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Flute Maestro N Ramani
Issue : 223
Published on : April, 2003



3 Sruti Box

7 News & Notes

15 New Production

16 Obituary

17 Presswatch

21 Special Feature

33 On Hindustani Music

39 A Series For Youngsters

45 The Book Shelf

49 Brief Notes

52 Editor's Note

Front Cover: N. Ramani

Special Feature
N. Ramani

"Music in the air" denotes a pleasant situation! Blowing it through the bamboo signifies many linkages and connotations: harmony with nature,- interaction with the elements; indication of a process of evolution; progress through imagination and endeavour; a simple device handy and ready to use, developing into a refined tool and medium of high musical expression and effective communication.

The making of music through the flute, perhaps the most ancient and universal and least expensive among the instruments in use, goes straight to the heart. Prof. P. Sambamoorthy refers to the flute as the "instrument of humanity". The association of this sushira vadya (aerophone) with pastoral occupation and with Venu Gopala adds another dimension. With reference to the musical traditions in vogue, the flute serves as a fitting illustration of a folk spring contributing to the classical stream.

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News & Notes
Felicitations to Violin Maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman

Apleasant function was organised by the Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust on 19 January at Nalli Gana Vihar auditorium of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in Chennai to felicitate violin maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman and confer on him the title of Viswapriya Sangeeta Bhoopati, in recognition of his singular service and contribution to Carnatic music. It was a fitting gesture by the Trust, reflective of the mutual respect and affection between the charismatic vidwan the late Maharajapuram V. Santhanam and Lalgudi Jayaraman, which was palpable when they shared the concert platform. The prayer by Ganesh Viswanathan, a scion of the Maharajapuram tradition, was followed by the welcome address by Maharajapuram Srinivasan. A silver violin, a shawl and a cash award were presented on behalf of the Trust to violin maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman by T.N. Seshan, former Chief Election Commissioner. R. Yagnaraman, Secretary of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha read the citation.

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New Production
Dance-Drama Propagating Religious Amity

Akbar—The Theosophical Emperor, a dance-drama, was staged by the Theosophical Society in Adyar, during the international convention held in December in Chennai. Radha Burnier, President of the Society, was keen on staging this dance-drama about the Moghul emperor Akbar and his rule in order to highlight Akbar's secularist outlook. Akbar's life portrayed visually would, it was thought, be the best way of emphasising the need for Hindu-Muslim unity, in fact unity of all religious faiths.

Akbar's birth, early years, ascension to the throne, and his rule as a secular monarch were well brought out in the production. The story unfolded through the role of narrator enacted by Gayathri Balagurunathan. The last scene depicting Din-i-Uahi or the divine faith of Akbar was impressive. The Hindu priest, Parsi dastur, Jain sadhu, Buddhist bhikshu, Christian pastor, Sikh sant and a Muslim maulvi, all danced together and depicted how the true essence of their religions complemented each other. This was followed by Akbar's declaration that the essence of dharma emanating from all the religions was contained in the Holy Vessel called India, and that truth would bring peace and prosperity to all. The curtain came down with a celebration of Akbar's values.

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A Series For Youngsters

"Stamp Thunder, stamp!" Sargam's voice reached Amma's ears above the irritating whirl of the blender.

"I do hope Sargam and that half-baked dog of hers are not up to some crazy activity." Amma quickly finished her kitchen work and walked towards the direction of "the voice'.

"I tell you Thunder, sometimes you are phenomenally dumb," Sargam was chiding her dog, which appeared quite perplexed as to what his mistress wanted him to do.

"What are you trying to do?" asked Amma, with an equally perplexed look at Sargam.

"I am teaching Thunder to march. I am preparing him for the Dog March Past," replied Sargam seriously.

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