Song of Surrender

Monday, 19 December 2011

The Stalls upstairs

By BuzyBee
 
“Chennai gaga over Raga!” is the statement on T-shirts, coasters, mugs and magnets. Its buzzing upstairs! Apart from the queue winding its way into the hall, the main foyer on the ground floor at the Music Academy wears quite a deserted look as most of the interesting stalls have been allotted space upstairs.
 
Sruti magazine, Chennai gaga, and Karnatic Music Book Centre rub shoulders with one another and make an interesting corner for you to browse through pages on artists and matters musical. Stop and buy! A few steps away Amudham, Radel, Carnatica and Swathi display their varied fare.
 
Tradition and innovation go hand in hand in artistic tukkadas offstage — T-shirts sporting the music trinity, dance gestures, and messages like “Love Chennai… no strings attached” (with a violin), and “Nothing beats Chennai’ (with a mridanga)  are on display.

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