Presents Festival of Parallels Here is my music season schedule this year. As usual, I will be curating and performing the “Festival of Parallels”, treating Carnatic music in parallel with Western classical music and Hindustani music, drawing out parallels and dissimilarities in an explanation-cum-performance format. This year marks the 7th consecutive performing year with my friend […]
Anil Srinivasan and Sikkil Gurucharan made a tremendous impact on the classical music scene when they first performed their collaborative oeuvre in Chennai exactly seven years ago. An unconventional but highly nuanced western classical frame around a textured Carnatic voice proved to be a performance style that won the appreciation of musicians, critics and audiences […]
At first glance, I see her industriously sweeping the floor as she always has. I’ve seen her here several times, this being an auditorium I’ve used for performances several times. She is of indeterminate age. I’ve rarely seen her gloomy. Today, though, I notice that Seethamma’s gait is awkward. She careens a bit to the left every time […]
At a summer arts programme organized by UK-based Milapfest, I was caught off-guard listening to an al fresco concert given by young Jasdeep Singh Degun, a UK-born (and bred) sitar student. While the rendition itself was noteworthy, what impressed me most was the setting. A beautifully landscaped garden with tinkling fountains formed the front of […]
At first glance, I see her industriously sweeping the floor as she always has. I’ve seen her here several times, this being an auditorium I’ve used for performances several times. She is of indeterminate age. I’ve rarely seen her gloomy. Today,though, I notice that Seethamma’s gait is awkward. She careens a bit to the left […]
It’s late evening in busy Mumbai, and I am already late for my flight. To add to my confusion, the taxi is headed towards the wrong airport, and we realise this just as we are turning at a busy intersection. There are a million reasons to scream and get agitated, but instead, I start humming […]
A brilliant video production of an exciting collaboration between Supratik Das, Sikkil. C. Gurucharan and myself, produced at the fantastic The Peninsula Studios in Delhi.
Next on my list of madcap adventures – off to the UK to work, to the Southbank Centre, to teach my colleagues in Western Classical Music a thing or two about working with Indian music pedagogy. And working with a master co-guide and mentor, Fraser Trainer, one of Britain’s most gifted creative professionals. More details here