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Dear readers,


This month’s issue of Kural will take you to three very different places in South India which are far away from one another, but musically important: Thuraiyur, a village in the rich Kāvēri delta that has produced so many musicians, the ancient village of Kōvūr, whose Lord Sundarēśvara has been adorned by Śrī Tyāgarāja’s Kōvūr Pañcaratnam and the famous Padmanābha Svāmi temple in Tiruvananthapuram.


Thuraiyur Śrī Rajagopala Sharma was a versatile musician who is sadly forgotten today. In the section, In a Nutshell, Śrī K. Rajadurai walks you through the arduous process of how he collected information about this yesteryear musician.


It is well-known that the ratio of vocal concerts to instrumental concerts in the Carnatic music field is quite high. Veena Venkatramani explores the reasons for this, and possible steps that artistes and rasikas can take to better the situation.


The name of the Aavali is Nanu pālimpa. Did you know how and why this popular composition in Mōhanam was composed? Travel with Swati and Abhijit on an informative bus journey to Kōvūr to find out!


Oḍissi is widely known as the predominant dance form of the Indian state of Odisha. But it is also the name of one of the forms of Indian classical music! Turn the pages to find out why, as Preeti Sethuraman reviews a scholarly work on Odissi in this issue’s Book-a-thon.


Last month, Sruti magazine had organized a set of two lecdems - Sarabhanandana tāla by Dr. K. Gayatri and Mārga tāla-s by Dr. Guru Bharadwaj. Asmita Padmanabhan chronicles her take-aways from the former lecdem in this issue’s Kutcheri Chronicles.


Composers of Carnatic compositions were ardent devotees of the Almighty. But many of them have composed with equal devotion, on other composers! Attempt the Brain Benders, designed by Abhirami Saminathan, and be amazed.


Having seen the Tamil villages of Kōvūr and Thuraiyur, embark on a virtual pilgrimage with Aarthi to Tiruvananthapuram in Kerala. 


Śrī T. R. S. Manikandan and Adyar Śrī G Silambarasan are great Mridangam and Tavil artistes respectively. Watch as they discuss permutations and combinations, kōrvai-s and kuṟaippu̱-s in their respective traditions, in Episode 4 of Laya 360.


Curating content for Kural brings us in contact with many people who are passionate musicians, researchers and Rasika-s. With each issue, we feel more and more encouraged by the true love for music that so many of our contributors have, and the wonderful ideas they regularly come up with. If you are one such person who wants to pen their passion for music in some way, feel free to contact us through email, or social media platforms. 


Musically, 

V. Subashri