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SRA fellowships for Bombay stalwarts
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, January 3, 1988 Pandit Manikbhuva Thakurdas (77) and Ustad Mohammad Ahmed Khan (74), both city veterans, have been selected for the conferment of the fellowship awards instituted by the Sangeet Research Academy of ITC, Calcutta, in recognition of their contribution to the enrichment and propagation of Hindustani music. The fellowships, each of the value of Rs 10,000 are...

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SPIC-MACAY forges ahead
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, November 22, 1987 SPIC-MACAY, which had dedicated itself to the task of creating and fostering the much-needed awareness of traditional Indian culture among the youth of this country in various ways, completes 10 years of its useful work this year. From an inaugural but poorly attended concert in New Delhi in 1977, it has now grown as an...

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The Chantuses – Girija Devi
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The Chantuses – Girija Devi Girija Devi is the doyenne of the Benaras gharana. The classical singer remains the last great artiste from the holy city still active on the performing platform. A tribute to the sensitive chanteuse, who turns sixty this week. Girija Devi’s commitment to music had made her vocal in its cause when the need arises. During a recent international symposium...

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Rhythms of the Soul – Taranath Rao
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Rhythms of the Soul – Taranath Rao Acknowledged as one of the nation’s premier percussionists, Pandit Taranath Rao is also a distinguished composer and scholar who has been imparting theoretical and practical education in the Indian musical tradition at Los Angeles for over 12 years now. MOHAN NADKARNI profiles the versatile artist who turns 76 this week.  The profundity of his knowledge in the intricacies...

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Rhythms of the Heart – Alla Rakha
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Rhythms of the Heart – Alla Rakha It has been 30 years since Ustad Alla Rakha stepped on the stage for a solo tabla performance. Thirty years in which he has not only successfully communicated the fire and ecstasy of his performances to audiences around the world but has also provided a new dimension to the art of playing the tabla. MOHAN NADKARNI profiles the...

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On the Unbeaten Track – Manikbuva Thakurdas
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On the Unbeaten Track – Manikbuva Thakurdas MOHAN NADKARNI Pandit Thakurdas expounds his unconventional theories Pandit Manikbuva Thakurdas is a persuasive speaker and original thinker. One has only to listen to him when he holds forth, with intense fervour, on the subject of music. Even at this age, he retains his powerful, booming voice and unfaltering diction. On ragas Each raga has a distinctive...

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