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Muscat born twins Shruti & Sahana to release coffee-table book on Muthuswami Dikshitar compositions
CHENNAI, December 15: Muscat born twins Shruti and Sahana are Masters in music production technology and innovation & global entertainment and music business, respectively, from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA (Valencia Campus). As part of their post-Masters’ fellowship, they had embarked upon a research project on the compositions of Muthuswami Dikshitar, among the Trinity of south Indian classical music (Carnatic music). " These compositions were inspired by the Irish Celtic Music and British Airs played by the army band of the British East India Company in Madras Presidency,’’ a release said.

In continuation of the project experience, the twin sisters have put together a coffee-table book outlining the history and evolution of these compositions, along with the lyrics and notations (in staff as well as Carnatic music notations). They are also coming up with a children’s book and also an audio album of these compositions recorded by them at Berklee with international musicians. "It (the coffee-table book) highlights the cross-genre influences as early as 225 years ago in a conservative era,’’ the release said. The book is title "The Celnatic Experience’’. The book, Shruti claims, highlights the 225 year legacy of Dikshitar and British East India Company.

The coffee-table book is slated to be released on December 23, 2017 at the `Chennaiyl Thiruviyaru’ festival that is currently on at Kamarajar Arangam here. The Deputy High Commissioner of the U.K., Mr. Bharat Joshi, will release the book. Guests of honour will include Mr. Clint Valaderes, Managing Director, Berklee College of Music, India Exchange, ghatam artiste Shri. T.H. Vinayakaram, and musicologist Prof. S.R. Janakiraman. This will be followed by a performance of these compositions by Shruti and Sahana. They will be accompanies by Rasika Shekar (flute) and Maegan Pandian (Harp) and A.R.Rahman’s KM Conservatory’s String Quintet and their percussion ensemble.

The sisters had their initial tutelage from Smt. Sudha Raghunathan (Muscat), a disciple of late Calcutta Krishnamurthy.

Currently, they are learning from Shri. A.K.S. Murali.