Carnatic Music News
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.
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
Telling composers apart from posers
Some musicians don’t seek the creative spark. They find a success formula, and stick to it
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.
On S Rajam's birth centenary, remembering an artist who was as rare as he was gifted
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.
At Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha, artists bring Tamil Sufi songs, the Gana tradition to Mylapore
Kumari Aboobacker performed Tamil Sufi songs and Muniyamma presented Gana numbers on the first day of Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha
Notes from Margazhi: Two concerts illuminate the wide spectrum of Carnatic music as practiced today
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
Sid Sriram on his upcoming album Entropy, traversing through the worlds of Carnatic, film music
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.
TM Krishna at Tata Literature Live 2018: To be political is to be engaged and empathetic
At the heart of both art and activism is the idea of vulnerability — of surrendering oneself and being fearless, said TM Krishna at Tata Literature Live!
For Carnatic and Hindustani classical music worlds, mutual appreciation remains elusive, but isn't impossible
How can we build meaningful links between the worlds of Carnatic and Hindustani classical music?
To lose TM Krishna to intolerance, is to lose ourselves; only an annihilate vanity can make this sacrifice thinkable
TM Krishna engages with the wonderful and the un-wonderful with remarkable felicity, and foregrounds tradition not as an impoverished relic of a forgotten past but a paradigm with which politics itself can be re-thought and reimagined
TM Krishna's Delhi concert rescheduled; will now be held at Garden of Five Senses on 17 November
TM Krishna is all set to perform in the capital on 17 November in an event titled 'Avam Ki Awaz: A musical evening dedicated to the voices of a common man'. The other performers include RK Shriramkumar, Praveen Sparsh and Anirudh Athreya.
Most people cannot accept an artist who speaks up or questions authority, TM Krishna tells Firstpost
In the wake of his New Delhi concert being cancelled by the AAI (allegedly due to threats from right-wing groups) TM Krishna dwells on the role of art — and the artist — in a democracy
No country for TM Krishna: India has plenty of room for sycophants, but none for a musician with spine
An entire two-day program featuring four classical artistes was cancelled because some people had objected to the inclusion of Carnatic musician TM Krishna
TM Krishna's concert called off: AAI cites 'exigencies of work', but art and culture fraternity demoralised
Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna has become a target of some right-wing trolls who are objecting to the mention of Jesus and Allah in his lyrics.
TM Krishna on cancellation of AAI concert: Words like anti-Indian created by people who don’t understand democracy
TM Krishna was supposed to be a part of the two-day 'Dance and Music in the Park' festival at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri on 17 and 18 November. The event was being organised jointly by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the cultural body, SPIC-MACAY.
#MeToo promises to make Carnatic music a safer, more ethical space, but it will take a while to get there
#MeToo has become a force to reckon with in the world of Carnatic music