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Rethinking the Viruttam in Karnatak music: music for poetry


Mani, C, Rethinking the Viruttam in Karnatak music: music for poetry, Asian Music: Journal of the Society for Asian Music, 53, (2) pp. 5-32. ISSN 0044-9202 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1353/amu.2022.0011


The Viruttam is a vocal improvisatory form in Karnatak music of South India. It explores verses of poetry using raga as the melodic medium and the natural poetic meter as its rhythmic framework. In this article, I draw on literature, primarily from native practitioner-scholars, and on my own experiences as an established Karnatak performer to reimagine Viruttam from a text-centric perspective. Adopting textual, raga, and practice-based analyses as my methods I reshape Andalís Thiruppavai as Viruttams in a suite of Karnatak ragas. The study emphasizes the need for a textually responsive Viruttam style and calls for decolonizing global scholarship in Karnatak music by ensuring greater representation of native practitioner-scholar perspectives.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:music, Karnatik, Viruttam, Thiruppavai
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Music
UTAS Author:Mani, C (Dr Charulatha Mani)
ID Code:153868
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Music
Deposited On:2022-10-12
Last Modified:2022-11-03

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