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“Lahari”—useful for classical music
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, October 2, 1988 The Music Department of Bombay University sponsored an interesting programme of lecture-demonstration before an eager audience last week. The programme was designed to show the working of yet one more electronic gadget, equipped with a wide variety of instrumental “laharas” usually employed in solo recitals of percussion instruments like tabla or pakhawaj and also for...

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Indian Music must blend Tradition with Experiment
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By MOHAN D. NADKARNI Bharat Jyoti, Sunday, March 1, 1959 Some eminent musicians of the country, since 1952, have been recipients of the President’s Award in token of their life-long and spontaneous devotion to the cause of music. This state gesture represents a welcome break from the unenviable past when many a notable artiste died unwept, unhonoured and unsung. In fact, with the coming...

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Three Book Reviews
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By MOHAN NADKARNI writing as GURUDEV SHARAN Times of India, September 5, 1976 A TOUCH OF CLASS Muttusvamy Dikshitar, Edited by V. Raghavan, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Bombay, Rs 15) The advent of the celebrated trinity – Syama Sastri, Tyagaraja and Muttusvami Dikshitar – between 1763 and 1847 A.D. is rightly regarded as the golden age of Carnatic music. They were all excellent...

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New Approach to an Ancient Art: Book Reviews
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Indian Music by B. Chaitanya Deva (Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, pp172, Rs. 30) Music of the Nations by Swami Prajnananda (Munshiram Manoharlal, New Delhi, pp223, Rs 28) By MOHAN NADKARNI The Times of India, April 20, 1975 Deva makes an entirely new approach to the study of the history of Indian music. Few musicologists have argued so convincingly that Indian music...

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The Men and Their Music: Two Book Reviews
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Sangeet-Ratna Khansaheb Abdul Karim Khan Yaanche Jeevan Charitra by Pandit Balkrishnabuwa Kapileshwari, (Published by the author, pp 912, Rs 55) Thor Sangitkar by Prof B R Deodhar, (Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Vidyalaya Mandal, Bombay 4, pp260, Rs 12) [Both books published in Marathi] By MOHAN NADKARNI writing as GURUDEV SHARAN Times Weekly, March 10, 1974 One of the tragedies besetting India’s age-old musical tradition, particularly...

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Music without mike
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By MOHAN NADKARNI The Economic Times, June 5, 1988 The microphone has, for several decades now, become indispensable to music concerts and other varieties of stage entertainment. The listeners’ ears are now so inured to the ubiquitous gadget that music without mike is simply unthinkable. It was therefore to my great delight that I had an opportunity to savour two hours of mikeless music...

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