What enhances the aural appeal – My article in The Hindu

My teacher, the late Seetalakshmi Venkatesan, introduced me to the vachanas of the Kannada mystics Akka Mahadevi and Basavanna. As a Tamil speaker, understanding the vachanas was not easy, but over time as I began to understand these works, it began reflecting in the joy I experienced while singing or teaching them. My husband’s epiphany with Bharatidasan’s ‘Thunbam Nergayil’ brought me back to considering what role lyrics play in enriching the listening experience of Indian music. My article in The Hindu today talks about how lyrics can make a transcendental experience for listeners across musical traditions from bhajan, classical to folk, ghazal and popular music.

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