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  • Talks By The Firelight 1.5: Rhythms and Ragas

    Talks By The Firelight 1.5: Rhythms and Ragas

    Posted on 18/10/2018 in https://medium.com

    It was two days since Festember ’18 had embarked on an Arabian Odyssey. Amidst the festive fun, Day 2 of Festember saw Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. Aruna Sairam entrancing us with her amazing lecture on Carnatic music and its allure. A few members of Team Festember were most fortunate to interview her after she had delivered her guest lecture, as part of Festember’s Carpe Diem series of lectures.

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  • Concerts at new hall on ACJ campus

    Posted on 13/10/2018 in The Hindu

    Media Development Foundation is organising two Carnatic music concerts on October 20 and 21 on Asian College of Journalism campus in Taramani. The concerts will be organised to mark the inauguration of M.S.Subbulakshmi Auditorium, which is acoustically designed for performances without microphones.

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  • My music is never isolated, says Aruna Sairam

    My music is never isolated, says Aruna Sairam

    Posted on 07/10/2018 in The Hindu

    This year’s Sangita Kalanidhi awardee says the freedom to create helped her channel her life into art

    Mantralayam, Aruna Sairam’s residence, looks like a cheerfully resolute chunk of butter in the Chennai heat. Step in and a framed four-ft line-art painting of Krishna greets you in the drawing room. The décor is tasteful, traditional elegance. Much wood, understated colour.

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  • Aruna's tryst with the blue-eyed boy

    Posted on 31/08/2018

    Janmashtami is round the corner, and a thrill of anticipation strikes while recalling the festival’s classic ingredients — the compelling aroma of cheedai and sweets, dahi handi (uriyadi), raas-leela enactments, 

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  • I am a people's person

    Posted on 04/08/2018 in aalaap.com

    You took a short break from performance recently. How does it feel to get back on stage after a four-month hiatus?

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  • Impulse and Pulse

    Impulse and Pulse

    Posted on 04/08/2018 in Deccan Herald

    Almost 20 years back, as I was performing for a ‘mid-year series’ concert at the Narada Gana Sabha, I sang an abhang (devotional poetry sung in praise of Vitthala) on an impulse: ‘Theertha Vitthala’. 

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  • Aruna Sairam gets Sangita Kalanidhi Award

    Posted on 16/07/2018 in The Hindu

    Carnatic maestro says the accolade has convinced her that she has left an imprint in her chosen field

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  • Aruna Sairam selected for Sangita Kalanidhi award

    Posted on 15/07/2018 in The Times of India

    CHENNAI: Madras Music Academy has selected Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam for this year’s Sangita Kalanidhi award.

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  • 'Sangita Kalanidhi' award for Aruna Sairam

    Posted on 15/07/2018 in ptinews.com

    Chennai, Jul 15 (PTI) Well-known carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam has been selected for this year's 'Sangita Kalanidhi' award of the Music Academy here.

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  • 'Sangita Kalanidhi' award for Aruna Sairam

    Posted on 15/07/2018 in business-standard.com

    Well-known carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam has been selected for this year's 'Sangita Kalanidhi' award of the Music Academy here.

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  • 'Sangita Kalanidhi' award for Aruna Sairam

    Posted on 15/07/2018 in thefirstmail.in

    Well-known carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam has been selected for this year's 'Sangita Kalanidhi' award of the Music Academy here.

    At its meeting held today, the Academy's executive committee unanimously selected Sairam for the award and also announced the winners of various other awards.

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  • Sangita Kalanidhi award for Aruna Sairam

    Posted on 15/07/2018 in The Hindu

    Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam has been selected for this year’s Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy.

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  • Sound byte: Rap in Thillana comes to fore

    Sound byte: Rap in Thillana comes to fore

    Posted on 08/07/2018 in Deccan Chronicle

    Similar to the Tarana in Kathak or in Hindustani music, the Thillana is usually a crisp and racy piece that is compared to rap music.

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  • What is the need for basic voice exercise?

    What is the need for basic voice exercise?

    Posted on 15/06/2018 in The Hindu

    Leading vocalist Aruna Sairam elaborates on the significance of voice culture

    In my journey as a vocalist, I often recall a quote by Israeli genius Moshe Feldenkrais: “We act in accordance with our self-image. This self-image — which in turn, governs our every act — is conditioned in varying degrees by three factors, heritage, education and self-education.”

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  • Music and dance are like inseparable twins

    Posted on 27/04/2018 in The Hindu

    The rapport between musician and dancer plays a significant role in the quality of the performance

    To think of music and dance as two separate entities, or even two sides of the same coin, is perhaps not an accurate representation of their ethereal relationship. Their relationship is akin to that of a foetus inside a mother’s womb, kicking excitedly, dancing, in response to the mother’s voice, which it perceives as music.

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  • A seamless blend of Carnatic, Hindustani and contemporary jazz music

    Posted on 27/03/2018 in The Hindu

    ‘Back to the Blues’, a collaborative effort by India’s Aruna Sairam and Britain’s Soumik Datta, saw Carnatic and Hindustani music blend seamlessly with contemporary jazz

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  • 'Back to the Blues' Indian Carnatic legend Aruna Sairam to sing concert with Soumik Datta and explore Indian classical and jazz

    Posted on 10/03/2018 in asianculturevulture.com

    A line up not seen before…

    THERE is a considerable swell of anticipation and excitement about a concert that will hit London on Thursday (March 15) – because it will see one of India’s foremost classical vocalists lend her stunning voice to two quite different traditions.

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  • Concert Preview// Back to the Blues: Fresh Indian Forms

    Posted on 01/03/2018 in musicamacondo.com

    On March 15th, Bagri Foundation with Soumik Datta Arts present Back to the Blues, a one-off collaboration exploring connections between South Indian music, North Indian music, and contemporary jazz. Aruna Sairam’s voice and Soumik Datta’s sarod (19-string fretless lute) will be accompanied by a host of outstanding musicians from diverse traditions: Al MacSween on jazz piano, Cormac Byrne on bodhrán Irish frame drum, and Pirashanna Thevarajah on Carnatic percussion (mridangam, morsing, and kanjira tambourine).

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  • The city - sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

    Posted on 15/02/2018 in mid-day.com

    When hybrid music goes West


    In a conversation this diarist had last week with the legendary guitarist John McLaughlin and master drummer Ranjit Barot, they had both dismissed the term "fusion music" with disdain as simply a marketing ploy that record companies had created to boost profits.

    So, we will not use that nomenclature for an upcoming gig that combines Hindustani classical with elements of jazz even if we are tempted to. Instead, we will just employ the phrase "hybrid music" to describe the concert that legendary Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam will travel to London for. She is set to collaborate with UK-based sarod star Soumik Datta, percussionists Pirashanna Thevarajah and Cormac Byrne, and pianist Al MacSween.

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  • Legendary Carnatic singer Aruna Sairam and sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta to collaborate

    Posted on 14/02/2018 in radioandmusic.com

    MUMBAI: In what is billed as a rare performance, one of the most charismatic and prominent Carnatic vocalists and Padma Shri awardee Aruna Sairam will collaborate with British sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta for Back to the Blues in London on 15 March.

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