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Sargam Gets Deep Into Musicology
"Ha, ha, ha..." laughed Amma, as Sargam related, in an exaggerated manner, her experiences at the ' music conference'. Mother and daughter were now on the train. Sargam proudly showed her jottings of Amma's lecture on the Swaramelakalanidhi of Ramamatya.
"Wow," said Amma appreciatively and Sargam puffed up in pride.
"Now, now, I can see that you have raised a doubt too," said Amma and read aloud from the paper, "What is a mela?" Do you really want to know the answer to this, baby?" Amma endearingly asked her daughter.
Instantly Sargam answered, "I AM NOT A BABY. I am all of twelve years old. First say sorry for calling me a baby. Secondly, I do want to know what a mela is but first tell me a story while I have my dinner." Amma complied with her demand.
"Once upon a time, in the Tanjavur region, there ruled a king called Sevappa Nayak. He ruled for thirty-one years from 1532-1563 AD."
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