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Parur Bani: A Unique Blend of Hindustani and Carnatic Systems

Parur Bani: A Unique Blend of Hindustani and Carnatic Systems

Fusing Carnatic and Hindustani styles, Parur Sundaram Iyer created the  unique ‘Parur bani’ in violin. M.S. Gopalakrishnan, his son, became the chief proponent of this style. Today (June 10) is MSG’s birth anniversary. It was in the early 1900s, Parur Sundaram Iyer, a Carnatic violinist from Parur, a small town near Aluva, Kerala, went to...

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Thrissur Pooram Means Entry to Koothambalam for Me

Thrissur Pooram Means Entry to Koothambalam for Me

As a historical monument, the architecturally exquisite Koothambalam at the Vadakkuunathan temple, tells us many interesting stories of yesteryear artists. Thrissur Pooram held on April 23 without much fanfare had all of us holed up in our homes. The visuals on the TV screen were the only vignette to the happenings at the Thekkinkadu Maidan....

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Being a Dancing Priest Comes with Obvious Hurdles- Part 11

Being a Dancing Priest Comes with Obvious Hurdles- Part 11

Rising fundamentalism and communal hatred have created many hurdles on my path as a dancing priest. But an artist is a universal individual and is a brand ambassador of peace and human unity.  The most difficult thing in dance is the training. It is strenuous and demanding. Most of us are not ready to undergo...

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How the documentary on dance guru C V Chandrasekhar was born

How the documentary on dance guru C V Chandrasekhar was born

The documentary, ‘Nrithya Gandharva – Prof. C. V. Chandrasekhar, His Art & Life’, sketches the life of dance guru, choreographer and musician C.V. Chandrasekhar. A detailed description of its making. It was in the year, 2000, I first met legendary dancer and choreographer Padmabhushan Guru C V Chandrasekhar. I had heard a lot about this...