Overview for Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi: Life and Contributions with Over 230 Lyrical Illustrations/References
Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi - brilliant musician, poet and creator - strode on the sands of time in India, sometime between 1700 and 1765. Though some of his contributions are well known, this book, for the first time, explores numerous hitherto unknown facets of this divine composer. The scores of illustrations from the composer's works not only put forth several new perspectives but also challenge many accepted opinions about the evolution of Carnatic music around turns of the 17 century. This book is a result of a study of over 400 compositions of the mega-composer- and analyses Venkata Kavi's substantial contributions to melody, rhythm, literature, poetry, opera, dance, culture, history and spiritualism. It brings to fore his exemplary humble, cheerful and positive attitude.
Chitravina N. Ravikiran (Author)
Chitravina N Ravikiran, hailed as the Mozart of Indian Music, made headlines as the world' youngest prodigy at the age of two (in 1969). He could identify and demonstrate 325 ragas, 175 talas and answer numerous other music related questions. He presented vocal concerts between the age of five and nine, which he has resumed since 1999. He switched over to the exquisite, 21-stringed chtravina when he was 12 and presented a record non-stop recital for 24 hours when he was 18. Ravikiran has presented concerts and lectures all around the world and has won acclaim as 'Perhaps the World's greatest slide player' (Radio Nation, Australia) and 'An arresting virtuoso whose playing is ravishing' (Los Angeles Times). Recognized in world music for his novel concept Melharmony, Ravikiran is also one of the more prolific composers today in Indian music as well with over 500 original pieces that include music-dance productions such as Lakshmi Prabhavam (USA 1997), Savitri (Australia, 1998), Cosmos (Canada 1999), Vinayaka Vaibhavam (USA 2000) and In the Long White Moonlight (USA 2001). Ravikiran has been the first or youngest to receive several other awards from the age of six, including Star of India, Kalaimamani, Kumar Gandharava Samman, Sangeeta Choodamani, Vadya Ratnakara and Isai Peroli. Ravikiran attributes all his success to his gurus chitravina maestro Narasimhan and Sangeeta Kalanidhi T Brinda.