Category Archives: Music
My friend, Chitra Srikrishna and I are doing a music event together on March 14th. Details here. A happy result is that I am reading a lot about Carnatic music. Ranging from Pantula Rama’s book to Sangita Ratnakara to white … Continue reading
I am very excited about this program. My friend, Chitra and I are doing this together. I met Chitra because of my columns in Mint. She was a reader who became a friend. She is an amazing singer. So we … Continue reading
Great archival photos of two music greats accompanying this piece. Carnatic music versus Harry Potter How do you teach Carnatic music to a child whose idea of ‘bhakti’ is watching Harry Potter reruns ad nauseam? Shoba Narayan When Bhimsen Joshi … Continue reading
One of the tough things about writing is that the piece that you think is great will not resonate with readers and the piece that you think is so-so will elicit unusual responses. FIRST PUBLISHED: SAT, JAN 11 2014. 12 … Continue reading
First of all, click on this link in a separate tab as you read this. This is a song from the new movie, Dhoom 3, which as a “masala movie,” lover whose tastes in movies runs to Die Hard series, … Continue reading
Chuffed that Ranjani Gayathri posted this piece in they Facebook page (Ra-Ga). Nice acronym. Sat, Dec 07 2013. 12 09 AM IST The Chennai music season decoded A primer to Chennai’s music and dance festival Shoba Narayan Ranjani and Gayathri … Continue reading
Amazing love-poem by Jayadeva. One of the finest Sanskrit works. I am studying this.
I heard this song first in NYC at my daughter’s school, Abraham Lincoln, opposite Mayor Bloomberg’s house. I explain it at the end of the song.
This song was taught to me by Kavita Arudra. I have been playing around with Garageband and Soundcloud. Recorded this using Garageband. It is in the Raag Sohini (Hamsanandhi in Carnatic).