Samgithasasthramritham

 











                A.D.Madhavan's second book on music 'Samgithasasthramritham', published by Poorna Publications (TBS), Kozhikode, in Malayalam, cronicles the origins of Karnatic Music; full details on its elements such as Nadam, Sruthi, Swaram, Sthayi, Ragam, Thalam and Ganam and 48 Nos. of various forms of Ganams, viz. Geetham, Varnam, Swarajathi, Jathiswaram, Krithi, Kirthanam, Padam, Javali, Thillana and Ragamalika with the Text, Meaning and Swaras of each musical composition. It also deals with the relationship of Karnatic Music with other forms of music, viz. Kathakali Music, Kootiyattam Music, Hindusthani Music and Western Music. The book also contained detailed life-history of 33 well-known composers, detailed descriptions of 60 famous Ragas and brief descriptions of 175 ragas. Lauded as a very useful book for connoisseurs, practitioners and students, by well known critic Prof. S.Gupthan Nair, renowned musician Padmasree. Neyyattinkara Vasudevan and Sangithacharyan Prof. Mavelikkara Prabhakara Varma, the book is released for sale in July 2005. It is already reviewed by The Hindu and New Indian Express.


HINDU BOOK REVIEW - ON A MUSICAL MISSION - LITERATURE - A.D.MADHAVAN'S AIM IS TO POPULARISE KARNATIC MUSIC by NAVEEN NAMBUDIRI