M.B. Vedavalli, who handed away not too long ago, was a revered musicologist, who was recognized for her analysis, writings and lec-dems

M.B. Vedavalli, who handed away not too long ago, was a revered musicologist, who was recognized for her analysis, writings and lec-dems

We have a bunch of musicians however only some erudite musicologists, and considered one of them was M.B. Vedavalli. She was a well-liked musicologist, scholar, creator, and an eminent instructor. Born on June 5, 1935 to Yadugiri and M.B. Shama Iyengar, Vedavalli had her preliminary coaching underneath her sister Singamma.

She did her commencement in music from Maharani’s College in Mysuru and post-graduation from Stella Maris College in Chennai. She was educated by the likes of Krishna Iyengar, M.A. Narasimhachar and Prof. T. Sambamoorthy, and T. Viswanathan. Her experience in pallavi singing was honed underneath stalwarts reminiscent of Mudikondan Venkatarama Iyer. Her doctoral thesis on ‘Mysore as a Seat of Music’ is a vital contribution to the world of music.

The image shows M.B. Vedavalli (right), presenting a lecture demonstration on “Ragas with dual names in post Trinity period” at the Music Academy, in Chennai, on December 21, 2009.

The picture exhibits M.B. Vedavalli (proper), presenting a lecture demonstration on “Ragas with twin names in put up Trinity interval” on the Music Academy, in Chennai, on December 21, 2009.
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Vedavalli was recognized for her relentless analysis to establish options and nuances that enhanced Carnatic music’s enchantment and understanding. This journey led her to write a number of books together with Ragas Which Emerged During The Post Trinity Period and their Lakshana, Sangeeta Sastra Sangraha, Theory of Indian Music, and Mysore as a Seat of Indian Music. She has offered lec-dems at numerous establishments when she served as school at University of Madras, and in addition as a member of the advisory committee of the Music Academy and Board of Studies of University of Madras. She was the recipient of the Music Academy’s Best Musicologist award in December, 2011.

Lecture demonstrations ‘Ragas of Post-Trinity period and their salient features’. by M.B. Vedavalli with Lalitha Sampathkumar (Vocal support), at Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha in 2005.

Lecture demonstrations ‘Ragas of Post-Trinity interval and their salient options’. by M.B. Vedavalli with Lalitha Sampathkumar (Vocal assist), at Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha in 2005.
| Photo Credit: SRIDHARAN N./The Hindu Archives

In the identical 12 months, I had attended her lec-dem at Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, the place she spoke about some uncommon ragas reminiscent of Hamsadeepakam, Valaji, Pasupathipriya, Karnaranjani, and Niroshta, launched by Muthiah Bhagavatar. One of essentially the most prolific post-Trinity composers, Muthiah Bhagavatar launched practically 27 new ragas. Vedavalli traced the origin of those ragas and their construction, and offered about 10 compositions. On that event, she was honoured with the title ‘Sangeetha Sastra Ratna’. She additionally introduced out a ‘Dictionary of South Indian Music and Musicians’, a undertaking that was began by Prof. Sambamoorthy and accomplished by her. Her lec-dem, ‘Emergence of recent ragas — a continuum’ was maybe the final she offered.

Vedavalli was supported by her brother Shriman Narayanan, who can also be a musician and scholar, in her initiatives. Initially, related to the Music Academy, he’s now school at Tamil Isai Sangam. He plans to launch a compilation of his sister’s lec-dems and articles.

Her achievements

Vedavalli’s daughter-in regulation and vocalist Lalitha Sampathkumar has so much to share in regards to the musicologist. Apart from being a school at a number of establishments, Lalitha stated that Vedavalli did her D.Litt from the University of Madras on ‘Ragam Tanam Pallavi’. She had authored analysis papers on Kanakadasa, Music Heritage of Kanchi, Mysore Karigiri Rao and one primarily based on her lec-dem on Akka Mahadevi on the Music Academy.

“A traditionalist and disciplinarian, her life revolved round music. Though she was enthusiastic about focussing on new ragas, their origin and the way they’ve been offered in latest occasions, she didn’t like several compromise with the standard and content material of the classical idiom. She spent most of her time studying to widen her horizons,” stated Lalitha.

Vedavalli has left behind a wealthy treasure of reference materials for musicians and students.

The Chennai-based reviewer writes on Carnatic music.

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