The Madras Quartet

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The Madras Quartet
This is a seminal and pioneering work delineating the struggles and triumphs of four contemporary women vocalists - M.S. Subbulakshmi, T. Brinda, D.K. Pattammal, and M.L. Vasanthakumari - belonging to the Karnatak music tradition. The book traces their careers, not merely as consummate artists with their own individual banis and genre music, but also as trailblazers who played a crucial role in the emancipation of women from a hidebound social set-up. The book highlights the tremendous influence of the Trinity of the nineteenth century in giving a new format to art music that helped - though only peripherally - to accommodate women in it. The daughters and granddaughters of the early pioneers were to carry forward the struggle to establish themselves on par with their male counterparts.
About the Author
Indira Menon was born in Madras and grew up in a musical environment. She received her initial training in Karnatak music from the renowned vocalist T. Brinda; and advanced training, from the vidwans of the Karnataka Sangeetha Sabha, Delhi. Besides being deeply involved with Karnatak music, she has a wide range of interests that include Hindustani and Western music, art and architecture. She has published articles and book reviews on art and music. An economics graduate from Delhi University, Menon is fluent in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English, and conversant with Sanskrit and Telugu.
TitleThe Madras Quartet
Author NameIndira Menon
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year1999
Total No. of Pages188
Weight0.43 KGS
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