Did music forms widely emerge in the post-trinity period, i.e., the era of Thyagaraja, Muthuswamy Deekshitar and Syama Sastry? What factors promoted harmony in music forms during the Bharatamuni, Purandaradasa and Jayadeva era? How can Manodharma, the art of nurturing intricacies in classical music, be promoted and perpetuated in the younger generations?
Going by these pertinent issues raised at the national seminar on ‘Musical forms’ organised by Sri Padmavathi Women’s University’s (SPMVV) Music Department at ‘Prof. Vanaja Iyengar Sangeeta Mandiram’ here on Wednesday, one has to but acknowledge that music is indeed an ocean. It was an interactive seminar where questions were answered in the form of songs. Famed vocalist siblings ‘Saptagiri Sangeetha Vidwanmani’ Ms. Lalita and Ms. Haripriya (Hyderabad sisters) gave a wonderful presentation.
SPMVV Vice-Chancellor S. Ratna Kumari wanted the department to introduce long-term certificate courses in music. Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences M. Vijayalakshmi explained the evolution of music into classical and folk music forms. According to seminar director Dwaram V.J. lakshmi, 42 researchers in music presented papers at the seminar.