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INTERVIEWS - Archive 2010
Don’t compromise on classicism, O.S. Thyagarajan advises artistes
People get the Government they deserve, so goes an adage. According to this traditionalist-vocalist, something akin is happening in the world of Carnatic music. »
Expose common man to classical dance: Padma Subrahmanyam
Bharatnatyam exponent Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam was at her articulate best, as she fielded a range of questions with aplomb at a coffee chat organized by Deccan Chronicle at the Rasam Restaurant here on the breezy morning of December 28, 2010. »
There is music beyond concert platforms, says Veena E. Gayathri
For E. Gayathri, Veena is a `Rahasya Vidya’ and is equal to Sri Vidya Upasana. Veena is also a form of meditation for her. From a spiritual perspective, Veena gives sublime bliss to her. For Gayathri, this is a choice instrument. »
An artiste’s job is to resurrect interest in classicism, feels Carnatic vocalist Prasanna Venkatraman
In a free-wheeling chat, he said Carnatic music "should sound good and appeal to a sensitive person." He was convinced that "classicism has a space and will have ears" even in this modern fast-paced life. »
G.S. Mani wants Government to help take Carnatic music to masses
A big push from the Government is a must for taking Carnatic music to masses, declares senior vocalist G. S. Mani. »
Strive to ensure that the total effect of music is good, Bombay sisters tell

Senior Carnatic vocalists Bombay sisters C. Saroja and C. Lalitha have asserted that "we have no desire to sing separately’’. »
We want to make YACM a national movement, says its chief Rithvik Raja
The Youth Association for Classical Music (YACM) is an organisation dedicated to the cause of Carnatic music. It is run by a group of youngsters to provide a place for the promising young artistes who seek an appropriate platform to showcase their talents. »
Mridangam has made me look inward, says Mannarkoil J. Balaji
A post-graduate degree in English literature, a post-graduate diploma in journalism, a diploma in computer applications and a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB), he has a rich academic experience. Mannarkoil J. Balaji is a well-known face in the Carnatic music world. »
Sanjay, the influencing factor on Sandeep Narayan
The Alliance Française of Madras is hosting a Carnatic music concert here on July 16. The concert will be given by Sandeep Naraya. »
Music is a continuous process of learning, says K.J. Yesudas
When he looks back, he realizes the thorns that have littered his way to a life journey. He remembers every little help that has come his way from very many quarters. A father's student, Padma Bhushan K.J.Yesudas is happy that God has blessed him with the music knowledge. »
Every dancer should be a good soloist, feels Priyadarsini Govind
Solo dancing is the best form of dancing, according to Bharathanayam exponent Priyadarsini Govind. Asserting this during a lively interaction with the readers of Deccan Chronicle at Rasam Restaurant here on January 8, she said no other form could replace solo dancing in terms of establishing a direct communication with the audience. »
Music has to be approached with modesty, feel violinists
Vijayalakshmi & Krishnan

They are born into an illustrious family. They have imbibed a great tradition. They live by the shadow of this violin maestro. Not surprisingly, this sister-brother duo has a twin- responsibility of protecting the name and reputation of their guru-cum-father Lalgudi Shri G. Jayaraman. »
Dance is my bread and butter, says Vijay Madhavan
He has been cast in several of his guru’s thematic productions. The winner of Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari Endowment Award, he has also landed titles such as Yuva Kala Bharathi and Nrutya Kala Bharathi. »
Understand the science of music to make it a beautiful art: Sowmya
This one has helped her to be a `holistic’ person. Not just that. Learning this art form has elevated her culturally and spiritually. Lakshmi Parthasarathy says she has a natural aptitude for Bharathanatyam. »
I want to touch the inner core of the audience, says dancer
Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya

This one has helped her to be a `holistic’ person. Not just that. Learning this art form has elevated her culturally and spiritually. Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya says she has a natural aptitude for Bharathanatyam. »
Future of voice science in India will depend on our collective ability to make it a subject of common enquiry, feels voice guru Ananth Vaidyanathan
He was born in Jamshedpur in 1957 to doctor parents passionately interested in Carnatic music. His father, a very good untrained singer, taught him his first songs. »
Avoid easy route to concert stage, violinist Embar Kannan tells youngsters
He has come the hard way. He has, however, no regrets. A leading violinist, Embar Kannan is happy playing the accompanist’s role to perfection. »
Bharathanatyam has awakened me, says Nithya Nagarajan
When she is happy, it helps her to celebrate. When she is sad, it helps her to move on. When she is angry, it comforts her. When she is excited, it helps her to rejoice. »
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