Yuva Sangeetha Lahari

Yuva Sangeetha Lahari

Traditional painting of Carnatic Trinity

Computational Carnatic Music

IBM’s Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1996, and Watson handily won Jeopardy in 2011. Watson BEAT, their newest machine, generates Western music scores and inspires musicians with creative ideas. Can the days of auto generation of Carnatic Music (hereafter referred to as CM) be far away? …more

Traditional painting of Carnatic Trinity

Tyagaraja The Activist

It is common knowledge that TyAgarAja , as a RAma bhakta, has composed prolifically in praise of Lord Rama. He has also composed hundreds of compositions on many other deities. He has composed with music or bhakti as the central theme. TyAgarAja is a vAggEyakara who has arguably used the …more

Traditional painting of Carnatic Trinity

Bhakti in Carnatic Music

Bhakti (devotion) is an important approach that involves unconditional surrender to the Supreme Lord. Given our limitations, how do we visualize this Supreme Lord? In contrast to the path of Jnana (knowledge) or karma (work as worship), the path of bhakti takes the view of “I as an individual, am …more

Neha Krishnamachary

The Rise of the Thanam Bow

It is no secret that the parallels between Carnatic music and Western classical music are numerous. On the violin, these parallels reach a whole new dimension in the realm of Ragam Thanam Pallavi (RTP). Specifically, thanam, a unique aspect of RTP, has evolved over the fifty years. The RTP became …more

Geeta Shankar

Sa Ri Ga Moo- My First Trip to Joisey

It was the last day of school, and we conducted the most exhilarating lab in science class which involved dissecting a cow’s eye! After poking the squishy liquid around the eye, I unearthed the hard cow eye lens, which honestly looked like rock candy. I was so eager to show …more

Guhan Venkataraman

The Unsung Heroine

The old Sanskrit prayer goes: Matha, Pitha, Guru, Deivam. One day, I will lose my guru. And that day, along with her, the world will lose some Deivam. Smt. Ranganayaki Rajagopalan is more than a guru to me. She is a caretaker and a soldier, a giver and a fighter, …more