Articles by Lakshmi Sreeram
May 20, 2019
Odissi on High: A transnational production displays the dance form's synergy between male and female elementsOdissi is a young dance form, though it has assimilated and is born of ancient temple dance traditions, music, poetry, and devotion to Jagannatha. At a recent performance of Odissi on High, an all-male ensemble achieved striking masculine vigour with quintessential movements – movements that only easily lend themselves to execution with feminine grace.
Apr 22, 2019
The Musician and His Art: Deepak Raja's essays on Hindustani music deserve serious considerationDeepak Raja's book, The Musician and His Art, is a collection of essays and lectures published and delivered at various forums over the past seven years.
Apr 02, 2019
Death, be not proud: Finding a philosophy for life in the finality of its ultimate, universal endSome of us are destined to know death more than others.
Mar 14, 2019
Sound of music: With inadequate arrangements at Indian classical music concerts, what's lost in transmission?The inadequacy of sound arrangements in classical music concerts is a fact reinforced too often.
Mar 09, 2019
In search of a tiger: Wildlife encounters and the humbling, raw grandeur of natureMadhya Pradesh boasts of many tiger reserve forests and the three on our itinerary were at Pench, Bandhavgarh and Panna.
Feb 16, 2019
On S Rajam's birth centenary, remembering an artist who was as rare as he was giftedThe Chitra Sutra says that one can only be painter if you are also a musician, a dancer and a sculptor. S Rajam was possibly the ideal painter, as envisioned in this ancient text from which he himself drew inspiration for his art.
Jan 27, 2019
Raga pianist Utsav Lal makes the piano sing — to Hindustani classical music's notes“Raga pianist” Utsav Lal joins the long list of musicians gripped with an obsession to make European instruments sing ragas — only it is not any European instrument but what may be called their king: the piano.
Jan 12, 2019
An homage to Abbaji: Zakir Hussain's upcoming concert celebrates the legacy of the legendary Ustad AllarakhaUstad Allarakha (1919-2000) had a brilliant performing career and was a serious teacher; many of his disciples are today’s leading lights in the world of tabla artistry
Dec 29, 2018
Notes from Margazhi: Two concerts illuminate the wide spectrum of Carnatic music as practiced todayCarnatic music in all its aspects is on display during Chennai's “December Season”, or “Margazhi” as it is called in Tamil
Dec 15, 2018
Battling stage fright: Why the urge to perform in public sometimes triumphs over the 'butterflies'The urge to communicate what we have, to share our thoughts or expertise or music is so powerful, it overcomes our stage fright