BOOK: Sopanatatvam- The Tradition and Philosophy of Sopana Music

May 01, 2017 | Vol 09 | Issue 03
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Title: Sopanatatvam

Translation of the book in Malayalam authored by Kavalam Narayana panikkar

English Translation by Sulini V Nair

Publishers: Amaryllis, An imprint of Manjul Publishing House Pvt ltd, 7/32, Ground floor, Ansari road, Daryaganj, New Delhi- 110 002, www.manjulindia.com, ph- +91-11- 2325 5558

First edition in 2017, ISBN-978- 93- 81506-94-3

Pages: 227, Price: Rs.295/-

The book 'Sopanatatvam- The Tradition and Philosophy of Sopana Music' is an in-depth coverage and presents to you the scholarly treatise  - Sopana Sangeetham, the musical tradition of Kerala in particular, it also gives glimpses on the performing arts and culture of Kerala The original was written in Malayalam (local language of Kerala, India) by Padmabhushan Kavalam Narayana Panikkar and this is an English translation of this ground breaking treatise by Sulini V Nair.

Kavalam Narayana Panikkar was a legendary Indian playwright, author, theatre director, poet, lyricist and musicologist. He was the founder director of the theatre group Sopanam and the Bhasabharathi Centre for Performing Arts, Training and Research in Thiruvananthapuram. He served as Chairman of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi and Vice Chairman of the Kendra Sangeet Natak Akademi. His work in Theatre, film and music has won several awards and his plays have toured noted festivals across the world. Government of India honoured him in 2007 with the civilian award Padmabhushan.

Sulini is a researcher of traditional art forms of Kerala and an accomplished exponent of Mohiniyattam, the classical dance form of Kerala. In the preface to the book, Kavalam expresses his satisfaction about the translation by Sulini that “Sulini, my dear student and a committed Mohiniyattam exponent in her own right has done a remarkably brilliant job in translating this book. Her dedication and conviction towards the Sopana style of Mohiniyattam is commendable'.

The book will be an invaluable reference to students, as well as aficionados of music, dance, performing arts and the cultural panorama of Kerala.

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