Music Research Newsletter 37

Music Research News Letter -37



The following research papers have been uploaded to the website . Apart from their value as research contributions we hope that they will also serve as a model for new researchers.

Authored by Premalatha Nagarajan:

  1. Unpublished Caturdaṇḍī notations
  2. Contribution of MR Kavi to manuscript studies
  3. An inquiry into music manuscripts in GOML Chennai
  4. Tālakalābdhi of Acyutarāya
  5. Manuscripts of Saṅgitaratnākara
  6. Patterns in Tānam Passages

Authored by Arati Rao: 

Evolution of Tāla-daśa-prāṇa concept in the Vijayanagara period

Dissertations and Dissertation Lists:

Scholars interested in sharing their Ph.D., M.Phil. Dissertations or Dissertation Lists of their institutions through the website are welcome to send the soft copies of the same or link of their website to


We would like to gratefully acknowledge the help of Mr. Aravindh T. Ranganathan in making available to us the following manuscripts that have been uploaded to as mentioned in the previous newsletter MRNL-36:

  • MssTe-vAlAjApETTai-Notn-TOC-GOML-0031
  • MssTe-vAlAjApETTai-Notn-F1-GOML-0031a
  • MssTe-vAlAjApETTai-Notn-F2-GOML-0031b
  • MssTe-vAlAjApETTai-Notn-F3-GOML-0031c
  • MssTe-vAlAjApETTai-Notn-F4-GOML 0031d
  • MssTe-vAlAjApETTai-Notn-F5-GOML-0031e

Request for Proposals: Arts Research Programme of India Foundation for the Arts

Proposals are invited by India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) across the arts and humanities from researchers and practitioners who are interested in undertaking research projects that could investigate marginalised or relatively unexplored areas; who intend to create spaces for dialogue between theory and practice; who offer new readings/frameworks of artistic practices; and who use interdisciplinary approaches to break new conceptual ground, among other things.

Duration of the Project
: The project may have a minimum duration of one year and a maximum duration of one year and six months.


Draft proposals should reach IFA no later than June 11, 2016

Final proposals should reach IFA no later than July 11, 2016.

For more information, please click on the following link:

In case of queries, please write to Any queries to will not be entertained.

Download links:

Following is information about freely downloadable books and manuscripts:

A] Music Manuscript in egangotri website: Scanned music manuscripts in the egangotri website can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

B] Sanskrit Books: Some valuable Sanskrit books can be downloaded from

C] Text of Kṛṣṇagīti: The full text of Kṛṣṇagīti (a Sanskrit work based on which the Kṛṣṇāṭṭam is performed in the Guruvāyūr temple, Kerala) can be downloaded from the following link:

Research News:

I] Synthetic Mrudanga by Karunya Musicals:

Karunya Musicals, Bengaluru founded by Dr. K. Varadarangan, a Karnatic vocalist and scientist, has manufactured a Synthetic Rhythm Indian (S.R.I) Mrudanga made of synthetic drum-heads, mounted on a fiberglass shell. The synthetic drum-head completely avoids the use of animal skins and the sturdy fiberglass shell avoids the need to cut precious trees. The Mrudanga comes in two variants – G-pitch and C-pitch covering nine semi-tones.

More details about this Mrudanga can be found by clicking on the following link:

II] Compmusic Project:

CompMusic is a research project funded by the European Research Council 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. It carries 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).

The following link gives more information about CompMusic:

III] National Seminar on Music Notation:

A National Seminar on Music Notation was conducted by the Department of Indian Music, University of Madras, Chennai on the 24th of February, 2016 at the University premises.

The speakers were:

  • R S Jayalakshmi – Subbarama Dikshitar’s signs
  • K G Vijayakrishnan – Rangaramanuja Ayyangar’s notation
  • Sriram Parasuram – T Viswanathan and further
  • Akella Mallikarjuna Sharma – Self-designed ‘Kampitas and Gamakas’
  • Ramesh Vinayagam – Self-designed ‘Gamaka Box’
  • S Srikumar –

The video recording of the seminar can be watched by clicking on the following link:

IV] e-PG Pathshala project:

This is a project initiated by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India under its National Mission on Education through ICT (NME-ICT) executed by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The project involves the development of content at the postgraduate level for 71 subjects. The content includes essays and videos.

The following link can be clicked on to view the modules under ‘Indian Music’ developed as part of this project:

Information about Publications:

The following publications deal with computational musicology in Indian Music:

i) ‘The Doctrine of Shruti in Indian Music’ by Dr. Vinod Vidwans, Professor and Chair, School of Fine and Performing Arts, FLAME University, Pune, India.

This monograph is dedicated to the single topic of `shruti’ (microtone) in Indian music. Although it does not discuss the concept of shruti from evolutionary point of view and historical perspective in strict sense, it does not shy away from it either. Focus is more on conceptual understanding of all the relevant issues related to shruti and their significance and relevance in today’s context while historicity is secondary.

This monograph can be downloaded from:

ii) Computational Musicology in Indian Music by Chakraborty, S., Mazzola, G., Tewari, S., Patra, M.

The book opens with a short introduction to Indian music, in particular classical Hindustani music, followed by a chapter on the role of statistics in computational musicology. The authors then show how to analyze musical structure using Rubato, the music software package for statistical analysis, in particular addressing modeling, melodic similarity and lengths, and entropy analysis; they then show how to analyze musical performance. Finally, they explain how the concept of seminatural composition can help a music composer to obtain the opening line of a raga-based song using Monte Carlo simulation.

The book will be of interest to musicians and musicologists, particularly those engaged with Indian music. This book can be previewed and purchased from

Arati Rao, Vidya Jayaraman and N. Ramanathan