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Sangitopanishat Saroddhara

Sudhalakasa, a Jaina scholar, wrote this book in 1350. First published by the Oriental Institute, Baroda, in 1961, it now comes with an English translation by Allyn Miner. Considered invaluable for its record of the period, the book is sure to be of interest to scholars and students of India's cultural history. The writing of the book coincides with the establishment of Muslim rule in Gujarat, and it devotes space to information culled from a Persian work.

Published by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
In association with Motilal Banarsidass, New Delhi, Rs 400

Sadashivararaya in dance

Pulikeshi Kasturi and Sushma Kasturi have been dancing to the compositions of Mysore Sadashivaraya, who lived in the 19th century in the court of Krishnadevaraja Wodeyar in Mysore. "Though he has composed more than 100 musical pieces, many of them are still unavailable," say the dancers. They consider bharatanatyam a means to discover more about this composer.

e-mail them at sushmak@satyam.net.in

'I'm no Ghalib or Tulsidas'

Sameer, writer of over 3,000 songs, feels he is more popular than his father Anjaan -- who also wrote songs for Hindi films -- but adds he is no Ghalib or Tulsidas. In a recent interview, he says his songs like Jiye to jiyen kaise (Saajan) and Sailare sailaru (Josh) show his versatility. He is angry that Nitin Raikar's song Apun bola tu meri laila was included in Josh, for which he was to write all songs. His favourite composer: Nadeem. And he doesn't much care for Gulzar or Javed Akhtar.

Anu's selling

The film industry, where composers are judged by the money they help earn, is now sure Anu Malik is the best music man around, thanks to Refugee, Hadh Kardi Aapne, and Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega. This year has been Anu Malik's so far.

Rahman's lost a bit of his sheen, because his Dil Hi Dil Mein got a cold reception. Pukar showed up his soft melody side.

Music companies are rushing to pay sky-high prices for albums -- the film industry can still raise good money by selling audio rights.


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