Thursday 15 December 2016

Post-cyclone blues

At least two events at sabhas on Wednesday evening did not draw a big stream of rasikas. People are still coming to terms with the fallout of cyclone Vardah. Power continues to flicker in some neighborhoods, cellphone services are still dead in many cases and many people have to deal with damaged cars and messy apartment campuses.

Some sabha managers wonder if the current mood will see less attendance at their auditoriums though all sabhas have decided to go ahead with their packed schedule of concerts.

Post-cyclone, this fest faces hiccups

The music festival floated by Carnatica and Sri Parthaswarathy Swami sabha in Thiruvanmiyur, a south Chennai neighbourhood has had a bad run. It opened with vidwan T. N. Krishnan's concert on Sunday and then the rains came, cyclone Vardah tossed and tore apart the city and the power supply is yet to be restored in this zone.

Held in the Sri Sankara School campus and scheduled for a fortnight of concerts featuring some big time artistes, its curators are a worried lot.

If you need to check out the schedule at this venue call 94440 18269.

Sunday 11 December 2016

Booking tickets for Kalakshetra show is on now

The box office counter at Kalakshetra opened on Sunday morning. And if you want to catch one of its five dance-dramas, you may want to grab the tickets as soon s you can - because they sell fast.

Five dance dramas are scheduled by the Kalakshetra Repertory and if one goes by past records, the tickets for these shows sell fast.

Tickets are on sale from 10 am to 5 pm daily.

Nostalgia swirls at old sabhas

Old sabhas of Chennai lend to nostalgia.
One example is The Mylapore Fine Arts Club.

There were lots of anecdotes to share and to listen to on the sidelines of the launch of the 2016 edition of its December Season on Friday Saturday evening.

The sabha's flag for one: it is such a little piece of designed cloth that is hoisted by the chief guest at the ceremonial event here that even the rasika who walks to the canteen will fail to look up at it.

The flag-hoisting is possibly the only one of its kind in the sabha circuit.

The wall of the main stage holds another piece of heritage - the inauguration of the theatre here by Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, then governor of Mysore. In 1959.

Vocalist Trichur V Ramachandran, who was decorated with an award at MFAC's 65th edition of the fest this Saturday also went down memory lane, treating guests to his earl days in Mylapore and his early 1960s concerts for this sabha.

Friday 9 December 2016

Get the KB Dec. Season Music Guide by Post. In our Office.

The KutcheriBuzz December Season Music Guide is a useful and handy booklet for rasikas to navigate the Season's events - concerts, lec-dems and fringe events.
It has just been released in Chennai for all rasikas who love such a useful book.

You can get copy by POST too . . .

Send us a self-addressed long format envelope, with a Rs.20 stamp on it ( make sure you write your full address on the cover!!) and mail the cover to - KutcheriBuzz, 77, C. P. Ramaswamy Road, Alwarpet, Chennai 600 018.
The Guide is FREE.

The KutcheriBuzz Dance Guide will be out soon.

You can also get the Guides at the offices in Alwarpet, Chennai. Call 044-2499 3767. Ask for Parameshwaran. 

Wednesday 7 December 2016

The passing away of Jayalalithaa; sabhas cancel concerts, to retstart

Sabhas have suspended their concerts of the December Season following the death of J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, leader of the AIADMK political party and a leading politician in India.

Jayalalithaa who was unwell for over 70 days, lapsed into a serious condition at a city hospital on Sunday night and her death was announced on Monday night, The funeral took place on Tuesday.

The sabhas which had launched their festivals had to suspend concerts - Ramakrishnan Murthy had to stop abruptly at his concert on Monday at Narada Gana Sabha as TV channels said Jayalalithaa was 'dead', though there was no official word on her condition.

While Kartik Fine Arts is restarting its concerts on Wednesday evening - Sanjay Subrahmanyan has his first concert of Season 2016 this evening ( Dec. 7) - a few others will re start on Thursday/Friday.

The state is observing a three-day mourning.

Saturday 3 December 2016

Season tickets for Academy concerts still available; Dec.3

The  Music Academy put out an advert this morning - that Rs 5200 and Rs.13,300 season tickets for the Academy's 'season' concerts will be on sale at its office, 10.30 am onwards today - Dec.3. 

Debit/Credit cards accepted besides cash accepted.

Rasikas critical of Music Academy's box-office process

A number of Carnatic music rasikas are shooting angry missives at The Music Academy. They are all critical of its system for the sale of season tickets.

Many people who wanted to be there at 9 a.m. on a day when the monsoon was setting in the city, to be in the queue did not know that people create a queue from 4.30 a.m. to make sure they are lucky.

Then there were people who brought only copies of ID card/s (instead of originals) and the Academy staff questioned them closely, some critics said.

This was also an occasion for the critics to wonder if the snobbishness of many Academy members and well-wishers left many seats vacant at top-billed concerts because those people just didn't turn up and hence, hardcore rasikas lost out.

"The Academy must ask its members to confirm beforehand their attendance and offer the tickets for empty seats to genuine rasikas," suggested one person.

Many dread the system that requires rasikas to buy daily tickets to evening concerts only that morning.'Why can't the Academy offer to sell tickets for the concerts we want to attend all in one go? Why make us go up and down?' - is a common question.

All these barbs and volleys are aimed at the Academy in the hope that it will put out a better, smarter box office system.

Thursday 1 December 2016

Spoilt for choice, already!

Which concert to be at?
On the eve of December, rasikas already had plenty on their hands, as far as music concerts go.
Concerts of leading artistes at at least three venues in the Mylapore neighbourhood!

So the Bhavan's main auditorium, which was packed to the lobby and outside on most evenings saw a lesser crowd on Wednesday evening - there were seats vacant in the auditorium - Gayathri Venkataraghavan was on stage.

"Perhaps some rasikas are at the Trichur Brothers' concert," suggested the usher at Bhavans.

Spoilt for choice, the rasikas!

Jaya TV's fest; top artistes, admission is free

Jaya TV is hosting its own music fest, starting from December 1 event. And it will telecast the 'packaged' formats probably in mid-December.

Some leading artistes are featured here - two concerts every evening, from 4.30 pm onwards. Artistes like Sudha Ragunathan, Sikkil Gurucharan, Ranjani-Gayathri and Malladi Brothers among others.

Admission is free. The venue; Audittorium of Chettinad Vidyashram school, near the Sri Ayyappa Temple, R. A. Puram. 

Parivadini's short and sweet fest; get it live online!

Parivadini presents three days of classical music, starting December 1. As it always does, it hosts some very talented, young people and artistes who are not on stage too often but are wizards.

This season's three day fest at Raga Sudha Hall, Luz features artistes like Injikudi Subramaniam ( nadaswaram) and Ramana Balachandra ( veena) from Bangalore.

On Sunday, 10 a.m., ghatam maker U V K Ramesh will be decorated with the Parlandu Award of Excellence - an annual award that recognizes people who make the best percussion instruments and continue a great tradition. 

After the event, percussionist 'Ghatam' Karthik will speak on ' Appreciating the role of ghatam, khanjira and morsingh in a concert'.

The concerts / function / talk are beamed live online.

Get the details at -

Season tickets for Music Academy; sale starts Dec.2

Sale of season tickets for The Music Academy opens on Dec.2, 9 am onwards ( but people begin to queue up from 4 am!!). 

You need to carry a ID card - Aadhar, Voter, driving license) or send that ID with a person you depute ( in this case, also an authorization letter). Payment is accepted in cash/debit/credit card - refund of change less than Rs1000 will be made by cheque after Dec,10).

Only season tickets are on sale - Rs.15,600, Rs.5,200 and Rs.1,8000. They are limited so expect a quick sale.

For daily tickets for the twin-concerts in the evening, the practice at the Academy is to sell them on the morning of the recitals. No word yet if this is to be done or a change has been made.