Why Carnatic Music Matters More Than Ever

by Ludwig Pesch For this musicologist and author, there are good reasons to believe that Carnatic music matters, perhaps more than ever and almost anywhere in the world. So why not perform and teach it in the service of better education for all, for ecological awareness or in order to promote mutual respect in spite […]

Tip | Nagasvaram Festival recital by Karukuruchi P Arunachalam: High pitch with rarely heard “ottu” drone

Karukuruchi P Arunachalam- Adivel Festival Concert circa 1961 Published on Feb 4, 2015 Karukuruchi P Arunachalam- Adivel Festival Concert circa 1961 Gnanavinayakane-Gambeera Nattai Sadinchane-Arabhi Sarasaksha-Panthuvarali Vel Festival organized by Sammangod Sri Kathir Velautha Swami Temple and Manicavinayagak Temple. More tips Find more information on the above musicians, instruments and compositions here: Custom search – press and […]

Appreciating the beauty and importance of the nagasvaram: “Carnatic music grew because of the nagaswaram” – S. Rajam

The Hindu, December 27, 2013 | Read the full article with photos here >> TRIBUTE To the genius T.N. Rajarathinam Pillai, whose nagaswaram melodies are timeless. RUPA GOPAL In this part, I quote from my recording with S. RAJAM on TNR, done in early 2007. Excerpts: “Carnatic music grew because of the nagaswaram. Our art originated in […]

The idea of singing birds: A tribute to a vital artistic tradition – Book Review

M.S. Subbulakshmi (1916-2004) in concert, accompanied by the tanpura A Southern music: The Karnatik story By T.M. Krishna, HarperCollins, Rs 699 | Read the full review here >> If a successful and busy Karnatic singer takes time off in order to write reflections on South Indian or “Karnatic” music, the book release function is bound […]

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 […]

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 […]