October 19, 2018

On this auspicious day of Vijayadashami, a celebration of timeless values and truths, I wanted to share this lovely tribute to my late guru, T. Brinda. I came across this article sometime in my early 20s, in a cultural magazine called Rasamanjari. As someone who loves...

I had always imagined that someday I would write about things other than my area of expertise, Carnatic music. What I did not expect is that it would be at this juncture in my life or about a TV show and the actors in it. The catalyst for this blog piece was ...

November 26, 2016

As the holiday season begins in the western world, my hometown in India, Chennai, has already started gearing up for a big arts gala, with nearly 3000 performances of classical music and dance featured in the short span of a month! This probably has no parallel in the...

October 25, 2015

Here is an interview of mine put together by Sri. Selva Kumar from Bahrain, formerly a Deputy General Manager at New India Assurance Company, who currently manages the Kalvialayam Trust that offers Rural students free quality education. This article was posted in a Fac...

September 15, 2015

We are already at the Centenary celebrations of one of the biggest icons of Carnatic music in the modern era, the late Smt. M S Subbulakshmi (Sept 16, 1916 - Dec 11, 2004). On this occasion I thought I would share with you all an article that I wrote a few years ago, f...

September 4, 2015


I'm happy to welcome you to my new space, where I intend to keep up with regular updates, including blog posts.


The year thus far has been one of my busiest professionally, and extremely satisfying. Thanks to a major project grant I received from The Pew Center for...

September 26, 2014



Gurur Brahma gurur Vishnur Gurur Devo Maheshwarah

Gurus sakshat param brahma tasmai Sri gurave namah


As an Indian, this is probably one of the most oft-repeated chants of our childhood and youth. It is not so much a reflection of our religious values as it is that of...

January 19, 2014

Following the thematic presentation called Traditional Tukkadas, I had a few other regular season concerts. The one at Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha on Dec 22, 2013 with a young team comprising Nishanth Chandran (violin), N C Bharadwaj (mridangam) and Akshay Anantapadm...

January 11, 2014

On Dec 21, 2013, I presented a thematic concert titled "Traditional Tukkadas" under the auspices of Carnatica and Madhuradhwani at the Arkay Convention Hall in Mylapore, Chennai. I have been toying with this idea for a few years now, and when an opportunity for a thema...

December 25, 2013

One of the concerts I looked forward to very much this trip was in Mysore on Dec 17, 2013, organized by the JSS Sabha. It was billed as a 'moonlight' concert and happens only on the full moon of every month at the well-known Suttur Matha


My husband and I reached Mysore...

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