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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03 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

The purpose of Ramavataram

The mark of a genius is his gift to sublimate the source of his inspiration with his introspective experience. In this aspect every song of Sri Tyagaraja is Valmiki reinterpreted for us. Among the many analytical approaches to Valmiki, the one that is pronounced is, the Ramayana Kavya, by the rishis and for the rishis. […]

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25 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

The heir

Violinist Ambi Subramaniam inherits a rich musical legacy that has wowed the world. The youngster says that he plans to be a soloist. Ambi Subramaniam’s ability to tune in to the seemingly different spaces he inhabits is quite amazing. The youngest son of violin maestro L. Subramaniam, Ambi won himself a number of fans as […]

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25 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Harmony in diversity

When the strains of the veena met up with Dutch Jazz, the resultant fusion was mesmerising. Fusion music, especially by virtuoso musicians teaming up from the East and West can be an electrifying experience. So when Holland’s famous Dutch jazz ensemble Spinifex teamed up with veena exponent Suma Sudhindra at the Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, […]

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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

In complete harmony

Years of concert experience bestows certain musicians with special skills that they utilise to make their presentation with maturity and elegance. Without much ado, they are able to establish a quick rapport with the audience the moment they begin their recital. The harmony among the accompanying artists too, enhances the overall effect of the kutcheri. […]

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