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Carnatic Music
Culture  /  Published 17.01.20

The Swara Samrat Festival

The Swara Samrat Festival, the annual endeavour of Sreeranjini Musical Trust, was celebrated in different phases this year. It commenced with Alaap, the performances by the young generation of Indian ...
By Payel Sengupta in

Opinion  /  Published 09.12.19

Over time, a different melody

As a child, I would be forced to listen to All India Radio when my father tuned in to the broadcasts of khayal in the morning. With the acquisition of a radiogram and its record player came the compet...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 27.06.19

What's in a name? Often, it is caste

Sometime ago there was a bit of trouble in registering South Indian names on the income tax department’s portal for getting a permanent account number — the portal refused to register the applican...
By A.R. Venkatachalapathy in

Books  /  Published 14.03.19

TM Krishna writes about caste, privilege in art

Krishna has ever taken the stand that Indian art forms are dictated by ideas of caste and religion, and that allotment of human capability along those lines is unjustifiable. How and why these systems...
By S.D. Chaudhuri in

West Bengal  /  Published 22.10.19

Exploration of ethical and quest for equal music in Kolkata

Introducing raga Bhairavi, the formidable classical Carnatic singer T.M. Krishna tries to explain the idea of singing a raga. It is a search. As he sings the notes, he seems to implore the spirit of t...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 05.06.20

Melody within

Most evenings, I knock off from work and listen to Indian classical music for an hour or so before dinner. In the past, I would play CDs or cassettes I had collected over the years; now, I forage thro...
By Ramachandra Guha in

Opinion  /  Published 29.08.19

Artists are not special, says T.M. Krishna

Q: Vidya Vanam, a school for underprivileged children, was set up by your mother. What is your earliest personal memory of such a profound gesture of accommodation and inclusion?My mother has been liv...
By The Telegraph in

Culture  /  Published 08.12.18

Art dictated by caste and religion: T M Krishna

An elderly Tamil woman sitting next to me at the recent concert by T.M. Krishna in Delhi asks her husband why the Carnatic vocalist has begun the recital with a Marathi devotional verse instead of the...
By V. Kumara Swamy in

Arts  /  Published 17.11.18

We need a countrywide chorus for T.M. Krishna

No TakeoffYou don’t have to know even half a tillana or a taal to be outraged about what happened with the T.M. Krishna concert that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) pulled the plug on last wee...
By Upala Sen in

Opinion  /  Published 19.11.18

The government is ruining art by politicising it

One of Shakespeare’s rather deluded characters thought music was the food of love. In India, however, it is the food of hate. It certainly fed the hate of those who objected to the programme featuri...
By The Editorial Board in


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