Pictures of Melody - Alathur Brothers - United in Music Lakshmi Devnath Code OPA0303 Heritage Publishing House
Alathur Brothers - United in Music
First Ever Pictorial Series on Carnatic Music Legends Thoroughly Researched, Racy Narrative, Fabulous Pictures.
"This is the story of two brilliant sons of Carnatic music. One was from Alathur, the other from Angarai.
The story of the brothers is as fascinating as the brilliance of their music. For one, the legendary brothers who set new standards in duet singing were not consanguineous siblings. The two were from different families, from different villages. The selfless gesture of a nagaswaram artiste, Sivanandam Pillai, brought them together. The grand design behind this act of providence would reveal itself as the brothers proceeded to jointly raise a musical edifice. If there was anything at all that succeeded in diverting one's attention from the compelling grandeur of their musical creation, it was a soft glow radiating from its foundation. There was something more to that base than the component of brilliant talent. It was love, of a kind that forbade jealousy. The absence of any insecurity whatsoever beautified the bonding between the Alathur Brothers.
The music of the Alathur Brothers broke new ground on several fronts. They redefined the standards of musical complexity in their artistic expressions, yet never once losing sight of the aesthetics of the art form. They left behind a vast and beautiful legacy for students of music, in more ways than one.
"Alathur Brothers - United in Music" is the world's first graphic biography of one of India's greatest musician-duos. This book is a Collector's edition, with authentic photographs, the autographs of the maestros and graphic depictions that portray with remarkable accuracy the feel of the times. The script has been thoroughly researched and this tight 24 page edition is complete in all respects, as has been endorsed whole-heartedly by the children (and disciples) of both brothers."
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About the author:
LAKSHMI DEVNATH is a well-known researcher and writer in Carnatic music. Her articles and features numbering close to 200 have featured in leading publications like The Hindu and Sruti ? India?s Premier Magazine for the Performing Arts. Her passion is to familiarize the young with India?s glorious heritage through innovative stories. An earlier effort of hers in this direction, Poorva ? Magic Miracles and the Mystical Twelve, that narrates the stories of the Azhvars and released in 2007 was a runaway success. The projects that she is currently involved in include Poorva in the Vedic Age; Sargam ? a fascinating journey into the world of Carnatic music and this pictorial biographies series. Her other books include ? A Class Apart, the biography of the educationist Dr. (Mrs.) YG Parthasarathy and Lotus ? a monograph written for danseuse Anita Ratnam. Lakshmi?s full-fledged biography of the living legend Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman is due to be published by Harper Collins shortly.