Sir John Mclaughlin happened to listen to that album and called both of us to his guest house at Panaiyur. Just when this moment of having met Sir John was sinking in, I got a call from him asking me to sing for his album. Tell us a bit about your album “Miles from India,” which, incidentally, was nominated for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the 51st Grammy Awards, 2009. I have always been a big fan of film music, mainly for the melodies in it. I had to do some research on musicians and concepts of Carnatic music and present them on air.
I think a majority of the seasoned listeners, when they do not understand the sahitya, switch their minds effortlessly to enjoy the beauty of the raga. Around 1987, as a 5-year-old, Gurucharan was casually coaxed by his grandmothers, the Sikkil Sisters, to sing some tune. After completing post-graduation, Sikkil Gurucharan did a brief stint as a radio jockey at Worldspace Radio. I am yet to be a full-fledged teacher of music because I feel teaching is a highly demanding profession and you need to be a master of all aspects to train a student from the scratch and make him appreciate our music. Apart from performing the traditional Carnatic music concerts conforming to the Paddathi style, Sikkil Gurucharan and pianist Anil Srinivasan, have brought together the classical piano and Carnatic vocal music to create a format which has been termed as "devastatingly beautiful" by the legendary guitarist, John McLaughlin.
I have always been a big fan of film music, mainly for the melodies in it.
You need to understand that at the end of the day, we are merely tools singing the glory of God as portrayed by famous saints and composers from our cultural history. ToS Talk | Sikkil Gurucharan, the young and talented Carnatic Vocalist from the family of musicians, emphasizes the need for maintaining traditions in Classical music and also spreading the creative wings in his freewheeling chat with Bhargavi Chandrasekharan. Divya Kumar of NDTV-Hindu speaks to vocalist Sikkil Gurucharan about his choice of vocal music over his family's penchant for the flute. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. But when the same traditional geetham is approached by a seasoned musician, he would be able to give it the status of a melodic kriti. Just when this moment of having met Sir John was sinking in, I got a call from him asking me to sing for his album. Neela, were amazed at the "sruthi sudhham" or tonal perfection in his singing and also the near-perfect alignment of the notes. Do you consider yourself one? He/she knows the tradition (read tale) so well that he/she begins to enhance its limits by adding his/her own interpretations and permissible exaggerations without changing the basic story. Express News Service Sikkil Gurucharan made his feature film debut as a musician judging a reality show in Rajiv Menon’s Sarvam Thaala Mayam. Being a strict disciplinarian, Gnanaskandan ensured that Gurucharan took music seriously, especially when the people at home had created an ambience filled with Carnatic music to build his interest in singing. Note: The original video is no longer available for viewing. Not destroy it. If you want to know more about this special singer, do visit, Quite the contrary. A senior musician once told me, “First and foremost, believe in your music.
A, I salute the Gurus who taught during the days of, I owe that to Anil Srinivasan and our first album, “Madhirakshi”. Carnatic Songs in your favourites list – Not an answer to be fired quickly.
You discover newer ways of enriching yourself by delving deeper into what our music truly is. Too bad that it was a short lived experience for me, as they shifted to Bangalore in a year and I could not think of moving my base to any place other than Chennai. Sir John Mclaughlin happened to listen to that album and called both of us to his guest house at Panaiyur.
Is it true that youngsters, as audience, are moving away from Carnatic music? Can you give us a sneak peek into your forthcoming ventures? I jumped at the opportunity that came my way. I am finding more youngsters attending concerts nowadays. Quite the contrary. I see such diversified renditions becoming part of the world music stage, representing contemporary classical music from India. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Is Bhakti (devotion towards the divine) an essential ingredient to Carnatic music? He completed his master's degree in Financial Management from Loyola College, Chennai in 2004.
His father Chandrasekaran, a consultant with a leading pharmaceutical distribution firm, is a popular Tamil theatre artist who has also done cameo roles in films like Sivaji. Their music which has gathered followers in India, Singapore, Australia, USA and Europe in a short span of time, presents and preserves classical music in a way that reaches out to the younger listeners of music but at the same time, satisfies the puritans who look out for the aesthetic value. This unique pair has released two albums with Charsur, a popular music label, named Madhirakshi and Maaya. I was touched by his humility when he explained in detail why he was impressed with our music. Visit The Hindu Explains page for a collection of explainers on news, politics, business, science and technology, health and other latest developments across the world. Do you have plans to dabble with film music? Golden voiced musician you adore – At the moment, Shri K V Narayanaswamy. From the time he decided to devote himself to Carnatic music as a full-time professional, there has been no looking back. ToS Talk | Sikkil Gurucharan, the young and talented Carnatic Vocalist from the family of musicians, emphasizes the need for maintaining traditions in Classical music and also spreading the creative wings in his freewheeling chat with Bhargavi Chandrasekharan.
I owe that to Anil Srinivasan and our first album, “Madhirakshi”. You had a stint with Worldspace Radio Shruti as a Carnatic Music Jockey, which sounds like a really fun job title! Editors note: Sikkil Gurucharan and Classical Pianist Anil Srinivasan form a very interesting duo, performing and recording together their highly contrasting genres of music. It was one of those days when we thank god for his abundant grace. Once U.S. leaves, Pakistan will gain more space in Afghanistan, says Ata Mohammad Noor, Evidence of dairy production in the Indus Valley Civilisation, Loan interest waiver to be credited by November 5, 16-year-old girl shot dead at home in U.P. He is an 'A' grade All India Radio artist.
I am glad more and more youngsters are realizing this nowadays. He is the grandson of Sikkil Kunjumani, elder of the internationally acclaimed flautists the Sikkil Sisters.Gurucharan has been under the tutelage Vaigal Shri S. Gnanaskandan and is currently being mentored by Shri B. Krishnamurthy. I owe it all to my family, my school and my college for making me what I am today. As a musician what is the best way to get the lyrical complexities across to the audience, especially when the sahityam is in a language the audience may not be familiar with?
The other one is to use the help of slides to display the gist of the song.
Some compositions (Dikshitar comes to my mind) are extremely weighty in terms of the ideas packed into them. I salute the Gurus who taught during the days of Gurukulavasam. Gurucharan married Janani Lakshminarayan on 23 May 2010 and the couple resides in Chennai. M really excited to read it..got to know quite a lot abt Gurucharan..most catchy thing was regarding the traditional approach towards music enhancing the quality..Looking out for more such interesting and enjoyable collections of interview from ToS.. M really excited to read it..got to know quite a lot abt Gurucharan..most catchy thing was regarding the traditional approach towards music enhancing the quality..Looking out for more such interesting and enjoyable collections of interview.. His maternal aunt Sikkil Mala Chandrasekar is an acclaimed flautist and is married to Chandrasekar, grand son of the legendary singer M. S. Subbulakshmi. I would suggest two things. It was only after I became a commerce graduate that I seriously thought I might have a future in Carnatic music! This is a highly sophisticated and classical music form that just needs a heart that feels, to enjoy. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. during the years 1995–1999. Sikkil Gurucharan: It was some time in 1987. I would not be able to do that. On the music front, by now he was more in tune with concert-related techniques and had begun singing during the Madras Music Season.
When we present so many kritis that were composed as spontaneous outpourings of vaggeyakaras, it is difficult to disengage Bhakti and still render them effectively. It’s a support for truth and fairness in journalism. Sikkil Gurucharan's first concert was held at the Music Academy, under the aegis of the Gnanaskandan Trust in the year 1994. HIDDEN ERROR: Usage of "Children" is not recognized, Sikkil C. Gurucharan (born on 21 June 1982) is among the foremost young performing musicians of Carnatic music in India today.
After a little cajoling, he sang a popular film song. The icing on the cake was the Grammy nomination, of course.
This was how Gurucharan made his initial forays into Carnatic music. ( Log Out / The album "Parama", has recently received a nomination for the category 'Best Carnatic Classical Album – Vocal' at the Global Indian Music Awards 2011.. Does traditional approach towards music hinder the musician’s creativity? We need to sit for a cup of tea and start a series of such sessions to cover at least some of them! Soon after the initiation, his family had to shift base to Hyderabad. It was fun, without a doubt. ( Log Out / But they were insistent that this boy should pursue singing, especially since he had shown immense promise at that age. Sikkil Gurucharan was a student of Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mylapore, Chennai. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. A cup of warm Kalyani raaga dedicated to Suchitra for her creative inputs towards the interview. I was made to jam with him, Mandolin Srinivas and Louis Banks in the raga Hindolam.
That became “Miles from India”! In this profile, he was in-charge of presenting programmes, interviewing artists and doing voice-overs for the 24-hour Carnatic music channel "Shruti". I have done that in concerts where the crowd is entirely non-Indian and they seemed to relish it.
Do you see such diversified renditions becoming a part of the mainstream concert tradition?
I would not say that. Although it was a short role, it was right in the… From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core, http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sikkil-gurucharan-the-new-classical/1/113867.html, http://chennaionline.com/City360/Events/20125410045406/Rotary-Club-of-Madras-Downtown---Vocational-Excellence-Award.col, http://newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/article1364093.ece, http://www.sabhash.com/music/events/101/gopalakrishna-bharathi-isai-vizha.html, http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/article2644941.ece?css=print, http://www.hindu.com/2010/07/07/stories/2010070750490200.htm, http://www.sangeetnatak.org/sna/yuva2007.htm, http://www.hindu.com/2006/03/07/stories/2006030716400500.htm, http://www.bharatkalachar.com/awardees.htm, http://www.hindu.com/2005/09/12/stories/2005091208840200.htm, http://gima.co.in/nonfilm-nominees-2011.html, http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-05-26/chennai/28297997_1_high-profile-wedding-couple-happy-day, http://www.thehindu.com/arts/music/article970355.ece, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Potpourri/Singer_from_a_family_of_flautists/articleshow/3874464.cms, http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/01/26/stories/2007012601790300.htm, http://www.hindu.com/mp/2007/11/03/stories/2007110351160600.htm, http://www.hindu.com/mp/2007/11/13/stories/2007111350180500.htm, http://chennaionline.com/video/interviews/Interview-with-Sikkil-Gurucharan-Vocalist/741.col, https://infogalactic.com/w/index.php?title=Sikkil_Gurucharan&oldid=721721374, Pages using Template:Infobox musical artist with unknown parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, About Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core, Gopalakrishna Bharathi Festival Committee, Tchaikovsky Award for the best young musician of the year, Best Vocalist proficient in all aspects of Music, TAG corporation's Ramabhadran Centenary Award for most promising young artiste of the year, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer award for best raga renditions, Best Performer in Sub Senior Category during Music Season.
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