Interview with Vidwan D. Balakrishna

An Ambassador to the Mysore baani - Ranjani Govind While Veena  D Balakrishna was conferred the Sangeetha Kalarathna at the 52nd Music Conference of the Bangalore Gayana Samaja in October, the vainika also bagged the Central Sangeet  Natak Akademi Award for 2021...

‘Voice of a generation’ (Part 7)

Chapter 4 The birth of the star at Rudrapatna Ranjani Govind Photos by Rudrapatnam S. Ramakanth This house - in one of the four main streets at Brahmanara Beedi of Rudrapatna, (those were the days when streets were divided based on caste) - though seemed just as...

‘Voice of a generation’ (Part 6)

Chapter 3 Kaveri (Cauvery) as a life force for Sanketis Ranjani Govind Photos by Rudrapatnam S. Ramakanth For the Telugu musical saint Bhadrachala Ramadas who sang ‘Adigo bhadradri, goutami idigo choodandi’ it must have been an inspiration as he reflected on the...

‘Voice of a generation’ (Part 5)

Chapter 2 (Continued) The Sanketi origin  Ranjani Govind Photos by Rudrapatnam S. Ramakanth The Mysore link….. The reason for music being integral to everyone then was the presence of the Royal Court in Mysore as a great patron of fine arts. As the rulers...

‘Voice of a generation’ (Part 4)

Chapter 2 The Sanketi origin Ranjani Govind Photos by Rudrapatnam S. Ramakanth R.K. Srikantan belongs to a community called Sanketi in Karnataka. Known for the community’s role in serving the cause of music and fine arts for hundreds of years, Sanketis in the State...

Interview with Guru Sri Sathyanarayana Raju

A passionate dancer recollects his journey - Ranjani Govind In the backdrop of the rare ‘male dance fest’ steered by Bharatanatya expert Sathyanarayana Raju’s dance institution, ‘Samskruthi’ on July 8 & 9,  we catch up with the dancer for an extended chat on...