G Pramod Kumar

The author is a former journalist and UNDP Senior Adviser in Asia Pacificl who is presently a writer based out of Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram.

Articles By G Pramod Kumar

Kumbalangi Nights movie review: A new breakthrough in Malayalam cinema

Kumbalangi Nights movie review: The movie is primarily about three young men and their school-going brother living a pathetic life in an incomplete hut in a small island near Kumbalangi on the Western coast of the state, which otherwise looks breathtaking.

Sarvam Thaala Mayam: This Rajiv Menon-AR Rahman musical plays up politics of Carnatic music

Here, Rajiv Menon is dealing with an extremely tricky subject, but has pulled it off remarkably well. Sarvam Thaala Mayam also looks like a dedication to the limitless forms of percussion in India and a vivid expression of unity in diversity.

Why Rahul Gandhi was right in his criticism of Kerala’s health sector

There are multiple studies that show a very high share of household income -- particularly among the poor -- going to medical expenditure, which also leads to catastrophic expenses.

After Kaala, Rajinikanth’s Petta too has a political message that was hard to miss

Beneath the entertaining surface, Petta’s storyline too is intensely political and here too, besides their villainy, the antagonists embody majoritarian politics.

Mahagatbandhan easier at macro level than on ground; here’s why

Political observers are justifiably cynical, because once again the uniting common minimum programme is a menacing rival who they find as a threat to Indian democracy and constitution. 

The Magic of Margazhi: Five musicians on their experiences this year

For music lovers and musicians, Margazhi in Chennai is magical. It features about 2000 classical concerts by all types of singers, instrumentalists and percussionists - ranging from veterans to young aspirants.

The Kunnakkudi M. Balamurali Krishna Interview: ‘Most of my music happens in my mind’

In the third edition of the Indian Express Margazhi special, we feature Chennai-based carnatic musician Kunnakkudi M. Balamurali Krishna

The Brindha Manickavasakan Interview: ‘Involved singing is an uplifting magical experience’

In the third edition of The Indian Express Margazhi special, we feature Chennai-based carnatic musician Brindha Manickavasakan.

The Saketharaman interview: ‘Bhava is very important in music. My ultimate goal is spiritual’

Known for his virtuosity and classicism, Saketharaman is an innovator who finds immense possibilities within the grammar and framework of Carnatic music.

The Sanjay Subrahmanyan interview: ‘When I am on the stage I am on a high. It’s worse than any other form of addiction’

Sanjay as a music icon is not an overnight sensation, but a rare gem that emerged through more than three decades of relentless pursuit of classical music. By his own admission, he is a purist, but he is also an innovator and unsung reformer par excellence.

Will Sabarimala rewrite the Kerala secular story?

The BJP’s only chance for any upward mobility from its present stagnation in Kerala is by gaining the support of more Hindu votes and the Sabarimala agitation offers a tailor-made opportunity to whip up communal passion.

Sabarimala verdict: How BJP, Congress and Left are all cashing in on judgment

It’s strange that in a state which boasts of 100 per cent literacy, the final adjudication by the topmost court in the country, which in effect is the new law, is considered a contestable issue.

Can new IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath make the global moneylender less exploitative?

Gita Gopinanth’s technical skills may be useful to furtherance of capital markets and macro economic policies, but they don’t seem to be of value to real life economics in countries like India

Month after flood, is Kerala struggling with reconstruction, raising money?

Kerala floods: After the initial success in rescue and relief in which civil society played a critical role, the government doesn’t seem to have gained the required momentum or followed an optimal strategy.

To recover, Kerala needs to follow the ‘Build Back Better’ policy and become more accountable

The state stands to lose a historical opportunity to rejig its development agenda, and protect is people and assets after the devastating floods.

Kerala can convert the damage caused by floods into an opportunity

Unless it turns things around quickly, Kerala is likely to lose its hard-earned development gains in no time. However, it requires enormous human, financial and material resources, apart from steely resilience.

M Karunanidhi: A true artist who excelled at every role he played

Karunanidhi is truly one of a kind - an ideologue, politician, writer, social reformer, scholar, orator and an administrator, all rolled into one. And in each role - that too in public life that lasted nearly eight decades - he shone like a star.

Why the resignation of actresses pushes the club of Malayalam superstars into a moral crisis

AMMA row: Four resignations from an organisation of a few hundred people, including most of the top names in the industry, may not signify much in terms of its strength, but it does point to a lack of a moral compass.

United against Modi, divided at home: Kejriwal’s crisis shows how the 2019 polls might be fought

A pre-poll national alliance, as opposed to regional alliances, is not consistent with the autonomous aspirations of people. If it hasn’t happened naturally in the past, the BJP is now making it happen by usurping the rights of the states as it did in Delhi.

Chengannur bye-election: Without change in leadership and anti-BJP strategy, Congress will lose Kerala too

An occasional bypoll doesn’t foretell anything, but this one should seriously worry Congress because it’s the continuation of a trend that it has landed itself in 2016: the party’s fortunes being eaten away by a rising BJP.