Book: ‘Compositions of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. S. Ramanathan’

In commemoration of the centenary of Dr S. Ramanathan,  a book entitled, ‘Compositions of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr S. Ramanathan’, compiled by R.Banumathy, daughter and disciple of Dr. Ramanathan, was soft-launched in Singapore on March 18, 2017.

The book is published by Alapana Arts, Singapore, founded by R. Banumathy.

At a function held at Alapana Arts, Singapore, the book was soft-launched by Ty Constant, who is a professor at the YST Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore and he teaches World Music.

Prof Ty Constant is a student and friend of Dr Robert E Brown (Bob Brown). Bob Brown was directed to Dr S Ramanathan by V. Raghavan of the Music Academy, Madras to take help and guidance in his research work on Sangita Ratnakara.

Due to such a research association, later, Bob Brown brought Dr, Ramanathan to USA on an exchange programme. That led Dr. Ramanathan to join the Wesleyan University to graduate with a PhD on the merits of his thesis, ‘Music in Silappatikaram’, says a note from Alapana.

R.Banumathy has presented this book with both English and the Tamil versions bound in the same volume. She has done careful proof-correction at times seeking the assistance of her sisters.

These are the salient aspects of this book,  ‘Compositions of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr S Ramanathan’ :

It is a compilation of 37 compositions of SR comprising 2 lakshana varnams, 8 tana varnams, 26 kritis in adi/ rupakam/ khanda chapu/ misra chapu talas and a thillana in adi talam thisra gati.

The book contains both Tamil as well as English versions (one after the other) of each of the compositions arranged in the order of varnams, kritis & a thillana.

The compositions are in one of the following languages: - Tamil, Sanskrit or Telugu.

All the compositions are notated in English and Tamil.

The kritis in revathi, megharanjani, nayaki poornachandrika, bhavani, gopriya contain chittaiswaram as well.