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Sa Pa Sa, Ha Ha Ha: A Legacy of Laughter

Sa Pa Sa, Ha Ha Ha: A Legacy of Laughter

 Who said classical musicians can’t be funny? Not much has been written about the ready wit of classical musicians, who are often considered elitist or even saintly. The author lists out some of the funniest anecdotes on the greats Much of classical music and its practitioners are perceived to be rather elitist by some. The...

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Parassala B. Ponnammal(1924-2021): Remembering Our “Golden Girl”

Parassala B. Ponnammal(1924-2021): Remembering Our “Golden Girl”

With her melodious voice, Parassala B. Ponnammal rewrote the 300-year rule that prevented women inside the Navarathri Mandapam. The writer reminisces the historic moment and the deep bondage they shared. One of my fond childhood memories was, listening to Maharaja Swathi Thirunal’s Padmanabha Shathakam broadcast by All India Radio as part of the morning program...

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Music or lyrics: What is More Important in Carnatic?

Music or lyrics: What is More Important in Carnatic?

Much of Carnatic literature circle around just three themes; praising, complaints or requests to God. Yet if I am asked whether music or lyrics are more important to the system, I’d say each deserves total importance. Being locked down at home indefinitely for months, one gets a lot of time to introspect, evaluate one’s choices,...