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...A theatre adaptation of Andha Naal was staged on Balachander’s death anniversary on April 13 at Krishna Gana Sabha by his production company SB Creations. It was a valiant attempt by Balachander’s son S B S Raman, the play’s director, to recapture the elements of the original film and yet present a compressed, 45-minute version of the two-anda-half hour movie. The play had a cast of amateur artists whose acting brought in a fresh appeal to the script. Isaikavi Ramanan who essayed the role of Rajan, played by Sivaji Ganesan in the film, never tried to ape the the spian, but presented the character in his individual style. The initial scenes were a tad too short in their duration to linger in one’s psyche. ...TOI on April 19, 2017, 7 a.m.
...One remembers with awe his 1968 concert at The Music Academy with accompanists MSG (MS Gopalakrishnan on the violin) and TVG (T V Gopalakrishnan on the mridangam). It was known as the MBK, MSG and TVG -a setup where the three were made for each other. In this concert the third or fourth song was `Manusoloni Marmamulu’ rendered in ragam hindolam.MBK had built a crescendo of swaras that lasted and lasted and patterns that were never repeated, like new springs from new wells, bustling with energy and handled with finesse. He was taking his time, prolonging (in a way toying with the audience) the arrival of the top shadjamam.The faithful accompanists -MSG stayed put at the madhyamam as the resting note and TVG showed extraordinary sense of anticipation – matching MBK’s ‘korvais’ word for word. ...TOI on Nov. 24, 2016, 7 a.m.
...With his sister Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi he has performed many duets of exceptional quality that are known for their purity, aesthetics, adherence to classicism and seamless blending of the two violins, which are a treat to the layman and the cognoscenti alike. The Sangeet Natak Akademi award honours the rich tradition that Krishnan hails from. The lineage began with Lalgudi Rama Iyer. His village Lalgudi was where saint Thyagaraja chose to spend some time penning the famous Lalgudi pancharathna krithis. Rama Iyer (1807-1867) was the direct disciple of Thyagaraja and his son Valadi Radhakrishnaiyer (1849-1908) became the first violin vidwan to blossom in the family. He was succeeded by Lalgudi Gopala Iyer (1900-1979), who was not only adept at the violin but could also play the flute and the veena. His son Lalgudi Jayaraman, violinist and music composer, took his art forward. ...TOI on Oct. 24, 2016, 7 a.m.
...They made an attempt to get a place in the Karur music festival but were considered too young and inexperienced. Vaitha (who later won the hearts of music-lovers as Chembai Vaithyanatha Bhagavathar) hit upon an idea. He quietly secured a place as a violin accompanist for a performer on the Jalatarangam. His mastery over the violin won him appreciation and a reward too. He refused to accept it and insisted on giving an on-the-spot extempore vocal performance. The chief organizer, Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar, was left with no choice to but agree. Pluck, courage, daring and willingness to break barriers marked Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bhagavathar’s career. The ongoing music festival between August 30 and September 1 at Krishna Gana Sabha in Chennai is a tribute to him. More than his musical accomplishments, Chembai is remembered as a noble-hearted soul who did good to others. ...TOI on Sept. 1, 2016, 7 a.m.
...MLV’s method in all forms of music – be it the delineations in ragas, the rendition of the krithis in an orderly manner, the stunning flow in the arrangement of swaras and the extempore pallavis – must have been a great source of inspiration for Kanya. Yet, years of intent listening have also helped her imbibe the styles of all gurus Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao, M Chandrasekaran and MLV. When it came to innovating within the canvas of tradition, Kanya came up with Vadyalahari, Thrishthai Sangamam, Sathavadya Sammelan and CricMusic, a composition celebrating cricket. Her patient ways of teaching without being overly instructive has become the mainstay of a series of lessons on the violin that have their well-defined path and start from rudimentary levels. Vadyalahari presented a combination of instruments like the veena and the nagaswaram. ...TOI on July 27, 2016, 4:21 p.m.