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The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam – Part 13

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam – Part 13

The writer asserts, a slew of treatises of yore and temple inscriptions are enough indications of the numerous dance forms staged in temples, the traditions of which might have influenced the evolution of Mohiniyattam.  In Kerala Devadasi was known by the general name Tevadichi which means  “a woman who serves at the feet of god”....

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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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Move Over Foodstagramming; Make Way for ‘Mukbang’

Move Over Foodstagramming; Make Way for ‘Mukbang’

What began as a South Korean trend of polishing off gargantuan portions of food on camera, has now spread across continents, presenting viewers with gastronomic orgasms. The era of food blogs or vlogs and Instagramming food is over. Enter mukbang or food porn. The term mukbang is a portmanteau of the Korean words for ‘eating’...

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Art Journalism: An Art by Itself

Art Journalism: An Art by Itself

With the commercialisation of the media and the education system, the study of language and literature, especially in the mother-tongue, has suffered, in turn leading to an erosion in the quality of art criticism and journalism, says the author

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Vintage Vignettes: VSN on T.K Rangachary

Vintage Vignettes: VSN on T.K Rangachary

T.K Rangachary was best known for his clear citation of words in a field where music was always considered more important than words, wrote V. S. Namboothiripad, Kerala’s first music critic, in 1954.

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Vintage Vignettes: V.S.N on Palghat Rama Bhagavather

Vintage Vignettes: V.S.N on Palghat Rama Bhagavather

Palghat Rama Bhagavather, a Carnatic musician with an unquenchable thirst for Carnatic music, was noted for beautifully rendering rare and common ragas in his own style, wrote V. S. Namboothiripad, Kerala’s first music critic in 1954. Palghat Rama Bhagavather, who is still popular in the realm of Karnatic music, is above sixty. He is one...

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