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Violin Techniques in Western and South Indian Classical Music: A Comparative Study

M. Lalitha (Author)
Synopsis The first of its kind, the book is an encyclopedia on the different techniques in violin playing. As its title suggests, it deals with the different violin playing techniques in both the systems – the Western and the South Indian Classical Music. There are many books which study the different techniques of violin playing in Western music whereas in the South Indian system there is no comprehensive identification and enumeration of the various techniques in the South Indian system. Different violin playing styles in both the systems are methodically analysed and a lucid comparison of the techniques in both the systems are the main crux of this majestic work. Views of legendary musicians and violinists are also included. The author has brought to light the various techniques in the South Indian Classical system which is a treasure for posterity. This book definitely throws light on the different aspects of violin playing techniques, the different schools and styles. It will surely appeal to both the layman and the connoisseur alike.
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About the author

M. Lalitha

Dr. Muthuswamy Lalitha belongs to an illustrious family of musicians. She learnt music from her beloved grandfather and guru Shri V. Lakshminarayana from a very early age. She was also trained in music under her mother Smt. Subhalakshmi Muthuswamy and was inspired by her uncles the legendary violin maestros L. Vaidyanathan, Dr. L. Subramaniam and Dr. L. Shankar. Dr. M. Lalitha along with her sister M. Nandini, popularly known as the Violin Duo sisters, have been widely acclaimed as outstanding South Indian Classical Violinists of the preset generation. Both of them have been awarded several prizes and titles in recognition of their talent and dedication: The ‘Gold Medal’ awarded by His Holiness Shri shankaracharya Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam; the prestigious title of ‘Kalaimamani’ which is the Highest Honour in Music and Performing Arts conferred by the State Government of Tamil Nadu and the coveted title of ‘Bharatha Violin Vadhya Thilakangal’ by His Holiness Sadguru Srimad Shantananda Swamigal in Chennai. Dr. M. Lalitha (and Nandini) and released many cassettes and CDs through well-known labels. The versatile Violin Sisters are also Music Directors having done the Music Direction for ‘Kaaicha Maram’, a short film directed by the famous Actress cum Director Mrs. Suhasini Maniratnam produced by the famous Madras Talkies.

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Venkata_citti - Very Great Presentation and Work Jan, 01, 1970

I am learning violin and I read a lot of books. I find this work very great. The author shlould be congradulated for this valuable book which is a treasure. Mr. Venkatachari Citti

Bibliographic information

Title Violin Techniques in Western and South Indian Classical Music: A Comparative Study
Author M. Lalitha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8175741511
length xxxiv+292p., Tables; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.