Category: Personalities

People I adore

Maharajapuram Santhanam: The King of Classical Music

My first foray into Karnatic Vocal happened when I was 12 yrs old. I started learning from my neighbor Mrs. Shakuntala Iyengar. It was then that I got exposed to the music of Sri Maharajapuram Santhanam. She had a huge collection of his albums that she would let us listen to, when we were free. …

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Hemalatha: A sensation unknown

Often, I wonder, what is the mark of a good singer? Bollywood has had a certain ill-flair in having neglected a lot of really worthwhile singers, who have given a great number of evergreen songs. To this band of long forgotten singers, belongs Hemlatha. Ever heard of the song “Akhiyon ke jharokon se” the title …

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Ilayaraaja – the uncrowned King of Indian Film Music!

Ever since my childhood, I had a keen ear for music. I wasn’t much of a musically talented kid! I used to sing, I still do (much to the dismay of my room mates) in the bathroom (so what’s new!!). I did go to classical music classes, for about an year. Anyways, the point being …

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Gulzar: lafzon ka khazaana!

Every day during the afternoon from 1:15 to 2:00 I guess, there used to be a radio program – “Aap ki farmaaish”. They used to play user requests on this program. Of all the hindi songs that used to play, some of the songs used to stand out! By their music, their tone, a certain …

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I sudina ninna januma dina!!!

ivattu nannakka mangaLana huTTida habba! ninne raatri phone maaDidde avaLa time 12:00 AM ge, phone etlE illa :(. beLigge sumaaru 1 ghaMTe try maaDingO maaDingu… bhaava yaavdO office callnallidraMte! kaadu kaadu kaDegU sikkidlu. naanu manji together wish maaDidwi 😀 (actually naanu modalu phone maaDi wish maaDde.. aamEle manji jote conf haakiddu 😉 ). vishruth maataaDda …

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MS Subbulakshmi – The Divinity of Classical Music

Smt. M S Subbulakshmi, is a name that is sychoronous with Classical Carnatic music. I am at a loss of words to describe her, suffice it to say that she was my “maanasa guru” – a teacher I followed by my heart. I have learnt numerous stotras and songs by listening her sing. I have …

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