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  • On a high note

    On a high note

    Posted on 14/04/2017 in The Times of India

    Aruna Sairam carries forward the legacy of the greatest of vidwans in Carnatic music. Her quest for music that led her from Matunga to Mylapore, has now taken her voice to the greatest halls across the world

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  • Her Song and Story

    Posted on 02/04/2017 in Deccan Herald

    It's a grossly under-recognised facet of her musical persona. Over the years, Carnatic maestro and Padma Shri awardee Aruna Sairam, vice chairperson, Sangeet Natak Akademi, has been composing pallavis with thematic storytelling, even while retaining the intricacy of the pallavi, with all its associated academic excellence, mathematical complexity and rich patterning.

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  • Aruna Sairam and Sudha Ragunathan: a confluence of styles

    Aruna Sairam and Sudha Ragunathan: a confluence of styles

    Posted on 31/03/2017 in The Hindu

    Aruna Sairam and Sudha Ragunathan showcased India’s musical diversity at Aikya

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  • In a Maestro's mind

    In a Maestro's mind

    Posted on 09/03/2017 in The New Indian Express

    CHENNAI: Constantly shuttling between different cities and countries, and singing multiple repertoires in endless concerts, Aruna Sairam was effortlessly at ease when we met her before she could fly to her next concert in Mumbai.

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  • An ode to India in all its colours

    Posted on 09/03/2017 in The Hindu

    The eighth edition of Aikya will find Aruna, Sudha and Jayashri take the stage together

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  • In Conversation With Aruna Sairam, Carnatic Music Connoisseur

    Posted on 03/03/2017 in www.indibeat.in

    The Padma Shri recipient shares her thoughts on Indian classical music in the age of millennials.

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  • Padmashri Aruna Sairam presents vocal concert

    Padmashri Aruna Sairam presents vocal concert

    Posted on 06/02/2017 in The Hans India

    As a part of the weekend programme, the Department of Language and Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh had organised the ‘Javali and Pada sangeetoshavam’ of Padmasri Dr Aruna Sairam on Sunday at Sri Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Government Music and Dance College.

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  • Utsavam time

    Posted on 01/02/2017 in The Hindu

    DakshinaChitra hosts Utsavam, featuring talks and presentations on music and dance. Speakers include Aruna Sairam and Anita Ratnam.

    Venue: Muttukadu

    Date and Time: February 11 and 12, 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Tel: 9841436149

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  • Tracing a musical journey

    Tracing a musical journey

    Posted on 13/01/2017 in The Hindu

    Aruna Sairam will share the highlights with Sriram V.

    “Krishna is a living presence in her life,” says historian V. Sriram, referring to Aruna Sairam’s penchant for the abhang. “I know because it has been an association of many decades with the mothers on both sides friends,” explains Sriram, who will be engaging Aruna in a conversation for ‘Lit for Life,’ The Hindu’s three-day literary festival opening tomorrow, January 14.

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  • A style of her own - Aruna Sairam

    A style of her own - Aruna Sairam

    Posted on 13/01/2017 in Ritz

    It is the Margazhi season and music is predictably in the air. While the city limps back to some semblance of normalcy after Vardah, happier moments are being experienced in the sabhas and other forums where music is being made, dances are being discussed, a variety of tiffins are being eaten, several cups of piping hot filter coffees are being dispensed and rustling silks are being displayed on concert platforms.

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  • Fresh approach

    Fresh approach

    Posted on 06/01/2017 in The Hindu

    The eclectic fare was lapped up by the audience.

    These are days when exponents of Carnatic music have started globalising the sacred tradition — thanks to the eager response of the formidable South Indian diaspora, and the initiatives taken by enterprising organisers abroad. 

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  • I don't exceed a certain number of concerts during Margazhi: Aruna Sairam

    I don't exceed a certain number of concerts during Margazhi: Aruna Sairam

    Posted on 26/12/2016 in The Times of India

    It has been an eventful year for Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam, especially as she performed at the Ojai Music Festival in California, the first Carnatic musician to do so in the 70 years of the festival's history. We caught up with the singer, where she opened up on her musical journey, Margazhi memories and more. Excerpts...

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  • When the tunes turned to words

    When the tunes turned to words

    Posted on 24/12/2016 in The New Indian Express

    CHENNAI: With the music season heading towards its peak especially at a time when rasikas would do anything to meet and greet their favourite artists like Rupa Gopal, Tiffin magazine brought one of the most acclaimed and renowned classical vocalist to her fans – Aruna Sairam.

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  • Homage to Bharati with five gems

    Homage to Bharati with five gems

    Posted on 23/12/2016 in The Hindu

    Pancharatna singing was a new concept at the annual celebration.

    Amidst the surfeit of kutcheris happening across the City, the homage to one of Tamil Nadu’s fiercest freedom fighters struck a different chord. Vaanavil Panpattu Maiyyam had organised its annual Bharati Vizha to commemorate the Mundasukavi’s birth anniversary. It was a moment of ecstasy for the audience, when five songs chosen from Bharati’s huge repertoire were presented on the lines of the Tyagaraja Pancharatna sung at the saint’s aradana.

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  • 'Artists need to survive for art to sustain, grow'

    'Artists need to survive for art to sustain, grow'

    Posted on 22/12/2016 in The Times of India

    It's a packed day and one of those when Aruna Sairam isn't travelling. She makes no effort to conceal the kind of stamina involved in her recently acquired responsibility as the vice-chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. A mention of it is enough to make her sit up, tea forgotten, eyes determined, to avidly describe every little vision she has for the “ecosystem of arts“ -a phrase she likes to use abundantly.

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  • Aruna Sairam on lessons learnt from great gurus

    Aruna Sairam on lessons learnt from great gurus

    Posted on 09/12/2016 in The Hindu

    Before another Season of concerts, Aruna Sairam talks about invaluable lessons learnt from great gurus.

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  • Tribute to Music

    Posted on 05/12/2016 in The Times of India

    IN MEMORIAM: Vocalist Aruna Sairam's performs on Sunday a specially themed concert 'Ezhu Swarangalum Aindu Isai Arasigalum' (Seven musical noes and the five queens of music). A tribute to the legendary singers, M L Vasantha Kumari, D K Pattammal, T Brinda, N C Vasantha Kokilam and M S Subbulakshmi

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  • 'You cannot put him in one frame'

    Posted on 24/11/2016 in The New Indian Express

    AS a young girl, I would accompany my parents to Balamuraliji’s concerts where I got a glimpse of what a great musician could do. When you heard this man, you got into a space where you only saw beauty of the sound that was grand and yet soft and mellifluous.

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  • The voice that binds

    Posted on 28/10/2016 in The Hindu

    In a conversation with Meena Banerjee, Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam talks about the meeting ground between Carnatic and Hindustani music, and the importance of audience.

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  • Music Performance - Aruna Sairam & Jayanthi Kumaresh

    Posted on 19/09/2016 in Pulse Magazine

    With Aruna Sairam, what need is there to equivocate or elaborate? She is one of the most defining and moving voices in the world of music, irrespective of musical genre. And hers stretches from core Carnatic traditions to the multi-dimensional Trialogue collaboration with Dominique Vellard and Noureddine Tahiri. The Saraswati vina player Jayanthi Kumaresh comes from generations steeped in that same South Indian classical system. On the maternal side, the remarkable Carnatic violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman was he uncle and the vina maestro Padmavathy Ananthagopalan, with whom she studied, is her aunt. She also learned from S. Balachander: no contest, the twentieth century’s most maverick and inspiring vainika or vina player. Might be mistaken here. Outwardly, Padmavathy Ananthagopalan seems or sounded like the stronger stylistic influence on Kumaresh’s vina playing. To go idiomatic, her playing, by turns spirited and sensitive, has a definite ‘touch of the Balachanders’. Accompanying them was violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, Patri Satish Kumar on mridangam (double – headed barrel hand drum) and S. Karthick on ghatam (tuned clay pot).

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