The first time I came across his name was in 1991. I found one of his books at the Karnatik Music Book Center (KMBC) in Royapetta, Madras. The moment I started reading this book titled “Veena Lakshana Vimarshe”, I became his fan. Later I have read a few more of his books, and can say that his knowledge in various art farms and languages, and history of Indian music has few comparisons.

So when I got the news of Prof R Satyanarayana getting the Sangeeta Nataka Academy award, I was definitely thrilled.

Here is a clipping from the ‘Star of Mysore’ dated January 11th 2009.

Prof R. Satyanarayana

Prof R. Satyanarayana

For anyone interested in Indian musicology, his works are a must-read. I recommend reading his translation and commentary on Venkatamakhi’s Caturdandi Prakashike.

-neelanjana