A music festival in Kerala this week is being held to demonstrate the traditional lifestyle of the natives, and is set to be visited by Miley Cyrus.

While genres like Hindustani classical and Carnatic music that are intrinsic to our country have been recognised worldwide there are many others that are dying an undignified death. Keli a city-based cultural organisation has taken it upon themselves to bring these endangered genres and their exponents to the fore.


Tel Aviv will be hosting a classic concert in a few days time. The Israel Philharmonic is a professional ensemble, given wonderful direction by bass baritone Thomas Quasthoff and conductor Zubin Mehta. The museum’s Fredric Mann Auditorium is the venue for the two concerts. The performances will start at 20.30 on both evenings, but audience members are advised to arrive early.


Classical music group BEOWULF CONSORT has two concerts and Christmas carol sing-alongs for the holidays. The hour-long concerts end with a sing-

along of favorite Christmas carols. The performances are: Sun., Dec. 12 at 4pm at Holyrood Church (W. 179th St. and Ft. Washington Ave.) and Sun., Dec. 19

at 4pm at Good Shepherd Church (Isham St. and Broadway).

Concerts are free. BEOWULF CONSORT includes singer Hanne Ladefoged-Dollase, harpist José Luis Rodriguez, Frank Foerster violin/viola, and Nelson

Padgett at the piano.


Touts are ready to cash in on the music season. Many fly-by-night sabhas, which crop up during the music season manage to book famous artistes and organise concerts in small halls. And touts, including sabha officials, sell tickets at twice the original price.

This has been the case even during the last season. In December 2009, NN Parasram and his wife, who had come down from Coimbatore, were offered a Rs 250 ticket for Rs 500 at a sabha on GN Chetty Road for vocalist Yesudoss' performance.


Kylie Playing Tallinn

Pop diva Kylie Minogue will perform in the Saku Arena in Tallinn on February 23, 2011, as part of her “Aphrodite – Les Folies Tour 2011”. The concert in Riga will take place at Arena Riga on February 25, LETA was informed by the FBI concert agency's representative Kristaps Karklins.

Kylie’s new world tour starts on February 19, 2011 in Demark. The Tallinn concert will be the third one of the tour.