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The Genesis of Sanskrit Theatre – Part I

The Genesis of Sanskrit Theatre – Part I

Dating back to the pre-Buddha period and evolved through the Vedic times, the Sanskrit theatre was influenced by various philosophers and scholars. The art form was then redefined by Bharata’s Natyasastra.

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Bhakti and Evolution of Music (Part II)

Bhakti and Evolution of Music (Part II)

Marking the death anniversary of the saint-composer , the acclaimed Thyagaraja Aradhana is being held today at Thiruvayyaru. From the bhakti poets of the eighth century to the trinity that includes Thyagaraja, Indian music advanced through devotion. This was induced by ragas that are unique to the subcontinent’s music system. All the ancient books right...

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Bhakti And Evolution of Music (Part 1)

Bhakti And Evolution of Music (Part 1)

Music was a means of worshipping God across civilisations. While renaissance helped western music grow three-dimensionally, Indian music retained its mono-dimensional quality and became the pinnacle of melody.    A few years ago, the Indian music scenario witnessed unprecedented protests and condemnations in connection with a few events. Illustrious musicians like Pt. Hariprasad Chourasia, Umayalpuram Sivaraman,...

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M S Gopalakrishnan: An avant-garde musician

M S Gopalakrishnan: An avant-garde musician

Equally competent in Hindustani and Carnatic genres, violin maestro M S Gopalakrishnan is one among the very few violinists in India who mastered western bowing and fingering technique. January 3 was the eighth death anniversary of the violin celebrity M S Gopalakrishnan. MSG, as he was fondly called, strode like a colossus for more than...

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Remembering  Ammannur Parameswara Chakyar

Remembering Ammannur Parameswara Chakyar

A strict disciplinarian, Koodiyattam exponent Ammannur Parameswara Chakyar , never performed outside Koothambalams For Ammannur Chachu Chakyar Smaraka Gurukulam, Irinjalakuda, the New Year commences with a 12-day Koodiyattam festival. Interestingly, this year, the 34th in the series, the festival is dedicated to the memory of Guru Ammannur Parameswara Chakyar, the late Koodiyattam maestro and the...

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Kapila Vatsyayan and Her Contributions to Indian Art

Kapila Vatsyayan and Her Contributions to Indian Art

A virtual dance event, Padma Vibhushan Dr Kapila Vatsyayan Indian Classical Dance Fest, organised by the Kerala government’s culture department and curated by eminent artists highlights the artistic spirits that guided the legendary critic.

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LPR Varma:  A Musician of Many Hues

LPR Varma: A Musician of Many Hues

Music has the singular power to carry you down the memory lane. Works of LPR Varma stand testimony to this maxim It was quite inadvertently that I happened to listen to Kayalinakkare pokan enikkoru kalivallamundayirunnu in the film ‘Visarikku kattuvenda’. Both the nostalgic and melancholy appeal of the song had captivated me even during the...

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