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  • Issue 148
  • Published By Sruti
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Special Feature
 
Special Feature

Taking in Kathakali - 1000 Moons Ago

The performance took place at Kottayam in Kerala. On— hold your breath— 14 January, 1916. The peice was penned by an Englishman, A. Meerwarth, and he had dedicated it to the memory of V.V. Radloff, whoever that was. Apparently there were no takers. Eventually it was left to a French somebody, M.A. Guerinot, to face up to the impasse. He put it into his own language. And it appeared as a monograph. But only 10 years after the event. In December 1926. Which, incidentally, is the year when for the first time a Malayalam manual on Kathakali came, Hastalakshana Deepika, to be published, by K.R. Bros., Calicut. The monograph, titled The Kathakalis of Malabar— Les Kathakahs du Malabar in the French version— is no mean pamphlet or tract. It consumes all of 107 pages, in small print. Which lend themselves to 91 pages for text, 11 for photographic reproductions of characters and five for pen drawings of hand gestures and how to use them in dance.

 
Opinion Column
 
Opinion Column

Responsibility of Recording Companies

Let the recording companies have their way in these matters. But there are other aspects which give cause for dismay. One is that most of the recordings are filled with too many songs and therefore offer little music. In other words, the bulk of the time-space is given to kalpita sangeeta, consisting of kriti-s or songs as structured by the composers, and there is not much room for the manodharma or creative aspect. Most of the recordings belong to this category. A single CD typically presents seven to eight songs. Quite a few advertised in the December issue of this magazine, contain more than 10 songs. The tendency of most contemporary musicians to pack their kutcheris with a slew of songs was noted by Editor-in-Chief Pattabhi Raman in his essay on the evolution of the Carnatic music concert, in the October 1996 issue {Sruti 145). It may be argued that the commercially produced CDs simply reflect this pattern. Moreover, the recording companie

 
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