Sruti - February 2018

Publisher: The Sruti Foundation
Category: Art, Music
Language: English
Frequency : Monthly
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Sruti is an English language magazine on the Performing Arts, Indian music and dance published from Chennai, India. The first issue was published in October 1983,Sruti is India's leading monthly devoted to Indian classical music and dance and theatre. The target audience of Sruti comprises several groups. These include lay music and lay dance enthusiasts, connoisseurs, musicians, dancers, teachers, scholars and students of the fine arts, institutions and organisations active in the field and officials of Government agencies concerned with the arts. Featuring Carnatic music doyenne D K Pattammal and child prodigy Mandolin U Srinivas on its inaugural cover in October 1983, the magazine created quite a stir in artistic circles. It was without a parallel in English magazines then or perhaps even now. That cover page spoke volumes about the magazine's twin objectives of preserving tradition and encouraging innovation, something Sruti has assiduously pursued ever since. Many customs that have today come to be recognised as established best practices in the performing arts especially in south India have been the result of Sruti's systematic campaigns in favour of good taste, decorum and performance excellence. Among its early triumphs was the restoration of the importance of ragam-tanam-pallavi, which had become conspicuous by its absence on the concert platform. For over two decades, Sruti has constantly practised what it preaches adherence to high standards of authenticity, objectivity, sophisticated writing based on thorough research, and a healthy respect for individuals and institutions, balanced by an equally healthy irreverence towards holy cows. Sruti is not an academic journal, even though it carries scholarly and technical articles from time to time. Sruti's several profiles of the leading exponents of music and dance have been pathbreaking in the annals of Indian journalism, as have been its special projects to document the teaching methodology and stylistic characteristics of leading schools of dance and music. It is a veritable treasurehouse of in-depth knowledge of the many centres of excellence the kshetras which have served to propagate the classical arts of India. Started under private auspices, Sruti was promoted as a not-for-profit venture and placed under a Trust in April 1985 when the Sruti Foundation was established with Founder-Editor N Pattabhi Raman as its Managing Trustee. Sruti, is its `flagship' endeavour, while Samudri (Subbulakshmi-Sadasivam Music & Dance Resources Institute), is an ambitious initiative towards archiving valuable resource material in music and dance and promoting research and cooperative endeavours to ensure the sustainable development of the performing arts, based on traditional ideas and practices

Balasaraswati did not believe in writing or speaking about Bharatanatyam. For Bala, dance had to be danced, not spoken about. However, from the early 1970s, Bala was invited to preside over a number of conferences in recognition of her stature and status as the peerless exponent of Bharatanatyam. These occasions included the annual sessions of the Music Academy, Madras (1973), the Tamil Isai Sangam, Madras (1975), the East-West Conference held in Hawaii (1979), and the Indian Fine Arts Society, Madras (1981). Bala took these opportunities to speak about her conception of Bharatanatyam, its philosophy and practice; she shared reminiscences relating to her guru, family, and other sources of training and support; and she did not hesitate as well to criticise certain aspects of the contemporary Bharatanatyam scene. Bharatanatyam as yoga What is dance? Dance is the natural and, therefore, universal activity of the human species through which it finds unity with the cosmos and its creator. The cosmos is the dynamic expression, in orderly and beautiful movement, of the static source, the one supreme spirit.


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