In Honour of the December Music Season 2012 – A Presentation on Western and Indian Classical Music

The thrilling December Season is now underway in Chennai. In honour of the Season, I am posting slides for a presentation that I delivered at the Oxford Indian Institute comparing approaches to classical music in the Indian Carnatic tradition and the West, and entitled  “Two Solitudes: Western and Indian Musical Traditions”:

“What are the challenges that face musicians who would like to understand both Western and

Indian classical music, and what are the rewards they hope to reap? Mira T. Sundara Rajan will

provide an introduction to the Carnatic classical tradition of South India, particularly as seen

through the lens of her knowledge of the life and works of a South Indian composer who is

considered a modern classic – Indian National Poet, C. Subramania Bharati (1882-1921). She

will discuss current trends among today’s leading Carnatic musicians, including the drive

towards fusion between Indian and Western traditions, and their implications for the future of

classical music in India and beyond.”

Please click here for the presentation slides: Part 1Part 2, Part 3.

Subramania Bharati’s Birthday, December 11 – Blog Launch

I am delighted to announce the launch of a new blog dedicated to Indian National Poet, C. Subramania Bharati (1882-1921): subramaniabharati.com. The blog has been established by Bharati’s granddaughter, and pre-eminent Bharati scholar, Dr. S. Vijaya Bharati. She will bring a half-century of experience in Bharati studies to the blog, which promises to be an unrivalled source of truly authoritative information on the poet and insights into his work. Please take a moment to visit and enjoy!