Margazhi Melange 2017

Pancharathna kritis fill the air at Thiruvaiyaru

Chennai: Thousands of musicians gathered for the 171st Thyagaraja Aradhana, a commemorative music festival at Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur today in saint-composer Thyagaraja’s honour and rendered Pancharathankrithis in unison. Carnatic musicians from many regions of the world converged at Thyagaraja’s samadhi for the festival of music. On Pushya Bahula Panchami today, thousands of people and musicians sang the Pancharatnakrithis. This morning special poojas were conducted at the house in Thiruvaiyaru where

Music should sensitise people: Singer Subatra

Chennai: Art can be used not just to entertain, but also to inspire and empower. Meet vocalist S Subatra, a 20-year-old, who has been excelling in all genres of music. She is familiar to television viewers, as she has been participating in many reality shows. She could get into the top 17 list of the V Voice talent show. But what differentiates her from other budding singers is the fact

Day-long music festival at Hotel Maris

The 11th edition of Maris Music Mela was held at Hotel Maris. The event, held on 25 December, was inaugurated by Ramanarayan of Sruti. A vocal concert by OS Thyagarajan accompanied by P Sunder Rajan in the violin, Raja Rao on the mridangam and Madipakkam Murali in the ghatam was held during the opening ceremony. Concerts were held through the day that hosted local and foreign talents. The mela concluded

Dancers come together for panel discussion

A panel discussion on ‘Winning Audiences’ by Hema Rajgopalan, Gopika Varma and Rama Vaidyanathan was organised as part of Natya Darshan by danseuse Krithika Subramanian & Kartik Fine Arts, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. They spoke on different approaches towards winning audiences in this competitive, fastpaced world and the constantly changing culture.This was followed by ‘Pecha Kucha’, creating concepts by Shanta Ratii, actress Suhasini Maniratnam and Nalina Gopal. They spoke about what

Margazhi music at your fingertips

Securing a season ticket for the music concerts in Chennai sabhas has become an ordeal for many rasikas this year. They have to stand in long queues for hours together and there are highly elaborate security checks in many sabhas. The long-pending wish of rasikas to source tickets online, which remained a distant dream, is slowly becoming a reality. Music-lovers can download Music of Madras, an app that serves the

Honour for Odissi exponent Ramli Ibrahim

Director of Namaargam Dance Company, Krithika Subramanian in association with Kartik Fine Arts organised Natya Darshan 2017, a dance seminar under the theme ‘Now or Never’. Odissi exponent Ramli Ibrahim was honoured with the life time achievement award at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore. The felicitation was followed by Spark, a performance by the children. The dance conference was an initiative started in 2001 to broaden the discourse around dance in