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Can’t Get Enough Carnatic Music? We Have A Treat For You

Can’t Get Enough Carnatic Music? We Have A Treat For You

To celebrate the Tamil month of Margazhi, BookMyShow brings you Madras Swara Matrix. The series of live-streamed concerts featuring the best in Carnatic music will be broadcast up till Friday, January 15.

Sriranjani Santhanagopalan

Listen to a Carnatic vocal performance by Sriranjani Santhanagopalan. When: Wednesday, January 13 at 7pm

Kunnakudi M. Balamurali Krishna

Renowned Carnatic vocalist Kunnakudi M. Balamurali Krishna puts on an epic performance. When: Thursday, January 14 at 7pm.

Dr. Sudha Ragunathan

Catch a performance by Dr. Sudha Ragunathan, a singer and composer. When: Friday, January 15 at 7pm.

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By Akhil Rajani
Polymancer Brings His Dreamy Pop Tunes To Live From HQ

Polymancer Brings His Dreamy Pop Tunes To Live From HQ

In the current pandemic where attending a concert poses safety concerns, gig series Live from HQ brings music from exceptional artists right to your home for free. Next on the line-up following artists like Sabu, Ramya Pothuri, Dhruv Kapoor, Gaurav Tophakhane , Cinema of Excess and Anoushka Maskey is Bangalore-based music producer Polymancer who will perform on Friday, January 15 at 7.00pm.

Producer Garvit Narula aka Polymancer produces, composes and performs his emotionally resonant songs himself. His music is singer-songwriter fare with an electronica and dream pop with influences including American singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker and Irish artist EDEN.

Check out some of his songs before the online concert.

‘I Can’t Sleep’

‘Got Me’

‘Float’

‘Talk Is Overrated’

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By Akhil Rajani
The Chennai December Music Season Is Coming To You

The Chennai December Music Season Is Coming To You

In the Hindu calendar, Mārgaśīrṣa is the ninth month of the year, beginning on December 16, 2020, and ending on January 13, 2021. Known as the month of Marghazi, it’s considered an auspicious month and associated with balance and stability. It’s also considered the season of music. Celebrate that time of year with the Mumbai Margazhi Mahotsavam with the best in Carnatic music.

Inspired by the Chennai Margazhi Mahotsavam, the past editions of Mumbai Margazhi Mahotsavam had brought some of the best musicians of the Carnatic music industry to Mumbai, giving music lovers in the city a taste of the famous Chennai music season. This year brings musicians such as R. Kumaresh (violin), Jayanthi Kumaresh (veena, pictured above) among others.

Now, with the relaxing of the COVID-19 lockdown, you can experience the festivities in a hybrid format. Enjoy the festivities live with a limited audience or streaming online from Saturday, January 16. Keep your eye on this post for more updates on the show.

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By Akhil Rajani
Here’s A Good Reason To Revisit Beethoven’s Ninth

Here’s A Good Reason To Revisit Beethoven’s Ninth

German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven performed his iconic Ninth Symphony for the first time on May 7, 1824. In the decades prior to this performance the legendary composer had composed eight symphonies in 12 years and then released nothing for the next 12 years. This left 19th century music fans wondering when Beethoven would compose another masterpiece. Then he gave them this:

Beethoven’s Ninth is one of the most recognisable pieces of classical music, especially its final movement, ‘Ode To Joy’. Of course, being deaf, Beethoven could not hear the applause from the audience after he presented it for the first time. One of his singers, Caroline Unger turned him around to face the audience so he could see the five standing ovations they gave him. Beethoven suffered greatly, but the most well known movement of his ninth symphony is entitled ‘Ode To Joy’. He remained optimistic in the face of his situation that allowed him to overcome tremendous odds and create something timeless.

As a piece of music, the symphony broke new ground in its time. It was longer and more complex than any other symphony and required more musicians in the orchestra to perform. However the most unique features are the choral elements and vocal solos in the final movement.

Austrian composer Gustav Mahler re-orchestrated Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the turn of the 20th century in order to include brass instruments that could hit notes that would have been impossible during Beethoven’s time, adding more dramatic expression to the piece. Catch a streamed performance of Gustav Mahler’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted in Vienna by Viennese composer Johannes Vogel.

Image: Beethoven via Wikimedia Commons.

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By Akhil Rajani
Catch Performances By The Best In Carnatic Music

Catch Performances By The Best In Carnatic Music

The Charsur Arts Foundation has been dedicated to the promotion, preservation and upliftment of Carnatic music in the digital age. The foundation has been nurturing talent by providing musicians a platform to showcase their skills. To that end, the foundation puts on an annual festival every December with performances by seasoned musicians. With performers taking to the internet to bring their music directly people’s homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the Charsur December Season Music Festival has gone online.

Over 15 days, starting Tuesday, December 15, you can stream performances by 30 of the biggest names in Carnatic music, including Sikkil Gurucharan (flute, pictured above), Jayanthi Kumaresh (veena) and Pranna Venkataram (vocal).

Watch this space for further updates on the Charsur December Season Music Festival performances.

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By Akhil Rajani
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