Dr. Pia Srinivasan (15 May 1931 – 8 April 2022) introduced Carnatic music to a discerning concert public in Germany and other European countries for over three decades. A pupil of Rajeswari Padmanabhan, she taught Carnatic vina, vocal music and music theory.
In collaboration with major music centres, museums and universities, several renowned Carnatic musicians were first presented in live-concerts, radio, TV, publications and educational projects.
Several archival audio and video recordings and scholarly studies have been facilitated in this manner, most notably the award winning album Sambho Mahadeva Vina/South India by Rajeswari Padmanabhan and Dr. K.S. Subramanian for which Pia Srinivasan wrote the commentary in English and German.
With her late husband, Prof. Dr. S.A. Srinivasan (University of Hamburg) she has published a major monograph The Goddess Mariyamman in Music and in Sociology of Religion with music excerpts sung by Sirgali Govindarajan and Madurai Somasundaram.
Her Italian memoir is titled Il raga che porta la pioggia (2005).
- In memoriam
- Rajeswari Padmanabhan: Vainika, teacher, friend
- Il raga che porta la pioggia
- Un aspetto centrale della cultura sudindiana
- Concerto conferenza di musica Indiana a Napoli
- Pia Srinivasan (Deutsch)
- CD Sambho Mahadeva Vina/South India (Deutsch)
Learn & practice more
- A brief introduction to Carnatic music (with music examples and interactive map)
- Free “flow” exercises on this website
- Glossary (PDF)
- Introduction (values in the light of modernity)
- Video | Keeping tala with hand gestures: Adi (8 beats) & Misra chapu (7 beats)
- Voice culture and singing
- Why Carnatic Music Matters More Than Ever
- Worldcat.org book and journal search (including Open Access)