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REVIEW - Archive 2008
Daayinee - strong in thought By Nrithya Pillai
There were a lot of girls dressed similarly in white costumes, buzzing around the backstage of the Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium.
Nithyashree evokes adbutha rasa By Sudha Jagannathan
Nithyashree gave an elegant presentation on January 1, 2009 for Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha. Her music was of superior quality.
A promising dance recital by Rithi Ramjhi By Nrithya Pillai
Young Rithi Ramjhi gave a dance recital on Jan 3 at the Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium as a part of Bhramha Gana Sabha's annual Margazhi music festival Rithi.
A delightful dance by Lavanya Ananth By Madhana Raghavan.N
Lavanya Ananth gave a dance recital for Narada Gana Sabha on the afternoon of December 29, 2008.
A perfect blend of style and voice By Sudha Jagannathan
This venue is special. For an artiste, it is an honour to perform here. For the rasikas, it is like watching tennis at Wimbeldon.
An inspired performance by Bombay Jayashri By Sudha Jagannathan
It may not have been the best of venues in terms of infrastructure. Yet, it brings out better than the best in an artiste. The reasons are not far to seek.
Sanjay Subrahmanyan at his innovative best By Sudha Jagannathan
Sanjay Subrahmanyan gave a tremendous concert on the Christmas evening (December 25, 2008) for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. He was simply brilliant.
Chitraveena Ravikiran strikes a positive chord By Sudha Jagannathan
Chitraveena N. Ravikiran gave an energetic concert for Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha on December 23, 2008.
Elegance, thy name is Priyadarshini Govind By Nrithya Pillai
After every performance, one wonders how Priyadarshini Govind does it? Is it the soulful abhinaya? Or is it the graceful nritta? There is no answer.
Shobana's dance recital - a mix of past and present By Nrithya Pillai
The YGP Auditorium was packed, as one awaited Padmashree Shobana's dance performance for Bharath Kalachar.
A graceful presentation by Pooja Kumar By Nrithya Pillai
Pooja Kumar gave a power packed performance at Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan. She started with a pushpanjali in ragam Valachi.
Alarmel Valli's dance recital - a pristine beauty By N.Madhana Raghavan
Padma Bhushan Alarmel Valli performed at the Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan for Karthik Fine Arts on the evening of December 25, 2008.
An enticing dance show by Dasyam By Nrithya Pillai
Gopika Varma and her group Dasyam were at the Jain temple in Aynavaram in Chennai, spreading the December season kutcheri mood to the rest of the city.
A measured approach marks Sowmya's music By K.T.Jagannathan
She wasn't demonstrative. She was cool and collected. And, her music was calming to the minds.
Malavika Sarukkai plays Ganga to perfection By Nrithya Pillai
Nattai wafted through the air as we entered the Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium for Malavika Sarukkai's concert, held under the banner of the Bhrahma Gana Sabha on Christmas day (December 25, 2008).
Andal ballet strikes right chord By N.Madhana Raghavan
Guru Smt. Anitha Guha and her disciples from the Bharathanjali Trust presented a few verses from Thiruppavai in the form of a dance ballet titled "Koodiyirundhu Kulirndelor Empavai" on December 22, 2008.
A classical concert by T.N. Seshagopalan By Sudha Jagannathan
Legendry Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer had once said that creativity in kalpitha sangeetham would itself take an artiste to elevation rather than creative music. T.N. Sesagopalan was creative.
Unnikrishnan gives an impressive concert By Sudha Jagannathan
P.Unnikrishnan's concert for Narada Gana Sabha on December 20 was enticing. His Varali alapana was brief and the Thyagaraja composition "Karuna Yelagante" that followed was rendered with charm.
Bombay Jayashri weaves a civilizing influence By Sudha Jagannathan
'Raga sudha rasa panamu jesi,' so says Saint Tyagaraja in one of his compositions. The knowledge of ragas and swaras gives one the bhoga or enjoyment.
Brand Aruna Sairam delivers By K.T.Jagannathan
Communication is an art. This Carnatic singer has the knack of transmitting her music. And, she does it effectively.
K.J. Yesudas - a rasikas' musician By K.T.Jagannathan
He respects his rasikas. He cares for them. The two qualities have seen his constituency of fans grow. Just as he is committed to his fans, the rasikas, too, are to him.
Bombay Jayashri's concert evokes contemplative mood By K.T.Jagannathan
Sincerity in approach and dedication to purpose marked her opening concert of the season for Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha on December 17.
Sudha Ragunathan serves pristine music By K.T.Jagannathan
Class is permanent, it is often said. When it is accompanied by experience, the mix delivers a wonderful outcome.
An elegant concert by T.M. Krishna By Sudha Jagannathan
T.M. Krishna's concert on December 6, 2008 was an exciting beginning for the Margazhi music season of Brahma Gana Sabha.
Shuba Mudgal Serves A Mixed Treat By Sudha Jagannathan
She was there at the first edition of The Hindu Friday Review November Festival (in 2005) to regale the audience at Kamarajar Auditorium with some lovely classical numbers.
A celebration concert for Bombay Jayashri and T.M. Krishna By Sudha Jagannathan
It was a fabulous evening on November 20, 2008. All roads led to the Music Academy , as people of assorted sorts headed for the Mecca of Music to witness the coming together of two outstanding artistes of modern India for a celebration concert.
Shujaat Khan serves a scintillating sitar fare By Sudha Jagannathan
Shujaat Khan gave an enchantingly delightful sitar concert on November 15 for the Hindu Friday Review November Festival. Disciple and son of maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan, Shujaat Khan was at his demonstrative best while playing the Khayal in Raag Yamani.
An ageless music from Girija Devi marks her tradition By Sudha Jagannathan
The Hindu Friday Review November Fest began at the Music Academy here on Friday (November 14) with an elegant vocal presentation of Girija Devi, hailing from Benaras Gharana. Vocalist Sunanda Sharma accompanied Girija Devi.
A memorable concert by Sikkil Gurucharan at the Music Circle in Bengaluru By T.M.Anantharaman
Young musician Sikkil Gurucharan is the fastest rising star in the firmament of Carnatic Music. Last Saturday evening (October 25, 2008), he did not disappoint rasikas of the Music Circle in Bengaluru's Chandra Layout.
Sowmya excels in Chinnanchiru Killiye By Sudha Jagannathan
`Karunai Seyvai' in Hamsadwani is the opening song for the Album titled "Chinnanchiru Killiye". Vocalist S.Sowmya has chosen some lovely compositions for this album.
Brahmanandam, an aesthetic work By Sudha Jagannathan
Brahmanandam is among the Anandam series of albums. It is a compilation of popular kritis and rendered by Bombay Jayashri. She begins the CD with an absorbing Koteeswara Iyer kriti "Edaya Gati" in raga Chalanatai.
O.S.Thyagarajan: Delightful musical treat By T.M.Anantharaman
Listening to Vidwan O.S. Thyagarajan (OST) effortlessly display his well-cultured and melodious musical skills were in itself a rewarding experience.
Sanjay Subrahmanyan: There's magic in his music! By T.M.Anantharaman
Sometimes you are lucky to encounter a mystical experience. You have to be the right man at the right place to experience it.
Abhishek Raghuraman weaves a spell in Bangalore concert By T.M.Anantharaman
Watch out for young Abhishek Raghuraman! That he has enviable pedigree is well known. What is not is that he has evolved into a fine musician.
Deepika Varadharajan's concert at Lakshmi temple leaves rasikas in Ashland with a positive feeling By Durga Krishnan
With the influence of movie songs and the western pop culture attracting many from the current generation in India, one often wonders what would be the future of Carnatic music and other traditional arts that are so unique to India.
A face-to-face learning session with R.K. Srikantan for Boston kids By Durga Krishnan
BOSTON, May 7: If one is either a lover or a student of music, Boston was the place to be this past week. Sangeetha Kalanidhi R.K. Srikantan spent the past week-end in Boston, teaching 15 children in the age group of 10 to 17.
Kalpakam Swaminathan Weaves Divine Spell On New Jersey Rasikas By Ram Ramaprasad
When Dikshitar composed "Veena Pusthaka Dharini", he had in mind the celestial Saraswathi. Some times, Gods come down to earth taking a human form, so that mortals can feel the divine right here.
T.V. Sankaranarayanan in great form By T.M. Anantharaman
Padmabushan and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri T.V.Sankaranarayanan (TVS) was in great form singing for the Thyagaraja-Purandaradasa Aaradhana festival.
Bombay Jayashri makes a mark with Dvi-raga pallavi By Sudha Jagannathan
It was a fine Christmas-eve evening at Mylapore Fine Arts Club. The Sabha was full, as Bombay Jayashri prepared to give yet one more concert for Dec 2007 season.
Nityashree casts a magical spell By Sudha Jagannathan
Nithyashree Mahadevan gave a dazzling concert on the evening of January 1, 2008 at Parthasarathy Swami Sabha.