volume compiled and edited by Lalitha Ram and V Ramnarayan and
published by the GNB family on the occasion of GNB’s birth
centenary, is truly a labour of love.
Musicians, scholars, admirers
and followers of GNB, old and young, celebrating the centenary
across the world, will agree that any such effort to perpetuate
his memory can hardly be otherwise. This volume is an endeavour
to amalgamate the sum of the warm, generous tributes—from a
wide range of admirers—to GNB’s outstanding contributions
that revolutionised the music world. The articles are
grouped under four segments—Ragam, Tanam, Pallavi and Post
The first section, Ragam, contains critical
analysis by experts on various facets of GNB’s music. These
facets include his voice, concert plan, intellectual approach,
grahabhedam and his compositions.
GNB and his father GV Narayanaswami Iyer were
profound thinkers and exceptional writers. The second section
Tanam is an attempt to consolidate their writings.
The third section—Pallavi—consists of the
personal reminiscences of friends, colleagues, family, disciples
and followers of GNB. It also documents his brief innings in the
The Post Pallavi segment documents the efforts
towards keeping the GNB name glowing after his demise.
CD containing a rare collection of GNB’s music recorded during
his final days is offered free with this book. Recorded without
accompaniment at the request of a foreign rasika on a visit to
Trivandrum to listen to GNB, it represents some of the
maestro’s best music.
– Reetigaula– Swathi Thirunal
– Todi – Papanasam Sivan
Ramanan – Hindolam – Papanasam Sivan
About the Editors:
Ram, a young writer, is a regular contributor to various
magazines on topics related to Music and History.
He is the author of the popular biography on GNB titled
“Isai Ulaga Ilavarasar – GNB” published by Ananda Vikatan.
He is also among the founder-editors of the e-zine, http://varalaaru.com.
Ramnarayan, Editor-in-Chief, Sruti, India’s foremost
magazine on the performing arts, has a number of works to his
credit, including Mosquitos and Jolly Rovers, the story of
Tamil Nadu Cricket, named in Wisden Asia’s top ten books
on Indian cricket, a biography of advertising giant RK Swamy, Star
Crossed, his English translation of Ashokamitran’s Tamil
novel Karaintha Nizhalgal, which was shortlisted for a
national award, a biography of APJ Abdul Kalam for children, and
I’m Vidya, an English translation of the life of a
transgender. He has edited scores of books, both fiction and
non-fiction—including MS & Radha, a biography of MS
Subbulakshmi by Gowri Ramnarayan—and is the
translator of Lalitha Ram’s biography of GNB in Tamil, which Sruti
is serializing. He is the recipient of the Media Excellence
Award 2009 of International Foundation for Fine Arts presented
by Music Forum of India, Mumbai. Ramnarayan is also a former
cricketer at the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Cup
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