About the Book

The Book ‘Naa Kanda Kalavidaru’ authored by Sri Mysore K Vasudevacharya was published in the year 1955. This is one of the earliest books written in Kannada, narrating the life and contributions of eleven great stalwarts of Karnataka music. It also features very interesting episodes, anecdotes connected to these musicians, which were witnessed by the author himself. This makes the book more authentic and a reference material for any student of music. Vasudevacharya’s writing and narrating is in a very simple style and it keeps even a layman read the book with utmost interest. 

About the Author

The author Mysore K Vasudevacharya (CE 1865-1961) was a great musician and a versatile composer. He has   composed hundreds of compositions comprising all the musical forms of Karnataka music mostly in telugu and sanskrit lanuages with the mudra ‘Vasudeva’. He was the court musician of Mysore Wodeyars, and was patronized by four Wodeyar Kings. He went to Madras to teach in Rukmini Devi Arundale’s Kalakshetra and was highly respected by the renowned musicians of Tamilnadu too. He had also authored books. Vasudevacharya was a recipient of many awards and honors. To name a few Sangeeta Shastra Ratna and Sangeeta Shastra Visharada by Wodeyars, Central Sangeeta Natak Academy and Padmabhushana awards from Govt. of India, Sangeeta Kalanidhi by Madras Music Academy and so on..

Relevance of the topic in present context

This book which was authored in the year 1955 narrates about the yester year musicians, their life, personality, happy and difficult times of their musical journey, interesting episodes and anecdotes.. which can be an inspiration to the present generation. Since most of the facts provided in the book were witnessed by the author himself, the information is authentic. As it is a very old book, many are not aware of this or it might have gone out of their minds and reading this book is like bringing back to life the golden times of yester year music environment.

About the Speaker

Dr. Meera Rajaram Pranesh, a Karnataka musician, musicologist and a researcher is the Managing Trustee of Vanamala Center for Art and Culture and is serving as an Adjunct Professor of music in Department of Performing Arts, Jain University. She learnt Veena at the age of seven from vidwan L. Sheshagiri Rao and then pursued Karnataka music- vocal under the tutelage of vidushi Sudha V. Murthy and vidushi Rohini Manjunath. She received her Post graduate degree with gold medal in Karnatak Music; M Phil and Ph D from Bangalore University.  She was guided by the great stalwarts like vidwan Belakawadi Srinivasa Iyengar, Sri. B V K Shastry, Prof. Rajalakshmi Tirunarayanan and Dr. B M Jayashree. She was also the recipient of the Research Fellowship from Human Resource Development, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, and completed her project under the guidance of Dr. R Satyanarayana.

Along with concerts, she has delivered several lecture demonstrations and has multiple publications under her name. She is a UGC approved Guide for M Phil and Ph D research scholars. She has been instrumental in conceptualizing, writing the script, directing and singing Bhaktiyaana an audio CD is a group of songs depicting the daily upacharas like suprabhata, alankara, vivaha, naivedya, shobhane, laali etc. to Lord Lakshmi Narayana;Sri Chakra Darshana a DVD, explains the concept of Sri Chakra, Shaktipitas through visuals and rendering of Kamalamba Navavarana Kritis in the original format composed by Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar.  The documentary Sri Chakra Darshana was selected for the International online Film festival. She has authored and published the books – The Musical Composers during Wodeyar Dynasty and Harikeshanallur Dr L Mutthaih Bhagavatar- A Biography; Edited and published a book on Suladis of Haridasas and a DVD comprising of Suladis.

Date & Time: 13-July-2019 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Venue: Vanamala Center for Art & Culture

13A-15, Madhuvan, SGS Layout 3rd Main Road,

Kothnoor Dinne, 8th Phase, J. P. Nagar

Bengaluru – 560076

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