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Book Review- Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers; Discordant notes


In his latest book, Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers, Krishna ventures into another complicated territory and examines the role of caste in Carnatic music through the prism of a veda vadyam (Vedic instrument) that is integral to a performance.

Exploring various aspects of Carnatic music, the musician and writer TM Krishna, in one of his earlier books, A Southern Music: The Karnatik Story, deconstructed the art of legendary vocalist MS Subbulakshmi through the prism of gender politics. In Subbulakshmi, he wrote, “we find a devadasi who through her music became the epitome of a brahmin housewife ...


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