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

Prince Rama Verma


guru vandhanam

This is the third post of the series of Guru Vandanam. The post is about Prince Rama Verma, from the royal family of Swati Thirunaal Maharaja and Raja Ravi Varma, and the disciple of Dr. M Balamurali Krishna. Though He does vocal and veena concerts, he is a true blue teacher at heart and does workshops […]

September 13, 2016

Padma Chandilyan


art, carnatic, guru vandhanam, music

Padma mami aka Padma Chandilyan, daughter of the writer Chandilyan and┬ádisciple of Palghat KV Narayanaswamy, has produced many musicians of the upcoming generation. The entire family is also musical with mridangist Srimushnam Raja Rao mama and their son Raghavendra Rao who is none other than music composer┬áSean Roldan. Let me start off with the first […]

April 25, 2016

Guru Vandhanam


carnatic, guru vandhanam, music

One reason why I love Carnatic music is because of the way it provides freedom for experimenting though within specified boundaries. Probably because I was brought up in a similar way (i.e.) a conservative rule-bound family which gave me the freedom to think and decide for myself. As the art fraternity goes, passing on skills […]

December 9, 2015