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The Madras Quartet - Women in Karnatak Music
The Madras Quartet - Women in Karnatak Music

The Madras Quartet - Women in Karnatak Music

by Indira Menon

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Language

English

Publisher

Roli Books

ISBN

8174360786 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 188

Binding

Hardcover

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Author: Indira Menon
Publisher: Roli Books
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 188
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174360786

Description

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.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements

THE BEGINNINGS
The Bhakti Movement
The Early Composers
Royal Patrons
The Trinity

THE TRANSITION KAMAKSHI AMMAL
A Tale of Two Cities
The Devadasi System
The Anti-Nautch Movement

THE PIONEER WOMEN MUSICIANS
Veena Dhanam and Her Contemporaries
Dhanakoti Ammal
Bangalore Nagaratnammal

THE MODERN AGE : TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURAL CHANGE
The Gramophone
The Radio
The Cinema
Voice Culture and the Microphone
From Prince
To Populace
Gurukula in Eclipse
The Social Roots of Karnatak Music
The Trend-Setters and the GNB Phenomenon

THE STRUCTURE OF KARNATAK MUSIC

THE MADRAS QUARTET
Madurai Shanmukhadivu Subbulakshmi
Tanjore Brinda
Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal
Madras Lalithangi Vasanthakumari

Appendices
Glossary
Bibliography

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