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Margazhi Season 2012-2013
Guhan Venkataraman, a string to the future By Uma Karthikeyan
Guhan Venkataraman, a sixteen-year-old teenager and a 12th grade student from California, gave a mesmerizing Veena recital for Krishna Gana Sabha on December 29, 2012. »
Akademi awards for Priyadarsini Govind, N. Rajam, Vinayakram
The General Council of Sangeet Natak Akademi, the national academy of music, dance and drama, has chosen three eminent personalities in the field of performing arts - N. Rajam, T.H. Vinayakram and Ratan Thiyam - as Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellows (Akademi Ratna). »
An inspirational artiste By Sudha Jagannathan
An inspiration to young and old, Sanjay Subrahmanyan draws respect from learned critics. Giving a concert for Narada Gana Sabha on 20 Dec, he held a complete sway over the capacity audience. »
Sriranjani does a proud job By Ve Ve Prabhu
The audience at Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium was waiting to hear the daughter of vidwan Neyveli Santhanagopalan sing. And, Sriranjani delivered it well. »
Where two is one ... By Uma Karthikeyan
Veena is an instrument, which is always very melodious and heavenly to listen to. A combination of two veenas is a much more enriching experience. »
A fulfilling concert By Padmini Sharathkumar
Her concerts always leave you with a sense of fulfillment - 'Paripurna Trupthi". This concert was yet another gem from this supremely talented, and consistent musician. »
Grace, thy name is Priyadarsini Govind By Sudha Jagannathan
She was classy and elegant. Priyadarsini Govind was at her graceful best, as she gave a dance recital for Krishna Gana Sabha on December 24, 2012. »
A traditionalists’ delight By Sudha Jagannathan
Priya sisters, Haripriya and Shanmukhapriya, gave an enchanting recital for Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha Dec 23, 2012. They were focused, and went about their concert in a devoted manner. »
Articulating musical depth By Sudha Jagannathan
She is a talented artiste. She has rich knowledge in music. She has the ability to articulate her creativity in depth. Sowmya was fabulous, as she chose Chakravaham for an elaborate alap. »
Bombay Jayashri, music & mind By Sudha Jagannathan
It was traditional and classy. It was marked by grace and grandeur. Bombay Jayashri provided a soulful experience as she gave a concert for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on the evening of Dec 21, 2012. »
A deserving artiste By Sudha Jagannathan
Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam is endowed with a melodious voice. And, her music is rich. She was arresting, as she made an elaborate alapana in Kalyani. »
Seshagopalan does justice to brand TNS By Sudha Jagannathan
It is not enough if you are a top artiste. You should know the art of concert management. This skill was on display in full measure as T.N. Seshagopalan gave a concert for Narada Gana Sabha on Dec. 15. »
Aruna Sairam, a listeners’ artiste By Sudha Jagannathan
Aruna Sairam is a multi-faceted artiste with an enormous repertoire of traditional Carnatic compositions. Not just that. She goes further to make even lay audience listen to her concert with simple and catchy presentation of songs such as “Madu Meykkum Kanna”. »
When tradition rules ... By Sudha Jagannathan
There was method in his unhurried approach. And, the effect was sobering. Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan, on this chilly Margazhi evening, began the concert with a Navaragamalika varnam "Valachi Valachi". »
Sublime, the middle name of Ranjani & Gayatri By Sudha Jagannathan
Sisters Ranjani and Gayatri are always fascinating to listen to. There is method in their manners, and way in keeping a measure of the audience. »
When the young veteran takes centrestage … By K.T.Jagannathan
Young calf knows no fear, they say. Abhishek Raghuram was unbridled, as he sang with gusto for nearly three hours for Brahma Gana Sabha on the evening of December 6. »
Darbar Picture
Even as December has entered its second week, music season 2012 has started to gain momentum. Brahma Gana Sabha has proved a warm-up platform for many artistes. It has already seen some top-notch recitals by leading artistes. »
An enticing recital by Priya sisters By Ve Ve Prabhu
My kutcheri season this year started on a somewhat unwilling note. I had official work to complete, and I was very keen to finish it. My wife, however, had this concert in mind. »
Revealing the class By Sudha Jagannathan
On many an occasion, her rendering and style resembled her guru and grandmother late D.K. Pattammal (DKP). Nithyashree seemed to enjoy every bit of her singing on the evening of Dec 9. »
Natya Kala Acharya for Sudharani Raghupathy
The Dance Festival 2013 of The Music Academy will commence here on January 3. It will continue till Jan 9. The dance festival will be inaugurated by Ms. Jennifer A. McIntyre, Consul-General, Consulte General of the U.S. Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy will receive the `Natya Kala Acharya' award. »
Mannargudi Eswaran to get Valayapatti award
The annual Valayapatti Kaashyap Naadhalaya Festival will begin here on December 15, and continue up to December 21. »
Prithvi Harish impresses at Sunday Kutcheri at Park
Even as the annual music is under way here in Chennai, 13-year-old Prithvi Harish, a student of Chettinad Vidyashram, got an opportunity to be a part of the season. »
Mudhra Award for P. S. Narayanaswamy
The 18th Fine Arts Festival of Mudhra will get under way here on December 7 at the Infosys Hall, Ramakrishna Mission School Campus in T. Nagar. »
Sri Parthasarathy Sabha & Carnatica host global fest at 2 venues
Sri Parthasarathy Sabha, among the oldest institutions in this part of the country, has been conducting music and dance festivals on its own at multiple venues for very many seasons now. »
Life-time Achievement Award for T.N. Seshagopalan
Senior vocalist T.N. Seshagopalan will be honoured with Life-time Achievement Award by Chennai Cultural Academy Trust. The award will be given to him on Dec 6. »
P. Unnikrishnan to get Sangetha Kalasarathy title
The 112th annual music festival of Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha will get under way here on December 15. His Holiness Sri Tridandi Sriman Narayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeer Swamingal will inagurate the festival and confer the titlte `Sangeetha Kalasarathy' on vocalist P.Unnikrishnan. »
Bombay Jayashri to get `Vani Kala Sudhakara' title
The 33rd Isai Iyal Nataka Vizha and the 24th Bharatham Festival 2013 of Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha will kick-start at Vani Mahal here on December 9. »
Mylapore Fine Arts to honour T.V. Gopalakrishnan & Shobana
The Mylapore Fine Arts Club has decided to honour senior artiste Dr. T.V. Gopalakrishnan with the title `Sangeetha Kala Nipuna'. »
Anil Srinivasan, Sudha Raja team up to take December season to schools
For the first-time ever, the December music season here will witness “Children’s Musical Rhapsody”. The objective is to help young ones understand and appreciate classical music. »
Brahma Gana Sabha honours T.N. Seshagopalan & Alarmel Valli
The annual art festival of Brahma Gana Sabha commenced here on December 3. Mr. R. Natraj, IPS, inaugurated the festival, and conferred the title `Gaana Padhmam' on senior vocalist Madurai T. N. Seshagopalan. »
Sruthi Laya Kendra to honour T.V. Sankaranarayanan
Sruthi Laya Kendra will honour veteran musician T.V. Sankaranarayanan with `Sri Gowri Manohari' award here on December 8. »
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. »
When the Prince charms with music … By Sudha Jagannathan
Prince Rama Varma gave a delightful recital for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, on the evening of November 27, 2012. He brought the finer aspects of Shanmukhapriya raga with his dedicated rendering of Dikshitar’s “Siddhivinayakam Anisham”. »
Where music starts before December arrives ...
If winter comes, can spring be far behind. So goes an adage. In this city, however, music starts even before December arrives! »