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 papers. Two chance conversations started this. In both cases, the two music lovers were gushing…

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Why we dance?

I have become interested in dancing recently, perhaps because I have been doing it. This November 17th is Pournami or full moon day. Planning a folk dance in my building similar to what is described below. HOME» LEISURE» THE GOOD LIFE Add a new ingredient to festivities: dance Group dances involve community; they involve meeting…

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Chennai’s Punjabi Envy and Puns

The best part of this piece was the punny-funny response I got from a friend in Chennai, which I have appended below after taking out all identifying characters. He first sent a handwritten note on the computer, complimenting the piece. To which I replied. Thanks. Love, love, love (and am quite jealous of) your handwritten…

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Chennai (again)

Sat, Apr 13 2013. 12 08 AM IST Chennai’s love for cheesy ‘compliments’ From the Great Chennai Paradox to the American ‘throw ins’—why this love for useless freebies? Chennai shoppers buy a lot of gold, but a freebie makes them smile. Photo: McKay Savage/Wikimedia Commons The lady wants a “compliment”. Nay, she insists on it.…

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Cupcakes in Chennai

  Customized cupcakes and south Indian tiffins The old and the new coexist in Chennai today in a way that warms the cockles of its erstwhile inhabitants. Madrasis have turned cosmopolitan but still retain their mordant wit The Good Life | Shoba Narayan Share on facebookShare on twitter In the early 1980s, if you said…

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Transgenders

Enjoyed writing this piece.  Thanks to the Mad Men of Chennai who helped me with this: Venkat, Sunil, Ranvir.  Mucho Gracias! A space for gender-bending realities Most sexual minorities yearn for normalcy. Talk to them and they all wish for a family The Good Life | Shoba Narayan Posted: Thu, Aug 23 2012. 9:50 PM…

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Music and Art

Columns Posted: Fri, Mar 30 2012. 9:17 PM IST Tuning in to change ‘You have to hold your audience through your ability to elaborate on what you are thinking and playing’ The Good Life | Shoba Narayan  Artist Sudarshan Shetty and I are sitting on the steps of the Pushya Mahal ghat in Thiruvaiyaru town and chatting.…

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Bharatanatyam

Columns Posted: Fri, Dec 30 2011. 9:58 PM IST Chennai’s muse: the Bharatanatyam diva Tradition still holds sway over this coastal city that is now home to scorching Thai food and trendy tapas bars The Good Life | Shoba Narayan  I am going to let you in on a little secret. I don’t know if it…

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Chennai Art and culture

For The National Travel pages here and pasted below Chennai is at the art of the matter Shoba Narayan Jan 22, 2011 next previous   Why Chennai? To get a taste of south Indian culture; because this city of 7.6 million people, on India’s Coromandel coast has preserved its essential character more so than cosmopolitan Bangalore…

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