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Guru Purnima Arghya To Vidwan Palakkad KS Narayanawamy

My guru prioritised quality over quantity, consistency over competition and was vociferously against music contests and associated nepotism

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Shankar Mahadevan: Promote Indian music instead of western in schools

Shankar Mahadevan was born in Chembur, Mumbai in a Tamil Iyer family; he learned Hindustani classical and Carnatic music as a child, and began playing the veena at the age of five

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Genghis Khan Of Carnatic Music

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t is said that when Albert Einstein heard a 7-year-old Yehudi Menuhin’s virtuoso performance on the violin, he shook his head with disbelief, and said, “I now believe that there is a God”. If there was one musician in India who similarly made us doubt whether such a convergence of musical prowess is at all […]

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Should Music Be Popular Or Esoteric?

The other day when we were rehearsing for a concert, the lead vocalist said that she had chosen songs that were mostly janaranjakam (popular). Knowing the fact that only popular items drew decent numbers, without giving much exercise to our grey matter, we co-artistes nodded in agreement to drift along. Since we had performed most […]

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Natakapriya: Raga Celebrating Krishna

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the name suggests, Natakapriya can be a confounding rāga for a novice. It is the 10th Mēḷakarta rāga in the Mēḷakarta system in Carnatic music expounded by Venkatamakhin, which consists of a total of 72 rāgas. The swaras used in this rāga are: SA, (r1) shuddha rishabham, (g2) sadharana gandharam, (m1) shuddha madhyamam, PA, […]