Kanniks Kannikeswaran

It is with love that we refer to Padma Bhushan MS Gopalakrishnan by the acronym MSG. It was in 1983 during my final year at IITM that I had the privilege of learning music from Padma Bhushan TV Gopalakrishnan - during that time I attended a concert...
 I sit leafing through  ‘The Best of Tamil Cinema 1931 – 2010’ published by Galatta Media and authored by G. Dhananjayan; it is a journey through eighty years of Tamil Cinema. It is a set of two books; the first one covers movies from 1931 through...
Shivaratri occurs once a month, the night before the new moon night; it is only the Shivaratri that occurs before the onset of the last month of the Hindu year, that is celebrated as MahaShivaratri or the Great Shivaratri. This festival is...
There is a certain magic about the music of Salil Chowdhury.  Something was markedly different about his melodies and his orchestration. The first time I heard the song ‘Jaane man’ in Chhoti si baat, I was struck at the difference. Here was...
The song ananda ragam from panneer pushpangal is anyone’s favorite. The year was 1981. I was in bed at home, lying down on the floor at about 9:30 at night, back in India, tuned to vividh bharati all lights off, waiting for the commercial broadcast...
I cant help comparing the unprecedented reach of kolaveri in 2011 with the success of Illaiyaraja’s machana...
This week’s article commemorates the historic occasion of the revival of the ‘thertiruvizha’ at the...
Lyrics and their translation(Viewer answer's sought!)Context is what defines anything. Songs in one setting may not...
The idea of ‘arranged music’ came to India along with films. After all, films had to have a ...
The unexpected demise of a person brings a moment of sadness. Especially if the person’s voice was a part of...
Those of us who have had the fortune of studying tamil grammar know what irattaikkiLavi means. It is pronounced ...
The Saturday after Good Friday, I logged on to ekucheri.org at about 9AM and tuned into their live broadcast of the...