Performing Arts

Geetha Bennett (1950-2018) : A Tribute

Geetha Bennett (1950-2018) : A Tribute

August 6, 2018 was a sad day for the lovers of Carnatic music and for fans of world fusion music. Geetha Ramanathan Bennett, the torch bearer, disciple and daughter of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. S. Ramanathan a.k.a Veenai Ramanathan, passed away in California after a...
An Unusual Guru Purnima Remembrance

An Unusual Guru Purnima Remembrance

I have a strange habit. I remember people who have passed by the shape of their fingers, the texture of their hands, the lines in their palms and the curve of their wrists. Oh yes,  I do remember their faces – their eyes, smiles, voices, but never in as much...
It’s Raining Nectar!

It’s Raining Nectar!

“It will rain when you sing this raga,” said my music teacher encouragingly. I was all of fourteen years old, excited at the prospect of taking on such an intriguing  challenge. In all earnest, I closed my eyes, concentrated on the notes and was prepared to move the...
Behind the Scenes of Creativity

Behind the Scenes of Creativity

What does it take to create a work of art? The sort of art that goes beyond merely engaging your senses, but informs and educates as well. There are many steps before a talented artist showcases his creative idea to the viewer. When all we have to admire is the...
Parampara: An Interview with Birju Maharaj

Parampara: An Interview with Birju Maharaj

I hear what seems like hundreds of bells and tens of stamping feet as I walk up to a rehearsal studio in Cupertino, California, in June 2018. When I step in, I see that that is indeed the case, but now I can hear the music as well. There are easily 50 women of all...
Still I Rise by Vidhya Subramanian: A Bold, Thought-Provoking Production

Still I Rise by Vidhya Subramanian: A Bold, Thought-Provoking Production

San Francisco Bay Area experienced the world premiere of Still I Rise, a solo performance by Vidhya Subramanian, on May 18, 2018, in Palo Alto, California. (Presented by Narika, an organization for women’s empowerment). While all elements of the production are...