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‘Garland’ maker of Carnatic music- Garland Rajagopalan passed away

naithru Ji

My deepest heartfelt condolences.

This garland will never fade

`GARLAND' RAJAGOPALAN! Why `Garland'? What an unusual name! Well, N. Rajagopalan, retired Collector of South Arcot District, has been spending his entire time and mostly his own savings, writing and publishing a series of books on Carnatic music titled `Garland.' When he retired from service in the mid-1980s, Rajagopalan felt that he had to do something worthwhile that would live on even after his lifetime. But what? On a visit to the British Council Library, he came across a book, or more precisely a dictionary, which gave the biographical details of the composers of Western Music. This reminded him that there was no such publication available on Carnatic music. From then on he set out to seek details about Carnatic musicians, composers, musicologists and dancers. It was not an easy task. Many contemporary musicians discouraged him; and quite a few were not very cooperative even when it came to supplying him information about their lives and careers. But Rajagopalan persisted till he was able to gather all the details that he needed for his book. He also spent hours in the various libraries such as the Tamil Nadu Archives, the Connemara Library, the Adyar Library and The Hindu library. His first book, `A Garland ` - a biographical dictionary of composers, musicians and dancers' was published in 1990. This was followed by four more books — `Another Garland', `Yet Another Garland' `Fragrant Garland' and Melodic Garland.'


Read more at: https://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/mp/2001/11/22/stories/2001112200050200.htm

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