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Chitra Resumes Singing

Courtesy-Amanda Sodhi
After losing her eight-year-old daughter to a drowning accident in Dubai, where she was performing, KS Chitra took a break from singing. Now she has finally resumed singing, and has recorded a song for M.G. Sree Kumar for a Malayalam film titled Istham + Sneham = Amma. The song was a lullaby, and sources say Chitra got emotional as she sang the composition.

Singer-actress Mamta Mohandas heard the song and tweeted, “Heard a few lines of the new song Chitra chechi’s recorded. A lullaby that goes ‘Amma’. Can’t think of the emotions she would have fought while singing it.”

The talented singer has recorded over 15,000 songs and has won six National Awards and five Filmfare Awards.

Girija Devi & Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar Honoured

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Vocalist Girija Devi and Dhrupad maestro Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar received the highest honour of Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship – Akademi Ratna Sadasyata – for their contribution to art and music. Mridangam player TK Murthy also was conferred with the fellowship.

Judges included Akademi’s general council, a panel of eminent artists, scholars and nominees of the government of India.

Other artists honoured with the awards include Chhanu Lal Mishra and Yashpaul for Hindustani vocal music, Budhaditya Mukherjee for sitar and Nityanand Haldipur for flute under the Hindustani instrumental music category, Suguna Purushothaman and Mysore Nagamani Srinath for Carnatic vocal music, Nagai R Muralidharan for Violin and Srimushnam V Rajarao for Mridangam under the Carnatic instrumental music category, MV Simhachala Sastry for Harikatha and S. Rajeswari for music for Bharatanatyam dance.

Delhi’s Gig Week Finalises Lineup, Dates

Courtesy-Shawn Fernandes

Two months ago, 15 friends came together to organise an ambitious project to showcase young, unestablished indie acts from Delhi. The team of college students invited young new bands to send in demos to win slots in what they planned would be a seven-day, multi-venue festival of raw young indie talent drawn from across Delhi.

The responses – in excess of 80 bands applied and close to 2,000 fans joined the group’s Facebook page – shone a spotlight on the serious depth of musical talent and its popularity in the capital. After going through the demos, the organisers, who initially planned for 12 acts, have finalised 23 acts that will play at seven venues across Delhi over the week-long festival.

Venues for the Gig Week, which will run from 31 July to the 6 August, include Turquoise Cottage (Vasant Vihar), 1 Boulevard (Saket), Café Oz (GK-I), Café Morrison (South Ex Part 2), Attitude Alive (Gurgaon), Manajsa (Hauz Khas) as well as one as yet unconfirmed venue. Established acts The Circus, Barefaced Liar and Half Step Down will headline on the final two days.

For the entire lineup and schedule, click here:

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