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Book Review: Voices Within

February 11, 2007


PICTURE PERFECT An impressive coffee-table book on Carnatic musicians may leave you quibbling about some of the text – but oh, the photographs! FEB 11, 2007 – SLENDER FINGERS CARESSING THE BODY of a hollow piece of wood, lips pursed at its one extreme, eyes focused on an infinite beyond, the forearm and the instrument […]

Interview: Sanjay Subrahmanyan

November 26, 2006


  ‘With Tamil lyrics, I do a Sivaji’ Sanjay Subrahmanyan talks about a documentary on his music, and reveals how he learnt a song rendered decades ago by Dandapani Desikar through… the Internet. NOV 26, 2006 – SANJAY SUBRAHMANYAN LIKES TO LAUGH.Every so often, our conversation is punctuated by that huge, hearty sound – a […]

Interview: Bombay Jayashri

September 17, 2006


‘I DON’T LOVE GOD MORE THAN I LOVE MUSIC’ Bombay Jayashri offers an intriguing take on the notion of bhakti in Carnatic music. Oh, and she talks about Vaseegara too. SEP 17, 2006 – AS I NEAR THE ONE-HOUR CAP of my interview with Bombay Jayashri at a cozy little coffee shop by the Besant […]

Interview: 'Guitar' Prasanna

June 11, 2006


STRINGMASTER ‘Guitar’ Prasanna talks about his new album dedicated to Jimi Hendrix. JUNE 11, 2006 – CONCEPT ALBUMS – especially fusion concept albums – are a publicity person’s nightmare. After all these decades of sitars backed by drum sets, guitars playing alongside ghatams, just how do you convey a sense of the music anymore without […]

Interview: TM Krishna

May 7, 2006


‘I AM A BRAND’ Thodur Madabusi Krishna says he isn’t just a performer, but a ‘manufacturer’ of music. MAY 7, 2006 – IF YOU THOUGHT TM Krishna’s passion was reserved merely for his singing, you haven’t heard him get started about his schooling. The Carnatic vocalist is an alumnus of The School (Krishnamurti Foundation India), […]

Interview: Aruna Sairam

August 15, 2005


‘I TRY TO ENJOY MYSELF…’ Whether it’s ‘abhangs’ from western India or medieval music from the Western world, Carnatic singer Aruna Sairam believes that her art is as much for herself as her audience. AUG 15, 2005 – THE WORLD CAPITAL OF CARNATIC MUSICtoday is Chennai, a city mostly of Tamils. The popular concert repertoire, […]