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INTERVIEWS - Archive 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2017
Bharathanatyam is an inclusive art: Soundarya Santhanakrishnan
Soundarya Santhanakrishnan lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband and children. Soundarya, born in an art loving family, started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 4. She had her training under Smt. Saroja Rani of Sankara Natyalaya, one of the foremost Bharatanatyam teachers in Chennai. »
Carnatic music can only be understood through the experience of bliss within: Chong Chiu Sen
A Chinese (Hakka) born, Chong Chiu Sen (Sai Madhana Mohan Kumar) lives in Malaysia. He came to Chennai some summers ago to learn music but ended up learning Bharatha Nathyam instead under late Usha Srinivasan and Veena under late Kalpakam Swaminathan. »
Conceiving this idea from the actual Meghadootam was very interesting as well as very challenging. Shijith Nambiar
Meghadootham (The cloud messenger) found expressive articulation as a set of talented dancers and musicians took to stage at the famed Music Academy to present this classical work of Kalidasa. It was premiered at the Academy for two days. Oscar nominee Bombay Jayashri scored music for the work. Choreography and script adaptation were done by Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon. »
There is no short-cut to learn music, says Bombay T. R. Balamani
She has a deceptive frame. A few minutes of conversation with her, however, are enough to understand the resolute personality behind the frame. She grew up under the tutelage of illustrious musicians such as MusiriSubramania Iyer, T. Brinda, Tirupambaram Swaminatha Pillai, M.A.Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar and Devakottai Narayana Iyengar. »
Music Forum, a method to mould audience of the future: Dr. S. Sunder
A practicing doctor, a performing musician, and a television anchor, Dr. S. Sunder is a multi-faceted personality. His passion for music has seen him take up many initiatives to promote the cause of Carnatic music. »
The best music comes when "I don’t exist – Chandrika Tandon
After graduating from Madras Christian College, she moved to Ahamedabad to study MBA at the Indian Institute of Management. Since then, exciting job opportunities came her way. Her stint with Citicorp also saw her work in Beirut at the height of the country’s civil war in 1975. Thereafter, she joined consulting firm McKinsey. »
Destination music, an expedition for this Los Angles lad
From Los Angles, he has moved to California to study Computer Science at Stanford University. In the midst of his serious academic pursuit, he steals time to visit the capital of Carnatic music every December. While in Chennai, he spends quality time learning music and giving concerts. »
Carnatic music is beyond entertainment: Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam
She has a warm countenance. Her communication is smooth. As she delves deep into music, she speaks her heart out on many aspects of music, especially her research into the Kshetra Sangeetham and the positive vibes the series has triggered thus far. »
Nama Sankirthanam a big treasure for GenNext, says Sri Gopi Bhagavathar
In the modern age ( Kaliyug), kirtan bhakthi holds a supreme place, and it is the bestway to get the blessings of God and attain Mukthi. Nama Sankirthanam has great lessons and teachings to offer for young generation, according to Cuddalore Sri Gopi Bhagavathar, a veteran in the field and who is performing Sampradhaya Bhajan for more than two decades. »
Bharathanatyam is an important part of my life, says Michelle Sequeira
She lives in Belgium. But, that has not deterred her pursuing this traditional South Indian art from. Thanks to her guru Kalpana Raghuraman, who is based in the Netherlands, she is able to learn, practice and perform Bharathanatyam. »
Practice a must for good musician, say Bombay sisters
They are simple and humble. They come from Bombay (now Mumbai) and made Chennai their home for music sake. A recipient of the prestigious Sangeetha Kalanidhi title from the renowned Music Academy last year. »
New York made my life: Anil Srinivasan
He is a born musician. He loves to learn. And, he doesn’t hesitate to experiment. Above all, he is an enthusiastic collaborator. He has a secular view on music and pursues a classical approach to music. »
The arrival of young brigades
They are sincere, passionate and clear. They are the new stars on the horizon. They represent a welcome change. As a set of six young Carnatic vocalists open up their minds during a chat-session on the morning of December 12, 2011. »
Music makes you more sensitive, says Aruna Sairam
She is contemporary, traditional and dynamic, all rolled into one. She is a fascination for the young and old alike. She has the uncanny ability to adjust her singing to suit the assorted sensibilities of multi-mood rasikas. »
`Edutainer’ Madhuvanthi on mission mode
She comes from an illustrious background. An accomplished dancer, a singer and an actor, she wears assorted hats. Above all, she is an educationist. »
Namasankirtanam is best way to promote peace, says Udaiyalur Kalynaraman
Chennai is slowly warming up to host the annual classical dance and music festival- Isai Visha - soon. Like the annual musical extravaganza, the decade-old Namasankirtanam Festival, too, has become quite popular among bhajan-lovers and audience, cutting across age. »
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