Author: Indira MenonPublisher: Roli BooksYear: 2005Language: EnglishPages: 188ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174360786
A seminal and pioneering work delineating the struggles and triumphs of four contemporary women vocalists belonging to the Karnatak music tradition.The book traces the careers of Madras Quartet - M S Subbulakshmi, T Brinda, D K Pattammal and M L Vasanthakumari - not merely as consummate artistes with their own individual banis and genre music, but also as trailblazers who played a crucial role in the emancipation of women from a hidebound social set up. The book highlights the tremendous influence of the Trinity of the 19th century in giving a new format to art music which helped - although only peripherally - to accommodate women in it. The daughters and granddaughters of the early pioneers were to carry forward the struggle to establish themselves on a par with their male counterparts.
PrefaceAcknowledgementsTHE BEGINNINGSThe Bhakti MovementThe Early ComposersRoyal PatronsThe TrinityTHE TRANSITION KAMAKSHI AMMALA Tale of Two CitiesThe Devadasi SystemThe Anti-Nautch MovementTHE PIONEER WOMEN MUSICIANSVeena Dhanam and Her ContemporariesDhanakoti AmmalBangalore NagaratnammalTHE MODERN AGE : TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURAL CHANGEThe GramophoneThe RadioThe CinemaVoice Culture and the MicrophoneFrom PrinceTo PopulaceGurukula in EclipseThe Social Roots of Karnatak MusicThe Trend-Setters and the GNB PhenomenonTHE STRUCTURE OF KARNATAK MUSICTHE MADRAS QUARTETMadurai Shanmukhadivu SubbulakshmiTanjore BrindaDamal Krishnaswamy PattammalMadras Lalithangi VasanthakumariAppendicesGlossaryBibliography