Tip | Online research library: Musicresearchlibrary.net

Merger of websites: The two sites www.musicresearch.in and www.musicresearchlibrary.net have now merged! We have closed www.musicresearch.in and moved its contents to www.musicresearchlibrary.net. In the ‘musicresearchlibrary.net’ site, a menu ‘musicresearch.in‘ has been created which will house some of the earlier contributions of senior scholars. Please like and follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Musicresearchlibraryadmin/ for latest news and updates. […]

The tambura’s role in perfect alignment to pitch: “The most beautiful way to discover music” – T.M. Krishna

To sing just with the tanpura has been revealing: TM Krishna M Suganth | TNN | Nov 27, 2014 | To read the full article, click here >> They had collaborated earlier for Margazhi Raagam, which was a first-of-its-kind Carnatic concert film and now, singer TM Krishna and filmmaker Jayendra have come together for One, […]

Subbulakshmi and contemporary feminism: Sunil Khilnani on BBC Radio 4 Incarnations: India in 50 Lives

Listen to this programme on BBC Radio 4 (15 minutes) >> M.S. Subbulakshmi Tracks >> Find song lyrics, translations and more (type “M.S. Subbulakshmi”) >> M.S. Subbulakshmi Born 16 September 1916. Died 11 December 2004 Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (Tamil: மதுரை சண்முகவடிவு சுப்புலட்சுமி, Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi ? 16 September 1916 – 11 December 2004), also known as M.S., was a Carnatic […]

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 […]

Appreciating the beauty and importance of the nagasvaram: “Carnatic music grew because of the nagaswaram” – S. Rajam

The Hindu, December 27, 2013 | Read the full article with photos here >> TRIBUTE To the genius T.N. Rajarathinam Pillai, whose nagaswaram melodies are timeless. RUPA GOPAL In this part, I quote from my recording with S. RAJAM on TNR, done in early 2007. Excerpts: “Carnatic music grew because of the nagaswaram. Our art originated in […]

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 […]

Video | Documentary on S. Rajam singer, scholar, teacher and painter

S.Rajam is a multifaceted genius with creative talents in a variety of fields such as music, musicology, classical painting and acting. In the field of music, S. Rajam is an unparalleled authority on Vivadi ragas and has done much to popularize Koteeswara Iyer’s kritis. He has the distinction of being the only musician to have […]