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A Madrasi in New Delhi and Other Memories

A Madrasi in New Delhi and Other Memories

Vineeth Abraham calls himself a “complete, utter and unapologetic bibliophile”. He loves books “not just for their content, but for their appearance, the font, the page quality, the smell, the edition, and most of all, the cover”. The owner of arguably one of the largest personal libraries in the country, Abraham hails from Irinjalakuda, Kerala. He worked with the Central Secretariat, New Delhi, during 1989-2017. In Shelf Life, Abraham writes about reading, books, and beyond.

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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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Singing in Dark Times: Pandemic Tales from Kerala’s Performing Artists

Singing in Dark Times: Pandemic Tales from Kerala’s Performing Artists

Robbed of livelihood means during the Covid-19 crisis, Kerala’s performing artists are staring at an existential crisis. Here’s a snapshot.   “Art is the only solace I have in this devastating period, “ says Ajay, a young keyboardist who hails from Kizhisherry, Malappuram.   But Ajay, like thousands of other musicians and performing artists in Kerala (read,...

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Prince George: Music for all Moods

Prince George: Music for all Moods

The singer-composer, Prince George, from Pune FTII who won listeners’ hearts with peppy, soulful numbers in Vijay Superum Pournamiyum is topping the charts once again with a fresh playlist from the blockbuster Mohan Kumar Fans.

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Shelf Life: The Lure of the Library (Part 2)

Shelf Life: The Lure of the Library (Part 2)

Vineeth Abraham calls himself a “complete, utter and unapologetic bibliophile”. The owner of arguably one of the largest personal libraries in the country, Abraham hails from Irinjalakuda, Kerala. In Shelf Life, Abraham writes about reading, books, and beyond.

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Fr. Paul Poovathingal: Singing Priest With a Healing Voice

Fr. Paul Poovathingal: Singing Priest With a Healing Voice

From Thrissur to the Music Academy and to the Rastrapathi Bhavan, the musical journey of Fr. Paul Poovathingal has covered all the continents. The singing priest is celebrating his 60th birthday this week.  The music originated in all different cultures of the world as a means of worship to the Almighty. So naturally, the role...