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The Krti in Karnatak Music

Lalita Ramakrishna (Author)

This book analyses the krti- a musical form liked and encouraged by the music loving public in concerts. The sub-title of the book “Krti Sanskrti” – is a reminder Sanskrti (culture) combining the best in classical ‘music’ and ‘language’. Krti brings together Sanskrit and all the four major South Indian languages. Tamizh tradition has contributed powerful inputs in rhythm, mathematical patterns and rhyme. Scenes from mythology and the nama (names of the divine) are cultural archetypes. A krti is enjoyed for its raga and equally for the profound feeling suggested by its words.

The essential features of a krti are enumerated in this book. “Tala” in krtis enables a raga to survive in a package (nibaddha) for posterity. Krti makes ragas accessible even to lay people who repeat popular krtis and imbibe these ragas. Krti gives ample scope to a maestro for creative expression (manodharma) in raga and laya.

This book gives in detail the lives and musical styles of the ‘great composers’ of krtis. The Big Three among them – called the ‘Trinity’ in music, set the krti on its course.

The krti tradition is only about 250 years old. The proliferation of this musical form in the last 150 years has been made possible by modern composers and an eager audience.

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About the author

Lalita Ramakrishna

Lalita Ramakrishna has a deep love for India philosophy and culture and specially for its classical tradition of music. After doing M. Phil in English Literature (C.I.E.F.L.), she acquired a doctorate in Karnataka music (Delhi University). She hopes this book will excite the curiosity of readers and lead them on to a further quest of India cultural heritage. It will expand their horizons, laterally, to cover the Northern as well as the Southern systems of Music. It will also dive into the depths of the past and conduct the reader all the way up to the contemporary scene. Lalita Ramakrishna has explored the classical music scene and located the essential unity between the Hindustan and Karnatak systems. She has explained the nature of the elusive elements of Raga, Laya and Sruti in a clear manner. Other publications by the author are: The Varnam; Time and the Self in Samuel Beckett; Puzzle your way through Indian Mythology.

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Title The Krti in Karnatak Music
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.02.2012
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher B.R. Rhythms
Language: English
isbn 9788188827282
length 219p., B/W Illustrations; Maps; 26cm.