A young nadaswaram maestro from Sri Lanka regales Kerala audiences on the eve of the anniversary of a legend of the wind instrument. Viewing Jaffna’s P.S. Balamurugan alongside 20th-century giant Rajarathinam Pillai
Early December was when, in 1984, south Indian classical lost its first Westerner vocalist of acclaim. Remembering Jon B. Higgins, along with renowned Maharajapuram Santhanam (who also died in a road accident) on his 90th anniversary.
December overlaps with the Tamil month of Margazhi, which Chennai celebrates with a slew of classical concerts. Here’s a look at a less-celebrated Carnatic vocalist who the cognoscenti holds in high esteem
Lakshadweep-born Delhiite N.K.P. Muthukoya is one of India’s pioneering surreal painters. At age 76, the artist, who spent formative years in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, looks back to narrate a string of experiences—romantic, real and sometimes dark.
Bhajan Sopori’s innovative spirit has further enhanced the vistas of Hindustani classical, more so the scope of santoor. A look at the Kashmiri instrumentalist, his legacy and successor on the master’s 70th birthday
Today is the 145th birth anniversary of Abdul Karim Khan, the founder of Kirana gharana. The ustad had his Deccan trysts that familiarised him with southern music. A sample of Carnatic renditions by three khayal masters:
Had N.C. Vasanthakokilam lived longer, she might have been rated on par with M.S. Subbulakshmi. A profile of the short-lived Carnatic vocalist on her death anniversary today when acclaimed Hindustani musician Sulochana Brahaspati turns 80: