Musicians should embrace innovation, make use of it: Indra Nooyi

She also honoured Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam, Sangita Kalanidhi Elect 2018 who will preside over the Music Academy’s Annual Conference this year and will be conferred the title on 1 January, 2019. Continue Reading

Music festival begins at Chennai Cultural Academy Trust

Academy president, Dr Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, chaired the function and presented awards to Rajini Hariharan (Sangeetha Kala Siromani), Radhika Shurajit (Nrithya Kala Siromani) and dramatist Delhi Ganesh (Nataka Kala Siromani). Continue Reading

Know your raga: Chakravaham – Emotionally rich

Ullathil Nalla Ullam from Karnan, composed by M S Viswanathan and T K Ramamurthy, and sung by Sirkazhi Govindarajan, melts our hearts. Ilayaraja has composed the famed Nee Paadhi Naan Paadhi from Keladi Kanmani, crooned by Uma Ramanan and Yesudas. Continue Reading

Vocalist Seetha Narayanan is flooded with awards & accolades

Seetha Narayanan is credited to have learnt bhajans of Tulsidas, Meera and Surdas under the guidance of gurus Chandrakant Apte and B Rama Murthy Rao, apart from travelling widely across the world staging concerts, lecture demos and providing training sessions to youngsters. Continue Reading

Know your raga: Suddhadhanyasi – Hi-five

It has all of five notes in it. A captivating and entertaining raga. The mood of this raga ranges from deeply devotional, softly soothing to intensely romantic (especially in film music), depending on how it is used. Continue Reading

Know your raga: Hindolam – Soulful swaras

It is known to be a raga that is generally beautiful and soothing to listen to. Being symmetrical in its ascending and descending scales, it lends itself very well to improvisation and is, therefore, popular at concerts. Continue Reading

Awards motive us, says Y Gee Mahendra

Y Gee Mahendra was conferred Vani Kala Sudhakara award at the inauguration of 39th Isai Iyal Nataka Vizha and 30th Bharatham Festival of Sri Thyaga Brahama Gana Sabha inaugurated in the sabha premises at T Nagar. Continue Reading