December 11, 2009

Book on The Music Academy

The Music Academy. Madras, as it is known to many young and the old, turned 80 a year ago.
Though the firct music conference was held in 1928 as part of the All India Congress session, it was in 1929, the Music Academy brought the annual music conference into its regular schedule.

A book documenting the history of the institution, technically celebrating the 80th year of annual conference is launched today at the Music Academy.

Dr. C. Rangarajan, Chairman, PM's Economic Advisory Councilwill release the book and senior musicians R.K. Srikantan and R. Vedavalli will receive the first copies.

Authored by historianV. Sriram and Malathi Rangaswamy, one of the long-time secretaries of the Music academy, this is a coffee table book spanning into 25 chapters. It has inputs from various magazines and newspapers of that era and anecdotes from the living legends like Vocalist-artist S. Rajam.

The book is published by Westland Books and is priced at Rs. 2000.
The members of the Music Academy can get the book at a special rate of Rs. 1200. There is something for the Non-members too. They can pick it up for Rs. 1700 on the day of launch and during the Academy's December music festival i.e till Jan. 1, 2010

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