Carnatic Instrumentalism

When Mint Lounge’s new editor, Sanjukta Sharma, contacted me with the idea of doing a cover story on the Chennai December Season, I had no hesitation about what I wanted to write: instrumentalists. My previous columns on singers had produced so much ire from instrumentalists for writing “vocal centric columns,” that I thought it was…

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Kathak Maya Rao

I just loved attending this function. How Kathak breached the north-south divide At last week’s book release function of Maya Rao: A Lifetime In Choreography, held at the ITC Windsor, Bangalore, the stars were all in attendance. There was Vimala Rangachar, who headed the Crafts Council of Karnataka, in a rare shimmering Patola sari; Girish…

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Sitar Music

This piece touched me. What a life! What culture! What folly! Wish I had met Annapurna Devi– she carries the perfumes of an entire musical era with her. Annapurna Devi & Ravi Shankar: The tragedy of a relationship December 12, 2012 In August 2000, Ravi Shankar’s first wife, the reclusive surbahar virtuoso Annapurna Devi, gave…

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