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A directory that goes beyond musicians

Ranjani Govind

Sudhindra’s labour of love includes music shops, dubbing units

Bangalore: Does the world of Carnatic music sometimes feel like a vast ocean where nothing is easily accessible? Well, don’t worry for help is at hand. Mridanga artiste H.S. Sudhindra has brought out the fourth edition of Directory of Karnatak Musicians, a kind of community service for the musical fraternity.

In fact, the information bank has a startling 2,800 listings in all, spread over nearly 60 categories.

That the book is not just for getting addresses of musicians is clear enough when you flip through its 170 pages that list addresses and information on music shops, libraries, photographers, sabhas, sound systems, studios, dubbing units, travel agents and musicologists. Want to know the festivals where one can look forward to a string of concerts? Just go through the “Concerts during festivals” listings in category 3. The directory is so diverse that numbers and addresses of government organisations relating to music, hotels, people who repair instruments, schools and colleges of music and dubbing units are provided. Even if someone is looking for artwork details for CDs and cassettes or wants to know about the kind of awards instituted by organisations and sabhas, the information is all there.

The first two categories have an exhaustive list of vocal and instrumental musicians of Karnataka even as musicians from the State living elsewhere have also not been left out. “Nothing can be left out, as the category is wide — dhol, flute, ghata, khanjira, konnagolu, morsing, mridanga, nagaswara, tambura, veena, clarinet, saxophone, violin and vocal, apart from other instruments used for recording special effects (cymbals for example),” Mr. Sudhindra says. Call 08026545655 or 9448059595 for a copy of the directory.

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