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Varnasagaram: 415 Tana, Pada, Cauka, Ragamalika and Daru Varnas

T.K. Govinda Rao (Editor) Music Series

The Purpose of this book: To present the authentic version of some of the Tanavarna-s in Adi, Khanda-Ata and other Talas, Pada and Cauka Varnas, Ragamalika and Daru Varna-s numbering 415 of various composers of post and pre-trinity period in national, international and regional scripts viz: Devanagari, Diacritical Roman, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamizh and Telugu scripts, to reach maximum number of people all over the world. Varna-s of contemporary composers like Tiger Varadacari, Gomatisankarayyar, Lalgudi Jayaraman, T.M. Tyagarajan, Tanjavur Sankarayyar, Dr. M. Balamuralikrshna, T.R. Subrahmanyam, R. Venugopal and also some of the youngsters like Citravina Ravikiran, Carumati Ramacandran are also included in this book. The Uniqueness of this book: i. A collection of 415 Varna-s in one volume is compiled and published for the first time with text in regional scripts such as Tamizh, Telugu, Kannada, Malayala, Devanagari and Roman diacritical scripts followed by SRGM notations in Roman scripts. ii. All the Varna-s are presented in a format revealing the Raga, Arohana, Avarohana, Mela, Tala etc. It has been indexed at the end of the book in alphabetical order in Devanagari and diacritical Roman scripts to enable quick spotting of the Varna-s sought. iii. About the notation: notation in our South Indian Classical music, however it seems to be perfect, one cannot understand the Ragabhava-the balance between the Ragabhava and its given Sahityabhava as expressed in the composition. In fact the singer's imagination while singing counts a lot in the final and finer presentation.

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About the author

T.K. Govinda Rao

Sangita Kalanidhi Tripunithura Krishnan embrandiri Govinda Rao, who hails from a family of musicians from Kochi-Kerala, is a leading vocalist of Indian Classical Karnatak Music. In 1949 he joined the then Central College of Karnatak Music at Madras, where under the care of great musicians like Sangita Kalanidhi Tiruppampuram Swaminatha Pillai and Smt. T. Brnda, he completed the course of "SANGITA VIDVAN". TKG was fortunate to have as his guru, the founder-Principal, Padmavibhushan, Sangita Kalanidhi, Isaipperarinar Sri Musiri Subrahmanya Iyer, the doyen of Karnatak Music. A rigorous GURU KULAVASA - training spread over fifteen years followed by many years of close association with his Guru, marks him as a faithful representative of the Musiri style of Bhava-laden renderings. A career that spanned over give decades brought him assignments such as Lecturer, Govt. of Tamizh Nadu' Music College, Chennai; Producer-Music, All India Radio, Chennai and finally Chief Producer-Music in the Directorate-General, All India Radio, New Delhi. In addition, he had been associated with the Music Academy, Chennai, as a member of the Advisory Committee, Central Sangit Natak Akademi and the ICCR as also with Universities of Banares, Delhi, Madras, Annamalai, Bangalore and Telugu University in various capacities. All these assignments, however, did not deter him from his prime vocation as a vocalist and teacher that took him, over the years, all over India and abroad: Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, UK, USA (S.V. Temple, Pittsburgh, among other cities), Canada and Muscat, where he has taught hundreds of students. Titles like Sangita Kalanidhi, Sangita Cudamani, Sangita Sastra Ratnakara, Sangita Ratnakara (USA), Ganakala Tilaka, Nadakkanal, Swara Samrat, Sangita Samrat, Sangita Acarya, Gayaka Sikhamani besides the Academi Award from the Central Sangit Natak Akademi - the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, and Asthana Vidvan of Sri Kanci Kamakoti Pitham have been conferred on him for his contributions to the field of Karnatak Music. "T.K.G. is a veteran of the old school who has played a prominent role in the preservation of all that is precious in the truly classical rendition of Karnatak Music." - The renowned senior music critic Sri PN. Krishnamurthy, quoted in the wellknown music Magazine "SRUTI". To promote, preserve and propagate the time-tested oral traditions of Classical Karnatak Music, he founded a body name "Ganamandir Trust" with the object of publishing works on music, producing audio/video CDs and cassettes in his "Ganamandir Studios"; organizing seminars and workshops on music in India and elsewhere, also providing them to the donor-members free of cost.

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Bibliographic information

Title Varnasagaram: 415 Tana, Pada, Cauka, Ragamalika and Daru Varnas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.02.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0965187152
length 444p., Photos Black and White and Color; 21cm.