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Carnatic Music

Carnatic Music Maestro Avasarala Lauded By Congress In US

Aug 10, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Wishing to honour the life and talent of Avasarala Kanyakumari Kanyakumari, a revered master violinist, composer, and teacher in the Indian Carnatic musical tradition, the Indian American lawmaker said the Indian government recognised her talent and contributions to Indian music and culture with the Padma Shri Award in 2015.

Days After Testing Covid Positive, Sitar Maestro Pandit Debu Chaudhuri Succumbs To Heart Attack

May 01, 2021 Outlook Web Bureau

Pandit Debu Chaudhuri had been awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri. He was also a teacher and writer, who penned six books.

Baz Luhrmann's Biopic On Elvis Presley Will Now Release In June 2022

The film, which was earlier scheduled to open on November 5 this year, will now release in theatres on June 3, 2022, says report

Healing Mind, Body And Spirit With Indian Classical Music

Dec 16, 2020 Nithya Rajendran

The alignment of the raagas with the time of day and its association with emotions or rasas, Indian classical music sets the stage for spiritual and physical healing

Violin Maestro TN Krishnan Passes Away, Tributes Pour In

T N Krishnan died in Chennai at the age of 92 due to health issues

25 September, 2020

S.P. Balasubrahmanyam - The Unassuming Singing Genius

G.C. Shekhar

The haunting melodies, delectable duets, energetic dance numbers and the resounding philosophical songs of one of India’s most loved singers will keep resonating forever.

18 November, 2018

TM Krishna Hails Concert In Delhi As 'Celebration Of Democracy'

Outlook Web Bureau

The significance of the performance is, people came together to say it's a country of voices where people who disagree are welcome to protest and express disagreement, says TM Krishna.

10 August, 2018

Carnatic Singers Threatened For Singing Christian Songs

G.C. Shekhar

The threats and vile comments against four Carnatic singers have prompted noted musician T.M. Krishna to announce that he would be releasing one Carnatic song every month on Jesus or Allah.

19 February, 2018

Violinist M.S. Anantharaman No More: The Man Who Looked A Thoroughly Satisfied Soul With Or Without The Instrument

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Indian classical music lost one of its greatest exponents when Carnatic-Hindustani violinist M.S. Anantharaman died today. A look at the instrumentalist’s lineage, contributions and progeny.

03 January, 2018

A Voice That Suffered At Prime, A Dance That Never Bloomed On Stage

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Classical vocalist Radha Viswanathan is no more. A look at the life of the dancer-turned-musician groomed under her step-mother M.S. Subbulakshmi, a Carnatic icon. Also a peek at Bharatanatyam dancer K.J. Sarasa who died on a January 2.

26 December, 2017

How The Sparkle In The Vocal Finds Transmission Over Generations

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Late Carnatic vocalist Neyyattinkara Vasudevan was born on a Christmas Day in pre-Independence India. His vocals had a distinct influence of his master Ramnad Krishnan. An upstream look at the shishya-guru:


26 December, 2017

Watch: When Jingle Bells Met Qawwali And Carnatic Music On Christmas, It Was Rhythm Divine

Outlook Web Bureau

'Jingle Bells' met with a fusion of alaaps and sangams, when a group of Hindustani music artistes juxtaposed it with the classical Hindustani Qawwali on the occasion of Christmas.

20 December, 2017

The Parsi Woman On Sarod And Tamil Vocalist In Carnatic

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Three years ago on this day, Hindustani classical lost a pioneering sarodiya, while December 20 is the birthday of a veteran Carnatic vocalist. A look at the lives of Zarin Sharma-Daruwala and Suguna Varadachari:

14 December, 2017

Reverse Carnatic Currents: From Lankan Tamils To South India

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

A young nadaswaram maestro from Sri Lanka regales Kerala audiences on the eve of the anniversary of a legend of the wind instrument. Viewing Jaffna’s P.S. Balamurugan alongside 20th-century giant Rajarathinam Pillai

15 November, 2017

‘English Notes’ That Pepped Up Patriotism Then And Is Great Fun Today

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Today is Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagavatar Day. A look at the 20th-century Carnatic titan’s ‘English Notes’ in a week that also marked the birth anniversaries of two Western classical composers:

11 November, 2017

How Does It Sound When Hindustani Vocalists Try A Bit Of Carnatic?

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Today is the 145th birth anniversary of Abdul Karim Khan, the founder of Kirana gharana. The ustad had his Deccan trysts that familiarised him with southern music. A sample of Carnatic renditions by three khayal masters:

06 November, 2017

What Flaw Kept Disturbing This Flautist Genius While Delivering An Intensely Cerebral Stretch?

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

If eccentricity was one trait of Flute Mali, then the audiovisuals of a 1985 concert best exemplify it. A look at the unconventional stage conduct of late Carnatic instrumentalist T.R. Mahalingam on his 91st birthday


14 October, 2017

Two Early Starters Who Continue To Add Shine To Indian Music

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Shahid Parvez and Shashank Subramanyam started as child prodigies. Today is the birthday of both the Hindustani sitarist and Carnatic flautist, who have themselves collaborated on the stage.

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

PTI Photo

Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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