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Music and Temples: A Ritualistic Approach

L. Annapoorna (Author)
Synopsis India is studded with gigantic temple facinating in their beauty and imposing in their appearance. Now, what is the exact role of the idol or image in a temple in the practice if Hinduism? The view accepted by the majority of Hindus is that it is a symbol of God, and an aid to the mind of the devotee to concentrate itself on the divine and become one with it. Prayer and worship are directed in fact, not to the ideal as such, but to the spiritual power which directs the universe and is conceived by the worshipper in the particular form that makes a special appeal to him. The ideal is only a concrete symbol meant to aid the concentration of his mind. This is what the concept of this work relating to Music in particular. The study on the present theme has two specific purpose of establishing the importance that a music compositions could evolve in projecting the underlined relation of music and temples. The other purpose was that though a composition is meant to express the devotional fervour in a bhakta, the ksetra krtis analyzed so far have brought out a theme of preserving the historical data of a temple-through music compositions. Whereas an ordinary Krti has the sole purpose of praising the glory of the God or the Goddesses, Ksetra Krtis has the twin purpose of the preserving for posterity the data of a temple and the devotional theme of the master piece. Therefore, the music world are beholden to the great composers for theirexcellent ksetra krtis but for them the importance of music in recreating the historical impulse would have been lost.
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About the author

L. Annapoorna

Dr. L. Annapoorna took to interest in Classical Music at a young age. She hails from a family of personalities of literary eminence. Her father, the Late Prof. S. Lakhminarasimhan, popularly known as SL was the head of the department of English at Madurai College at Madurai. Ms. Annapoorna completed her master’s degree in Performing Arts from the Madurai University (1979) and earned another master’s degree in Education from Annamalai University. She was awarded the PhD degree in Music by the Kerala University for her doctoral thesis on “Temple Compositions in South Indian Music. She has to her credit several research papers and publications, which include: Swati Tirunal Kritigal – Text (in Tamil), Music and Temples; New Horizons in Indian Music (Collected Works of Sri T.S. Patjasarathy); Vina through the Ages; Gleanings of Indian Music; Bharata’s Natyasastra; An Abstract of Music research; Documentation of Performing Arts.

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Title Music and Temples: A Ritualistic Approach
Author L. Annapoorna
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8175740906
length x+245p., Tables; 28cm.