Find a copy of The Oxford Illustrated Companion

The textbook for this course, The Oxford Illustrated Companion to South Indian Classical Music is available from its publisher and several other distributors: For more information and orders, please visit the publisher's websites: OUP India and OUP worldwide >>For new or used copies, also search Abebooks.com, Amazone.com, Bettereducation.com (Australia), Betterworldbooks.comSuppliers in The Netherlands: Athenaeum.nl & Bol.com >> Library copies Search this and other [...]

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, [...]

Video | “There is more than one form of being a devadasi”: The complex world of India’s devadasis – Interview with filmmaker (Lady) Beeban Kidron

Interview with filmmaker Beeban Kidron, plus exclusive clips from her new film. Sex, Death and the Gods explores the complex world of India's devadasi, girls devoted to a goddess and then sold for sex at puberty | Lindsay Poulton and Joanna Moorhead, theguardian.com, 21 January 2011 >> Documentary maker Beeban Kidron (4:49): "They [the devadasis themselves] [...]

The mridangam makers of Mylapore

Jesudas Anthony makes holes in circular leather cutouts, which he fastens to one end of the mridangam using thin strips of reed. Right: A wooden stick and stone are used to regulate the instrument’s pitch https://ruralindiaonline.org/articles/the-mridangam-makers-of-mylapore Jesudas and his son Edwin are skilled craftsmen, known in the Carnatic music universe of Chennai and elsewhere for the mridangams they [...]

A musical tribute to Prof. S. A. Srinivasan by Karaikudi Voyage – Sreevidhya Chandramouli (vocal & vina)

Vocal with vina accompaniment: Sreevidhya & Chandramouli (Karaikudi Bani) To listen and view photos on youtube, click here >>Find the lyrics* sung in the tribute by Dhvani in the search window seen below or click here >>Visit Dhvani’s homepage >> Dhvani was formed to Preserve, Explore & Disseminate Indian art and cultural heritage. As a grassroots organization devoted to expanding knowledge in our community, Dhvani [...]

There really is no such thing as a ‘learner’ raga

Image © The Hindu Gouri Dange, The Hindu, 11 May 2019 | Read the full article here >>Every kind of music has a protocol for ‘beginners’ or ‘learners’. Students must practise paltay, alankaras, scales, études, tonalisation exercises, depending on the kind of music they pursue.  [...] However, here’s the rub: for many learners, these ‘early’ [...]