Music Research News Letter -41
I] Featured Exhibit
The second in the series of the feature in our website www.musicresearchlibrary.net – ‘Featured Exhibit’ is ‘Saṅgitaratnākara’.Saṅgītaratnākara is a 13th century text on ‘Saṅgīta’ written by Śārṅgadēva at Dēvagiri (present day Daulatabad in Maharashtra). Exhibit: Saṅgitaratnākara.
In Saṅgītaratnākara, Saṅgīta is defined as an art form that combines ‘Gītam’ (melodic structures created by voice and stringed and wind instruments), ‘Vādyam’ (syllabic structures created by skin covered instruments) and ‘Nṛttam’ (visual forms created by movements of the various limbs of the human body).
II] Seminars and Events
Seminar on Saṅgitaratnākara.
A seminar on the ‘Codification of the Textual and Oral practices of Śārṅgadēva’ was conducted by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi Kendra on the 27th and 28th of April 2017. The keynote address was given by Dr. K.D. Tripathi. The following papers were :
- Anibaddha Gāna – Śārṅgadēva’s Exposition vis-à-vis Performance Practice Today – Krishna Bisht
- Discovering Links with Oral Traditions of Dhrupad – Ritwik Sanyal
- Understanding Saṅgitaratnākara’s Nartana Adhyāya through the prism of Kathak – Shovana Narayan
- The Application of Swara scales from Vēda to Śārṅgadēva – Indrani Chakravathi
- Impact of SR on Persian Works on Indian Musicology – An Exploratory View Point – Najma Parveen Ahmad
- Before and After Śārṅgadēva’s Influence on the Concept and Practice of ‘Alaap’ – Richard Widdess
- Possibilities of Exploring Lasyangas and Gharghara Through Present Day Odissi and Kathak – Parwati Dutta
- A comparative study of Sālagasūḍa lakṣaṇa-s as seen in the Saṅgītaratnākara with Suḷādi notations of Thanjavur manuscripts – Arati Rao
III] Request for Proposals
Request for Proposals for IFA’s Arts Research Programme
India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) announces Request for Proposals for the Arts Research Programme. The Arts Research programme supports scholars, researchers, and practitioners to undertake research into the various histories and expressions of artistic practices in India. It seeks to foster wider perspectives, understandings, interpretations and engagements in the arts.
IFA invites proposals for our Arts Research programme from researchers and practitioners who are interested in undertaking research projects that investigate marginalised or relatively unexplored areas; intend to create spaces for dialogue between theory and practice; offer new readings/frameworks of artistic practices; and use interdisciplinary approaches to break new conceptual ground, among other things.
Deadline for the final proposal is June 15, 2017.
For more information, please contact
India Foundation for the Arts,
‘Apurva’, Ground floor, No 259, 4th Cross,
Raj Mahal Vilas, IInd Stage, IInd Block,
Bengaluru 560 094
Tel: +91 80 23414681/82
Any queries to email@example.com will not be entertained.
A] Academy for Dhrupad Music and Research ADMUR, Pune:
The fledgling academy ADMUR has been informally working on its objectives for the past two years.
1. Dhrupad & Dhammar rendition pedagogy
2. Research on all aspects of the musical form
3. Promote and Preserve the art’s pristine values
For more information about this academy, please visit the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/dhrupaddhamarmusic/
B] Lectures on Nāṭyaśāstra at Kalakshetra
A series of 25 hours of lectures on Nāṭyaśāstra at Kalakshetra by Dr. Bharat Gupt, Former Faculty, Delhi University have been captured in 53 videos and are available on Youtube – the first of these can be viewed by clicking on the following link:
The lectures-interactions provided a detailed exposition of all the principles of performance in each of the 36 chapters of the Nāṭyaśāstra and related them to the present genres of performance such as plays, cinema and sculpture. The text and the ensuing discussion on it were made a springboard to analyze and contrast many classical ideas with Indian modernity not only in the area of performing arts but also in the approach to life as a whole.
Related paradigms of Hindu performance such as līlā, avatāra, caritra, gods as human, concepts of saguṇa and nirguṇa worship were closely related to the ethos of Nāṭyaśāstra performace. Limitations of religious cultures that do not allow mimesis of incarnation or depiction of holy lives were also discussed. Puritanic, secular or propagandist approaches to art, and drama in particular, were contrasted with the Vaiṣṇava ethos that allows full scope of depiction of the divine as human
and the human as divine.
V] Updates to Websites
A] Updates to the website musicresearch.in (mr.in)
Research articles have been added to www.musicresearch.in and the details can be viewed on the home page of the website.
B] Updates to the website musicresearchlibrary.net (MRL)
Following are new additions in MRL in February 2017 – May 2017
Books in Bengali:
Books in English:
Books in Kannada:
Books in Tamiz:
Books in Telugu:
6] Source texts:
TxtKn-SathyanarayanaR-sangItaratnAkara-comm-nihSankahRdaya-1968-0001 (The earlier scanned images of the text spanning four files have been replaced by a single smaller file)
7] Manuscript Catalog:
8] Information about Periodicals (Journals and Magazines) in musicresearchlibrary.net
The Tables of Content for the following periodicals for issues pertaining to Jan 2017 – May 2017 have been added in the website:
- Ganakala – http://musicresearchlibrary.net/omeka/ganakala
- Sangita Kalavihara – http://musicresearchlibrary.net/omeka/sangita-kalavihara
- Sangita – http://musicresearchlibrary.net/omeka/sangita
- Sruti – http://musicresearchlibrary.net/omeka/sruti
- Shanmukha – http://musicresearchlibrary.net/omeka/shanmukha
- Sangeet Natak – http://musicresearchlibrary.net/omeka/sangeet-natak (Special Issues pertaining to 2013 and 2014 have been added)
Arati Rao, Vidya Jayaraman and N. Ramanathan