Shanti—A Journey of Peace

Shanti—A Journey of Peace

Imagine a Graduate School, which has all the major world religions being taught side by side on one campus. Imagine Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs and a great many others studying in classrooms, learning about each other’s religions and...
Consummate Artist: Lakshmi Shankar

Consummate Artist: Lakshmi Shankar

It was the morning of the 30th of December 2013 in the thick of the music season when I had a brief conversation regarding veteran musician Lakshmi Shankar and her sister Kamala Sastri at the canteen of the Music Academy with Sruti Editor Ramnarayan; it seems  surreal...
The Five Elemental Compositions

The Five Elemental Compositions

Dikshitar is a composer whose kritis (musical compositions) reflect his scholarship, his peripatetic life and his keen observation of the sites he visited and a thorough rootedness in the philosophy of non-duality. Nothing can be more illustrative of the above...
Compositions of the Trinity

Compositions of the Trinity

We commonly refer to Karnatik Music as the prevalent Art Music form in the region south of Vijayanagar (Hampi). We refer to Art Music traditions in the rest of India as Hindustani music. While both systems share the concept of the ragaand the tala, and both shine in...
Musical Tastes

Musical Tastes

When I was driving on I 75 listening to a composition in “khamaas” sung by D.K. Pattammal, my mind went back to the early eighties, when I regularly attended concerts at the Central Lecture Theater as an undergraduate student at the Indian Institute of Technology in...