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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01 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer award

The Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer memorial award, being presented annually by the Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust, this year, goes to mridanga vidwan Mannargudi Easwaran.   The award is in memory of Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, a musician non-pareil who carved a niche for himself in the world of Carnatic music. His son Maharajapuram Santhanam, followed in his […]

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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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02 January 2012 ~ 1 Comment

A brief history of star-spangled swaras and raga music

While everyone is aware of how Hindustani music became popular in the West, especially America, with maestros like Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s early overseas concert tours, how and when was Carnatic music an active part of the American culture? “It was Tanjore Viswanathan, the brother of Bharatanatyam legend Balasaraswati, who went […]

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12 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Great inspiration

Sangeetha Kalanidhi Trichy Sankaran inspired J.Vaidyanathan                I have always admired Sankaran Sir’s playing. Especially his accompaniment for kriti-s – he being a vocalist himself embellishes the compositions in such a way that the next time we listen to the kriti it would sound incomplete without his playing.   […]

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10 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Tiruvarur Girish Varali

Every now and then, at a concert, you sense that a musician has broken a barrier, that an irksome block between idea and expression has been removed, that creativity is available in a bottomless glass, and the music flows with great vivacity and freedom. This happened to Tiruvarur Girish yesterday at Laya Madhuraa when he hit Varali’s stirring ga in […]

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