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REVIEW - Archive 2016
A message of tranquility
By Sudha Jagannathan

CHENNAI: A sense of calmness and an intense desire for perfection marked her concert for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on the evening of December 21, 2016. »
A classical exposition
By Sudha Jagannathan

CHENNAI: The violin duet of Lalgudi siblings G.J.R.Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi was absorbing. Melody marked their concert for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on the evening of December 20, 2016. »
A soothing concert
By Sudha Jagannathan

CHENNAI, December 19: Problems never come singly, it is often said. First, the czar of Carnatic music Balamuralikrishna passed into pages of history just as Chennai was getting ready for its annual December music season. »
Music for the mind
By Shalini Prabhakaran

SINGAPORE: Sudha Ragunathan took a sabbatical during the December season of 2015. Marghazhi in Chennai is incomplete even if one in the senior rung is missing. With the floods playing havoc as well, the season that went by proved a damp squib! »
Sublime music, blessed devotees
By Sudha Jagannathan

It was the first concert of the annual series at Kapalishwarar temple on April 4, 2016. The Kumbhabhishekam was performed only the previous day at the temple. The atmosphere inside was aesthetic. »
Abhishek-Abhyankar music reveals Aikya
By Sudha Jagannathan

CHENNAI: March 11, 2016 saw one more edition of Aikya held at The Music Academy here. The mega event this time around was a musical conversation between Sanjeev Abhyankar (Hindustani) and Abhishek Raghuram (Carnatic), two young artistes of distinct styles of the North and South. »
Confident Aneka makes a mark in maiden concert
By Uma Karthikeyan

MELBOURNE: It was her maiden concert. And, it turned out to be excellent. Indeed, the arangetram of this teenage girl enchanted a simple summer evening in Melbourne on 7th March 2015. »
When values, voices & violins merge ...
By Sudha Jagannathan

Violinist-brothers Ganesh & Kumaresh and top-notch vocalists Sudha Ragunathan and Bombay Jayashri came together for a dazzling concert for Aikya 2015 on March 7 at the Music Academy. »
A rich redendition
By Sudha Jagannathan

Gayathri Venkataraghavan stood out for the Clarity in diction, appropriate sangatis, and rich repertoire marked Gayathri Venkataraghavan’s concert for Sri Parthasarathy Sabha on December 22, 2014. She was simply elegant in her rendition. »
An engaging concert
By Sudha Jagannathan

Aruna Sairam has the uncanny ability to connect with the audience. For the audience, her concerts are quite an engaging experience. Her concert for Sri Parthasarthy Swami Sabha on December 20, 2014, reaffirmed this boding. »
An enchanting portrayal of Meera
By Sudha Jagannathan

Urmila Satyanarayana’s dance recital for Narada Gana Sabha titled `Meera’ was enchanting for the way she portrayed the character and brought out the pangs, emotion & love for Lord Krishna at all times. »
A delightful convergence
By Sudha Jagannathan

Jugalbandhi titled “Sangamam” between Pandit Ronu Majumdar and Vidushi Bombay Jayashri on January 24, 2015 for Sankalp, which runs a school for autism kids. »
A sumptuous concert
By Sudha Jagannathan

Class is permanent, it is said. And, T.N.Seshagopalan showed it in full measure as he gave a vocal concert for Sri Parthasarathy Sabha on December 17, 2014. His musical presentation was rich in terms of volume. And, it was a high quality presentation. »
A sublime recital by Gayathri Girish
By Sudha Jagannathan

Gayathri Girish’s concert for Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha on December 23, 2014 was an enriching experience. She was simple and unassuming. And, her rendering was sublime. »
Classy, thy name is Abhishek Raghuram
By Sudha Jagannathan

Abhishek Raghuram was all classy when he gave a concert for the Narada Gana Sabha on December 26, 2014. His rendering of “Alarulu Kuriyaga Adenade” (Sankarabharanam) was inspiring, as he brought the beauty of the lyrics composed on Alarmel Manga of Tirichanoor. »
Redefining concert experience, the Bombay Jayashri bani
By Sudha Jagannathan

Bombay Jayashri’s concert for Narada Gana Sabha on December 30, 2014 turned exciting as it progressed. She seemed to struggle a bit though in the beginning. But it was just for a short while. When she went in for an expansive alapana in Sankarabharanam, she was at her usual best. »
A classy duo
By Sudha Jagannathan

The violin recital of Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on December 19, 2014 was marked for vidwath and brilliance. The brother-sister duo combined elegantly to engage the enthusiastic audience. They were classy, and revealed the Lalgudi tradition in ample measure. »
Charting a own course in Carnatic music
By Sudha Jagannathan

T.M.Krishna’s concert for Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha on the morning of December 28, 2014 was fascinating. He was totally immersed into music, as the capacity audience listened to him in rapt attention. He looked completely oblivious to the assembled audience around him. »
When Ranjani & Gayatri win the mind space ...
By Sudha Jagannathan

On a chilly Christmas winter evening sisters, Ranjani and Gayatri gave one of the best performances at the Music Academy. The Academy was full. The sisters began with Thyagaraja’s “Meru Samana”(Mayamalavagaula). They embellished it with intricate swaras. »
Sandeep Narayan, a new star on the horizon
By Sudha Jagannathan

Young Sandeep Narayan was quite impressive as he gave a vocal recital for R.R.Sabha on December 11, 2014, at Dakshinamoorthi Auditorium. His selection of kritis matched his style. He brought out the subtle nuances of the raga and the brilliance of the treatises ably. »
Where class prevails ...
By Sudha Jagannathan

It was an absorbing recital. Sangitha Kalanidhi Sudha Ragunathan was at her best when she gave a performance for Bharat Kalachar on December 13, 2014. Her voice had a magical touch. And, she treated the audience to some rakthi ragas. »
When Kala takes the bow ...
By Sudha Jagannathan

It was a fascinating violin recital. And, the evening was enjoyable as Kala Ramnath evoked myriad moods –soothing sometimes, exhilarating in phases and melancholic on occasions. Her Hindustani violin concert on December 11, 2014. »
Cloud Messenger, a revelation to the audience
By Sudha Jagannathan

Meghadootham, the immortal poem composed by poet Kalidasa in the 5th century, was premiered at The Music Academy in Chennai on 26 & 27, July, 2014. A group of skillful dancers brought out to the audience in an exotic way the communication carried by the Cloud Messenger. Poet Kalidasa was known for his imagination and usages of Upama alankaras or similes to enhance the beauty of the poetry and lyrical language. »
A wholesome concert reveals Yesudas, the humble artiste
By Sudha Jagannathan

K.J.Yesudas was at his expressive best as he gave a concert for Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha on December 17, 2013. His voice was impacting, and had a comforting effect on the listeners. He treated the audience to an array of compositions. There was variety in terms of kritis, ragas and composers. »
Lively O.S. Arun & impressive Khamas
By Sudha Jagannathan

There is never a dull moment when he gets on to the stage. He keeps the audience hooked all through. Expectedly, O.S. Arun’s concert for Narada Gana Sabha on December 20, 2013 was lively. Generally, people go to his concerts expecting more bhajans and some light classical compositions. »
Revealing class
By Sudha Jagannathan

Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam is endowed with a fabulous voice. And, she has an aesthetic outlook to music. A top-quality vocalist, Vijayalakshmi the musician deserves a lot more. Her concert for Mylapore Fine Arts Club on December 15, 2013 reiterated her rising status in the world of Carnatic music. »
Chaitrra Sairam, a diligent artiste
By Sudha Jagannathan

It was a charming recital. Her calm demeanor, clarity in diction, and focused approach gave the concert an elevation. Chaitrra Sairam is indeed a no-nonsense next generation vocalist. She went about her concert for Brahma Gana Sabha on December 16, 2013 diligently. »
When grace and elegance combine …
By Sudha Jagannathan

When he is on stage, he holds court literally. T.V. Sankaranarayanan was at his scintillating best when he gave a recital for the Mylapore Fine Arts Club on December 15, 2013. There wasn’t a single dull moment. There was grace. There was elegance. »
A short & sweet concert
By Sudha Jagannathan

It was a short-duration concert, lasting just 90 minutes. It was sweet, nevertheless. Form is temporary and class is permanent, it is often said. Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna proved this in an unambiguous way, as he gave a mesmerizing concert on January 5. »
A traditionalist’s approach
By Sudha Jagannathan

She is knowledge-wise rich. And, she is known to be a stickler to the well laid out practice. Naturally, she commands respect from a section of the audience, which views Carnatic music from a traditional prism. »
Sudha Ragunathan, a rasika’s artiste
By Sudha Jagannathan

Sudha Ragunathan the vocalist will become a Sangitha Kalanidhi on January 1, 2014. Well before the start of her evening concert (on December 22, 2013), chairs were fully occupied at Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha. And, the Sabha was overflowing with die-hard Sudha fans. »
A fascinating RaGa casts a spell
By Sudha Jagannathan

Sisters Ranjani and Gayatri gave a fascinating recital at the Mecca of Carnatic Music, the Music Academy, on Christmas evening. Their music is always vibrant, and they sing each and every item of the concert - be it a tough Dikshithar kriti or the miscellaneous compositions at fag-end of the concert – with equal felicity. »