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...Whether it is to teach classical percussion instruments like ghatam and kanjira to children from the fishing hamlets, or organising a paraiattam performance on a stage that has not hosted anything other than a tillana, the festival breaks restrictive artistic walls, letting creativity flow into a space which does away with labels like art, folk and classical. “The idea was to bring all art forms to one stage,” says Sangeetha Sivakumar, musician and wife of Carnatic vocalist T M Krishna. Sangeetha has been a part of Krishna’s journey of discovering a more democratic space for the arts. ...TOI on Jan. 27, 2017, 7 a.m.
...But the celebrations of the recently concluded Madras Week concentrates on the colonial heritage alone, which in a way negates the idea of what existed before this, feel some heritage enthusiasts. They want to highlight temple inscriptions, rock carvings, and literature of the Sangam era that have not been erased by the imprints of British rule. “It is important to go back to the oldest evidence available not just for political evidence of the kings but to find out about the life of people, the economy, arts, culture, governing systems,” says archeologist Dr. R Nagaswamy. He stresses the importance of knowing the history of Chennai, which dates back to 2,000 years to the administrative unit of Puliyur. ...TOI on Sept. 1, 2016, 7 a.m.
...Students of the institute from its dance and music departments claim the seats in the back rows. The occasion is the ongoing Svanubhava festival, an annual music and dance programme initiated by Carnatic exponent TM Krishna. Conversations fade out as senior Carnatic vocalist Suguna Varadachari begins singing a ‘kriti’ by Thyagaraja. The next hour is engrossing. People keep talams with their hand while swaying to the music and clapping at the right interjections. Among the audience is also a talkative girl, a gang of boys who excuse themselves for a toilet break, and an elderly man dozing off under a fan. But for those in the audience, aged between 10 and 13, the experience is a one-of-a-kind a day away from books and one to be lost in the mystifying world of Mohiniyattam, Paraiattam, Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music. ...TOI on Aug. 24, 2016, 5:02 p.m.