|Other than the veena, master vainika Veena Sheshanna
(1852 to 1926) was a master of many other instruments including the
violin and piano, and was a vocal artiste. His expertise with the veena
was such that he changed the very style of playing it. Sheshanna began
playing it in a horizontal manner, which then became the mandate for all
vainikas. Before this, musicians held it vertically.
('Going by strings' by Ashwini Jain, Deccan Herald, Nov 2, 2019)
|Natya Sastra mentions that Bharata answers his disciples in the first
chapter that it was in Tretayuga that Natya Sastra was composed. There
is no mention of Rama or Krishna, who are popular gods depicted in the
art forms but only Vedic gods. The various authors he talks about in
the last chapter of Natya Sastra is Valmiki. In the Ramayana, Lava and
Kusha sing in Jati and not in Raga. Natya Sastra does not refer to Raga
but only to Jati.
- Padma Subrahmanyam
('The everlasting relevance of Natya Sastra' by VR Devika, The Hindu Friday Review, Dec 6, 2019)