14 May 2012 ~ 0 Comments

The aesthetics of Carnatic concert music

Although the word “aesthetic” may immediately evoke a fuzzy idea, most musical genres have a well-defined and well-orchestrated aesthetic that is readily understood by the initiated. For example, a rock concert is charged by an atmosphere of raw power, high volume, a deep rumbling bass and the wailing of intentionally distorted electric strings, not to […]

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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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25 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Technology takes over tradition

The entry of electronic tools has transformed the way classical arts have been taught, learnt and performed. The history of Indian classical music and dance spans a millennia and more. To date, the classical arts are revered by Indians as sources of spiritual experience, cultural expression and pristine entertainment. Till recently the system of teaching […]

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