Athishaya Vara Prasadini
It was a usual Sunday evening on 12 June 2022, and the road to the venue, Ragasudha Hall near Nageswara Rao Park, Mylapore was filled with cars. The hall was packed with art patrons, musicians, rasikas and music students. The venue had a festive look with several family members and disciples of Maragatham Ramaswamy gathered there awaiting the release of the book, Athishaya Vara Prasadini, containing notations of 50 rare compositions, which Maragatham Ramaswamy, learnt from her gurus in Chennai. The event was organised by Ramapriya Arts Foundation.

Vidushi Maragatham Ramaswamy, a respected music teacher who settled in Virginia, U.S.A. is a gold medallist from Central College of Carnatic Music, Chennai, when it was headed by Musiri Subramania Iyer. She learned from many other stalwarts, including Ramnad Krishnan, T.M. Thyagarajan, K.V. Narayanaswamy and B. Rajam Iyer. She had her training in violin from Trivandrum Harihara Iyer, M.S. Anantharaman, T.N. Krishnan, Varahur Muthuswamy Iyer and Lalgudi Jayaraman. Further, she learnt from Tanjavur S. Kalyanaraman for ten years.

As a guru, she strongly believes that the pathantara of the kritis should be passed on to the next generation of musicians without any dilution. The book Athishaya Vara Prasadini, is a step in that direction. She has compiled English notations for 50 rare compositions of twenty-two vaggeyakaras for the benefit of aspiring musicians… read more