Archive for December, 2008

Started the day with a beautiful lec dem on Dhrupad by Prof. Ritwik Sanyal at the Music Academy. The time allocated to him was too less to do justice to the topic. I would love to get an opportunity to spend more time with him and learn more about an art form that I love […]


Margazhi Raagam

29Dec08

Imagine a concert in Chennai’s music season where you prefer the last row to the first the balcony ticket is costlier than the ticket for a seat in the main hall the sound system is excellent there are no MTC buses honking there are no mamas/mamis shouting raga names the moment the singer starts singing […]


  Played mrudangam today for the flute recital of J.A. Jayanth at Vidya Bharati, Mylapore, Chennai.  The concert was organized by Shri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha.    Artists: Flute:  J.A. Jayanth  Violin:  Parur M.S. Ananthakrishnan Mrudangam:  R. Ramkumar   List of songs: 1) calamEla (varnam) – nATTakurinji – Adi – mUlaivITTu rangaswAmi naTTuvanAr (O) 2) sakala kalA vANiyE […]


Played mrudangam on 18th Dec 2008 for the vocal concert of Girija Shankar at Vani Mahal, T. Nagar, Chennai.  The concert was organized by Shri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha.    Artists: Vocal:  Girija Shankar Violin:  B. Sudha Mrudangam:  R. Ramkumar   List of songs: 1) gaNanAdanE – sArangA – Adi – periasAmi thUran (O) 2) […]


The fingers dance gracefully on the mrudangam producing crystal clear beats soaked in divine nadham making one wonder whether the instrument being played is the mrudangam or a perfectly tuned string instrument. As the maestro unleashes a breathless roll puncuated by appropriate strokes at the appropriate places, the only other sound one can hear in […]


Played mrudangam yesterday (11th Dec 2008) for the vocal concert of Aditya Venkatesh at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai.  The concert was organized by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.    Artists: Vocal:  Aditya Venkatesh Violin:  M. Vijay Mrudangam:  R. Ramkumar   List of songs:   1) mAl marugan (varnam) – hindOLam – Adi – tanjAvUr shankara iyer 2) […]


Played mrudangam today for the vocal concert of Aditya Venkatesh at Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Luz Church Road, Alwarpet.  The concert was organized by Brahma Gana Sabha.    Artists: Vocal:  Aditya Venkatesh Violin:  K.P. Haricharan Mrudangam:  R. Ramkumar   List of songs:   1) Era nApai (varnam) – tODi – Adi – paTTaNam subramaNya iyer (O) 2) tuLasi […]



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