Articles by Lakshmi Sreeram
Jan 21, 2020
The Pavlova Project: A unique exhibition presents the life and work of legendary ballerina through her costumesIn a unique exhibition, Peggy Turchette of Boulder, Colorado presents the life and work of legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova through Pavlova’s costumes and couture mounted on dolls.
Dec 20, 2019
Dhrupad, across borders: American musician Jody Stecher on learning under ZM Dagar, taking up the sursingarJody Stecher is one of the very few Dhrupad exponents of the sursingar, the baritone predecessor of the sarod. His collection of instruments also features the beautiful sursingar that originally belonged to Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, his guru
Jul 21, 2019
On embracing national pride in its many manifestations, and the notion of 'India, that is Bharat'One should leave cultural pride open for anyone to celebrate while making no urgent calls for political action based on it. Like a flower, culture will bloom in its own time or not at all.
Jun 30, 2019
TM Krishna on the importance of small sabhas in sustaining Carnatic music, performing pro bono'I am convinced more than ever that it is these small hubs in smaller suburbs that need support and need to be kept alive. The big show will go on but unless these clusters of musical interest and energy are kept alive, sustainability and a larger reach for the art form will disappear,' says TM Krishna
Jun 22, 2019
Poignant Song: Lakshmi Shankar's biography is affectionate but let down by its ordinary, casual storytellingLakshmi Shankar’s life holds great interest and Poignant Song outlines its broad contours, but the picture that emerges has not the excitement of light and shade, or depth and perspective.
Jun 12, 2019
Telling composers apart from posersSome musicians don’t seek the creative spark. They find a success formula, and stick to it
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.