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Prof. P. Sambamoorthy
Issue : 251
Published on : August, 2005

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CONTENTS

3 Sruti Box

7 News & Notes

15 Main Feature

33 Heritage Landmarks In Music

35 A Series For The Younger Generation

37 Tribute

39 Opinion Column

45 The Book Shelf

48 Editor's Note

Front Cover: Prof. P. Sambamoorthy
(Graphics by D. Narendran)

Main Feature
Prof. P. Sambamoorthy

"Professor P. Sambamoorthy was the musicologist of the century", said Professor S.R. Janakiraman, himself a musicologist. Sambamoorthy was the author of more than fifty books and as many articles on music and musicology and a legend in his own lifetime. He was a teacher of music, a pioneer in introducing music teaching in educational institutions, an organiser of sabha-s, one of the founding fathers of the Music Academy, a composer of various musical forms, and a conductor of an orchestra of Carnatic music. He travelled widely and was recognised as an ambassador of South Indian music.

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Heritage
More About Gokhale Hall

It is often the lot of those who write on history, that they come across some valuable material just after they, under the mistaken impression that there is nothing more to be researched, finish writing in detail on their subject of study. This has happened quite often to me at least, the latest article on Gokhale Hall that appeared last month in Sruti being yet another example.


The other day, I was idly leafing through the 1935 issues of Sangecta Abhimani, a magazine that was brought out by one Vaidyanatha Swami, registered accountant and auditor and published by the Swatantra Sangu Press, Triplicane. Sure enough there was a detailed article on a D.K. Pattammal concert at the Gokhale Hall which also gave a graphic picture of the Hall in its heyday and also about audience behaviour in those times. I have attempted a translation which is given below. The article does not carry the author's name and most probably it was the editor himself who wrote it. The article refers to the Hall as Gokliel Hall right through and is titled "Gokliel Hall Vishayam".

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A Series For Youngers
Stamp On Eknath

The stamp on Sant Eknath was issued on 23 March 2003, in the 470th year of his birth anniversary. It is a multicoloured stamp in the denomination of Rs. 5, perf. 13. It is printed in India Security Press, Nasik, on imported unwatermark adhesive gravure coated stamp paper by photogravure process. Both the stamp and the First Day Cover depict a picture of Eknath at work on his famous Eknathi Bhagavata.

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The Book Shelf

USTAD AMIR KHAN, SANGEET KE DEDEEPYAMAAN SOORYA-- JEEVAN EVAM RACHNAYEN (Life and Compositions). By Tej Pal Singh and Dr. Prerna Arora. Hindi. [Kanishka Publishers, 4697/5-21A, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi - 110 002. 1st edition 2005. Hardbound. Pp. xvi + 226. Rs. 600]. This joint effort is not a mere book. It is dedication incarnate, and truly a labour of love, because of which it is, on the one hand, admirably scrupulous in respect of detail and on the other hand, prone at times to touches of some extravagant praise which does not, however, detract from its overall value which is immense. I have no reason to doubt the veracity of the two claims made (by the senior author, Tej Pal) in the very preface of the book: first, that the book is singular because there is no other book (in the field of Hindustani music) which could fairly claim to have been written with such a watchful eye for truth of facts and happenings, and by someone who has had such a long and close communion with an Ustad of surpassing excellence (as Tej Pal Singh himself); and second, that a major impulse in writing this book has been the desire to make the maestro's rich repertoire of traditional (and his own) compositions accessible to lovers of khayal-singing.

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