Some interesting lec dems

 

Shabda has uploaded video recordings of some lec dems they had organized a few months back. These can be accessed from their web site http://shabda.co.in/ . The lec dems uploaded are:

 

1) Abhinaya in a Padam – Smt. Bragha Bessell - http://shabda.co.in/videos/bragha-bessell.php

2) Architecture & Choreography – Shri S. Jayachandran - http://shabda.co.in/videos/jayachandran.php

3) The Aesthetics of Tisram – Shri Karaikkudi R. Mani - http://shabda.co.in/videos/karaikudi-mani.php

4) Music in Bharathanatyam – Smt. Lakshmi Viswanathan - http://shabda.co.in/videos/lakshmi-vishwanathan.php

5) Interpreting Sangita Bhava on the Violin – Sri V.V. Subramaniam - http://shabda.co.in/videos/subramaniam.php

6) The Handling of Raga Atana – Smt. R. Vedavalli - http://shabda.co.in/videos/vedavalli.php

 

Kudos to the Shabda team for organizing and sharing these lec dems with music lovers!

 

 

 

 

 

Book: A.R. RAHMAN – The Spirit of Music

Read “A.R.RAHMAN – The Spirit of Music” today. It is a compendium of conversations that the author Nasreen Munni Kabir had with Rahman over a period of four years, all of it presented in one go (not divided into chapters/ sections per se).

Positives:

  • Though a lot of the information in the book is already available in the public domain, it does carry that “authenticity” as coming straight from Rahman himself
  • There are ample details around Rahman’s thoughts on composing music, on spirituality and on life in general
  • There is a complete discography at the end of the book covering all of Rahman’s work till 2010
Some lines from the book that I really liked:
  • If you think in terms of success and failure, you can end up becoming too careful and lose the joy of creating music
  • I think people who stop thinking we’re all ordinary people, lose it all. It’s very important to stay grounded
  • Working within your own limitations can bring good results
  • As life unfolds itself to a man, the first lesson it teaches is humility; the first thing that comes to man’s vision is his own limitedness
Let downs: This book is touted as an official biography, but the way it is, I am not really sure if it can be called one. The Q&A format is fine, but it doesn’t give the book a flow.  There is really not much additional information on Rahman apart from what his fans already know about him from the public domain or from his fans email group.