K V Navya
Chennai, Dec 22: As part of the music season, 'TIFFIN' magazine, an exclusive booklet featuring special personalities, snippets and rare photographs of musicians and singers was launched here on Wednesday.
The Savera Group has endeavoured to give the kutcheri-goers a special treat in the form of a booklet that is distributed free at all sabhas during this season.
"We wanted to start a publication dealing with the city two years ago. But then I thought half of the information would already be given by rest of the newspapers. So, I chose the Margazhi season as the subject of my magazine so that the piece of news I give is treasured and read by all," says Rupa Gopal, co-founder of the magazine.
When asked about why she chose this unique name for the magazine, she says, "I did not want a cliched name like raga or melody. As the canteens are inseparable part in the sabhas and a special season can't go without some lip-smacking tiffins, I chose this name."
Renowned Carnatic singer Sudha Raghunathan launched the magazine and said it is a very innovative idea to cater a piece of information to music lovers and that it is very much needed to increase footfalls in concerts.
On a lighter note, when asked about her practice sessions, she laughed and replied, "I am a very bad example for practice, as I do not do it daily. I have another life apart from music and I need to take care of that as well. Yet, I am a die-hard fan of music and love to give concerts."
Talking about her childhood memories of the Margazhi festival, she says, "I always loved the season as there were so many concerts and I used to get a lot of recognition during that time. It feels really good when somebody pulls your cheeks and says great job kutty."
Sudha said, "Music is ever-evolving and it is important to bring in more audience. Once they come, they start enjoying the music. Magazines like these will help do that.'
(CAPTION: Renowned Carnatic singer Sudha Ragunathan at the launch of 'TIFFIN' magazine in Chennai on Wednesday. Co-founder of the magazine, Rupa Gopal, is present.)
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