Tag: Carnatic Music
Who composed Srichakra Raja Simhasaneswari?
The song Srichakara Raja Simhasaneswari became really popular in the 1980s. That was when Maharajapuram Santhanam took to singing it in his concerts. He raised what was essentially a simple composition set in popular ragas to the level of a major piece by bringing his emotive stamp to it. That he sang Padmeswari as Bathmeswari…
When Carnatic Music is discriminated against
There are scores of people who say Carnatic Music is discriminatory but happens when the art is discriminated against? The Man from Madras Musings ponders.
KG Vijayakrishnan – a life in language and music
It was very saddening to know that my dear friend Dr KG Vijayakrishnan passed away last night. I first got to know him through Sanjay Subrahmanyan. The two of us were running sangeetham.com and sometime in 2007 or so, Sanjay sent me Vijayakrishnan’s book The Grammar of Carnatic Music. If I recall correctly, we reviewed…
The Kapali Temple Festival, in 1802
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Kapali temple is the way snippets of history keep coming up. Here is a description of the temple festival as seen in 1802!
Managing Carnatic Music, virtually
Managing #CarnaticMusic virtually is among the most painful of activities in my personal view but it is certainly better than no Carnatic Music #DecemberMusicSeason
Chennai, A Biography – my take on my city
Chennai, a biography, my book on the city and published by the Aleph Book Company is now on sale.
December Music Season – the great survivor
The December Music Season survives despite minuscule numbers chiefly because it has kept pace with changes over time
DK Pattammal – the voice of freedom #75thAnniversaryOfIndependence
DK Pattammal’s is one of the names that comes foremost to mind when we think of songs of freedom
MLV the Unstoppable
It was in the late 1990s and I was in Easwari Lending Library in Avvai Shanmugam Salai peering into some old Tamil magazines. Suddenly, my eye fell on a page with a photograph of ML Vasanthakumari in it. She being one of my favourite artistes, I dropped everything else and sat down on the floor…
Maharajapuram Santhanam – music on his terms
Maharajapuram Santhanam was a trailblazer in Carnatic Music. This article remembers him on his 29th death anniversary.
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