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INTERVIEWS - Archive 2011
Practice a must for good musician, say Bombay sisters
They are simple and humble. They come from Bombay (now Mumbai) and made Chennai their home for music sake. A recipient of the prestigious Sangeetha Kalanidhi title from the renowned Music Academy last year. »
New York made my life: Anil Srinivasan
He is a born musician. He loves to learn. And, he doesn’t hesitate to experiment. Above all, he is an enthusiastic collaborator. He has a secular view on music and pursues a classical approach to music. »
The arrival of young brigades
They are sincere, passionate and clear. They are the new stars on the horizon. They represent a welcome change. As a set of six young Carnatic vocalists open up their minds during a chat-session on the morning of December 12, 2011. »
Music makes you more sensitive, says Aruna Sairam
She is contemporary, traditional and dynamic, all rolled into one. She is a fascination for the young and old alike. She has the uncanny ability to adjust her singing to suit the assorted sensibilities of multi-mood rasikas. »
`Edutainer’ Madhuvanthi on mission mode
She comes from an illustrious background. An accomplished dancer, a singer and an actor, she wears assorted hats. Above all, she is an educationist. »
Namasankirtanam is best way to promote peace, says Udaiyalur Kalynaraman
Chennai is slowly warming up to host the annual classical dance and music festival- Isai Visha - soon. Like the annual musical extravaganza, the decade-old Namasankirtanam Festival, too, has become quite popular among bhajan-lovers and audience, cutting across age. »
Art is an offering to God, says Topeng dancer Idi Bagus Anom
The Island Bali on the southern region of Indonesia is a treasure trove for artistes and art lovers. Balinese have a unique spirit, brimming with creativity and religious ceremonies. »
Classical dance is universal, feel Dhananjayans
This darling couple is a daring twosome. From a husband-wife duo to a star couple, their journey to pinnacle wasn’t smooth. It was full of thorns. »
Duet is not just singing in Tandem, say Ranjani & Gayatri
Carnatic music has been there from the Vedic times. So many great Vidwans have handled it with vision in their own ways. »
Make classical dance a must in schools: Chitra Visweswaran
For her, dance is not an end in itself. "Dance is a window to great world culture," she says. For her, bhakthi is more to do with “spiritual awakening”. »
"Classical dance can be a tool to spread message on social issues" - Says dance couple Narasimhachari & Vasanthalakshmi
"Dance is a representation of beauty. It’s a powerful tool. We may not have a huge fan following. Yet, we can use dance to take up social causes." »
Learn classical dance for love of art: Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala
Classical dancer Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala is a daughter-in-law of the legendary play-back singer and music director late Ghantasala Venkateshwara Rao. »
Give music teaching a laya orientation: Parur Quarter
The ‘Parur Quartet’ comprises three generations of violinists. Father M.S. Anantharaman, his two sons – M.A. Sundareshwaran and M.A. Krishnaswamy – and M.S. Anantakrishnan, son of Sundareshwaran, form the Quartet. »
Listen to recordings of past masters, Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna
tells youngsters

Upcoming Carnatic vocalist Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna wants youngsters who aspire to become musicians to listen to the music recordings of yester-year greats. It is a sure first step towards learning a lot. »
Leverage lens to reach classical dance to common man: Radhika Surajit
If dance is an art, Bharathanatyam is a classical art. One needs to enjoy it. An art is a vehicle to learn life. Bharathanatyam is not just about giving performances on stage. »
It is important to know who you sing for, says Abhishek Raghuraman
"At a surface level, music is a tool to express myself. At a deeper level, it has elements that connect one to the Divine. We want moments where we forget ourselves. »
Don’t compromise on classicism, O.S. Thyagarajan advises artistes
People get the Government they deserve, so goes an adage. According to this traditionalist-vocalist, something akin is happening in the world of Carnatic music. »
Expose common man to classical dance: Padma Subrahmanyam
Bharatnatyam exponent Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam was at her articulate best, as she fielded a range of questions with aplomb at a coffee chat organized by Deccan Chronicle at the Rasam Restaurant here on the breezy morning of December 28, 2010. »
There is music beyond concert platforms, says Veena E. Gayathri
For E. Gayathri, Veena is a `Rahasya Vidya’ and is equal to Sri Vidya Upasana. Veena is also a form of meditation for her. From a spiritual perspective, Veena gives sublime bliss to her. For Gayathri, this is a choice instrument. »
An artiste’s job is to resurrect interest in classicism, feels Carnatic vocalist Prasanna Venkatraman
In a free-wheeling chat, he said Carnatic music "should sound good and appeal to a sensitive person." He was convinced that "classicism has a space and will have ears" even in this modern fast-paced life. »
G.S. Mani wants Government to help take Carnatic music to masses
A big push from the Government is a must for taking Carnatic music to masses, declares senior vocalist G. S. Mani. »
Strive to ensure that the total effect of music is good, Bombay sisters tell
duo-singers

Senior Carnatic vocalists Bombay sisters C. Saroja and C. Lalitha have asserted that "we have no desire to sing separately’’. »
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