Vijayalakshmy Subramaniambook on the beauty of musical compositions and hymns: “Kshetra Sangeetam Thanjavur”

Kshetra: Sanskrit; literally translated as “place”, it has many interpretations. Over the years, it has come to mean a place of pilgrimage; a sacred space where terrestrial energies flow heavenward or cosmic energy flows earthward.

Kshetrasangeetam: A compound Sanskrit word (Kshetra + Sangeetam) which means music composed on the various aspects of Kshetras (physical or spiritual) and the deities which are worshipped there.

The Book
Kshetra Sangeetam Thanjavur is a journey born purely out of passion. For the singer, Dr.Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam, this book is an expression of her faith in God, her devotion to the composers, the temples and ultimately, Carnatic Music. Jayashree S. Mani, the publisher, embarked on this journey to share her fascination for faith and its impact on culture by recording the artiste’s and the scholars’ work in a manner that will prove to be delightful to both amateurs and connoisseurs alike. This is a unique book and music album which attempts to capture the ethos of Thanjavur, through its music and history along with eminent scholars. Join us on this odyssey that promises to be culturally and historically illuminating and visually impelling, a music lover’s delight.

The Music
As Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam, the artiste, takes her audience on a spiritual journey, they experience the divinity of the Kshetra through the beauty and magnificence of the musical compositions and hymns, the outpourings of composers, saints and philosophers; and the knowledge of scholars.

The Design
The book manages to capture not just the core subject Kshetram and the Sangeetam that revolves around it, the mystique of the architecture the aspects that enthrall a person on ground is beautifully captured to keep it engaging to the younger generations. Unlike anything like this in this genre, the hope of the publisher is to ensure that book reaches a wider audience and explains the aspects of the rich spiritual culture and philosophy around it in a relatable manner.

Source: Kshetra Sangeetham – Kshetra Sangeetham
Address: http://www.kshetra-sangeetam.com/
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