Mysuru, December 26:- Ganabharathi is organising ‘Raga Yajna’ on December 29 at 10.30 am at Veenesheshanna Bhavana at Kuvempunagar in the city. This is a unique and educative programme to throw insight into the intricacies of the rare ragas which would be very much useful for the students and aspirants of music.
Prof R Visweswaran would be the resource person for the session. The first session of this series would be dealing with the ragas Darbar and Nayaki.
Prof Visweswaran is an eminent veena player, composer and teacher. He belongs to an illustrious family of musicians and scholars and was groomed in his art by his brother R Seetaram. Prof Visweswaran’s achievements and contribution to music lie across the fields of pedagogy, scholarship, compositions and practical music. Holding a masters degree in Indology, he headed the Department of Instrumental Music at the University College of Fine Arts in Mysuru for the greater part of his career.
This was the locus of his work as a teacher and the arena for the development of his musical pedagogy. He has written and published extensively on the subject. As a practical musician, he has performed in India and other countries, some important engagements being those at the National Veena Festival in Bhopal, the International Music Conference in London, the Edinburgh Music Festival, the Aberdeen Music Festival, and the Queen’s Festival at Belfast.
His new raga compositions include Enakshi, Smriti, Antarakaisiki and Rajarajeshwari. Among his students are Suma Sudhindra, N R Prashant and Nagamani Srinath. Among his publications are Vaaggeya Visweswari, Facts of Music and Sangeetshastra Rasaayana.
For his wide-ranging work in music, Visweswaran has been honoured by several organisations. These honours include the title of Sangeeta Choodamani conferred by the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, and the KKMM Chowdiah National Award bestowed by the Academy of Music, Bengaluru.
Prof Visweswaran received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to Carnatic instrumental music – Veena. (MR)