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Live @ India Music Week (6th Oct): Carnatic Vocalist Vijay Siva with RK Shriramkumar + J Vaidhyanathan…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 6, 2013

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live on stage: Carnatic vocalist Vijay Siva with RK Shriramkumar + J Vaidhyanathan

Vijaya Siva – Vocal R.K. Shriramkumar - Violin J. Vaidhyanathan - Mridangan

Vijaya Siva – Vocal / R.K. Shriramkumar – Violin / J. Vaidhyanathan – Mridangan

Vijay Siva is one of the foremost vocalists today in Classical Carnatic Music. A child prodigy, at the age of four he exhibited a rare intuitive capacity to identify ragas.

Vijay Siva had his initial tutelage in Carnatic music from his mother, Akhila Siva, a vocal musician from Chennai. Vijay Siva later became the disciple of the legendary vocalist, Sangita Kalanidhi late Shri D. K. Jayaraman. He later received guidance from the legendary Sangita kalanidhi late Smt. D. K. Pattammal. Vijay Siva is also an accomplished percussionist (mridangam), and received his training from Kumbakonam Shri Rajappa Iyer.


Vijay Siva has performed in numerous and famed locations all over India and abroad including USA, Canada and Singapore.

A recipient of numerous awards and titles, Vijay Siva has received recognition for both vocal and percussion (mridangam), including awards for devotional music in 1974 and the coveted Rajaji Tamboora in 1981 from Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai. He was also awarded first place in Classical and Light Classical Music Competitions (1984) conducted by AIR. He is the recipient of prestigious titles: Isai Peroli (1995) from Karthik Fine Arts, the Youth Award for Exellence by Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust in 1995, and the first recipient of Kalki Krishnamurthy Award (1996) by Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Trust, Chennai.

R. K. Shriramkumar is a top-flight Classical Violin artist of India. R K Shriramkumar belongs to the Rudrapatnam family of musicians, a family with a glorious musical tradition. He is the grandson of the much respected Vidvan Shri R K Venkatarama Shastri.

Having had his initial lessons in violin playing from Vidushi Smt. Savitri Satyamurthy, Shriramkumar was trained by his grandfather. He later received guidance from Vidvan Shri V V Subrahmanyam and also had training in vocal music from Sangita Kalanidhi Shri D K Jayaraman.

His skills were further honed through the association and learning he gained by accompanying the doyens of Carnatic music like Sangita Kalanidhis Shri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Smt M S Subbulakshmi, Smt D K Pattammal, Shri D K Jayaraman, Shri Palghat K V Narayanaswamy, Smt T Brinda and others.

Shriramkumar has provided violin accompaniment in several commercial recordings and has had the blessed opportunity of participating in a very unique recording entitled ‘Divine Unison’ featuring the great veterans Shri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Smt M S Subbulakshmi. A recipient of many awards, Shriramkumar has traveled far and wide on concert tours. He also directed the music for a special television presentation on the Sringeri Sharada Peetam and has set to music a few compositions of the Acharyas of the Sharada Peetam. Shriramkumar is the first ever instrumentalist to be conferred the prestigious Isai Peroli title (2009).

Shri J. Vaidhyanathan hails from a Family of Great Musicians. He is the son of Legendry Musician Sangita Kalanidhi Shri.D.K.Jayaraman and Nephew of Padmavibhushan Sangita Kalanidhi Smt.D.K.Pattammal. He is the disciple of Sangita Kalanidhi Maestro Dr.T.K.Murthy. He has accompanied Great stalwarts like Sangita Kalanidhis Bharat Ratna Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Smt.D.K. Pattammal and Smt. M.L. Vasanthakumari; Lalgudi Sri G Jayaraman, Sri S Balachandar and many other great Stalwarts. JV, a he is affectionately known, has travelled widely in India and Abroad. He is the youngest Mridangist to get the prestigiousKalaimaamani award from the Government of Tamilnadu in 2006.

date: Oct 6, Sunday, 7pm
Organizer: Since 1983, Edmonton Raga-Mala brings Indian classical music and dance experiences in a friendly cross-cultural atmosphere through concerts, artist gatherings and workshops. –
venue: Royal Albert Museum, Edmonton/Canada
tickets: available at the DoorGeneral Admission – $20Seniors & Students – $15 (Raga-Mala patrons free).

more details here


(Source: 10/2013 – ARC – Archive of Contemporary Music |IndiaMusicWeek (IMW))


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Live @ India Music Week (6th Oct): Pandit Yogesh / Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 6, 2013

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live on stage: SangeetSabha presents Pandit Yogesh Samsi – Tabla Solo

IMW_logo-newPandit Yogesh Samsi was born in the family of the renowned vocalists Pandit Dinkar Kaikini and Shashikala Kaikini. He was initiated into tabla by his father at the age of six, and continued under the guidance of Pandit H. Taranath Rao; from the age of ten he studied with the late Ustad Alla Rakha. An ‘A’ grade artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan, he has given numerous solo performances as well as accompanied many distinguished artists. He has also accompanied Ustad Allah Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain in their solo performances. He has performed in music festivals throughout India as well as Europe, the U.S., Canada, Japan and South Africa among many other nations and places.

date: Oct 6, Sunday, 7pm
general admission: First 4 rows $30, Regular House (9 rows) $20
venue: Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC), 55 Lexington Ave New York, NY for tickets: (646) 312-5073

more details & tickets here…

(Source: 10/2013 – ARC – Archive of Contemporary Music |IndiaMusicWeek (IMW))

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India Music Week (N.Y.) – NORTH INDIAN CASSETTE COVERS (Gallery)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 6, 2013

IMW_logo-newSome amazing graphics from Indian popular music cassettes. From the collection of Pater Manuel.
Peter Manuel, ethnomusicology professor at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, has published extensively on various aspects of North Indian music and Indo-Caribbean music. Excerpts of his documentary videos Tassa Thunder: Folk Music from India to the Caribbean, and East Indian Music in the West Indies can be viewed on YouTube..

Peter says…

“These are covers of a representative sample of North Indian commercial cassettes from the years around 1990. As discussed in my 1993 book Cassette Culture: Popular Music and Technology in North India, the advent of cassettes in the 1980s revolutionized the Indian music industry, ending the monopoly of HMV and the tiny coterie of Bollywood music producers and singers, and enabling the emergence of several hundred cassette producers, large and small, marketing an unprecedented variety of musics for diverse audiences, in diverse regional styles and languages. The cassettes shown here include playfully ribald compilations, narrative folk ballads, devotional songs, and regional folk music (e.g., from Rajasthan, Goa, and the Braj region).”

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(Source: 10/2013 – IMW – India Music Week | Gallery)

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India Music Week (N.Y.): Indian Music Research Guide

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Indian Music


This research guide was prepared in conjunction with India Music Week (October 6-13, 2013) to highlight resources available in Columbia University Libraries.




Bibliography of Asian Studies.
Ann Arbor, MI: Association for Asian Studies, 1998-
Search by combining subject and country/region facets; here is a sample search that combines a country/region facet (“India”) with a keyword facet (“music”). Try others.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (Online)–India
Alexander Street Press, 2013

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Volume 5: South Asia: The Indian Subcontinent, Arnold, Alison (ed.); Routledge; published May 1999
New York: Garland Pub., 1998-2002


  • Companion to North Indian classical music / Satyendra K. Sen Chib, New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Pub, 2004 (Butler Stacks ML102.H56 C454 2004)
  • Bharatiya sangeet: raga nidhi; encyclopedia of Indian ragas (4 vols), a comparative study of Hindustani & Karnatak ragas, B. Subba Rao, 1956-[66]  (South Asian Studies Reading Rm,  601 Butler, ML338. .S78)
  • The Oxford encyclopaedia of the music of India (3 vols) / chief editor, Nikhil Ghosh, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011 (Music Reference Non-Circulating ML102.H56 O94 2011g)


The Columbia University Libraries catalog allows for faceted searches. One very useful facet is the use of Library of Congress Subject Headings. To search by LCSH, select “catalog” from the left (Search Source) drop-down menu, and select “subject” from the right drop-down menu in CLIO. LCSH headings can also be quite useful for WorldCat catalogsearches.

General Subject Headings

Specialized Genres


The Columbia University Library catalog allows for searches by call number range. Here are a few examples:

  • ML100 (Dictionaries of Indian Music)
  • ML101.I47 (Encyclopedias of Indian Music)
  • ML120.I5 (Bibliographies of Indian music)
  • ML156.4.N3 (Discographies of Indian music)
  • ML338.2  (History and Criticism of 17th century music of India)
  • ML338.7.T29 (Music of Tamil Nadu)
  • ML338.G665 (Bengali music of India)
  • ML1808 (Music of South India)
  • ML3748 (Textbooks of Indian music)


Online streaming of Indian music is available via Columbia University libraries. Here is a subject search for “music India” with “online” format selected.

Columbia University subscribes to various online music resources, such as the following:



Columbia University Library has various recordings of Indian music. To locate them, search the catalog with format set to “music recording.”

Here are a few representative recent acquisitions:


Columbia University Library collections include videos related to the music of India.
Representative examples include:

  • Ajaba śahara: Amarīkā meṃ Kabīra = Ajab shahar : Kabir in America
    Bangalore : Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, 2008
  • Free to sing?: the music of Suman Chatterjee
    Epic Actors’ Workshop & Choir
  • Gimme somethin’ to dance to!: what is bhangra?
    New York : New York University Program in Culture and Media, c1995
  • Hardy, Ian, Singing between two worlds – learning traditional music in the heart of modern India
    New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2002
  • In between the notes: a portrait of Pandit Pran Nath, master Indian musician
    San Francisco, CA. : Other Minds, 2006.
  • Kalanjali (Dance company), Of beauty & deities: music and dance of India
    Berkeley, CA : PALOMINO Productions, c2006
  • Khyal: classical singing of North India
    New York, NY : Insight Media, [2012?], 1998
  • Raga: a film journey into the soul of India
    Encinitas, CA : East Meets West Music, c2010
  • Ravi Shankar: tenth decade in concert : live in Escondido
    [Encinitas CA] : East Meets West Music, ©2012
  • There’ll always be stars in the sky: the Indian film music phenomenon
    [S.l.] : Shanachie Entertainment, [2003]
  • A voice from heaven: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the most beautiful voice in the world
    New York, NY : Winstar TV & Video, c2001


Books in print format can be located in the Columbia University library catalog by setting format to “books.”

Representative titles include:


The Columbia University library catalog allows for searches by music score format. Here are a few representative examples of items in the catalog:

Contact Datas: 535 West 114th St. New York, NY 10027 Telephone (212) 854-7309 Fax (212) 854-9099

(Source: 10/2013 – IMW – India Music Week)

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