It was a pleasant surprise for me when I recieved a mail from a person named Jayakrishan from US, introducing himself as a scientist and the great grandson of Sri. Attur Krishna Pisharodi, a vainika and musicologist. Sri. Attur Krishna Pisharody is known for his magnum opus work Sangeetha Chandrika which is a treatise of music.
This lakshana grantha spans 700 pages divided into 12 chapters. He was born on September 29, 1875 in Vadakkancheri-Thrissur district, Kerala. First and foremost he was a teacher extraordinaire. He was the Sanskrit tutor to the Maharaja of Travancore.
Jayakrishnan visited my place along with his parents. His mother is Sri. Attur Krishna Pisharody’s grand daughter. The excitement reached its pinnacle, when Mr. Jayakrishnan showed me the Lakshana Grantha “Sangeetha Chandrika”. I felt immensely blessed to touch the great treatise of music and offer my namaksarams to the lakshana grantha.
Though the grantha conssits of 12 chapters such as nada, sruthi, swaram, veena etc , the 12th chapter Gitam was a repository of 443 gitams based on the theme RAMAYANAM.!! The gitams were composed in several rare ragas too ! The opening pages of the grantha had a rare photograph of Maharaja Swathi Tirunal minus the Kingly ornaments..It also had the painting of Sri. Attur Krishna Pisharody. Posting it below.
Sri. Jayakrishnan has sent me a biography of Sri. Attur Krishna Pisharody to be shared with the friends, visitors and musically passionate minds who visit this blog. Please click the link below to read the biography of the great musicologist !!