Carnatic Summer: Lives of Twenty Great Exponents
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Item Code: IDF182
Author: Sriram. V
Publisher: East West Books (Chennai) Pvt Ltd
Language: English
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 8188661260
Pages: 330 (Illustrated Throught with B & W Figures.)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.4" X 5.4"
Weight 400 gm
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About the Book:

Carnatic music has survived contrary to all the gloom and doom that was predicted. New artistes are added, new labels released and new sabhas are born every year. If Carnatic music is still head all over the world and makes an emphatic and grand statement of survival each year during the annual December season, it is because of a few great artistes who bore the art form aloft amidst crisis and threats. A colourful lot, much has been written about their lives and their lifestyles, which must have had a significant bearing on their art. All of them were powerful personalities in their own right.

This book looks at the lives of a select group of twenty such artistes who were at the forefront for most of their lives as top ranking performers.

About the Author:

Born in England on June 22, 1966, Sriram had his early schooling in Madras and then in Calcutta. His bachelors in engineering from the college of Engineering, Delhi, in 1987, was followed by a masters in business administration specializing in marketing and advertising from Delhi University. Sriram then moved on to a varied career in marketing and advertising before joining his family business in Chennai.

Carnatic music has been a passion for Sriram since the age of six, when it has grandmother began to teach him the basics, in the family puja room. This, combined with the great interest in history, has led him study the art form in depth with special reference to its great personalities. In 1999, Sriram, along with Sanjay Subrahmayan, the eminent Carnatic vocalist, set up, a website devoted to spreading awareness about Carnatic music and its heritage.

During the December music season in Chennai, Sriram conducted heritage walks in the city covering locations connected to Cranatic music. Besides being a frequent contributor on the Fine Arts in Madras Musings and the Indian Express, he has co-authored a quiz book on Cranatic music. Since 2004, he has also been the contributing Editor of Sruti, the Classical music and dance magazine.

Sriram is married to Sarada, an entrepreneur in the field of education. They have two sons, Avinash, aged 9 and Abhinav, aged 7.


1. Foreword VII
2. Acknowledgements IX
3. Introduction XI
4. Ariyakkudi T Ramanuja Lyengar 1
5. Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar 16
6. Maharajapuram R Viswanatha Lyer 32
7. Musiri Subramania Lyer 49
8. Semmangudi R Srinivasa Lyer 63
9. G N Balasubramaniam 81
10. Madurai Mani Lyer 97
11. Alathoor Brothers 112
12. Bindra-Muktha 128
13. M S Subbulakshmi 144
14. D K Pattammal 159
15. M L Vasanthakumari 174
16. Dwaram Venkataswami Naidu 189
17. T Chowdiah 203
18. Kumbhakonam Rajamanikkam Pillai 217
19. Papa K S Venkataramaiah 229
20. T N Rajarathinam Pillai 244
21. T R Mahalingam 260
22. Palghat T S Mani Lyer 274
23. Palani Subramania Pillai 289
24. Glossary 305

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