Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Composers, composers.......

To the vast hordes of non-learners of Carnatic music, and sadly, even to some learners, "composers" as a term generally refers to the musical Trinity, and a select few others. To be frank, that was the case with me as well till about two years ago, when I began exploring lesser known composers. And stumbled upon a mine!
It took me another year to realise that these were not really lesser known composers, it was just a question of my own ignorance. A humbling, educational experience!
Among the composers I "discovered" were Subbaraya Sastri and Annaswamy Sastri, both descendants of Sri. Shyama Sastry, eldest of the musical trinity. In particular, the compositions of Subbaraya Sastri interested me, and though I did not learn many, I collected a number of his works from books on the subject, chiefly from Smt. Vidya Shankar's book on his compositions.
Anyway, getting back to where I began, I can perhaps answer my own statemnt-question: the very fact that the Trinity continue till date to hold their sway over all other composers of calibre explains why they do!


Blogger Musical Scientist said...

What about tamizh composers RR? How about koteeshwara iyer,papanasam sivan,gopalakrishna bharathi etc? I am sure many of their krithis appeal a lot to you too!!esp..namba tamizh vera illaya :)

3:46 PM  
Blogger ramaa said...

True, Sai, but though we may love Tamizh, and I for one will probably never be as comfortable in any other language, I still think the Trinity esp DIkshithar, were shtud_max. :)

1:27 AM  
Blogger Musical Scientist said...

No denying that fact pa..abs agreed RR ;) (Shtud_max^(1/0))

5:51 AM  
Blogger ramaa said...

shtud_max^(1/0)!! haha!
neat_max :D

10:10 PM  

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