A book celebrating the contribution of mrdangam makers: Sebastian and Sons by T.M. Krishna

A much awaited book ‘Sebastian and Sons’ by TM Krishna on the evolution of the art of Mridangam making is going to be released on 2 February 2020. ‘The making process is an intellectually, aesthetically and physically taxing one. From acquiring the skins for the circular membranes and straps to the wood for the drum, […]

Search a reservoir of Indian theses: Shodhganga, “a platform for research students to deposit their Ph.D. theses – Open access

e.g. search for “Shodhganga Carnatic music”, “Shodhganga veena”, “Shodhganga bamboo flute”, “Shodhganga Indian music education”, “Shodhganga music bani”, “Shodhganga percussion instrument” in the search field below: (function() { var cx = ‘013915946162963447659:xixt7rkiu4o’; var gcse = document.createElement(‘script’); gcse.type = ‘text/javascript’; gcse.async = true; gcse.src = ‘https://cse.google.com/cse.js?cx=’ + cx; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(gcse, s); })(); Track […]

On the tanpura / tambura – Martin Spaink

Martin Spaink (Amsterdam) has earned a name for himself as a leading tanpura expert. Read more on the finer points of tanpura playing, stringing, tuning, maintenance, restoration and playing techniques: fine-tuning of a tanpura Debate on “Meta Tuning Of Tanpura” https://soundcloud.com/user-578221889 e-mail: martinspaink@yahoo.com

Nagasvaram (nadaswaram): The “auspicious” wind instrument without which no festive occasion is ever complete

Photo © The Hindu Aparna Karthikeyan, The Hindu, April 11, 2015 | To read the full story and view more photographs, click here >> It takes many days to make a block of wood sing. And it takes exceptionally talented craftsmen to do it. The four families who still make the nadaswaram by hand in Narasingapettai (a village near Kumbakonam, […]

Tip | Nagasvaram Festival recital by Karukuruchi P Arunachalam: High pitch with rarely heard “ottu” drone

Karukuruchi P Arunachalam- Adivel Festival Concert circa 1961 Published on Feb 4, 2015 Karukuruchi P Arunachalam- Adivel Festival Concert circa 1961 Gnanavinayakane-Gambeera Nattai Sadinchane-Arabhi Sarasaksha-Panthuvarali Vel Festival organized by Sammangod Sri Kathir Velautha Swami Temple and Manicavinayagak Temple. More tips Find more information on the above musicians, instruments and compositions here: Custom search – press and […]

Life-giver and soul of Indian music: The Tambura (tanpura) according to T.M. Krishna

In his recent book, A Southern Music: The Karnatik Story, T.M. Krishna reflects on those misconceptions and stereotypes that stand in the way of truly appreciating South Indian music. He reiterates the unique role played by the (acoustic) tambura / tanpura which is all too rarely heard ‘live’ in Indian concerts today.   For this eminent singer “it […]

“Only a tambura can bring in a tranquil aura”: Musicians comment on the convenience and compromise of digital tanpura

Ranjani Govind, The Hindu, Bangalore, April 26, 2011 The four strings of the tambura that provide sruthi or the basic swara (pitch) for musicians are considered the life force for any melodic exercise. Fixed in jack wood to enhance the naada, yesteryear musicians were stuck to this pitch provider because there were no alternatives. […] While […]

Tambura / Tanpura “tree of enlightenment” for Mallikarjun Mansur

N. Manu Chakravarthy, The Hindu,  September 22, 2011 It [2011] is the centenary year of the legendary Jaipur-Atrauli musician Mallikarjun Mansur. Unravelling the individual genius of the maestro is also the study of a living tradition It is not easy to locate the greatness of Pandit Mallikarjuna Mansur and understand his relevance in our times. The life […]