]

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02 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Chennai’s Margazhi season, an attraction for visitors

At Hotel New Woodlands, Mylapore, a perpetual queue forms at the front door, often swelling or receding in tune with the concert schedule at the Music Academy nearby. The tables are crammed with every kind of music lover – from veteran sabha-hoppers armed with non-negotiable timetables to first-timers trading tales about canteens that make the […]

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22 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

At the pinnacle

Hyderabad Brothers reminisce about their journey so far, as they earn yet another laurel. They sing as a duo, yet they are poles apart. One is mild and mellow, the other is vibrant and candid. However on the stage, they merge their diverse personalities into a single entity and the output is just eloquence. It’s […]

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01 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Two memorable concerts

Two concerts in the senior slot stand out among those I have attended so far at the Music Academy this Season—Sangeetha Sivakumar’s vocal cutcheri and a veena duet by Padmavathy Ananthagopalan and Jayanthi Kumaresh. I remember being highly impressed by young Sangeetha at the start of her career, which included some very sensitive singing for the dance of Lakshmi Viswanathan. Since […]

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29 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Capturing the moods of Tyagaraja in short stories

There is an apocryphal story that Madurai Mani Iyer steadfastly refused to sing Tyagaraja’s Kalyani raga composition Nidhi chaala sukhama. The bard is said to have composed it after rejecting an offer from the Tanjavur king to become a court musician. “How can I sing that song when I am accepting money for my performances?” Mani […]

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