Category: Books and periodicals

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 …

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

Lakshmi Sreeram, The Hindu, July 19, 2012 Miraj is famous for tanpuras made by its craftsmen, who honed their skills by first becoming trained musicians. How did it ever strike someone to stick a piece of wood on a dried pumpkin, …

All craftsmen in Miraj are musicians – the wonderfully resonant Tanpura (Tambura) Read More »

By Dr. Pia Srinivasan I joined Kalakshetra in 1968 to learn Carnatic music. It was there that I met Rajeswari. It was a great event in my life as I came to realise more and more. Rajeswari, along with her music, …

Rajeswari Padmanabhan: Vainika, teacher, friend – a tribute in Sruti, A Monthly Magazine on Indian Performing Arts Read More »

Vaitari: A musical picture book from Kerala by V.C. Arun with an Introduction for educators and parents by Ludwig Pesch Making studies as pleasant as music Review by A. Sangameswaran Two musicologists of international repute are on an innovative mission to educate music lovers …

Press coverage: A musical picture book from Kerala Read More »

‘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 …

The Small Theatre (Sittrarangam) – Ekagrata Publications Read More »

by Arun V.C. More information | preview of pages | Press coverage Ekagrata Publications, Amsterdam 2006 ISBN-10: 90-75785-04-6 ISBN-13: 978-90-75785-04-3 250.- Indian Rupees (incl. audio-CD and postal charges) within India € 22.50 (incl. postal charges) within the Euro-zone by bank transfer; bank details on request …

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by Ludwig Pesch | Order details >> “An easy to use reference book forconcert, 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 …

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

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by Ludwig Pesch & T.R. Sundaresan Cover art: Arun V.C. 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 …

Book reviews: Eloquent Percussion: A Guide to South Indian Rhythm Read More »

Mridangam maestro Trichy Sankaran – Photo: courtesy The Hindu The Hindu, 31 Dec. 2011 Tiruvarur to Texas, Carnatic musicians have transcended global cultures, echoing the seven notes to the West. Trichy Sankaran,to be honoured with the Sangita Kalanidhi today, summarises Carnatic …

Indian music and the west – an account by Sangita Kalanidhi Trichy Sankaran Read More »