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Essentials of Musicology in South Indian Music with CD

Essentials of Musicology in South Indian Music with CD
Item Code: NAZ502
Author: S.R. Janakiraman
Language: English
Edition: 2013
Pages: 346
Other Details: 9.50 X 7.50 inch
weight of the book: 0.52 kg
About the Author
Prof. S. R. Janakiraman, formerly the principal of Music Academy's Teacher's College of Music in Chennai, was born on July 12, 1928 in South India. He started learning Carnatic music in 1938, and received training under several great masters.

The year 1945 was a landmark year in his career when he got the opportunity to learn from great doyens such as Tiger Varadachari, Budalur Krishnamurthy Sastri, T. K. Ramasami Ayyangar and Kalpagam Swaminathan at Kalakshetra, and Musiri Subramanian Ayyar, Tiruppambaram Swaminatha Pillai, and Mayavaram V. V. Krishna Ayyar and T. Brinda at the Central College of Music. Janakiraman's excellence in the theoretical and practical aspects of music earned him the titles of Samgita Siromani and Samgita Vidwan.

He was initiated into musicology by Profs. P. Sambamurthi and Balakrishna Ayya. This was further strengthened under P. K. RajagopalaAyyar. In addition to his gurus' immense knowledge and wisdom, Janakiraman also imbibed a style of presentation with powerful delivery, expression, and diction. His method of analyzing original treatise and evolving one's own ideas and concepts soon placed him high in the annals of musicology in India.

Janakiraman has taught musicology at various levels, including advanced, graduate and post-graduate courses for over thirty years. He had a brilliant career as the Head of the Department of Musicology at Sri Venkateswara College of Music, Tirupati.

After his stint at Tirupati, he was associated with The Music Academy, Madras, in various capacities such as Research Scholar, Advisory Member of the Experts Committee.

Janakiraman has presented several papers on various subjects of musicology, along with demonstrations. He has given performances under the auspices of several organizations both in India and abroad. Not surprisingly, Janakiraman has annexed several titles in music, notably Samgita Kala Acharya (The Music Academy), Samgita Kala Sagaram. (Bhairavi Fine Arts Association of North America), Kalaimamani (Tamil Nadu State Government), Samgita Kala Jyoti, Ganamruta Kala Ratna, Isai Kalai Chelvar, and Isai Thurai Pani Mamani. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from the Government of India. Recently, he was conferred the title Nada Yogi by the Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, Madras.

He is the author of a two-volume book, "Samgita Sastra Saramu" in Telugu. During his tenure as a Research Scholar at The Music Academy, he authored three comprehensive volumes of the book "Raga Lakshanas" in Tamil and co-authored a book in English titled "Ragas of Saramrta", which is a commentary on the Raga Chapter of King Tulaja's treatise, Samgita Saramrta. He is also the author of "Ragas at a Glance", a compendium of the individuallakshanas of some of the more popular ragas in current practice. He has presented a three-hour video documentary titled "Varna through the ages" and an audio-video dissertation on the 72 melakarthas with reference to the 72 mela-ragamalika of Maha Vaidyanatha Ayyar under the auspices of Saraswati Vaggeyakara Trust, Madras in 1991 and 1995, respectively.

A performing musician with a strong academic background, lanakiraman has been recognized as a top-ranking artiste by the All-India Radio and Doordarshan. His lecture-demonstrations are not only instructive but also inspiring, and have drawn august audiences from all over the world. His contributions to Carnatic music and musicology over the last nearly sixty years have left a lasting impression.

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