Archive for January, 2012

“Voice of the Veena – S. Balachander, A biography”, by Vikram Sampath, Rain Tree (Rupa Publications), 2012 ——————————————————————– S. Balachander, best known to many of us as a veena maestro, was very different from the musicians one usually comes across. He was much more than just a great vainika. A man with strong convictions, he […]


Padma Awards for 2012 have been announced and the following are the Indian Classical musicians who have been honored with the same: Padma Bhushan: Shri M.S. Gopalakrishnan (Carnatic – Violin) Shri T.V. Gopalakrishnan (Carnatic – Vocal & Mrudangam) Pt. Buddhadev Das Gupta (Hindustani – Sarod) Padma Shri: Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (Hindustani – Vocal) Ustad […]


Played mrudangam for the vocal concert of Sangeetha Ayyar. The concert was organized by Ambalam & Rasayana. The song list was as follows: Vocal:  Sangeetha Ayyar Violin: V.L. Kumar Mrudangam:  R. Ramkumar Venue:  Ambalam, Yamuna Street, Besant Nagar, Chennai Sabha:  Ambalam & Rasayana   List of songs: 1) mAtru dEvO bhava (varNam) – nAgasvarAvaLi – Adi – mOhan ayyar  […]


Played mrudangam for the vocal concert of R. Raghavendra. The concert was organized by Sriranjani. The song list was as follows: Vocal:  R. Raghavendra Violin: R. Rahul Mrudangam:  R. Ramkumar Venue:  Swamy’s Hall, Mandaveli, Chennai Sabha:  Sriranjani   List of songs: 1) sarasUDa (varNam) – sAvEri – Adi – kothavAsal venkaTrAma iyer (O) 2) dinamaNi vamsha […]



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