The first Sabha of Madras

The Hindu, September 21, 2012 One of the earliest attempts to make the British appreciate Carnatic music was initiated by Gayan Samaj. STEEPED IN HISTORY:Pachaiyappa’s hall. Had the Madras Jubilee Gayan Samaj been around, it would have been 125 this year, though it began at least four years earlier under a different name. That certainly […]

Paper and Lecture Recital – 15th International Conference of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung Goettingen

Music | Musics. Structures and Processes 15th International Conference of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung Goettingen Paper and Lecture Recital by Ludwig Pesch & Manickam Yogeswaran Unity in diversity, antiquity in contemporary practice? A fresh look at South Indian music The music of South India or Carnatic music is an amalgam of regional traditions and practices and became increasingly codified in the […]

Paper and Lecture Recital at the International Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung

Music | Musics. Structures and Processes 15th International Conference of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung Goettingen Title of the presentation by Manickam Yogeswaran & Ludwig Pesch: “Unity in diversity, antiquity in contemporary practice? A fresh look at South Indian music” Read more >>

All craftsmen in Miraj are musicians – the wonderfully resonant Tanpura (Tambura)

Lakshmi Sreeram, The Hindu, July 19, 2012 Miraj is famous for tanpuras made by its craftsmen, who honed their skills by first becoming trained musicians. How did it ever strike someone to stick a piece of wood on a dried pumpkin, build this bridge and that and twist some strings on it, to make this wonderfully […]

Rajeswari Padmanabhan: Vainika, teacher, friend – a tribute in Sruti, A Monthly Magazine on Indian Performing Arts

By Dr. Pia Srinivasan Pia with her guru in 1969 I joined Kalakshetra in 1968 to learn Carnatic music. It was there that I met Rajeswari. It was a great event in my life as I came to realise more and more. Rajeswari, along with her music, is the central figure in my book titled Il raga […]

AT HOME with Master Musicians of Madras by Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy

Madras is one of the most musical cities in the world, where thousands of concerts of South Indian classical music every year. Most Madras musicians begin their training in the nurturing environment of the home. In this series, several top musicians are seen in family settings as they teach their children and students, discuss their […]

Indian music and the west – an account by Sangita Kalanidhi Trichy Sankaran

Mridangam maestro Trichy Sankaran – Photo: courtesy The Hindu The Hindu, 31 Dec. 2011 Tiruvarur to Texas, Carnatic musicians have transcended global cultures, echoing the seven notes to the West. Trichy Sankaran,to be honoured with the Sangita Kalanidhi today, summarises Carnatic music’s history in America in a chat with critic Veejay Sai While everyone is aware […]