Sunday, 31 December 2017

A. Kanyakumari

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Mallikarjun Mansur

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31.12.1910 - 12.09.1992

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Mohan Khokar

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Pudukkottai Dakshinamurthy Pillai

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31 DECEMBER 2017

Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director - IIT Madras, welcomes the guests

4.30 pm     Aditya Prakash (vocal)
                                   Nishanth Chandran (violin)
                                              R Sankaranarayanan (mridangam)

          6.30 pm:      V Navaneet Krishnan (vocal
           VV Ravi (violin)
                                          Trichur Narendran (mridangam
                                              Papanasam Sethuraman (khanjira)

Co-presented by Chennai Fine Arts and the N Pattabhi Raman family

Friday, 29 December 2017

Kumbakonam Bhanumathi

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29.12.1922 - 2.9.2006
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Thursday, 28 December 2017


19th Anniversary Music Festival


On Saturday the 20th January 2018 

At 6.00 pm

  Viswa Kala Puraskar 2017 to

     1.    Dr.Tadepalli Lokanadha Sharma (Carnatic
     2.  Pt. Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar (Hindustani)

At 6.30 pm            

(dedicated to Padma Vibhushan Smt Kishori Amonkar)

Pt. Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar     -  Vocal 
(Disciple of Pt. Madhava Gudi)                     
 Sri. Omkarnath Havaldar          - Vocal

                Sri. Sameer Havaldar               - Harmonium

Sri. Kedarnath Havaldar             - Tabla

On Sunday the 21th January 2018

At 9.30 am           

(dedicated to Padma Vibhushan Dr.M.Balamurali krishna)

Sri.Ragavan Manian                        - Hindustani Flute 
Disciple of Dr.M. Balamurali Krishna                                                               
      Pt.Chandru               - Tabla

At 10.30 am

              Sri. Samarth Nagarkar                -  Vocal
Disciple of Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar                           
and Pandit Dinkar Kaikini.                          

                Sri. Sameer Havaldar                            - Harmonium

Sri. Kedarnath Havaldar                          - Tabla

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha Mini Hall
T.Nagar, Chennai – 600017.

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Vidya Shankar

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28.12.1919 - 29.6.2010
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Malavika Kanan

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27.12.1930 - 17.2.2009

Monday, 25 December 2017

Neyyatinkara Vasudevan

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25.12.1940 - 13th may

Vasudevan was born in 1940 in Neyyattinkara in Kerala. He was passionate about music even as a young boy. After high school, his ardent love for Carnatic music prompted him to join the Swati Tirunal Music College at Tiruvanantapuram. He passed Ganabhushanam in 1960 and the Sangeeta Vidwan course in 1962 with flying colours. In the College, he was fortunate to train under reputed musicians like Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. Later he had rigorous training in Chennai under Ramnad Krishnan who helped him further hone his skills. Vasudevan made an impact on the Madras music scene when he won the prize for the best subjunior vocalist in 1971 at the Music Academy and reviews appeared in leading newspapers. He received the award for Best Vocalist in the year 1972, 1978, 1982 and 1988 from the Music Academy. In 1993 he won the award for best raga rendition. Vasudevan’s career graph soared upwards with his arrival at Tripunithura to serve as Assistant Professor in RLV College of Music. In 1974, he joined All India Radio-Trivandrum as an ‘A Grade’ Staff artist in Vocal Music. He rose to ‘A Top’ before his retirement in 2000. An affable man with pleasing manners, he was very popular in the Kerala music circuit. 

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Ram Narayan

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The credit for putting the sarangi on the world map belongs to Ram Narayan who had intensive training under masters of the Kirana gharana. He took to the instrument when it had a lowly status, as did those who played it. Great vocalists like Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Amir Khan, who were proficient in playing the sarangi, abandoned it likely for this reason. But Ram Narayan not only stayed with it, he gave it an identity of its own, as well as a new status, by unveiling its potential as a solo instrument. Earlier, others like Bundu Khan had sought to bring about this metamorphosis; it was left to Ram Narayan, "a supreme artist (with) unbelievable skill and imagination [who] most revealingly expresses the very soul of Indian feeling and thought," as Yehudi Menuhin has observed, to complete the task. In fact, he has saved it from oblivion, even though its future is still problematic because of the general public perception of sarangi as mainly the voice of sorrow during periods of national mourning.

Kapila Vatsyayan

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Friday, 22 December 2017

Chennai Cultural Academy Trust


Clarinet - A K C Natarajan - Life Time Achievement Award

Music - O S Thyagarajan - Sangeetha Kala Siromani

Music - Neyveli Santhanagopalan - Sangeetha Kala Siromani

Bharathanatyam - Sheela Unnikrishnan  - Nrithya Kala Siromani

Tamil Theatre - Maadhu (Crazy Creations) - Nataka Kala Siromani

CCA Excellance Award - Lion Premnath for Social Services

Chief Guest: Dr. B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, Chairman, KCT Coimbatore

The Indian Fine Arts Society


Sangita Kalasikhamani - Sanjay Subrahmanyan (see Sruti 335, August 2012)

Natya Kalasikhamani - Padma Subrahmanyam (see Sruti 239, August 2004)

Nataka Kalasikhamani  - S.V. Sekhar

Umayalpuram Sivaraman Award for Mridangam - Trivandrum V. Surendran
GNB Award - O.S. Thyagarajan

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha


Nritya Choodamani - Rama Vaidyanathan

Acharya Choodamani - Srekala Bharath

Conference inaugurated by Vadhikesari Azhagiya Manavala Jeer Swamigal, Sri Kanchi Vadhikesari Azhagiya Manavala Jeer Mutt, Kanchipuram 

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha


Sangeeta Kala Sarathy -  K.J.  Yesudas

Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Award for Visesha Vadyam - A.K.C. Natarajan (Clarinet) (Instituted by  Chennai Fine Arts)

Palghat Mani Iyer Centenary award  - Mannargudi  A. Easwaran (Instituted by Nithyashree Mahadevan)

Dwaram Venkataswami Naidu Award - R.K. Shriramkumar (Instituted by Mohan Parasaran)

M.L.V. Award - Vishnudev Namboothiri (Instituted by Sudha Raghunathan)

G. Ramanathan Award - V.K. Manimaran (Instituted by Sathanur V. Parthasarathy)

Conference inaugurated by H.H. Sri Sri Yathiraja Jeeyar Swamy, Sri Yathiraja Mutt, Melukote 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017


Shakespearean riddle

Indira Parthasarathy

A good deal has been written about the plays by Shakespeare, which could fill the shelves of several libraries, but not much has been told about his sonnets. Like, as in the case of our own Subramania Bharati, whose poems have drawn much attention more than his equally illuminating prose works.
I must confess I started reading Shakespeare’s sonnets much later as suggested by one of my literary friends in Delhi. To my great surprise, I found  that Shakespeare’s sonnets  have a close resemblance to the Tamil ‘akam’ (interior) poems of the Sangam era.  The sonnets can be interpreted as ‘drama’. They have action  and heroes. The action consists of lyrical sequences, which slowly mount to tragedy. There are three characters, a man, a youth  and a woman. They go through all stages of love, physical infatuation,  sentimental odysseys, separation,  infidelity and death.
In Tamil akam poetry  also there are three main characters—the hero, heroine and  the heroine’s  alter ego, an inseparable female companion.  All aspects of love are exhaustively studied in these poems, except, true to Tamil culture, the heroine can never be shown as given to faithlessness!
In Shakespeare’s sonnets there is a fourth character as well. This is ‘Time’ which destroys and devours and is the ultimate arbiter of all values. But ‘Time’ is an important character in the ‘puram’ (exterior)  division of Sangam poetry, where the transitory  nature of human life is discussed.
It seems the cruel aspect of Time in its finiteness provides the subject-matter for melancholic hangover for all the poets and artists. Leonardo da Vinci says in one of his brilliant lamentations:
‘Oh! Time! Thou that consumest all things! O envious age, thou destroyest all things with the hard teeth of the years, little by little is slow death! Helen, when she looked in the mirror and saw the withered wrinkles which old age had made in her face, wept, and wondered why ever she had been carried away twice.’
Leonardo speaks of three kinds of time: geological—the time of the earth, of oceans, and mountain erosion; archaeological time, for all history  becomes archaeology in the end—ruined pyramids, temples and kingdoms; and thirdly, human time in which the proximity of the grave to the cradle  reminds  us of our mortality!.
The three kinds of time as spoken by Leonardo constitute the bottom line of all Shakespearean sonnets and all his tragedies. In one of the Tamil ‘puram’ poems, an old man with a hunched back and holding a battered walking stick, reminisces about his past as he sees young girls and boys diving in a river. His lament is dramatic when he cries ‘Oh! Time!’
The first theme of the Shakespearean sonnet in its dramatised version is to preserve beauty and love from the destructive action of time. A son or daughter is not only the descendant of a family, not only a continuation, but above all, the repetition of the same face and features, literally making time stand still. Shakespeare says in one of his sonnets:
“Now is the time that face should form another.”
Reminding  us of the old man’s deep anguish in the Sangam ‘puram’ poem that sums up the drama of human life, a Shakespearean sonnet echoes:
‘ ... ... when alack,
Shall Time’s best jewel from  Time’s chest  lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?’
Shakespeare’s sonnets  have their own poetic diction, like the Sangam poems, their own drama rehearsed  lyrical monologues and their own metaphysics. One hundred and twenty-six of them are addressed to
the young, and in the remainder, he addresses the Dark Lady. The dramatic action consists in the double treachery of the youth and the woman. 
It is a Shakespearean riddle yet to be solved who the youth and Dark Lady are. It is, in a way, akin to the grammatical  dictum followed in the Sangam love poems that the name of the hero or heroine  should not be mentioned but have to be referred to only as ‘he’ or ‘she’.               
Indira Parthasarathy, renowned author of plays, short stories and novels in Tamil, Padma Shri awardee, writes on plays, playwrights and theatre-related issues in this column.

Mysore V. Ramarathnam

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Sunil Kothari

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Suguna Varadachari

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Recognition did not come her way in her youth. Her early concert career coincided with an era of many outstanding vocalists, male and female. Therefore something of a late bloomer, Suguna Varadachari is today a senior vocalist known for her singular contribution to Carnatic music as a teacher.

Born on 20 December 1945, Suguna had her early music lessons under the watchful eye of P.K. Rajagopala Iyer, a disciple of Tiger Varadachariar. After completing the Sangita Vidwan course at the Central College of Carnatic Music, Chennai, she received advanced coaching from Sangita Kalanidhi Musiri Subramania Iyer under the Government of India Cultural Scholarship Scheme. Winning numerous prizes and awards for her singing, she went on to complete the Teacher’s Training Course in Music with flying colours. Later she embellished her music under the guidance of vocalists Calcutta K.S. Krishnamurthy and Ranganayaki Parthasarathy. For several years, Suguna Varadachari, Suguna Purushothaman and Mani Krishnaswami were a popular performing trio propagating the Musiri bani, admired for its emotional appeal and clarity of enunciation.

An ‘A-Top’ grade artist of All India Radio, Suguna has had a long association with AIR – as a performing artist for 50 years, as a teacher in the “Isai Payirchi” series, and has sung in several recordings for the AIR Archives. She has also performed in the U.S.A., South Africa, Singapore and Taiwan, conducted workshops and presented several lecdems and research papers in seminars. 

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Yamini Krishnamurthi

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Shaik Dawood

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Shaik Dawood was born in Sholapur on 16 December 1916. His  prodigious talent in rhythm at the age of three  compelled his  father, Hashim Saheb, to buy  him a  tasha  (kettledrum) to play with. At eight, he started learning the rudiments of tabla from Anna Maharaj. Ameer Qawwal, who owned a qawwali group, took him as a tabla player and simultaneously initiated him into vocal music. Destiny brought Dawood to a  concert  where he was  completely mesmerised by the tabla of Mohammad Khasim, a  highly reputed tabla maestro  from Sholapur, a zamindar and  a  patron of classical and Sufi music. Khasim Saheb’s acceptance of Dawood as a student was a life-changing event for the lad. Over the next decade, Dawood learnt from him traditional classical tabla with its full range of kaidas, relas, chakradhars, gats  and  the art of  accompaniment. He was also taught the rare technique of playing  laggi  using the thumb to render  gamakas  on the dagga.

Khasim’s house was  always  a resting  place  for any  great  musicians journeying between Mumbai and Hyderabad. They performed  at  his house  while he accompanied them  on the tabla. Observing  young Dawood’s  dedication, hard  work and commitment, Mohammad Khasim gradually started  asking  him to accompany the visiting  musicians. Dawood  did full justice to his guru’s faith, sharing the stage with these  icons, impressing everyone with his art of unobtrusive accompaniment and humble demeanour despite the acclaim and appreciation he received. This was to become his hallmark in professional circles later in life. By the early 1930s, Dawood, although in his teens, was already the preferred accompanist for some of the biggest names in Hindustani music like Abdul Karim Khan, Faiyaz Khan, Bhaskarbua Bakhle, Sawai Gandharva and Wajid Khan. With  concerts  becoming frequent in  Hyderabad, Roshan Ali Mooljee, the producer of Deccan Radio, persuaded Dawood to shift his base to Hyderabad and join  him  as a staff artist. This opened a new chapter in Dawood’s life.

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Adyar K. Lakshman

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16.12.1933 - 19.08.2014

Adyar K. Lakshman, vocalist, nattuvanar, mridangist and erstwhile dancer, is indubitably a sangeetagna, the complete expert in all the aspects of his vocation. Over the years he has received prestigious awards and titles for his popularity and prowess as a natyacharya. Citations for Kalaimamani (Eyal Isai Nataka Manram - 1981), Padma Shri (1989), Sangeet Natak Akademi award (1991), Sangeeta Kala Acharya (Music Academy), Nadhabrahmam (Narada Gana Sabha), adorn the walls of his sitting room. The latest feathers in his well decorated cap are Natya Kalanidhi (ABHAI – 2010) and Natya Kala Sarathy (2011).

 77-year old Adyar Lakshman is one of Bharatanatyam’s foremost nattuvanar-s with a reputation for providing excellent support. As a member of the orchestral team, he has embellished the recitals of many famous dancers like Rukmini Devi, Kamala, Vyjayantimala Bali, Krishnaveni Lakshmanan, C.V. Chandrasekhar, the Dhananjayans, Yamini Krishnamurti, Sudharani Raghupathy, Lakshmi Viswanathan and the Narasimhacharis.

He is a prolific teacher. Over 300 students have performed their arangetram under the banner of his dance school Bharata Choodamani in Chennai, which has branches abroad.

Lakshman is also known as “the NRI guru”, as one of the earliest in his field to travel abroad to teach and conduct workshops. His disciples are spread all over the globe and many of them are famous. Notable among them are Kamadev (France), Anandavalli Satchidananda, Chandrabhanu (Australia), Ramli Ibrahim (Malaysia), Padmini Chari, Sudha Srinivasan (U.S.A.), Radha Anjali (Austria), Mavin Khoo (U.K.), Anita-Pritha Ratnam, Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari, Bragha Bessell, Jayanthi Subramaniam, and Roja Kannan (India).

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