Author : Aruna Chandaraju


Remembering the doyen of Carnatic music

Remembering the doyen of Carnatic music

Apr 22,2017 , 11:49 PM IST | Hans
The last few weeks have seen a series of Thyagaraja Aradhana functions across the Telugu States and even south India. At such a time, it is fitting to remember those musician-composers who despite their limited resources took the initiative to organise Thyagaraja Aradhana festival in the interior areas. One of them was the brilliant musician-composer Mahendravada Bappana Sastry (1904–1979). He con
Land of legends: Nelakondapalli

Land of legends: Nelakondapalli

Feb 18,2017 , 10:49 PM IST | Hans
For most of us Carnatic music students, Nelakondapalli had always been a familiar name. We were taught that it was a small village, which was the birthplace of famous Vaggeyakara, composer Bhadrachala Ramadasu. 
A soul safari

A soul safari

Nov 12,2016 , 11:28 PM IST | Hans
On the way, we drove past Sharjah, marked as a University City, which like Dubai is well known to the average Indian. We reached Ras Al Khaimah in about two hours, thanks to the heavy traffic though one can also do this route in one hour during low-traffic points of the day, we were told.  
An artistic bureaucrat

An artistic bureaucrat

Oct 23,2016 , 02:43 AM IST | Hans
An unusual and admirable combination of a top bureaucrat and performing musician – that is TK Ramachandran for you. An IAS officer who is currently the Principal Secretary to the Government, Information Technology Department, Tamil Nadu, he is also a trained Carnatic music vocalist, who gives concerts.
The Karimnagar Diaries

The Karimnagar Diaries

Sep 24,2016 , 11:20 PM IST | Hans
It actually began as a long-due trip to Sri Rajarajeswara Swamy Temple in Vemulawada village in Karimnagar district. The famous Shiva temple has drawn countless visitors for centuries. We had hoped also to have a quick glimpse of the nearby forts and do some shopping for silver-filigree items, which the place is renowned for, after the darshan. An 80th birthday celebration of a family friend's unc
Reinventing the joy of music

Reinventing the joy of music

Sep 11,2016 , 01:07 AM IST | Hans
He had a spectacular start to his career. Musician Chitravina N Ravikiran was presented on stage at the age of two – yes; he was just two years old then! This was in 1969. Even more amazing, soon after that he was quizzed by legends of the day and he was able to identify 325 ragams and 175 thalams, at that tender age. The music world was stunned!   
A gem of orient

A gem of orient

Aug 27,2016 , 11:25 PM IST | Hans
On my first visit to Bangkok, several years ago, with a day in my hand to see city all by myself, I decided to do the touristy thing and begin with its most well-known sites. So, the famous Emerald Buddha temple and the Wat Pho temple complex aka Temple of the Reclining Buddha were my first choice. On subsequent visits to the country with co-travellers, I managed to complete the list of Bangkok's
Gaana Gandharva from the banks of Krishna

Gaana Gandharva from the banks of Krishna

Aug 14,2016 , 12:09 AM IST | Hans
One of the most used words in speech or writing, when referring to Ghantasala's voice and music is the word “Ganaamrutham” or nectarine song. It is surely one of the aptest words when discussing the work of this singer-composer, who is regarded as a phenomenally talented artiste, and one of the all-time greats in the playback-singing history of south Indian cinema.