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Navam and the Karnatak Group Krtis

Leela Omcheri (Author) N.K. Padma (Author)
Synopsis Each number has a significance of its own. The same numbers repeat to grow into infinity. Likewise, the time cycle governs this universe. The seasons, the month, the day, the hour, the minute, the second—all these contribute their own role. All these are based on numbers—the numerals. Music—the finest of fine arts, was justly considered by the ancients as the key to all sciences and arts, as the link between physics and meta physics, through which the universal laws and their multiple applications could be studied. Rhythms is the primordial phenomenon found in all the elements of Mother Nature. Rhythm exists in the microcosm and also in macrocosm. The Rhythm, which is expressed only by numerals, has its own effect on the human mind also. The number Nine has influenced me even from my birth. My date of birth falls on the 18 (April). Surprisingly my husband’s date of birth has taken the same date—18 (January). If our dates of birth came on (9x2), my son’s date of birth is on square root of 9 i.e. 3 (December). Slowly, this number began showing its role on major incidents in my life. Finally I took to a study of the influence of this number on my favourite subject—Music. In this book I have tried my best to unravel the influence of this number on other fields such as Puranic literature, iconography, poetry, dance etc. etc. This magic number has shown its mettle through the group Kritis of famous composers, the prominent being the Musical Trinity. In addition to all these, as a special study, I have tried just to have a glimpse on Kamalamba Navavarana Kritis. The Nava Avaranas—the Nine enclosures in the mystic Yantra Shree Chakras have immense influence even on human life. Each Kriti in this group unravels the mystery of the Avarana Devatas and help us to reach our ultimate aim—God realisation.
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About the authors

Leela Omcheri

Dr. (Mrs.) Leela Omchery (born 1929) in K.K. District, Tamil Nadu, started learning Music and Dance from her childhood with her brother Sri K. Purushothaman, the famous playback singer and classical musician of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. After graduating from the University of Kerala with music, she came to Delhi in 1951. She joined the Delhi University and was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts. She has to her credit about 85 published articles on Music and Allied Arts. She is also the author of more than a dozen books. She is also a member of the expert committees of UPSC, UGC, IHR, and IGNA, etc.

N.K. Padma

Dr. N.K. Padma (born 1956), is hailing from Nilambur Kovilakam, Malappuram (Dist.), Kerala. The daughter of Sri Sri A.R. Raghava Varma (Ananthapuram Palace, Haripad) and Subhadra R. Varma, Smt. Padma had her initial training in Veena from her father who was also a renowned artist in oil-painting. After graduation in Chemistry, her life took to her favourite path – the sacred path of Music. She joined Sree Swati Thirunal College of Music, Trivandrum and passed Ganabhooshanam (Veena) and Ganapraveena (post-diploma) in Veena with flying colours. Under the inspiring guidance of Padma Bhushan. Prof. T.N. Krishnan, she acquired M.A. and M. Phil. Degrees from Delhi University. She proceeded her studies under the expert guidance of Dr. Leela Omcheri (Delhi University) and has been awarded Ph.D. (Music) in September 2000. Smt. Padma, wife of Capt. S. Thampuran (Cochin Royal family) is working as Lecturer, Dept. of Veena, RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Tripunithura. Graded artist of All India Radio, Trichur, she has participated in the Yuva Mahotsava held at Hyderabad in 1992 under the auspices of Kendra Sangeeta Nataka Academy and Dept. of Culture, Andhra Pradesh Government.

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Bibliographic information

Title Navam and the Karnatak Group Krtis
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173914494
length x+283p.