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I just got back from China a couple of days back after attending the Sixth World Choir Games at Shaoxing near Shanghai.The World Choir Games are to choral music what the Olympics are to sports. Choral music is not very big in India; one does see...
There is a tendency to refer to film music as ‘light music’ or even to refer to concerts of film music as ‘light music concerts’ or even to refer to groups that perform them as ‘light music troupes’. Is film music ‘light’ on the ears? It all...
Like many others, I engaged in some sabha hopping this season. On Sunday the 18th, I decided to go attend two concerts by disciples of Dr. Sunder, a  friend of mine. The first was a flute concert by ShrutiSagar a young flautist at the Indian Fine...
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...
We were on a road trip last week and my Android was constantly notifying me of messages regarding Kolaveri; Our constant movement prevented me from looking into what kolaveri was until my good friend Hareesh played it for me at his residence in...
I cant help comparing the unprecedented reach of kolaveri in 2011 with the success of Illaiyaraja’s machana paattingala in 1776 and Rahman’s china china aasai in 1991 – the three events are spaced at gaps of 15 and 20 years. '3' "Why This Kolaivery" Video Song I remember machaana paattingala in 1977 to be the rage of Madras; booming in all patti thottis as I used to walk the streets of George Town towards my school (St. Gabriel’s High School) .Machana paattingala...
I cant help comparing the unprecedented reach of kolaveri in 2011 with the success of Illaiyaraja’s machana paattingala in 1776 and Rahman’s china china aasai in 1991 – the three...
This week’s article commemorates the historic occasion of the revival of the ‘thertiruvizha’ at the TiruvidaimarudurMahalingesvara temple near Kumbhakonam after a gap of nearly three fourth of a century. (www.templenet.com/Articles/revival.html ). The ther-tiruvizha in Tiruvidaimarudur has always been grand, what with an 89 feet high ratham pulled by about 5000 people! This year’s revival comes after a major renovation project. (See Templenet article at .(www.templenet...
This week’s article commemorates the historic occasion of the revival of the ‘thertiruvizha’ at the TiruvidaimarudurMahalingesvara temple near Kumbhakonam after a gap of nearly...
Lyrics and their translation(Viewer answer's sought!)Context is what defines anything. Songs in one setting may not make sense in another. Similarly a train of thought, an idea may be relevant to a particular culture and may make sense only in its native language and translations could be totally meaningless.Consider for example the English translation of some of these lyrics.'tanga changili minnum paingili tane konjiyado'"Did the parrot shimmering with a golden chain fondle itself' ?It...
Lyrics and their translation(Viewer answer's sought!)Context is what defines anything. Songs in one setting may not make sense in another. Similarly a train of thought, an idea may be relevant...
The idea of ‘arranged music’ came to India along with films. After all, films had to have a  background score; and grander the movie, grander the score.One marvels the singers of the yesteryears, who could sing ‘live’ along with the entire orchestra and get the entire song recorded in a ‘straight take’, after a few rehearsals. The caliber of the accompanying instrumentalists also had to be pretty high.Then came track recording where the music was...
The idea of ‘arranged music’ came to India along with films. After all, films had to have a  background score; and grander the movie, grander the score.One marvels the singers of...
The unexpected demise of a person brings a moment of sadness. Especially if the person’s voice was a part of your youth. I am listening to ‘nee illaadapodhuyengumnenjamsolladakadainooru’ from the film illamaikkolam of 1980 while trying to absorb the news of Malaysia Vasudevan’s passing. Check Out : Best of Malaysia VasudevanMalaysia Vasudevan’s voice had a special appeal. Whether it was the peppy ‘aattukkuttimuttaiyittu’ in padinaaruvayadinile or...
The unexpected demise of a person brings a moment of sadness. Especially if the person’s voice was a part of your youth. I am listening to ‘nee...
Those of us who have had the fortune of studying tamil grammar know what irattaikkiLavi means. It is pronounced 'rettaikkiLavi' and is written as 'irattaikkiLavi' .A rettaikkilavi always has an even number of syllables and can be evenly split into two identical words. The catch is that these two words by themselves have no meaning.'gamagama' for instance refers to 'aroma'; the words 'Gama' and 'Gama' do not mean anything; however the phrase 'Gamagama' refers to a nice aroma!Similarly ...
Those of us who have had the fortune of studying tamil grammar know what irattaikkiLavi means. It is pronounced 'rettaikkiLavi' and is written as 'irattaikkiLavi' .A rettaikkilavi always has an...
The Saturday after Good Friday, I logged on to ekucheri.org at about 9AM and tuned into their live broadcast of the congregational performance of Tyagaraja’s pancharatna kritis at Cleveland.With about 270 performers on stage, including a host of mridangists, violinists, flautists, vocalists, vainikas and more, the show was grand. Jagadanandakaraka commenced with all its grandeur and went on in full flow.I was transported to a different era; the early 1970s where radio broadcasts were...
The Saturday after Good Friday, I logged on to ekucheri.org at about 9AM and tuned into their live broadcast of the congregational performance of Tyagaraja’s pancharatna kritis at Cleveland...