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In Search of the Whole Bringing Tukkadas to Light


Apr 08 2022 to Apr 08 2022 6:30 p.m.



Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

‘Tukkadas’ or the so-called “light compositions” sung at the tail-end of the concert after the piece-de-resistance have long been relegated to a lesser position in the kutcheri/ concert format as compared the apparently heavy-weight kritis. Daasara-padas, Narayana Teertha Tarangas, Annamacharya keertanas, Tiruppugazhs, Tevaram, Vachanas, Bhajans and Sampradaya Bhajans, Ragamalikas, Shlokas,Viruttams, Ugabhogas, Abhangs, Javali and Tillanas are some of the compositional forms sung as tukkadas.

From a critical point of view, while most of these do vindicate that relegation, some of the forms like daasara-padas, narayana tarangas etc do possess enough compositional elasticity and capacity to warrant a deeper exploration in the kutcheri format. The aim of this concert is to precisely demonstrate that, without seeming catechitical, that tukkadas need not be just ornamental pieces, they can be given a more intellectual treatment as well, while retaining their emotive qualities.

The reason to do this is double-fold, one, being that these tukkadas are in multiple languages, thus linguistically, we are enriching the art form, appealing to a wider audience; and secondly, the art form needs constant updating to be relevant across centuries.

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