Monday, 31 October 2022

Editor's Note

 

In this November issue of Sruti we offer you an interesting variety of articles covering various genres – classical, folk, devotional and films; Carnatic, Hindustani, vocal and  instrumental music; and Bharatanatyam. Some of the personalities featured are famous, some have been diligently working behind the scenes, but every one  of them has made a mark in the arts while pursuing his or her dream with passion.

We celebrate the memory of two centenarians – Ghantasala Venkateswararao and B. Rajam Iyer.  It is 100 years since Sangita Kalanidhi B. Rajam Iyer the well known Carnatic musician, teacher and devi upasaka was born. His centenary was celebrated recently by his family and disciples.

Ghantasala described as ‘Gaana Gandharva’ is famous as a prolific film singer and composer, whose music combining melody and majesty, sensitivity and virtuosity, touched hearts across the globe. His training in Carnatic music enabled him to blend classical improvisations into his light and devotional music which set him in a class apart. His private albums too are popular comprising  patriotic songs, padyalu and devotional songs. The Bhagavad Gita—directed and sung by him can be heard daily at the Tirumala temple.

Ghantasala’s daughter-in-law Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala is an enterprising well known Bharatanatyam dancer, teacher, choreographer and organiser who has taken upon herself the happy task of celebrating and propagating Ghantasala’s memory every year through music and dance. She shares her interesting artistic journey with Sruti readers.

A multitasker who has dedicated his life to the two noble causes of medicine and classical music is Dr. Sunder. Driven by his passion to make both accessible to the masses, he has been working tirelessly on his various initiatives and has made a difference to the lives of many in both fields. Sruti offers you an insight into this remarkable man and his mission.

Another interesting feature is on the north Indian sitar maestro Shahid Parvez who gives us a peek into his musical lineage, training, and voices his views on many matters musical.

The News & Notes and Bookshelf  sections too offer a rich variety this time.

Last month I had mentioned that Sruti would soon be coming out with important announcements. The economics of print magazines has been in flux for some time. The advent of the internet had begun its impact nearly two decades ago, but in recent years, especially following the Covid pandemic,  the support from subscribers and advertisers for print media across the board has declined sharply while digital has seen an influx of patronage. It is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain and print Sruti magazine on a regular basis which we have done so far with grit and determination.

From January 2023, Sruti will be moving online with an annual print edition every December. As a magazine, Sruti will be
published only online every quarter with a ‘print on demand’ option.  Our website, which is currently being revamped, will be updated every week with new articles, interviews and profiles. You will be happy to know that subscribers will also have access to our archives. 
All subscribers with pending subscriptions will be sent individual communications shortly with details on how the balance amount with us could be utilised.  

We are indeed saddened that in our fortieth year we are unable to continue as a monthly print magazine from 2023. However, Sruti will always be a veritable treasure house for the performing arts and will continue to serve the propagation of the classical arts and rich culture of India. 

S. JANAKI

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