Pia Srinivasan – Sangitam in Germany

Pia Srinivasan

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.

Rajeswari Padmanabhan with
Prof. S.A. Srinivasan and Dr. Pia Srinivasan
Photo credit: taken for the Tamil daily Kumudam
(Chennai, 1969)

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).

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