Know your instruments: Violin – Bowing to strings

Violin, the western musical instrument, was adopted into Carnatic music a few centuries back. Since then, violin has been inspiring music lovers with its diversified style and romantic tone. Continue Reading

Thiruvarur Bhaktavatchalam crosses 50 years milestone

Here is mridanga vidwan Thiruvarur Bhaktavatchalam who begun to play the instrument at a very young age and crossed the milestone of fifty years. He will be conferred with Maharajapuram Viswanathan Iyer Memorial Golden Jubilee award for Pakkavadiyam on 3 January. Continue Reading

Know your instruments: Nadaswaram – Divine, graceful

Nadaswaram is considered to be very auspicious, and it is a key musical instrument played in almost all Hindu weddings and temples of south India. It is part of the family of instruments known as a Mangala Vadyam. Continue Reading

Know your raga: Simhendramadhyamam – Meditative melody

This raga has a universal appeal of music. It is widely used in cinema and classical music. Krithis set in this raga are sung in almost all concerts. Continue Reading

Know your raga: Amritavarshini–Showers rain

Amritavarshini ushers showers rain when sung. It is a janya raga as it does not have all the seven swaras. It is said that the Carnatic composer Muthuswami Dikshitar brought rain at Ettayapuram by singing his composition Aanandaamrutakarshini Amrutavarshini. It has many compositions in both classical and film music. Continue Reading

Hamsadhwani’s sangita-Natya Utsav begins in Chennai

Marghazhi is the festival to promote talents in music. However there is a large NRI contingent who more often do not get a platform to display their potential. Continue Reading