Margazhi Melange 2017

Pancharathna kritis fill the air at Thiruvaiyaru

Chennai: Thousands of musicians gathered for the 171st Thyagaraja Aradhana, a commemorative music festival at Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur today in saint-composer Thyagaraja’s honour and rendered Pancharathankrithis in unison. Carnatic musicians from many regions of the world converged at Thyagaraja’s samadhi for the festival of music. On Pushya Bahula Panchami today, thousands of people and musicians sang the Pancharatnakrithis. This morning special poojas were conducted at the house in Thiruvaiyaru where

Music should sensitise people: Singer Subatra

Chennai: Art can be used not just to entertain, but also to inspire and empower. Meet vocalist S Subatra, a 20-year-old, who has been excelling in all genres of music. She is familiar to television viewers, as she has been participating in many reality shows. She could get into the top 17 list of the V Voice talent show. But what differentiates her from other budding singers is the fact

Day-long music festival at Hotel Maris

The 11th edition of Maris Music Mela was held at Hotel Maris. The event, held on 25 December, was inaugurated by Ramanarayan of Sruti. A vocal concert by OS Thyagarajan accompanied by P Sunder Rajan in the violin, Raja Rao on the mridangam and Madipakkam Murali in the ghatam was held during the opening ceremony. Concerts were held through the day that hosted local and foreign talents. The mela concluded

Dancers come together for panel discussion

A panel discussion on ‘Winning Audiences’ by Hema Rajgopalan, Gopika Varma and Rama Vaidyanathan was organised as part of Natya Darshan by danseuse Krithika Subramanian & Kartik Fine Arts, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. They spoke on different approaches towards winning audiences in this competitive, fastpaced world and the constantly changing culture.This was followed by ‘Pecha Kucha’, creating concepts by Shanta Ratii, actress Suhasini Maniratnam and Nalina Gopal. They spoke about what

Margazhi music at your fingertips

Securing a season ticket for the music concerts in Chennai sabhas has become an ordeal for many rasikas this year. They have to stand in long queues for hours together and there are highly elaborate security checks in many sabhas. The long-pending wish of rasikas to source tickets online, which remained a distant dream, is slowly becoming a reality. Music-lovers can download Music of Madras, an app that serves the

Honour for Odissi exponent Ramli Ibrahim

Director of Namaargam Dance Company, Krithika Subramanian in association with Kartik Fine Arts organised Natya Darshan 2017, a dance seminar under the theme ‘Now or Never’. Odissi exponent Ramli Ibrahim was honoured with the life time achievement award at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore. The felicitation was followed by Spark, a performance by the children. The dance conference was an initiative started in 2001 to broaden the discourse around dance in

Y Gee Mahendra talks about Bharat Kalachar

When it is Margazhi, all eyes will be on Thirumalai Road in T Nagar, where Bharat Kalachar is hosting annual music festival for over a month. It has successfully completed three decades and the man behind the show Y Gee Mahendra, a versatile actor and the sabha secretary is busy co-ordinating the programmes. Taking time off his busy schedule, he shares with News Today about the sabha and how it

Actor Sivakumar to inaugurate music fete

Ramaniyam’s Lasya, the cultural hub is hosting music festival at OMR Janaki Ammal Auditorium at the APL Global School campus, Thoraipakkam. The 10-day music fete will be inaugurated by actor Sivakumar on 23 Dcember. V Jagannathan, Managing Director, Ramaniyam said, “Lasya the Cultural hub is organising 10 day music festival at OMR Janaki Ammal Auditorium at the APL Global School campus, Thoraipakkam. The 10 day music festival will be inaugurated

Tirunelveli lad becomes Mountbatten Mani Iyer

The sabhas in Mylapore are decked up and hosting various concerts by legendary singers. Equally important  are the canteens at each sabha where the best food of the year is dished out by famed caterers. At Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha in Mylapore, a spacious pandal has an artistic painting of the city then and now. “It cost Rs 4.5 lakh for the painting,” says K Srinivasan (37), son of Mountbatten

Isai Aazhwar title for Umayalpuram Sivaraman

The 13th edition of Chennayil Thiruvaiyaru music festival by Lakshman Sruthi Musicals, was inaugurated in a grand manner at Kamarajar Arangam on Monday. Isai Aazhwar title was conferred on Mridanga vidhwan Umayalpuram K Sivaraman on the occasion. Thanking Lakshman Sruthi for bestowing the honour, Sivaraman, said, “It is a great recognition. It has come at a time when I was selected as a vice president for the Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja committee

NAC Jewellers support cultural fest in Chennai

Lovers of classical music in Chennai gathered at Rasika Ranjani Sabha on Monday to quench their thirst for music and dance. Thanks to Anusham Arts Academy this was made possible, along with support from NAC Jewellers. Mylapore has been the hot seat for classical music; it is here that lovers of fine arts from all corners of the world come to fill their cravings for melodies during the music festival,