The Inner Self Awakened

carnatic, music, rock

Inner Self is the English word for Agam, which is also the name of a carnatic rock fusion band based our of Bengaluru. And ‘the inner self awakens’ is the name of the band’s first album. A few years ago, when I was sitting at home on a sick leave day, browsing Facebook, a friend had […]

December 11, 2016

Darbari Kanada

carnatic, film music, music, raga series

When OK Kanmani songs were released and I made my dad listen to Naane Varugiren, we started discussing how every few years one hit song in darbari kanada comes out somehow. And we were wondering what is so special about this raga that makes it a music director’s favourite. That is how I came up […]

December 7, 2016

Where you listen matters

art, Chennai, music, Opinions

A few years ago, I had been to a concert of Sikkil Gurucharan, where he sang a scintillating marukkulaviya thiruppugazh as sub main. Unfortunately we were not able to continue listening the concert in peace, owing to the light music songs blaring through the speakers from the next building which turned out to be a marriage hall. […]

December 4, 2016


carnatic, film music, music, raga series

The next raga in the series is Begada, a raga whose scale doesn’t conform to order. I always imagined ragas like Kamas and Begada to be these rebellious kids refusing to stand in line during school assembly. Nevertheless, they stand out, don’t they. The below song is probably the reason why I wanted to do […]

December 3, 2016

Tambaram V Sundaresan

carnatic, guru vandhanam, music

Learning music is predominantly experiential and practical (as opposed to theoretical). And so Guru is the most important part of your education. This post is a part of guru vandanam, where I write about each Guru I learnt from. Tambaram V Sundaresan, or Sundu mama as he is fondly called by his students and circle, […]

December 2, 2016


carnatic, film music, music, raga series

I started writing a series of posts on Carnatic Ragas, a few years ago. We did 16 ragas then, and having been inspired by a few requests to continue, here I am kick starting the second set of ragas. The phase one started here. The format usually is to give an explanation to the raga […]

December 1, 2016