No Panta please. This is a Carnatic music concert.

 Panta is a pretty untranslatable word in tamil having many hues of meaning stemming from the root sense of “way, manner or form”.   It is used in the sense of fuss and formality in certain contexts such as this. We often find people lamenting lack of concert manners among Carnatic music audiences.  Oh, they sing along, put the …

MARGAZHI VIGNETTES

 MARGAZHI VIGNETTES (Jottings about events in the 2007 December season in Chennai.  Published in Sruti with the byline ‘Sarvalaghu’) Margazhi was celebrated in the city with full gusto – music concerts, dance concerts, lecdems, tiruppavai pravachanam, other kathakalakshepams, awards, canteens… and this despite horrendous roads in many parts of the city and intermittent heavy rains.  …