MadRasana was launched to take Carnatic music to a contemporary audience in novel ways, which have included organising concerts in cafes, theatres, and screening performances on YouTube that experiment with diverse formats
The Friday List: From Cavalli's music to touring the world through 80 trees, your weekly calendar of virtual events
Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.
Mysore's historic 8th Cross Ganesha Music Festival quietly and brilliantly eases into an online edition in COVID-19 era
On 23 August, when TM Krishna’s mellifluous ‘Endullu Peddala’ in Raga Shankarabharanam filled his fans’ homes, history of a sort was made for Mysuru's 8th Cross Ganesha Music Festival. TMK was among the first stalwarts to lead the heritage festival into the digital world.
From Khayal gayaki's glorious past to its changing future, tracing the trajectory of this ancient form of classical music
The story of Khayal's origin meanders just like the interpretative practice it calls for. The art form is ailed by growing commercialisation and a decrease in innovation, but practitioners are hopeful that a new generation of musicians will expand its scope
Kamal Haasan-Tyagaraja row: Carnatic community's ire is symptomatic of its insularity and excessive conservatism
The response to Kamal Haasan’s remark concerning Tyagarajar could have been more measured. The unbridled uproar is puzzling and reflects on the Carnatic world.
At CUSP festival in Chennai, introspecting on how to make the Carnatic music ecosystem a safe space for women
More than a year after Carnatic music’s #MeToo reckoning, how much of the promise of a safer space has been achieved isn’t immediately evident.
Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna's new book Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers cuts to the chase with a palpable urgency, right from page one. The mridangam is a young instrument, only a century old, that has deftly travelled up the musical ranks to secure its place on the stage of Carnatic music. And yet its makers, many of whom belong to Dalit Christian communities, continue to reside on society's margins.
TM Krishna presents Narayana Guru's poetry set in Carnatic music, underlining the reformer's prevailing relevance
Carnatic vocalist and social commentator TM Krishna will be performing to the works of the 20th-century philosopher-poet-saint and social reformer from Kerala, Narayana Guru.
Padma Shri awardee and renowned saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath passed away at a private hospital in Mangaluru, Karnataka on 11 October, 2019.
Music on her brain: Deepti Navaratna on how she brings together her love for classical music and neuroscience
Growing up in south Bengaluru, Deepti Navaratna was encouraged to pursue music from a very young age, gaining a certain mastery over the classical art form. Even when she became a neuroscientist and a faculty member at the prestigious Harvard Medical School, music remained Navaratna's love throughout
Article 370 revoked: Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna responds to the crisis in Jammu and Kashmir through poetry, music
TM Krishna, otherwise known for being a sharp social commentator and activist, chose not to speak or opine on the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir but expressed his emotions with the mediums of poetry and music.
'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
Odissi on High: A transnational production displays the dance form's synergy between male and female elements
Odissi 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.
The 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.
Kumari Aboobacker performed Tamil Sufi songs and Muniyamma presented Gana numbers on the first day of Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha
Carnatic music in all its aspects is on display during Chennai's “December Season”, or “Margazhi” as it is called in Tamil
TM Krishna on backlash against dissenting voices: 'Hatred being perpetuated under cover of democracy'
TM Krishna is among the leading Carnatic music vocalists and public intellectuals of our time. The Magsaysay Awardee has been in the news recently for repudiating attempts to communalise Carnatic music — a stance that has made him, even more, the target of right wing trolls
In the run up to his performance at the Echoes of Earth Festival, Sid Sriram talks about the complexities of Carnatic music and his upcoming solo material
Carnatic music's critiques must transcend limitations of 'emoji style' of writing, engage meaningfully with performances
The point is, we have not evolved meaningful ways of talking about our music, our ragas, our alapanas, our accompaniment, our singer’s voices and timbres of instruments. Not much beyond what emojis convey; not to underrate or dismiss emojis, for where would we be without them? But in writing about music, we should hope to do more.