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The first crossing
Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar was, in the words of a contemporary, the "architect and maker of modern Carnatic music." He brought Carnatic music out from the purview of pure art to entertainment, introducing modernity yet keeping tradition intact. Exclusive extracts from the just published Voices Within Carnatic Music by Bombay Jayashri and T. M. Krishna with Mythili Chandrasekar.
Book Review

The magnificent seven
How we chose the stalwarts who changed the course of Carnatic music.


Reader-friendly approach
A coffee-table book on Carnatic music that is neither simplistic nor technical.

Interview

IN CONVERSATION
Experiences of social disadvantage
Uttara Natarajan talks about her grandfather A.N. Sattanathan's memoirs and her decision to publish them.

Personality

PEOPLE
Traditional, yet new
Dancer Manjari Chaturvedi talks about the philosophy of her art form, Sufi Kathak.
Fashion with a conscience
Bibi Russell showcases traditional Indian fabric in the West.

Heritage

Future of the past
What happens to traditional structures like tharavads and their everyday significance when the cultural ecology itself is changing?

Travel

TIME OUT
Nostalgia and high-tech
Heidelberg has the right mix of the old and the new, the arts and science.
Lens eye


Issues

SPOTLIGHT
Behind the gloss and glitter
Firozabad is home to a thriving bangles industry that defies all civilised norms.
Lessons in despair
Nearly five years after the Gujarat riots, safety concerns and lack of facilities keep many children away from a decent education.

Columns

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By By Mike Marqusee
Another `surge'
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By By Bill Kirkman
Ideals and realities

SLICE OF LIFE
By By V. Gangadhar
Into the sunset
INDIA BEATS
By Kausalya Santhanam
Colours of life



Tribute

THE ENGLISH TEACHER
For those willing to look, Narayan's style can offer quite a few lessons in the use of language.

Health

HEALTHWATCH
Do not doctor yourself
Are you the type to pop a pill for fever or headache? Beware the dangers of self-medication.

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