A platform for the culturally conscious

Margazhi is an online platform created to bring together the culturally conscious – by integrating information, news, views and updates related to the Performing Arts such as Indian Music & Dance. It is an initiative of the Vidyam Trust and its activities are sponsored by Sarangi-the Kanjivaram Store. It began its existence with coverage of the Margazhi festival 2011-12 in Chennai.

The idea for was inspired by Akhila Krishnamurthy. She is a freelance journalist, who writes on Indian performing arts and its people. Akhila, who was previously with The Times of India group, is a good friend and well-wisher of ours. We’re thankful to her for seeding in us the idea for the website.


Margazhi – the word invokes images of tranquil moments immersed in musical bliss, noisy moments chattering over Sabha canteen tiffins, beautiful and pleasant Chennai mornings looking at kolams, rustle of silk in Sabha foyers as the culturally conscious converge to participate in different ways in the “Season”. Started as a month long festival featuring concerts, seminars and dance performances, the Margazhi season now extends from mid-November to mid-January.  The magic of Margazhi is special – over the years it has grown stronger and draws in culture-lovers from all over the world to Chennai – to experience the joys of the season firsthand.

At Margazhi, the endeavour is to sustain some of this magic throughout the year: simply by bringing together in a single platform news and updates on events and developments related to Indian music and dance from everywhere, all the time.

By creating an online platform we want more people to stay connected with the best of Indian music and dance no matter how busy they are or how far from home they may be. We also wish to provide as a platform to talk about several new initiatives being nurtured by music lovers and performers all over the world. is growing: in patrons, in followers and in ideas. We welcome collaborative efforts with other like-minded entities and persons who wish to promote various facets of our performing arts. We are reading more, listening more and are indeed eager to do more with this space. Simply write in to and we would love to get a conversation going.