Ad Here  
June
July
August
September
October
November
 
 
Travails and thrills... Rise and fall of PVN... Birth of IE Green Jubilee for agricultural research Salem steel waiting for its sheen The years of consolidation, second bomb, and hope Budgets through the years… Editorially reinforced and redesigned The rise and fall of the Madras Press Club How Chennai missed the bus? (rail!) When fertilizer production shifted to North and West... From the very beginning When comes such another! When feedstock change worked havoc... This foray into economic journalism... When Eicher bites the Bullet... The rise, fall and rise of India Cements Mrs Gandhi storms back, MGR unshaken in his fortress The green years Where a co-operative paid bonus; helped eradicate caste bias... Hand composing to desk top publishing… The white trigger at Erode The unreal estate He took public sector to commanding heights... Hanuman jumps in auto, electronic technologies Power progress A culture of R&D... Kurien visits Erode... MY LOVE FOR AGRICULTURE The slippery story of crude When cooperatives pushed out private dairies... Music, music everywhere… The sea change Remembering SV Takeover tycoons... Major storms during the explosive years
 
Music, music everywhere…
Inaugurating the Annual Music Conference of the Music Academy, Chennai, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa suggested the Academy organising a global music festival and promised support. Chennai has all the credential to do this.
MUSIC FILLS THE air through December. 300 plus Sabhas and other cultural centres vie with one another to present over 3000 concerts during the month. These draw rasikas from across the globe and of course, from other parts of India. The Chennai weather is in its mildest with old guards, wrapped up in mufflers and winter clothing, coming out with the annual complaint: “this margazhi is the coldest!”

Women throng the sabhas in the best of their silk sarees and jewellery. With programmes running in many sabhas through the day, food courts have also become an inevitable part of the festival.  

Through these six decades I have been listening to music, I have been witnessing spectacular changes: in the number of musicians proliferating and with them the hordes of rasikas. The splurge of  money withticket prices sky rocketing provides an index of the increasing affluence of the middle class, advances in acoustics and the ability to attract sponsorships.  

Till the early 1960s, Music Academy used to hold its performances (at the Rasika Ranjani Sabha hall, Mylapore. My senior in school, V L Janakiraman (now veena exponent Prof Janakiraman, violinist V L Vedagiri’s brother) was part of the team of young scouts, incharge of manning the entry gates. He used to smuggle me in when the rather strict and forbidding scoutmaster was away! That was my first exposure to the musical stalwarts of those times. Pedalling some 10 km was no big thing to enjoy the bliss of such traditional renderings. There were plenty of free kutcheris at temples, Ramakrishna Students’ Home and elsewhere. Madurai Mani Iyer and Flute Mali offered these opportunities in plenty. In many ways they attracted the youth in hordes into Carnatic music. 

Lalgudi turned a hata yogi

At the Panduranga Bajanai Mandali, Triplicane, Lalgudi Jayaraman was elaborating a raga in a Mani Iyer concert. Perhaps struck by a shrill note, a tube light fell on his head. In those days, Lalgudi had a thick tuft. I remember his doing a feat done perhaps only by seasoned acrobats or hata yogis. Instinctively he jumped with his whole body and re-positioned himself in no time. No damage done and the kutcheri continued… 

… and T N Krishnan strung the violin

Flute Mali is known for his antics. It was one of his performances at the Music Academy with violin maestro T N Krishnan accompanying him. In trying to cope with the shrill, sharp notes, the violin strings snapped. For the next 30 minutes Krishnan was busy re-stringing. All through Mali continued with his soulful music. 

1 2 3
Author :
Reported On :
Sector :
RELATED NEWS
ABOUT IE
IE, the business magazine from south was launched in 1968 and pioneered business journalism in south. Through the 45 years IE has been focusing on well-presented and well-researched articles. When giants in the industry stumbled to keep pace with the digital revolution, IE stayed affixed embracing technology.
Read more
 
PRIVACY POLICY
Economist Communications Ltd is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.
Read more
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
You agree that your use of this Website and the purchase of the magazine will be governed by these terms and conditions.
Read more
 
CONTACT US
S-15, Industrial Estate,
Guindy,
Chennai - 600 032.
PHONE: +91 44 22501236
EMAIL: indecom1968@gmail.com