Chamber music is a form of classical music, written for a small group of instruments which traditionally could be accommodated in a palace chamber. Most broadly, it includes any art music that is performed by a small number of performers with one performer to a part. The word “chamber” signifies that the music can be performed in a small room, often in a private salon with an intimate atmosphere. However, it usually does not include, by definition, solo instrument performances.

Oli, a yearlong project (Feb 2012-Feb 2013), revives the tradition of intense participatory listening, the life-giving matrix of Indian classical music, with two chamber concerts every month. Oli affords a platform for diverse styles of music, rare kinds of music with great freedom for manodharma. These mic-less concerts retain the natural tonal quality of voice and instrument.

Oli along with Margazhi.org has hosted a series of Oli concerts at RasVihar, sponsored by Sarangi- The Kanjivaram Store featuring great artists like Sangeetha Sivakumar, Vijay siva, Violin maestro T N Krishnan and many others. For people who missed the live shows, the Oli team has recorded them and we at Margazhi.org have made the videos available on Youtube.

These videos of Concerts by O.S. Thiagarajan, Gayathri venkataragavan, Sumitra Vasudev, Nisha Rajagopal, Sangeetha Sivakumar and Ramakrishna Murthy are available at: www.youtube.com/user/MargazhibySarangi.

Stay tuned to Margazhi.org to know about the upcoming Oli Chamber Concerts.