In the wake of destruction caused by the Vardah cyclone, it is imperative that people from different walks of life join together and help to restore the tree cover in Chennai. With a view to contribute her mite to this cause, Dr. R. Asha, writer, researcher, musician and dancer has come forward to donate a part of the proceeds from the sale of her book on Muthuswami Dikshitar to the NGO Nizhal which works on enhancing tree cover. The book titled ‘Concepts, Contexts and Conflations in the kritis of Sri Muttuswami Dikshitar’ is an in-depth exploration of various facets of the great 18th century vaggeyakara Muthuswami Dikshitar's compositions. The book has been widely acclaimed as a path-breaking, illuminating and comprehensive work. (For details visit the author’s blog asharsree.wordpress.com).
For copies contact V. Ramaswami, Flat 1/3, Vakrathunda Seshmahal Apartments, No. 9, Lady Desika Road, Mylapore, Chennai 600 004, Tamil Nadu, India. Ph.9444073170, 8754473665.