Balamuralikrishna releases French book on Carnatic music

MUTUAL ADMIRATION: Veena player Raghunath Manet greets carnatic vocalist M. Balamuralikrishna at the book release function in Puducherry on Saturday. Photo: T. Singaravelou  

Staff Reporter

Raghunath Manet a multifaceted personality, he says

PUDUCHERRY: Carnatic musician M. Balamuralikrishna released a book titled "La Musique Carnatique, une Musique pour Bercer Les Dieux" (Carnatic music: music to lull the Gods) written by veena player and dancer Raghunath Manet here on Saturday.

Releasing the book at the French Institute in Puducherry on Friday, Mr. Balamuralikrishna appreciated Mr. Raghunath's efforts in spreading Carnatic music among people in Europe and the U.S. He said Mr. Raghunath was a multifaceted artist.

"We need to create more awareness about music in Puducherry. More concerts should be organised. If such efforts are taken, I would sing at the inaugural," he said.

Speaker of the Puducherry Assembly R. Radhakrishnan and French Institute director Jean-Pierre Muller were also present. The book, written in French, contains photographs of Mr. Raghunath with various artists including M.S. Subbalakshmi, Mr. Balamuralikrishna, Umayalpuram Sivaraman and Harishankar.

Mr. Raghunath has written two books earlier "Les Bayadères", about the Villianur temple dancers (prefaced by Alain Danielou), and "Bharata Natyam" (prefaced by Caroloyn Carlson).

In this book, which has a foreword by Didier Lockwood, he has elaborated on the notations of ragas and their scales, the structure of krithi, kalpana swaram, neraval, pallavi and other details related to Carnatic music.

According to Mr. Raghunath, the book is for foreigners who wished to understand Indian classical music. It also contains basic music exercises like Sarali Varisai, Janta Varisai, Geetams, including "Sri Gananaatham", "Vara Veena" and some of his own compositions. Later, Raghunath enthralled the crowd with some of his compositions, including a song about Puducherry's Sri Manakula Vinayakar in raga kadanakudukalam and a song "Varanamuga" in raga hamsadhvani. The concert concluded with Subramania Bharathi's `Chinnanchiru kiliye' and a thillana composed by Swathi Thirunal.