Music Research Newsletter 40

Music Research News Letter -40



I] Featured Exhibit – ‘Music of Haridasas’

We have a new feature in our website – ‘Featured Exhibit’. We start with the exhibit of ‘Music of Haridasa-s’.

The Haridāsa movement emerged in South India in the 15th Century AD, with the main objective of propagating ‘Bhakti’ through devotional songs. However, the musical compositions of Haridāsa-s also brought about some seminal changes in South Indian music. The ‘Suḷadi Tāla-s’ employed in these compositions became very popular and were extensively used by other composers as well for the next few centuries.

Exhibit: ‘Music of Haridasas’

II] Profiles from

We would like to showcase selected profiles from academia that contain  research papers:

  1. Richard Widdess, Department of Music, SOAS, University of London.

His Specialisms
 are: Musicology of South Asia, including history, theory, analysis and social context of music in North India and Nepal; music and religion in South Asia; analysis of world music; music cognition, performance and meaning in oral traditions.
The papers and other publications of Prof. Widdess can be viewed at

  1. Saskia Kersenboom, Theatre Studies, University of Amsterdam. Her academic interests concern the performing arts and their global, Intercultural Translation. Her background in Linguistics, Theatre Studies and Cultural Anthropology includes longstanding training and performance practice in dance and music. The work of Dr. Kersenboom can be viewed at

III] Dissertations defendedOn November 17th 2016, Ajay Srinivasamurthy and Sankalp Gulati defend their PhD thesis, both carried out in the context of the CompMusic project. CompMusic is a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC grant agreement 267583) and coordinated by Xavier Serra from the Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain). It aims to advance in the automatic description of music by emphasizing cultural specificity, carrying research within the field of music information processing with a domain knowledge approach. The project focuses on five music traditions of the world: Hindustani (North India), Carnatic (South India), Turkish-makam (Turkey), Arab-Andalusian (Maghreb), and Beijing Opera (China).

Below are the details of the dissertations:

Ajay Srinivasamurthy: “A Data-driver Bayesian Approach to Automatic Rhythm Analysis of Indian Art Music”.

Thesis Committee: Simon Dixon (QMUL), Geoffroy Peeters (IRCAM) and Juan Pablo Bello (NYU)

The Thesis document, Abstract and Thesis presentation slides can be viewd at the companion page:

Sankalp Gulati: “Computational Approaches for Melodic Description in Indian Art Music Corpora”

Thesis Committee: Juan Pablo Bello (NYU), Emilia Gómez (UPF) and Barış Bozkurt (Koç Univ.)

The Thesis document, Abstract and Thesis presentation slides can be viewd at the companion page: the companion page:

IV] Updates to the website (MRL)

Following are new additions in MRL in October 2016 – January 2017

A] Articles:



B] Index:


C] Books:

Books in Tamiz:




Books in Telugu:





D] Information about Periodicals (Journals and Magazines) in

The Tables of Content for the following periodicals for issues pertaining to Oct 2016 – Jan 2017 have been added in the website:

V] National Seminar to commemorate the 1000th year of Acharya Abhinavagupta

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi (IGNCA), Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai and Bharat-Illango Foundation for Asian Culture, Chennai (BIFAC) jointly organized a National Seminar to commemorate the 1000th year of Acharya Abhinavagupta on the 24th and 25th of January, 2017. On the second day, the 25th of January, 2017, there were paper presentations on Natya by Dr. Padma Sugavanam, Dr. G. Sankaranarayanan, Dr. Jayashree Rajagopalan and Dr. N. Ramanathan. Following are the youtube links for the Natya sessions:

VI] International Consortium on Cognition and Culture

IGNCA Bengaluru and National Institute for Advanced Studies are jointly launching a first-of -its-kind academic consortium on culture and cognition. The consortium will serve an academic apparatus to foster interdisciplinary scholarship at the intersection of culture and cognition and serve as an inter-institutional platform for capacity building, advocacy and policy-making.…

The consortium invites applications for ‘Kalaatmika Research Initiative – NIAS-IGNCA Short-term Internship Programme’ with the vision of recruiting the brightest of young scholars to gain research experience with faculty associated with the consortium.

Applications are invited from the brightest minds of India!…/1FgO3qTvRH0NpefxxOlVK8NOD5O0…/edit

VII] Joint Conference on Feb 25th and 26th, 2017:

Sri Shanmukhananda Bharatiya Sangeetha Vidyalaya is holding a joint conference along with South Indian Education Society’s college of Arts, Science & Commerce, on “Indian Music : Cultural & Philosophical Perspective” on Feb 25 & 26, 2017 at the Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai, Kalina.

We had circulated an announcement about this seminar earlier. Please note that the venue has changed to Somaiya Engineering Auditorium, Vidya Vihar, Mumbai 400077

For more information, please write to the organizers of the conference at the following email address: 
Any queries sent to will not be entertained.

VIII] Financial Assistance for Publishing Books:

  • The English and Foreign Languages University, Lucknow Campus offers financial assistance to authors. Further details about this can be seen at:
  • The Central Institute of Indian Languages offers financial assistance for book publication. Further details about this can be viewed at:

IX] Book Announcements:

  1. i) ‘Saṅgītaratnākara of Śārgadēva – A Study’ by R.Rangaramanuja Ayyangar, 2nd Ed., 2016, 558 pages, Hardcover

The second (revised) edition of Sri R. Rangaramanuja Ayyangar’s critical, analytical study of the classic has now been published by Vipanci Charitable Trust, Mumbai. Sri Ayyangar had written that the primary objective of his study of Sagītaratnākara was ‘to trace the development of Carnatic Music through various stages and locate the landmarks clearly’ and was ‘ not a translation, but a critical survey of the formidable array of musical data in the classic to assess their contribution to the development of Carnatic Music.’

The new edition, incorporates diacritical markings and includes several new facets based on contemporary studies. This book carries fresh, creative interpretations of the concepts of Tāla Prastāra; Naṣṭa and Uddiṣṭa methods; and Mēru charts.

Details of the book are available on the website . The various concepts of Tāla Prastāra etc., along with working examples, may be seen through this link: /ver3/sr_concepts.php.

  1. ii) 1950 varai tamizil veḷivanduḷḷa icai nūlgaḷ – by Dr. G. Leelavathy.

This book is in Tamiz . The English translation of the title is: ‘Music publications in Tamiz till 1950.’. Below are the details of the book:

Publisher: Sri Jnanananda Krpa, Chennai

Price: Rs. 500/-

Available with: Karnatic Music Book Centre, Chennai

iii) The Nayikas of Annamacharya: an interpretation for dance by Dr. Anupama Kylash.

Annamacharya or Annamayya is among the first hymnographers in Telugu. He is said to have composed over 32,000 songs out of which only 12,000 are available today. Though his songs have been adapted for dance, they are not yet as popularly chosen for Abhinaya, as those of some later Pada composers.

This book is an extract from the doctoral thesis of Dr. Anupama Kylash. The book contains four chapters which deal with the heroine or Nayika prototypes in the songs of Annamacharya and their adaptability to dance interpretation. In the process, the author has tried to look at the vast wealth of classifications provided in our ancient treatises on Alankara Shastra or Poetics, and have used these classifications as a backdrop or setting for the songs of Annamacharya enumerated upon here.

Below are the details of the book:

Price: Rs. 750/-

Copies can be had from:

Dr. Anupama Kylash

G-1, Phase-1, Metro Palmgrove Apartments,

Somajiguda, Hyderabad – 82

Mobile: +91 98482 37538


X] Launch of the App Shaale Abhyas:

Shaale Abhyas is an app which is a a practice tool for Carnatic music. It provides is a growing library of Carnatic (South Indian) music solos that music enthusiasts can enjoy listening to, percussionists / accompanists can practice along with. The following video gives more details about this app:

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Shaale team on +91-9886887106 or writing to or

XI] Launch of the website

This website is a platform for sharing and learning Karnatic Music. It has many notations, audio and video links, information about raga-s and tāla-s and articles. Users have a facility to share the Internet links their favorite audio/video links for kriti, raga, and tala renditions.

The following link gives 2-minute video tours for this website:

For more information, please write to e-mail: or contact Srikar at +91-9916135143

X] Obituary: Dr. S.A.K. Durga (1940-2016)

Demise of musician-scholar Dr. SAK Durga, in November 2016 has been a great loss to the academic world of music.

After learning Karnataka music from eminent musicians and also pursuing degree courses in music, Dr. Durga joined the position of Lecturer at the Department of Indian Music, University of Madras. After a few years she left for USA to pursue advanced studies. On return she set up her own Centre for Ethnomusicology in Chennai. She was quite active doing research and guidance and enthusiastically collaborated with many individuals and music institutions.

For more details about her please access –

Arati Rao, Vidya Jayaraman and N. Ramanathan