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Title: Sripada Pinakapani
Authors: Raghavan, G. N. S.
Pinakapani, Sripada
Keywords: Pinakapaani, Sripada, (19131-2013)
Carnatic music
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi
Description: Who retired in 1984 as Professor of medicine, Kurnool Medical College, and was thereafter Professor Emeritus in Medicine. In this interview, conducted at Kurnool 9-10 February 1993, our conversations turned mainly on (1) the different types of composition in Carnatic music and the scope they affored for melodious rendering: (2) the origin and development of Dr. Pinakapani's interest in music; and (3) the outlook for the preservation and dissemination of the best in the heritage of Carnatic music as it flourished in the early part of this country. A large part of the interview was occupied by Pinakapani's reminiscence and demonstration of the music of veterans of the Tanjore school such Veena Dhanam: Govindaswami Pillai, the violinist and the vocalist Mannargudi RajaGoapla Pillai, Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer, Mudikondan C. Venkatarama Iyer, Ariyakudi Ramamuja Iyenger and Musiri Subramania Iyer. Pinakapani Acknowledge with gratitude the guidance of these masters which he received from Dwaram Venkataswami Naidu, the violin maestro, and subsequently from R. Rangaramanuja Ayyanger, disciple of Veena Dhanam, Snatches of music illustrating the characteristic excellence of the veterans of the Tanjore school were reproduced by Pinakapani with the aid of a note book in which he had put down the passages in notation as he heard the musicians in person or on the radio 40 years and more ago. The old black box is a precious record of a great musical tradition which is now, except for Pinakapani, virtually extinct. That this record was available, and that Pinakapani was fit enough despite his age to make its content come alive is good fortune. The video and audio interviews, including the demonstrated musical passage, are available in the archives of Sangeet Natak Akademi. The conversational part is presented here, edited and condensed. In order to avoide distracting footnotes, relevant information has been inserted at places within brackets-GNS.
Interview by G. N. S. Raghavan
Appears in Collections:No.107 [Jan-March 1992]

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