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Muthuswamy Dikshitar Compositions: Edited with Text and Notation of Select Compositions

 
S Bhagyalekshmy (Author) M.N. Moorthy (Author)
Synopsis South India in the 18 century was a place where music blossomed and flourished into a mighty tree from the deep roots of past knowledge. In the course of the next two centuries we saw the emancipation of music in the form of Trimurtis, Saint Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri. Among the Musical Trinity, Muthuswamy Dikshitar was the youngest and was considered as one of the pillars of Karnatic Music. He was a great scholar, astrologer, Tantrik, and above all a great vaggeyakara and had enriched the rich treasury of Karnatic Music with his large number of compositions apart from group kritis. The great literary heritage brought through these compositions have been applauded from every quarters, both by Sanskrit scholars and Musical giants. This is the third in the series of Golden Treasury series of compositions of great composers. Our earlier books on Saint Tyagaraja and Maharaja Swathi Tirunal have been well received and this led to my editing this book on Muthuswamy Dikshitar. Though it would have been appropriate to include all compositions of Dikshitar, looking to the immensity of the task and voluminous size of the book, the present edition has been prepared comprising 38 songs of the composer. We have kept in mind the importance of the compositions, looking to the variety of ragas, literary importance of the composition, popularity of the kriti, and simplicity of the compositions. An extensive introduction on Muthuswamy Dikshitar has been included giving the achievements, literary heritage, importance of the group kritis and his contribution to Karnatic music. We hope this introduction will make the reader to understand the greatness of Muthuswami Dikshitar and his compositions. We have also included an index containing a comprehensive list of compositions of Muthuswamy Dikshitar.
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About the author

S Bhagyalekshmy

Dr. S. Bhagyalekshmy, M.A. Ph.D. hails from a distinguished family of musicians in Tiruvananthapuram. After obtaining the Master's Degree from the Kerala University, she learned vocal music from Vechoor. N. Hariharasubramonya Iyer and Dr. S. Ramanathan of Madurai. She was awarded the Ph.D. by the Kerala University for her Thesis, 'Music in Bharathanatya' in 1982, she being the first reciepient of doctorate in music from the Kerala University. Bhagyalekshmy is also an exponent in Bharathanatya and is a performing artist of Carnatic Music. Dr. Bhagyalekshmy's first published book in Music entitled Ragas in Carnatic Music was well received by the readers. She edited the first volume of the Balakairali Vijnanakosam Volume Art and Culture. She wrote a book for children in Malayalam named thalam Melam. Her latest publication Karnataka Sangeetha Pathamala a book giving the basic lessons on music for beginners and music students has become a favourite with music lovers. Dr. Bhagyalekshmy is at present working in the editorial wing of the State Institute of children's Literature, Tiruvananthapuram.

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Bibliographic information

Title Muthuswamy Dikshitar Compositions: Edited with Text and Notation of Select Compositions
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition Reprint
Publisher CBH Publications
Language: English
isbn 818538150X
length 127p.