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Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

How A Culture Buff Is Helping Carnatic Discover One Lost Charm

Jul 10, 2018 Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

In a serene pocket on the banks of a Kerala river, music enthusiast R. Padmakumar has been organising chamber concerts for serious Carnatic listeners. A look at the venture now into its tenth year:

From Shakespeare to Malayattoor, V. Sambasivan’s Kathaprasangam Enticed And Educated Common Folk

Jul 04, 2018 Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

If a Harikatha-inspired new-age narrative with orchestra took Kerala audiences by storm in the latter part of the 20th century, it was more because of the charisma of its chief architect. A peek at the icon’s contributions on the occasion of his 90th birthday:


Challenges To Honest Journalism Before, During & After Emergency: A Scribe’s Account

Octogenarian mediaperson P. Raman pens a book sketched by nuggets of self-experienced struggles in the profession, with dashes of humour that colour up his trail down half-a-century of Indian media’s history

The Unheralded Revolution Gauhar Jaan Brought In to Indian Classical Music

Jun 26, 2018 Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

As Google Doodle marks the singing legend’s 145th birth anniversary, a peek at what challenge the Hindustani vocalist overcame to make it big in recording annals


Asad Ali Khan: The Master Who Blended The Spirit of Music And Yoga

Rudra veena is a challenging classical instrument that insists the player sits in a yoga posture. An overview, on the occasion of the World Music Day and International Yoga Day

17 June, 2018

Classical Musicians Suhas Vyas & T.N.S. Krishna: Chip Off The Old Block

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Today is Father’s Day. If open admiration from the son is a happy feature on the concert stage, then two scions of Indian classical music hold great examples.


13 June, 2018

Uphaar Tragedy Anniversary: Scary Reel Of Memory For Honeymoon Couple From Kerala

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Kochiites husband and wife were on a two-day visit to Delhi a fortnight after marriage in mid-1997 when they chanced upon the theatre fire—with no idea about what was happening. A relook:


10 June, 2018

World Cup Soccer: How Valderrama Dribbled A Parallel With Carnatic Drummer Harishankar

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Clever slowdown, and then a sudden gust of raid. That used to be common between percussionist G. Harishankar and footballer Carlos Valderrama. A tribute to the ganjira maestro on his 60th birth anniversary ahead of the 21st FIFA Cup.


05 June, 2018

Kamal, Cauvery And Thyagaraja: Stray Images Of The Deccani River’s Past And Present

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

On World Environment Day (June 5), a take on a vital south Indian river that winds tight a uneasy tape across the ties between two riparian states while once having been the fountainhead of a harmonious music system.


02 June, 2018

Soulmate Show: What’s Symbolic Of Light And Shades on Plantain Leaves?

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

A group show of paintings and sculptures in Delhi brings together 27 artists from across the country, a few from abroad, too. A closer look at one participant who patterns green and yellow hues at banana gardens:


29 May, 2018

Bharati & Kala: Two Artistes Who Derive Energy From A Hybrid Culture

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Mohiniyattam exponent Bharati Shivaji turns 70. Hers is a fascinating cross-culture story, which is also the core of Hindustani violinist Kala Ramnath whose birthday, too, falls today:


27 May, 2018

How Clay Gives Eye-Sight To A Lofty Line-up of Classical Actor-Dancers

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

A small Kerala pocket with big cultural heritage is celebrating its association with three Kathakali icons. On the occasion, a look at multi-faceted Sadanam K. Harikumaran’s sculptures of Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair, Vazhenkada Kunchu Nair and Keezhpadam Kumaran Nair, among others:


19 May, 2018

Girish Karnad: A Glorious Build-Up On Vibrant Formative Years

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

While Karnataka is in the midst of a political thriller, a celebrated son of the state turns 80 on Saturday. A look at the early phase of multi-faceted cultural personality:


11 May, 2018

Kerala Folklore Museum: 3 Floors, 10 Centuries And 5,000 Objects of Common Use

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Kochi’s Folklore Museum is the only one of its kind in the southern state. A peek at what makes it special on the occasion of its tenth anniversary:


05 May, 2018

Metro Man’s Village And A Wedding Night In Current-less Times

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

India got all its villages electrified the other day. A trip down memory lane—to an obscure 1970s Kerala village that had no power, but now boasts of a national celebrity as well.


29 April, 2018

Lalgudi Jayaraman: Many Facets of The Cosmic Energy Nataraja Pose

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

A take on Lalgudi Jayaraman who has enriched south Indian music culture, on the death anniversary of the legendary Carnatic violinist


26 April, 2018

Thrissur Pooram: Elephants, Parasols, Ensembles, Fireworks, Crowd And An Unexpected Death

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Kerala’s world-famous Thrissur Pooram festivities ended today afternoon. Amid the joy, there was a tragedy as well. A cursory look at the 2018 edition of the extravaganza:


21 April, 2018

When B&W Art Images Curiously Deck Up The Colourful Ambience

Sreevalsan Thiyyadi

Two of India’s top visual artistes have come together to gift viewers with a rare synergy of paintings and photographs along the same walls. A look at an ongoing Delhi exhibition of select works by Aruna Vasudev and Achal Kumar:


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Health workers inoculate a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a beneficiary during a mega-vaccination drive to mark PM Modi's 71st birthday, in Beawar district.

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Devotees carry an idol of Lord Ganesh for immersion in the Tawi river, in Jammu.

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Saints pray to Lord Swaminarayan during 'Jal Jalani Edkashi' at Gurukul in Surat.

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Activists of Samuga Needhi Katchi wear masks of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin and former chief minister M Karunanidhi, during the pledge owing on the 143rd birth anniversary of Thanthai Periyar, in Coimbatore.

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Health workers inoculate a COVID-19 vaccine dose to a beneficiary during a mega-vaccination drive to mark PM Modi's 71st birthday, in Ahmedabad.

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