Danielou and Tamil Musicology

David R. Israel davidi at wizard.net
Wed Apr 2 13:55:59 UTC 1997

S. Palaniappan --

I'm interested by your remark --

>      . . .  Since the time [Danielou] produced this book [The 
> Ankle Bracelet in translation], there has been considerable
> progress in Tamil musicology. However, due to the separation of
> language studies and music/musicological studies in the present day
> Tamilnadu, one side does not know what is happening on the other
> side. Dr. S. Ramanathan's work in his dissertation on music of
> cilappatikaram at Wesleyan was further advanced by Dr. V. P. K.
> Sundaram currently at Bharatidasan University in Tiruchirappalli.

While not acquainted with this field & its literature, must say I'm a 
bit curious abt. the work you mention from the late singer/scholar S. 
Ramanathan.  Do you happen to know if if Ramanathan's study (or 
studies) found their way into print?

So happens, his daughter and son-in-law (Geetha & Frank Bennett) are 
long-time acquaintances.  Also a footnote:  Geetha Ramanathan Bennett 
has become somewhat noted as a contemporary vina exponent; -- when 
I saw them in LA last spring, there was (for instance) mention of a 
concert-tour taking her to Australia, and a recording gig in Germany.

> The 82-year old Dr. Sundaram has cleared many obscurities and errors
> with regard to ancient Tamil musicology . . . . .  and clearly
> established the basic musical scale of ancient Tamils as 'cempAlaip
> paN' or present rAga harikAmbodi. 

Might you (off hand) be able to identify the Hindustani-system 
equivalent raga (supposing that there must be one, at least in terms 
of the scale)?  Again, this is from simple curiousity ...

thanks, d.i.
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