Archive for January, 2010

News Flash: Mrudangam legend Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman (my guru) has been named today as one of the recipients of this year’s Padma Vibhushan award, the country’s second highest civilian honour!

The Indian School of Business (ISB), my alma mater, has been ranked no. 12 in the latest Financial Times (London) global B-School rankings! Way to go! Here is a link to the rankings: The official press release from ISB can be found at and a portion of it is repeated below: The Indian […]

Chetan Bhagat’s “2 states – the story of my marriage” (Fiction, Rupa & Co., Oct 2009), said to be inspired from happenings in his own life, is a story of how two IIM-A classmates – Krish Malhotra (a Punjabi boy) and Ananya Swaminathan  (a Tamil girl) fall in love with each other but have to […]

It was very encouraging today to get the best mrudangam artist award for this year’s music season (afternoon slot) from Shri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, one of Chennai’s oldest and most reputed sabhas. The award was given by Carnatic music legend Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna and Dr. Nalli Kuppuswami Chettiar.

“50 Maestros, 50 Recordings” (HarperCollins Publishers, Dec 2009) is a tribute to select masters of Indian Classical Music who influenced its authors Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan (sons of sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan) the most. It starts with a very brief introduction to Indian Music – Carnatic and Hindustani, with a short […]

December is the month many Carnatic music lovers, look forward to, for it is in December that the annual music season begins. This year’s season has been very fulfilling for me as I, despite a hectic schedule at work, managed to attend many concerts of two of my favorite vocalists – in fact attended almost […]


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