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Two screenings by Vikalp

In the month of July, Vikap Bengaluru brings you two films:

1. July 16th
Mean Sea Level
by Pradip Saha

Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Alliance Francaise, 108 Thimmaiah Road, Opp.UNI Building Vasanthnagar, Bangalore
Phone: 4080 8181 / 4123 1340

2. July 17th
THE SPEAKING HAND – Zakir Hussain and the art of the Indian drum
by Sumantra Ghosal

Time: 6 pm sharp
Venue: Centre for Film and Drama, 5th floor, Sona Towers, 71 Millers Road, Bangalore
Phone: 22356263

Both the screenings are free and open to all.

Filmmakers of both the documentaries will be present for their screenings.


The Dancing Saxophone

The International Music & Arts Society & the Forum for Teachers of Western Classical Music present a saxophone concert titled ‘The Dancing Saxophone’ by Claudia Schaetzle, accompanied by Monique de Margerie on piano.

Date / Time
Friday 03 July /  7:00 PM

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
108, Thimmaiah Road
Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore

Paid event / Tickets available at the Cafe de Liberté,
Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

Hadu Hakki Habba

Ananya initiated the ‘Hadu Hakki’ project with the aim of introducing and encouraging learning and appreciation of Carnatic music among children. Supported by a grant from the India Foundation for the Arts, ‘Hadu Hakki’, a series of 19-episodes were aired through all the All India Radio stations of Karnataka, last year. The series were designed as simple interactive sessions to present the children with an overview of Carnatic music and were accompanied by articles for children in Ananya’s monthly magazine ‘Ananya Abhivyakti’.

As a fitting finale to this, Ananya now presents ‘Hadu Hakki Habba’, a festival that aspires to encourage an exciting and fun-filled approach to the learning and appreciation of Carnatic music among children through activities such as essay, collage, quiz, games, presentations, group events and interactions with senior musicians, all based on the theme of Carnatic music.

All the episodes of Hadu Hakki that were aired on AIR will be released as a set of ten CDs at the festival.


Dhwani North Indian Music Festival

The Bangalore Kidney Foundation is proud to present Dhwani 2008 – 5th BKF Mallikarjun Mansur Music Festival

Saturday, 20th September 2008, 5.45 PM – 10.00 PM
Pt. N. V. Gopinath, Sitar
Smt. Shruti Sadolikar, Vocal

Sunday, 21st September 2008, 9.45 AM – 2.00 PM
Pt. Samaresh Chawdhury, Vocal
Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, Vocal

Sunday, 21st September 2008, 5.45 PM – 10.00 PM
Pt. Jayateerth Mevundi, Vocal
Pt. Ajay Pohankar, Vocal

Venue: Shivarathreeshwara Hall (JSS Auditorium), 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore

Donor Passes: Rs. 50 only | Available at the venue
Also available at: KC Das (25587003) | Landmark (22067777) | Calypso (22452368) | Channel 9 (55392728)

For more details contact: Mr. Y. Guruprasad on 98454 24053

Toto Music Awards – Call for Entries

TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA), in association with Counter Culture Records (CCR), invites entries for the fifth annual TOTO awards for young budding musicians and bands. The winner of the award has two options: (i) the Rs 50,000 cash prize (to be used towards your music!) OR (ii) a complete record deal from CCR + a music equipment voucher from On-Stage Music (India’s high quality music equipment store) worth Rs 15,000! The record deal will include recording and releasing your debut album across India.

TFA is looking for entries in contemporary music from all parts of India (bands or individuals). The list of genres extends from rock, jazz, heavy metal, trance, house, instrumental, folk, to any genre which is yet to be “born”. The award is open to music in any language. (more…)

Its Gig Time !!

I attended the Independence Rock festival at Palace grounds last night and watched some amazing performances by some of the best bands from Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin and Trivandrum. While I was being frisked at the security counter at the entrance I spotted two advertisements that brought a big smile on my face. If you’re a fan of Def Leppard or Jethro Tull, you’ll know why. Its Rock ‘n’ Roll Season again in Bengaluru !

Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer Centenary Celebrations

Bangalore Gayana Samaja, K R Road, Basavanagudi, is holding the centenary celebrations of the great Carnatic musician, Semmangudi Dr R Srinivasa Iyer, with its 40th music conference being held from July 27 to August 3.

14 experts will hold lecture-demonstrations on Semmangudi’s life and music. Those who won the Talent Promotion Youth Festival, and the annual music competitions, will receive their prizes now too.

From 9.45am to 12.30 m, daily, from July 28 to August 2, technical discussions centering around the theme of Semmangudi will be held.

At the valedictory function at 10am on August 3, the Conference President, Bellary Venkateshachar, will have the title, “Sangeetha Kalaratna” conferred upon him.

Artistes of the Year awards will be given to several musicians, musicologists, and music reviewers.

For more details, contact the Samaja office:

@65 6049 2120 8643, 2661 2244.

From Bangalore to Hyde Park, London


When Radio Indigo sent Zubin, a Marketing Manager from Aztec on an all expense paid Formula 1 weekend to Monza, Italy, he became the most envied among F1 fans. For Zubin not just got air tickets, stay at the Four Season’s Hotel but also exclusive Ferrari Paddock passes to watch the race last September. Now what’s lying in wait has got to be the biggest ever treat for a music buff. Radio Indigo and Hard Rock Café is sending one Bangalorean with a friend on an all expense paid weekend to London to watch some of the biggest artists live in concert. ‘Hard Rock Calling’ at Hyde Park, London will have Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, K T Tunstall, The Police and Starsailor performing live! Imagine a chance of an all-expense paid trip all the way to London to watch them perform. What’s even better is the STAR treatment. Air tickets, posh hotel accommodation, a limousine to go around town and seats at the VIP grandstands to watch the stars perform up close and personal!

On the contest, Geoffrey Thomas – National Programming Director, “Radio Indigo has always brought the best of International music – on-air and by bringing diverse International talent to perform here. The Indigo experience has always been about bringing the best to our listeners. This is one chance that any music buff will absolutely cherish”

Stay tuned to Radio Indigo for the details.

This post is from an email sent to me by Radio Indigo

The Ramanavami Concerts….

Dr K J Yesudas’ inaugural concert for the Ramanavami series at Sri Ramaseva Mandali, Chamarajpet on Ugadi Day (April 7), with the classic pieces like the well-beloved “Vatapi Ganapathim Bhaje” as well as lesser-known padams like “Enanittu Mechisuveno” was good …… but if only he hadn’t also studded the concert with the speech, no, preach, about money, remuneration for artistes, sponsors, and so on….that really did not go with the mood of the concert.

In fact, there are times when I wish that even if lecture-demonstration concerts, there is less of the lecture and more of the singing! But this of course is only my opinion….

But music lovers have many good concerts in store yet, but how people are expected to arrive for a concert at 5 pm on a working day is not something I can understand…nor the different timings on different days. However, there must be some logic to this.

Venue: Government Junior College, Fort High School Grounds.

Monday, April 14:

5pm, Saptha Swara award presentation to the following artistes, Parasala Ponnammal, T K Govinda Rao, Manakkal Rangarajan, Tiruananthapuram R Venkataraman, Mysore Mahadevappa, H G Krishnamurhty.

6.45pm, Kadri Gopalnath on the saxophone, with Kanyakumari on the violin and percussion by Harikumr, N Amruth and B Rajashekar.

Tuesday April 15:

5pm, Manasi Prasad and party.

7.15pm, Pattabhirama Pandit, TKV Ramanujacharyalu, Arjun Kumar and B N Chandramouli

Wednesday, April 16:

5.15pm: Kamakshi and Meenakshi, vocal duet.
6.30pm: R K Padmnabha, Parur M A Krishnaswamy, H S Sudhindra, and Sukanya Ramgopal.

Thursday, April 17:

5.15 pm: C Arvind Athryea and party.
6.30pm: N Vijaya Siva,N Charulatha Ramanujam, Neyveli Narayanan, N Amruth.

Friday, April 18:

5.15pm: Padmashree and Godamani, vocal duet
6.30pm: Malladi Brothers, Sriram and Ravi, TKV Ramanujacharyalu, K V Prasad, and B N Chandramouli.

Saturday, April 19:

5.15pm, Surabhi and party
6.30pm, Mysore Nagaraj and Mysore Manjunath, violin duet, Tiruvarur Bhakhtavatsalam and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan.

Sunday, April 20:

Founder’s Day.

9am: Felicitations to senior musicians and musicologists. Nedunuri Krishanmurthy, Nagai Muralidharan, K V Prasad, N Amruth.

6.30pm:Hyderabad Brothers, Raghavachary and Seshachary), S Varadarajan, Mannargudi Easwaran, B R Ravikumar.

Do enjoy as many of these concerts as you can!

It’s not only Hyde Park in London which has speakers in the park…

The Mini Forest in J P Nagar 3rd phase has a one-kilometre stretch of lovely trees, called the Mini Forest. This stretch is broken up into four parts, and it is intriguing that one part alone has been maintained very beautifully, with paved walkways, green grass, plants, communication boards, a playground corner, a yoga corner and so on. The other three parts have been left to their own devices.

Still, having even one part looking so pretty was good…some of it was by neighbouring software companies, who are doing their bit for the environment.

But yesterday, I was not happy to see this on the lamp-posts in the sector:

speakers being installed in mini forest 310308


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