Nottusvara Sahityas of Dikshitar – Part I – Introduction

March 3, 2008

HarpPart I An essay on the Nottusvara sahityas of Dikshitar. Kanniks Kannikeswaran gave a lecture-demonstration on this topic at the 81st Annual Conference of The Music Academy, Chennai in December 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Vismaya

March 3, 2008

Celtic KnotVismaya represents an expression of my fascination for the Nottusvara sahitya genre of music. Read the rest of this entry »

Musical variety in the nottusvara sahitya genre of Dikshitar

March 3, 2008

WaltzAlthough all songs in the nottusvara sahitya genre of Dikshitar are in the major scale, sans gamaka and other Indian melodic ornamentation, there is quite a bit of variety in the collection.  Read the rest of this entry »

Dikshitar’s acquaintance with Colonial Music

March 3, 2008

ViolinWhat is clear is that Dikshitar was acquainted with western music. The circumstances under which the acquaintance happened is also known. What is not clear is the exact nature of his  exposure to western music. Read the rest of this entry »

Muthusvami Dikshitar (1775-1835)

March 2, 2008

Muthusvami Dikshitar (1775-1835)The following is an attempt to very briefly narrate the story of Dikshitar (1775 – 1835) Read the rest of this entry »

kamalasana vandita padabje

March 2, 2008

The nottusvara sahitya kamalasana vandita padabje is a high energy composition with interesting wordplay. Every line of the song ends with three claps. Read the rest of this entry »

Of Jigs, Reels, Waltzes and Marches

March 2, 2008

Jigs and reels hail from the Irish (folk) music repertoire. Both of these forms of music can be danced to. Read the rest of this entry »

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

March 2, 2008

StarsThe connection between Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Syamale Minakshi.  Child’s Play! Read the rest of this entry »

Five generations of love for the nottusvara sahityas

March 2, 2008

Between my great grandfather K. Adi Narayana Iyer (1882-1975), my grandmother Lakshmi Ammal (1916-1999), my aunts, myself and the next generation of kids we constitute five generations of a family that has appreciated with fondness, the nottusvara sahityas of DikshitarRead the rest of this entry »