The Central Sangeeta Nataka akademy referred the book to experts
like Sarvasri Mudikondan Venkataram Iyer and Tinnem Venkataram Iyer.
The carefully scrutinised the book and found it worthy of publication
and recommended grant-in-aid to Sri Dharmala Rama Murhy.
In this book, the author explained the relation between
Kaala and Maarga and about Jaathi and Gathibheda differences and
the Dasapraanas of Thaala. In the same way in the chapter on
Lakshya (practise) while writing the Prastara (elaboration) of
excersies for beginners, the hand/finger position to be used
have been indicated on the excersies or the series given, On the
photos of the right and left side of the instrument, the places
and the exact sounds that can be produced there are noted below
the figures. The Paatantharas(lessons) for the thirty five Thaalas
and the duration of laghu, druta, anudruta are also given.
Very many details about the technique of the playing have been
given for the use of interested students. It is no exaggeration
to say that beginners can easily practise by themselves with the
aid of this book. Students can acquire in short time a good style
og playing on the instrument at higher degrees of speed and also
provide good rythmic effects to compositions when sung.
There are also many details to help advanced students.
In the tabular forms, calculations of Kriya-Aksharas for
Muktaayis(Korvais in Tamil) with Gathi Bheda are furnished.
One can understand the form of the muktaayi, its Jaathi, Gathi,
and Kaala and also learn to use Thaala Kriya Jaathis from a close
study of the tables. All necessary explanation with examples has been
given for easy understanding.
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