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Vasumathi Badrinathan

In music, art and artist are not always one

The aura of the music involuntarily creates a halo in the human mind of the one who is listening.

26 Oct 2018 2:38 AM

Looking for the bond of trust

When Vibhishana became the outcast in the kingdom of his dicatatorial brother, he sought refuge with Rama much to the chagrin of his trusted vassals.

03 Sep 2018 1:03 AM

Music is a universal language that binds us all

Music on the radio while on the road, brings you some melodies that come to you whether you will it or not.

11 Jun 2018 1:05 AM

The musical story of a mother and a son

Both films reminded one that star performers are human and by default come with a baggage of ups and downs.

23 Apr 2018 1:38 AM

Demystifying the Ramayana for the Quebec audience

The play begins with a bold Sita who insists on following Rama into the forest.

27 Mar 2018 1:38 AM


Ambience of music bemuse you as much as music itself

Getting the right sound and the correct resonance is a boon for the musician.

22 Jan 2018 12:53 AM

The rushed world of music

Would it suffice to simply perform? Not really: you have to be transversal as an artiste.

18 Dec 2017 12:42 AM

The musician I never knew

‘When I listen over again to Ramnad Krishnan, I am convinced of the power of his music that spread over time, which was original in its charm’.

13 Nov 2017 4:49 AM

Lord Ram’s immortal songs for Diwali

In Diwali season, which celebrates the return of Lord Ram to his kingdom, Vasumathi Badrinathan recalls some of her favourite songs about Ram.

23 Oct 2017 12:34 AM

‘One for the Geetams, this Vijayadashami’

Sriganatha stood at the forefront. Created in Malahari raga, this tiny composition attains grandiose proportions for me because of several reasons.

02 Oct 2017 1:28 AM


Several seventy prayers for art

Weapons, battlefields, television sets, press headlines scream and the mounting uproar takes away from peace.

14 Aug 2017 1:38 AM

One guru, two gurus and many more

Today’s spectrum is wider, more motley and often in disarray. The line-up of gurus in one’s musical learning is long.

24 Jul 2017 2:03 AM

Whither Carnatic music?

Every system of music has its charm.

03 Jul 2017 1:40 AM

One tambura, many feelings

The bare earth and the feet have symbolic connotations in the Indian context that go beyond religion.

12 Jun 2017 6:33 AM

Tyagaraja yesterday, today and tomorrow

The gentle grip of Tyagaraja grows on you as you mature with the music.

08 May 2017 5:17 AM


Hamsadhwani notes with Vignesh...

Coming back to Hamsadhwani, my personal favourite in this raga is Paahi Sripathe by the fascinating king-composer Swati Tirunal.

25 Apr 2017 2:03 AM

Let’s appreciate the difference between noise and music

The nadaswaram is a fascinating instrument.

10 Apr 2017 6:39 AM

Reaching out through the power of a musical concert

At a recent concert in Mumbai, I performed for an eclectic audience that comprised of a large majority of non-Carnatic listeners.

27 Mar 2017 2:53 AM

Sruti: A state of harmony

The love for sruti also came to me naturally. Our home for years adjoined the railway tracks.

16 Jan 2017 2:12 AM

Learning to listen

In the musical tradition that I grew up with, listening to music was the corner stone of the pedagogy in force.

12 Dec 2016 6:42 AM