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Melakarthas the Gems of Carnatic Music (Part-1: Ragas 1 to 36)

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Item Code: UAT211
Author: Vidya Bhavani Suresh
Language: English
Edition: 2022
Pages: 296 (Color Illustrations)
Other Details 8.50 X 5.50 inch
Weight 510 gm
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About The Book

The Melakartha ragas are 72 in total. They are arranged in a specific order. Carnatic Music lovers and students get introduced to Melakartha ragas through multiple ways. Sometimes, they are exposed to songs in a particular Melakartha, and are told that there is a number associated with it. Sometimes, they hear a song in a popular janya, and are once again introduced to a Melakartha as being the parent raga, and told its corresponding number. But beyond that, the significance of the number can be hard to grasp, and many listeners and students think it is far beyond their reach. This book aims to bridge that gap of understanding. It gives a comprehensive understanding of the concept of the Melakartha scheme introduces every single Melakartha raga in great detail explains the connection between the raga's name and number simplifies the complex system of Vivadi ragas.

This volume takes the reader through the first 36 ragas. Ragas 37 to 72 are covered in the second part.

My younger daughter, Harshitha Suresh, a writer in her own right, was introduced to you last year through Harshi's Carnatic Nook, an independent segment in our previous title, FAQs on Carnatic Music. This year, she has taken on a different and bigger role: that of the Joint Editor. She has brought to the table, her unique perception and vision, which I am sure has infused a new texture and vibrance into the present title.

A mammoth work introducing every Melakartha, this book is perhaps the first of its kind, and I am very glad that Skanda Publications has been able to do it, the pandemic-related challenges notwithstanding. It's truly another milestone for Skanda. I really hope you enjoy reading this book.

When Vidya wrote Maths in Music and Dance, I thought it was her best work. When so Rare Ragas of Carnatic Music came out subsequently. I thought she had surpassed that benchmark and set higher standards. But with this work, she has exhibited such high levels of musical expertise and writing flair that this may be her magnum opus.

About the Author

Bheemanattumadathil Ananthanarayanan Suresh, advocate and media man, had his schooling in his home-town Perinthalmanna, and did his BA in Economics at the M.ES. Kalladi College, Mannarghat. He then pursued his LL.B. at the Government Law College, Barton Hill, Thiruvanathapuram and started his career in Law.

Born and brought up amidst the swaying coconut trees and greenery of Kerala, Suresh was fascinated by the wondrous performances of Kathakali and Koodiyattam that he used to regularly watch spell-bound, right from his childhood days. Since it was not a convention in their family to train children in performing arts, Suresh could not pursue his passion then, and trained instead as a lawyer like his father and forefathers. Always drawn towards creative pursuits, Suresh soon moved over to print media following his heart.

Deep within, Suresh still harboured his childhood desire to reconnect with performing arts. Getting married to Vidya was really a godsend in this direction, since it helped him view both art and artistes from a closer and an insider perspective, which eventually led to the birth of Skanda Publications.

His respect and regard for performing arts has seen him adorn the mantle of a huge supporter of the cause of documenting and popularising our traditional performing art forms. Thanks to his zeal and mentoring, Skanda's books have offered readers an amazing depth of information on our rich and varied culture for more than 21 years.

The couple is blessed with three children: Mahitha Suresh and twins Harshitha Suresh and Nipun Suresh. Mahitha is a Chartered Accountant and an ACCA member. She is married to Vijay Subramaniam K, also a Chartered Accountant and an ACCA member. Harshitha is a second-year student of BA Economics at Stella Maris College, while Nipun is a second-year student of B.Tech Electrical Engineering at IIT-Madras.

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