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I am a singer-researcher with expertise in Karnatik Music and Early Opera. I discuss intercultural music-making contexts. My work is available at www.charulathamani.com and at www.youtube.com/isaipayanam

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Music Workshop

Cyberian music lovers, I am very happy to announce that I have founded the "Isai Payanam Trust" to promote music among all those who have the slightest interest in it!
Right now I'm gearing up for the workshop "Isai Payanam Trust" is conducting. It is for children from ages 8 to 12 and teens from 13 to 17 and includes classical and film singing, differences in modulations for various styles of music, voice culture tips, diction and pronunciation, and celebrity guest lectures as well. It is to be held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mini Hall on the 1st and 2nd of Aug. Interested persons may register by calling 24412744 or 98410-88141. Nice to share tips with kids...hope they benefit from it. We performers have to certainly tune into the frequencies of the new-gen so that we don't get left behind and at the same share with them many beautiful things about music that we may have had the opportunity to seek out and learn. That's all for now...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Coffee Break

Family and self tried out the new Mocha Mojo in Indiranagar. Designed in a 70's theme, with hit numbers from that period playing in the background, it was definitely different. The menu covers are even fashioned from old vinyl records. Our experience with what actually landed on the table was a bit mixed though... The bagels, panini, raw-garden lasagne were tasty. Unexpectedly, the coffees were a fiasco, whether it was a simple cappucino or a so-called "specialty" Antigua brew. Their over-priced Lindt hot chocolate took the cake...a white milky beverage in which a Lindt choc bar had apparently been dipped for a few nano-seconds. The only thing it had in common with the indulgent heisse shokolade served in Viennese, Swiss cafes, was ... the price.
"Sorry for the break"; back to musical musings soon...