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Book of Ravikiran's compositions

Notations for Chitravina N Ravikiran's compositions are now available in a book.

Savita Narasimhan, principal, Hamsadhwani School of Music, has published her guru's compositions in a book called Adityodayam.

The collection will be released at 6 p.m. on February 23 at Hamsadhwani's 12th annual music festival. The venue: The Youth Hostel, Indiranagar, Madras.

Sonu Nigam weds

Sonu Nigam, the boyish singing sensation, married Madhurima, whom he had met on the sets of a music show he was hosting.

The wedding, described by a news agency as "ostentatious", took place in Kolkata on February 15.

Sonu Nigam is scheduled to perform soon with the Pakistani group, Strings, in Dubai.

"They will be musical ambassadors of peace," Naresh Oberoi, promoter of "One World One Music", said of them and fellow performers Sunidhi Chauhan and Haroon Rashid (Pakistan).

The organisers excpect a crowd of 10,000 at the Nad Al-Sheba golf course, including 6,000 in a special dance area in front of the stage.

The "One World One Music" campaign was launched in October 2000 to promote peace in the Indian subcontinent. Saturday's event will be the fourth joint concert, according to an agency report.

Two khanjira giants bid goodbye

Nagarajan and Harishankar, two of the most famous names in khanjira playing, have died.

Nagarajan was past 70, but Harishankar was just 44. Harishankar died of a lung disease. Both artistes had accompanied top Karnatak artistes. Harishankar was also popular among fusion music lovers, and had a following among drummers all over the world.

In a tribute, Chitravina N Ravikiran describes the deaths as a "twin blow" to the world of rhythm.

Obit: N S Murali

Falutist N S Murali, one of Bangalore's most active sessions musicians, died recently.

Murali and his mandolinist-brother Prasad were regulars at devotional and bhavageete recordings in Bangalore since the '80s. They came to the city from Mysore, and established themselves as recording artistes. They also played for the live concerts of bhavageete masters like Mysore Ananthaswamy and C Ashwath.

Murali's monopoly over flute recordings was broken when other flautists came into the business. He was known to drink heavily, but he was active at the studios and on the concert stage till the end.

Published on 22 Feb 2001

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