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02 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

The genius of sound and silence

Centenary Celebrations: Palghat Mani Iyer’s phenomenal achievement and contribution to the “mridangam mind” and “mridangam sound” have influenced all master percussionists who have succeeded him. A tribute to the icon on the eve of his centenary celebrations… How do you begin to understand, fathom and then set out to describe the musical phenomenon that Palghat […]

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02 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

What Mani Iyer means to them…

T.N. Krishnan – I knew Palghat Mani Iyer from my earliest performing days, when I was only a child. Together, we accompanied all the legends of that time — Semmangudi, GNB, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, Madurai Mani Iyer, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar — and without exception, Mani Iyer enhanced every musician’s music. When he was on stage, […]

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30 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Mridangam maestro’s master craftsmen

Sitting in one corner of the first row of The Music Academy on the occasion of mridangam vidwan Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer’s birth centenary on Saturday was 72-year-old F. Selvam. He was among those who were honoured along with the disciples of Mani Iyer. His contribution: he was the mridangam-maker for the maestro. Selvam’s father […]

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21 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Memorial for a maestro

A memorial building constructed in the name of mridangam maestro Palakkad T.S. Mani Iyer, close to his ancestral house at Kalpathy Agraharam in Palakkad town by District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), will be inaugurated on January 26. District Collector and Chairman of DTPC, K.V. Mohankumar, said that the building being inaugurated in the centenary year […]

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21 January 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Words of wisdom from Semmangudi

(Semmangudi spoke to Gowri Ramnarayan a few years ago) Before the 1930s, musicians performed before small groups of 200 to 300 listeners. The microphone brought about a revolution. The singer did not have to develop a voice of full-throated resonance any more. Thousands could hear his murmurs and croons. But amplification has been at the […]

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19 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Awaiting a new Margazhi dawn

If Raja Raja Chola was ruling over the best part of south India today as he did in the 11th century, what would he do? My guess is he would pass a royal order to take the Margazhi music and dance festival to every nook and corner of South India… spread its wings like the […]

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