Though a lawyer by profession, Ayyanki Tandava Krishna learnt Kuchipudi under Vedantam Lakshminarayana Sastry and started performing with Jagannatha Sarma (the son of Vedantam Lakshminarayana Sastry) as his partner (in female attire).
(Anuradha Jonnalagadda in ’60 years of Kuchipudi’, Nartanam Feb - April 2008)
(In the Natya Sastra) Bharata refers to two types of music: Gana and Gandharva. Gana refers to the music that forms part of Natya, and Gandharva, which we may call "Art music", has an independent identity beyond the triumvirate of Natya. The songs sung as part of Gana in the Natya presentation were called Dhruvas. The language of the songs that have texts is Prakrit. These were sung for various situations in the drama including entry or exit of a character, heightened emotions, to divert audience's attention who are experiencing a certain Rasa and songs for pure dance movements or steps.
(TM Krishna in 'December ragas', The Hindu Magazine, Dec 12, 2010)
While the melody was played cymbals (Ghana) accompanied them. Some of the stringed instruments mentioned are CitraVina, Vipanchi and a secondary category comprises Kachchapi, Ghosaka. Among the wind instruments, Bharata talks about the Vamsa, Nadi, Tudakini and Samkha. Unfortunately there are no details on their construction. Vadya referred to instruments made of stretched membranes. This category refers to percussion and those instruments that are not melody producing even if they can be tuned to a note. Some percussive instruments mentioned are the Mrdanga, Panava, Dardara and some secondary instruments like Bheri, and Jhallari.
(TM Krishna in 'December ragas', The Hindu Magazine, Dec 12, 2010)
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