Category Archives: Music

Indian, Carnatic, Jazz, Kolaveri

Reinventing Carnatic Music

For those who want to delve deeper, here are some books and papers that I read. The delight of research is discovery. You sift through reams of stuff and come upon some gems that make your hair stand on edge. … Continue reading

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Evolution of Music 3

LOUNGE FIRST PUBLISHED: SAT, MAR 22 2014. 12 08 AM ISTHOME» LEISURE» THE GOOD LIFE Carnatic music: what’s the way ahead? Can dramatic changes of the sort that happened in Western classical music in the 18th century happen in today’s … Continue reading

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Evolution of music 2

Carnatic music: on the cusp of change Madras, some would say, is not just a place. It is a pace that begins with the milkman at 4am. As cities go, it is like any other. It is a mindset and … Continue reading

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Evolution of 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

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Music– classical and film.

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

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Carnatic Music vs. Harry Potter

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

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Song from the navel

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

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Dhoom 3

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

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Chennai Music Season

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

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Gita Govindam

Amazing love-poem by Jayadeva. One of the finest Sanskrit works. I am studying this.

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