Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Indian Instruments : Nadaswaram

The next in the series of Indian Instruments after the Indian Flute that we will see is the Nadaswaram[1] or Nagaswaram.

The Name: Nadaswaram or Nagaswaram?

Firstly the name of the instrument. This instrument has been called by different names which includes popularly Nadaswaram, Nagaswaram, Nayanam, Nagachinnam. The fact that this instrument resembles a snake in its look probably was the reason it was named as Nagaswaram or Nagachinnam. In Tamil, Naagam(நாகம்) means serpent or snake. In Muthuswamy Dikshitar's Kriti, tyāgarāja mahadhvajārōha[2] about Lord Siva, Dikshitar mentions in the anupallavi or the second stanza of the song, ....nāga svara maddaḷādi vādyaṃ[2] Lord Siva as the One who is accompanied by the music of Nagaswara and Maddala.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Work In Progress

Hi all, Presently, I am in the process of moving my blog contents and pages to my website at I hope to shift everything there as soon as possible, hopefully by coming weekend.

Do check out regularly. :-) This shift to the new site is because of the flexibility of better static pages which is not so helpful here in blogger.

So cheers!!! Hope to see you there too!!