The special feature is on S. Rajam. The cover story (19-34) on him uncovers for the first time the full details of his career as a Carnatic musician- a term which encompasses his pursuits as a pedagogue, a propagandist and a performer— and as an artist, a painter in the Indian tradition and early in his life, a talented photographer as well. The photograph on the cover was taken by Rajams younger and better-known brother, the late S. Balachander. The photograph of the bhootagana-s in a frieze at the Kailasanatha Temple inKanchipuramon the back cover was taken by Rajam himself.
Other articles in this issue that dwell on human achievements are, alas, about people who passed away recently: Embar Vijayaraghavachariar (13-14); Chithira Tinmal Balarama Varma, the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore (15- 16); and Dr.R. Knshnaswami (16). The article in Sruti 81/82 by Justin McCarthy, suggesting that the basic theme of dance in India is perhaps getting irrelevant, has elicited a couple of responses (17- 18). I believe the debate has just begun. The late Ragini Devi belongs to the legendary past of Indian dance and in the Bookshelf section you will find a review of a re-issue of an outstanding book by her- Dance Dialects of India (39-43). Theres more on dance— in the form of notes on Pada-s, published as part of Dr. Arudras series on the Format of Bharatanatyam (36-38). In the News & Notes section, there are several interesting reports, but the one on music festivals