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Kunjamma : Ode To A Nightingale – Special Edition

Lakshmi Vishwanathan

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In Kunjamma?Ode to a Nightingale, Lakshmi Vishwanathan explains why she believes knowing M.S. Subbulakshmi has been the greatest blessing of her life. The author, whom M.S. has referred to as a ?daughter?, retraces the life of a legend?itsdivine and human angularities?with love, sympathy and insight. As a child, ?Kunjamma??Madurai ...Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi?learnt to play the veena from her mother and sang in the temples of Madurai. This biography traces her journey from there to Madras, the cultural hub of South India, and the impregnable male bastion of classical music, where M.S., as she came to be popularly known, would reign as the Queen of Music for decades. Equally memorable is her foray into films. Cast as Meera, Krishna?s self-willed mortal consort, M.S. became the incarnation of the people?s vision of this saint-poet?an identity she would willingly embrace at the behest of her husband. Kunjamma?Ode to a Nightingale deals with every aspect of M.S.?s glorious career?be it her mastery of the classical tradition or her unforgettable screen performances. Most importantly, it speaks of her immortal bhajans, sung in virtually every Indian language with singular devotion. That is why M.S. has won a place for herself in the hearts of the people?the final destination that fate had ordained for her.

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  • Guru lakshmi Vishwanathan is a well-known personality in the cultural scene of Chennai. She belongs to a family of artists and musicians. An exponent of Bharatanatyam she has taken her dance to over fifteen countries around the world. She rep-resents the best of the Tanjore classical tradition in dance, and has crafted a style of her own, which is rich in intricate Nrtta, and original in evocative abhinaya. She is a formally-trained classical vocalist. Among the many awards she has received is the State Kalaimamani, and the national Sangeet Natak akademi award.

    As a cultural ambassador of india, she has performed and conducted master classes in prestigious institutions like the Jacob’s Pillow international dance festival, the Mark Morris dance center New York, and dance india asia-Pacific Singapore.

    Lakshmi is a respected scholar and erudite speaker. Her lectures, workshops, demonstrations, and extensive articles and essays in leading newspapers as well as dance portals are widely acclaimed. She is an author of three other books: Women of Pride—the Devadasi Heritage, Kapaliswara Temple, and Bharatanatyam the Tamil Heritage.

    Lakshmi has served on the board of several cultural institutions, and was an elected Vice-president of the Music academy Madras. She is currently the editor of the Kalakshetra Journal.

ISBN
9788174362735L
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
128
Weight (kg)
1
Height (in)
0
Width (in)
0
Subject
Performing Arts
Published Date
19/09/16
Publisher
Roli Books

Author

  • Guru lakshmi Vishwanathan is a well-known personality in the cultural scene of Chennai. She belongs to a family of artists and musicians. An exponent of Bharatanatyam she has taken her dance to over fifteen countries around the world. She rep-resents the best of the Tanjore classical tradition in dance, and has crafted a style of her own, which is rich in intricate Nrtta, and original in evocative abhinaya. She is a formally-trained classical vocalist. Among the many awards she has received is the State Kalaimamani, and the national Sangeet Natak akademi award.

    As a cultural ambassador of india, she has performed and conducted master classes in prestigious institutions like the Jacob’s Pillow international dance festival, the Mark Morris dance center New York, and dance india asia-Pacific Singapore.

    Lakshmi is a respected scholar and erudite speaker. Her lectures, workshops, demonstrations, and extensive articles and essays in leading newspapers as well as dance portals are widely acclaimed. She is an author of three other books: Women of Pride—the Devadasi Heritage, Kapaliswara Temple, and Bharatanatyam the Tamil Heritage.

    Lakshmi has served on the board of several cultural institutions, and was an elected Vice-president of the Music academy Madras. She is currently the editor of the Kalakshetra Journal.

ISBN
9788174362735L
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
128
Weight (kg)
1
Height (in)
0
Width (in)
0
Subject
Performing Arts
Published Date
19/09/16
Publisher
Roli Books
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Author

  • Guru lakshmi Vishwanathan is a well-known personality in the cultural scene of Chennai. She belongs to a family of artists and musicians. An exponent of Bharatanatyam she has taken her dance to over fifteen countries around the world. She rep-resents the best of the Tanjore classical tradition in dance, and has crafted a style of her own, which is rich in intricate Nrtta, and original in evocative abhinaya. She is a formally-trained classical vocalist. Among the many awards she has received is the State Kalaimamani, and the national Sangeet Natak akademi award.

    As a cultural ambassador of india, she has performed and conducted master classes in prestigious institutions like the Jacob’s Pillow international dance festival, the Mark Morris dance center New York, and dance india asia-Pacific Singapore.

    Lakshmi is a respected scholar and erudite speaker. Her lectures, workshops, demonstrations, and extensive articles and essays in leading newspapers as well as dance portals are widely acclaimed. She is an author of three other books: Women of Pride—the Devadasi Heritage, Kapaliswara Temple, and Bharatanatyam the Tamil Heritage.

    Lakshmi has served on the board of several cultural institutions, and was an elected Vice-president of the Music academy Madras. She is currently the editor of the Kalakshetra Journal.

ISBN
9788174362735L
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
128
Weight (kg)
1
Height (in)
0
Width (in)
0
Subject
Performing Arts
Published Date
19/09/16
Publisher
Roli Books

Author

  • Guru lakshmi Vishwanathan is a well-known personality in the cultural scene of Chennai. She belongs to a family of artists and musicians. An exponent of Bharatanatyam she has taken her dance to over fifteen countries around the world. She rep-resents the best of the Tanjore classical tradition in dance, and has crafted a style of her own, which is rich in intricate Nrtta, and original in evocative abhinaya. She is a formally-trained classical vocalist. Among the many awards she has received is the State Kalaimamani, and the national Sangeet Natak akademi award.

    As a cultural ambassador of india, she has performed and conducted master classes in prestigious institutions like the Jacob’s Pillow international dance festival, the Mark Morris dance center New York, and dance india asia-Pacific Singapore.

    Lakshmi is a respected scholar and erudite speaker. Her lectures, workshops, demonstrations, and extensive articles and essays in leading newspapers as well as dance portals are widely acclaimed. She is an author of three other books: Women of Pride—the Devadasi Heritage, Kapaliswara Temple, and Bharatanatyam the Tamil Heritage.

    Lakshmi has served on the board of several cultural institutions, and was an elected Vice-president of the Music academy Madras. She is currently the editor of the Kalakshetra Journal.

ISBN
9788174362735L
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
128
Weight (kg)
1
Height (in)
0
Width (in)
0
Subject
Performing Arts
Published Date
19/09/16
Publisher
Roli Books