first book, 'Core of Karnatic Music' (Karnatakasangithamritham) originally published by Pen
Books Pvt Ltd Aluva,
is an anthology of 404 famous Karnatic Music Krithis of 33 well-known composers
in seven Indian languages with the text of the Krithis in Devanagari, English
and Malayalam and their meaning in English and Malayalam.
| This book, released in May, 2003, won rare
reviews, most prominent being from The Hindu, New Indian Express, Malayala Manorama,
Desabhimani etc and most of the local T V channels. The book was also lauded by
connoisseur of Karnatic Music, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, illustrious musician Dr.
K. J. Yesudas and music critic, Dr. Sulochana Pattabhiraman on behalf of 'The
Hindu'. Of the 404 compilations, 118 are of Thyagaraja Swamikal,75 of Muthuswami
Dikshithar, 31 of Shyama Sasthri, 39 of Swathithirunal, 24 of Purandaradas, 22
of Annamacharya, 19 of Papanasam Shivan and balance 72 of various other distinguished
composers like Uthukad Venkatasubbaiyer, Narayana Theerthar, Mysore Vasudevacharya,
Kanaka Dasa, Mutthaiah Bhagavathar, Arunagirinathar, Subrahmanya Bharathi, K.C.
Kesava Pillai, Irayimman Thampy, Kuttikkunju Thankachi, Narsinh Mehta and others.
List of sample Krithis|