03 December, 2020

Vizha Diary

Carnatic Vocalist T.M. Krishna on how a bus-ride to Chennai's coast turned into a musical caravan and why the sea is not witness to songs by fisher-folk anymore

Vizha Diary
Subaltern Parai In Mylapore

For long, Mylapore has been the epicentre of south Indian classical music. An ISO stamp from the connoisseurs of this Chennai suburb or thereabouts is needed for a musician to rise to stardom in the Carnatic world. And within Mylapore, today, one hall is believed to be the real core of music appreciation: Raga Sudha, built by S.V. Krishnan, an old-time connoisseur with very specific tastes in music. Every performer waits for the Carnatic version of the applause—Aaahaa, Sabhash—from the discerning Raga Sudha audience. Now Krishnan’s daughter, Jayalakshmi, manages the space.

As part of the vizha or festival at Urur-Olcott Kuppam, a fishing village in Chennai, this time we felt that we must bring on to the classical stage, art-forms practised and enjoyed by marginalised communities—and decided to app­roach Jayalakshmi to explore the possibility of her hosting this two-day cultural festival that has come...



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