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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

Thursday, August 18, 2011


"Chillax" - from the much-awaited Vijay-starrer

Sample clip at amazon.com:


Music: Vijay Anthony
Singers: Charulatha Mani and Karthik

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Aug 7th Isai Sangamam

The programme was a grand success...thanks dear rasikas and sponsors!

This will be telecast on Vinayakar Chaturti day (Sept 1st) on Star Vijay.

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Raga's Journey — Aspects of Abheri

My fortnightly column on Ragas in Classical and Film music started today with Abheri raga.
Click to read:
The Hindu : Life & Style / Metroplus : A Raga's Journey — Aspects of Abheri

Postscript: In addition to many appreciative messages, this column has evoked some responses that have bemused me. Some Scholars of music have written demanding Exhaustive and Correct treatment in accordance with Ancient Treatises (never mind the fact that the definition of Correct varies amongst each one). If they have their way, this column too would sink into the morass of Mumbo-jumbo, Arcane Terminology, Pedantry, and Polemics.
If you read the column, please do send your feedback to: letters@thehindu.co.in

More content on Abheri:

A Brief Guide to Raga Abheri (PDF):
Video Clips:


Audio Clips:

Also, in "A Raga's Journey":