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Trichy Thayumanavar

SAVAL-JAVAB - A series of interviews with musicians and dancers Concertgoers during the 1930s and 1960s would have encountered “full-bench” Carnatic music concerts, which included violin, mridangam,...   Read More »


Sangita Kalanidhi Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna was a charismatic Carnatic vocalist of great popular appeal, with a career length that spanned seven decades. Debuting as a child prodigy in the 1940s, he was...   Read More »


Sathur A.G. Subramaniam was a well respected musician and teacher of his time. He was a musician’s musician. He was born in 1916 at Angarai in Tiruchirapalli, to Thailammal and Ganesa Sastrigal. In his early...   Read More »

R.K. SHRIRAMKUMAR - A class act

He is the preferred violin partner of many a senior Carnatic vocalist. A master of the art of accompaniment, he scrupulously restrains himself to faithfully follow the contours of the essays of the main...   Read More »

Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar with MS

I was overjoyed to receive the first prize in the wind instrument category at All India Radio, Chennai in 1982 from MS. The bhakti I had for her music led me to buy some of her audio cassettes of Annamacharya...   Read More »

Veena Sahsrabuddhe

The lilting Chandrakauns tarana in the Music Today cassette compilation Tarana – Flights of Melody was the first time I heard Veena Sahasrabuddhe. I was mesmerised and longed to attend her concerts....   Read More »


"MS and Sadasivam have come to attend the wedding," my aunt said, "why don’t you come and pay your respects to them?" I took a break from studying for my school exam and cycled to the S.G.S. Sabha wedding...   Read More »


Alathur Srinivasa Iyer and Alathur Sivasubramania Iyer The finest singing duo of the 20th century, in the field of Carnatic music, was the Alathur Brothers – formally Srinivasa Iyer and Sivasubramania...   Read More »

THE MS CENTURY - The MS soundscape

I have only seen MS twice. The first was at a concert at the Music Academy where she commenced the concert with Seetamma mayamma in Vasanta – a raga that was not the most favourite raga of the little boy...   Read More »

Mridangam maestro Mani was born on 11 September 1945 in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. His father T. Ramanatha Iyer, who hailed from Ganapati Agraharam near Kumbakonam, taught English and mathematics at the Sri...   Read More »

P.S. NARAYANASWAMY - A teacher in the grand tradition

Sangita Kala Acharya P.S. Narayanaswamy must be one of the most loved Carnatic music gurus living amongst us today. The recent concert festival in Chennai entitled PSN Parampara that featured 26 of his...   Read More »

M.S. Subbulakshmi

“Someone told me you are Kalki’s grandson?” It was a question proffered hesitantly. When I turned to look at the woman, all I saw was her kind yet piercing eyes. She was wearing a black purdah but the...   Read More »

S.A.K. Durga

Carnatic music has lost a luminary in the demise of Dr. S.A.K. Durga. Founder of the Centre for Ethnomusicology in Chennai, Durga encouraged studies in this area, leading the way as a researcher and...   Read More »

RAMA KAUSALYA - Transforming young lives through art

Dr. Rama Kausalya, set to receive the Musicologist Award from the Music Academy, Madras this season, is a musician, teacher, musicologist and propagator of culture and traditional values. A model of...   Read More »

Violinist R.K. Venkatarama Sastry was a venerable presence in M.S. Subbulakshmi’s house in the years he accompanied her on the violin. Always meticulously dressed in panchakacham, bordered angavastram, and...   Read More »


BM. Sundaram is hailed as a multilinguist, research scholar, musicologist, writer, composer and an eloquent speaker. On 27 March 2016, students of Vani Sangeetha Vidya Gurukulam where he teaches music,...   Read More »

Vasumathi Badrinathan

Born in a music-rich milieu, Vasumathi Badrinathan has been a performing Carnatic musician for over two decades. She has toured extensively in Europe, Asia Pacific and African countries and presented vocal...   Read More »

I was blessed to hear the music of MS right from my childhood from my mother, a good singer, who would sing all MS songs – the film songs of Meera, Sakuntala, Sevasadanam and Savitri as well as the classical...   Read More »

Guruvayur Durai

Guruvayur Dorai is among the more popular artists in the fraternity of musicians. Here is a sample of the admiration and affection some of his colleagues have for him. P.S. Narayanaswamy Dorai is my younger...   Read More »

THE MS CENTURY - MS and Tamil Isai

Tributes are being paid everywhere to the legendary Carnatic musician M.S. Subbulakshmi by innumerable organisations holding innumerable concerts with innumerable musicians old and young. So, though I was...   Read More »


It is not often that one comes across a classical musician who excels equally as a performer and as a teacher. Indeed, it is something of a rarity to find an individual adept at both, since these two roles...   Read More »

Lakshmi and Saraswati are in perfect unison in an enchanting oneness of sruti. The sruti box too blends well and Nada pervades. In this heavenly space springs a mesmerising experience, ecstatic and blissful...   Read More »

A russet haired woman in her sixties seated next to me exclaimed, “What a crowd!” She sounded happy. It was 10 o’clock on a hot week-day and the pandal of Parthasarathy Swami Sabha at Vidya Bharathi,...   Read More »


At the Rukmini Arangam at Kalakshetra one evening a couple of years ago to accompany vocalist Sikkil Gurucharan in a concert to launch the Sruti App, the veteran mridangam maestro reached the venue ahead of...   Read More »

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