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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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How Ghulam Mustafa Khan Bridged Hindustani and Film Music

How Ghulam Mustafa Khan Bridged Hindustani and Film Music

 Groomed in north Indian classical, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan (1931-2021) was open to engaging with Hindi cinema as well. The voyage proved symbiotic in more ways than one. Ghulam Mustafa Khan was really small when his family initiated the boy into music. So much so, he could utter only ya-ya-ya-ya when the elders sang the...

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Dr Sunil Kothari (1933-2020): A Dancer Turned Art Critic

Dr Sunil Kothari (1933-2020): A Dancer Turned Art Critic

Culture historian and author Sunil Kothari was a living encyclopedia in the field of Indian dance. India lost one of its greatest dance scholars and cultural historians today when Sunil Kothari died, marking the end of a writing career of six decades that generated no less than 20 books and innumerable articles on the subcontinent’s...

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