A storm of songs: India and the idea of the bhakti movement

by John Stratton Hawley Interview in The Hindu (January 10, 2016): “A Storm of Songs examines how devotional songs such as padams mingled with the abhangs, how the Dalit narrative and Sufi music found an outlet in creating the network called the Bhakti movement. In a conversation, he maps the mystical journey which knits India.” http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/bhakti-challenges-communal-religion/article8086253.ece “In this comprehensive […]

“Useful chapter on voice training” – A History of Singing

Ludwig Pesch, The Illustrated Companion to South Indian Classical Music (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999) is a lengthy introduction to Carnatic music, with a useful chapter on voice training. John Potter and Neil Sorrell, A History of Singing. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. (Sources and references, p. 310) isbn 9780521817059 Find a copy of The Illustrated Companion […]

The idea of singing birds: A tribute to a vital artistic tradition – Book Review

M.S. Subbulakshmi (1916-2004) in concert, accompanied by the tanpuraPhoto © Telegraph Calcutta A Southern music: The Karnatik story By T.M. Krishna, HarperCollins, Rs 699 | Read the full review here >>If a successful and busy Karnatic singer takes time off in order to write reflections on South Indian or “Karnatic” music, the book release function is bound to be met […]

The Small Theatre (Sittrarangam) – Ekagrata Publications

‘The Small Theatre (Tamil Sittrarangam) is a chamber auditorium specially designed for Indian performing arts. Based on rural architecture, it provides a congenial atmosphere for traditional performers of dance, music and folk arts, and their audience alike.’ From the introductory note jointly published byThe Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)The Government of […]

Reviews – Raga Dhana: An Alpha-Numerical Directory of Ragas

by Ludwig Pesch “An easy to use reference book for concert, music class and and home” [about the first edition] – Indian Express, Chennai, 29.8.86 “A neat compilation … ragas mainly used on concert platforms … highly useful as a reference book for listeners in concerts and to students for use in the classroom. …” […]

Book reviews: Eloquent Percussion: A Guide to South Indian Rhythm

Cover art: Arun V.C. by Ludwig Pesch (Introduction and concept) & T.R. Sundaresan (lessons) The art of vocalization of rhythmic patterns (Konnakkol) … and its importance as a memory aid and a teaching requisite have been duly highlighted … easy to comprehend. … useful for familiarisation with the various rhythmic embellishments used in percussion solo … excellent and free from errors.The guide to […]