Song of Surrender

Monday, 19 February 2018

Theatre Olynpics

A protest by a playwright

Click below to read an article by Sunil Shanbag in the New Indian Express

MS Anantharaman passes away

Violin maestro Parur MS Anantharaman is no more.


We are deeply distressed to receive news of the death of violin great M.S. Anantharaman, early morning on 19.2.2018 at Chennai.

Born on 26 August 1924 in Madras, Anantharaman was a son and disciple of Parur A. Sundaram Iyer, the eminent violinist and pioneering guru responsible for the spread of the violin beyond Carnatic music into Hindustani music as well. Anantharaman received training in playing the veena as well as the violin, and in Hindustani music. 

A long-time exponent, Anatharaman besides giving solo recitals and trio concerts with his two violin-playing sons, accompanied many renowned musicians in their performances in India and abroad. A teacher with a fine reputation, he served the Tamil Nadu Government Music College in Chennai as professor of violin from 1962 to 1983. Subsequently, he taught in Pittsburgh, U.S.A., for some time.

Anantharaman was honoured with the Kalaimamani award of the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram, the T.T.K memorial award of the Music Academy (1996) and the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1998). He was the Asthana Vidwan of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Sharad Sathe

                                                             Birthdays & Anniversaries

Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Sitar maestro Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, who passed away at his Bandra (Mumbai) residence on 4 January 2017, was in the league of such great names in the field as Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan and Nikhil Banerjee. He effortlessly straddled the worlds of Hindustani classical music and Hindi cinema, and established ‘Jafferkhani baaj’—a unique style of playing the instrument. He was highly decorated, receiving such awards as the Tantri Vilas, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Tagore Samman and the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

How did Halim Jaffer Khan achieve such eminence at a time when the legendary sitar triumvirate were at their peak? This question haunted me, and I put it to him when, during his last Kolkata visit in 2004, I met him at the residence of his prime disciple Harashankar Bhattacharya, whom he fondly addressed as his ‘bada beta’ (elder son). He took the question very sportingly and answered, “Riyaaz ki roshni ne raah kar di” (Devoted practice illuminated my path) and my disciples are now following it. In 1976, I founded the Halim Academy of Sitar in Mumbai. Zunain, my sondisciple and a few dedicated disciples like Prasad Joglekar and Gargi Shinde have come forward to take care of the Academy; and Harashankar founded Madhyami here in Kolkata to promote and propagate Jafferkhani baaj. His boy Deepshankar is showing great promise of keeping the flag flying high.”

I asked him why he called his style ‘Jafferkhani’ and not ‘Indore’ as a member of the Indore beenkar Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan (1927-2017) Meena Banerjee gharana that follows the tradition of Ustad Bande Ali Khan. He patiently explained that since his playing method had experienced a paradigm shift from the tradition he belonged to, and since his singer father had sowed the seeds to invent new traditions within the tradition, he dedicated this baaj to his father Jaffer Khan.

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Ranjani - Gayatri Honoured

Carnatic vocalists Ranjani and Gayatri were conferred the title “Sangeeta Vedantha Dhurina” during the Spring Music Festival of the Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira. The award was presented by Sri Yadugiri Yathiraja Narayana Ramanuja Jeeyar on 11 February 2018 in Bengaluru. This award is instituted in memory of the founder G. Vedantha Iyengar who started the institution 63 years ago. The award carries a purse of ₹ one lakh each, a citation and a silver medal. 

Photo Caption

Standing (L to R): M.R. Yoganand (Treasurer, SRLKM), D.R. Srikantaiah (President), Sri Yadugiri Yathiraja Narayana Ramanuja Jeeyar, G.V. Krishna Prasad (Secretary), Rajashree Yogananda (Programme Co-ordinator) and H.R. Yathiraj (Vice President).