KutcheriBuzz was ideated when its promoters in Chennai, south India, recognized a vibrant community among the artistes and rasikas (audience) of the Carnatic music and south Indian dance world.
It was a community that the Net could also connect. More so because while the artistes performed around the world, Indians who had settled abroad, also took to the stage.
And so, KutcheriBuzz was born on the eve of the December Season in 1999. A time when even this info was not available online!
(The December season in Madras refers to a prolonged season of Carnatic music and classical dance concerts held at over a dozen halls around the city, from morning to night, numbering over one thousand, sometimes more.)
We began by publishing a Guide Book to the December Season and followed up with a daily newsletter for rasikas attending that Season in 1999. The venture attracted a lot of attention. So we transferred all this info on to a website.
That is how www.kutcheribuzz.com was born.
We survived the dotcom bust and remained sober during the dotcom boom and now, are fairly well known in the south Indian world of classical music and dance.
But let it not be mistaken that we wake up only during the December season here in Madras.
Our website buzzes the year round! Driven by inputs from readers and artistes and stories we do.
Our office is on Alwarpet's C. P. Ramaswamy Road, in south Chennai, is small. But it is busy all days of the year.
The community's property ...
What makes us tick is the fact that we treat this website as the property of a community. So we encourage reports and pictures directly from the artistes, dancers, writers and rasikas.
Or just say hello! It will keep us going!
Vincent D' Souza
Publisher Chennai, south India