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The Ragas handled by Saint Tyagaraja – Part 2

The Ragas handled by Saint Tyagaraja – Part 2
Posted on: May 18, 2013

In Part 1, we discussed about two ragas Atana and Asaveri. Tyagaraja Swami composed 12 and 9 songs in these ragas respectively. We shall deal with another three ragas in this article.

Dr.S.Balachander – Veena Virtuoso (Part 2)

Dr.S.Balachander – Veena Virtuoso (Part 2)
Posted on: May 11, 2013

The moment someone mentions the word S.Balachander, the first thing that appears in mind is his majestic personality and the contributions he made to the Carnatic music world and more specifically to the south Indian instrument Veena.

Mellisai Mannar T K Ramamurthy

Mellisai Mannar T K Ramamurthy
Posted on: May 4, 2013

Mellisai Mannar T K Ramamurthy, one of the duo of “Viswanathan-Ramamurthy”, passed away at the age of 91 on 17th April 2013. T K Ramamurthy was a great violinist.

Lalgudi Jayaraman – The Violin Virtuoso

Lalgudi Jayaraman – The Violin Virtuoso
Posted on: April 27, 2013

2013! This year saw the demise of two greatest violinists, M S Gopalakrishnan and Lalgudi Jayaraman. Sri. Lalgudi Jayaraman (1930-2013), “Lalgudi” to all of us, passed away on 22nd April 2013 at 82. Lalgudi was a complete musician. He was a violin virtuoso, a vaggeyakara and a musical mathematician.

P B Sreenivas – The Velvet Singer

P B Sreenivas – The Velvet Singer
Posted on: April 20, 2013

P B Sreenivas (1930-2013), fondly PBS, passed away at the age of 82. PBS was gifted with a mellifluous voice. Though he sang many tamil songs before “Kalangalil aval vasantham”, this song made PBS, a household name for ever.

Veena S. Balachander – The Multifaceted Genius – Part 1

Veena S. Balachander – The Multifaceted Genius – Part 1
Posted on: April 13, 2013

Veena S. Balachander’s death anniversary falls today the April 13th. Veena Balachander was a child prodigy, a virtuoso, a genius, an innovator, a creator, a self-taught, a musician’s musician, a film actor, a film music composer, an inspired film director, a producer, a chess prodigy, a great orator, a fantastic writer with fabulous command over language, a human with great sense of humour, an excellent photographer and last but not the least, a very handsome and gigantic personality.

Osibisa - One of the first famous African bands

Osibisa – One of the first famous African bands
Posted on: April 6, 2013

Osibisa is a Ghanaian African band formed in 1969 by 7 people of African origin. Osibisa was one of the first African tradition bands which became popular worldwide.

Shehnai and its application in Indian films

Shehnai and its application in Indian films
Posted on: March 30, 2013

Shehnai is a wind instrument greatly used in marriages, procession and temples of West Asia. The sound of shehnai creates an auspicious mood and sanctity. The greatest exponent of Shehnai is Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan (1916-2006).

Instruments of an Orchestra

Instruments of an Orchestra
Posted on: March 23, 2013

An orchestra is made up of four families of instruments and they are
1. Strings
2. Woodwinds
3. Brass
4. Percussion

Professor Sripada Pinakapani – (1913-2013)

Professor Sripada Pinakapani – (1913-2013)
Posted on: March 16, 2013

Sripada Pinakapani passed away on 11th March 2013 at the age of 100. He was going to complete 100 years on 3rd August 2013. Sri. Pinakapani was a medical doctor, carnatic musician, musicologist, professor of medicine, administrator of medical college, and last but not the least, greatest guru ever, all rolled into one. He was the first professional among musician and musician par excellence among doctors.

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