Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship to Shri R. Sathyanarayana, at the investiture ceremony of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards-2013, at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Mahamahopadhyaya Dr R. Sathyanarayana (9 May 1927 – 16 January 2020) was a musicologist and dance scholar from Mysore, India. In 2018, Sathyanarayana received the Padma Shri civilian honour from the President of India for his contribution to the field of music.
2 Academic Record
2.1 Professional Experience
2.2 Academic Distinctions
4 Cultural Delegations
6 Service and Positions held
7 Books written by Dr.R.Sathyanarayana
7.1 Critical Edition of Samskrita Treatises on Music and Dance
7.2 Original Works
7.3 Translations and Commentary
7.4 Work in Editing
7.5 Miscellaneous Work
8 Awards & honors
Dr R Sathyanarayana or Mahamahopadhyaya Dr R Sathyanarayana, as he was known in the scholarly circles, was erudite. His degrees ranged from a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Mysore to a PhD and multiple D.Litt degrees from various universities including(but not exclusively) Mysore University, Hampi University(Honoris Causa) and Gangubhai Hangal Music University of Mysore.
Teaching Chemistry: 1949 – 1984, Karnataka Music: 1945 – 1984
Teaching Musicology and Danceology: 1951–PRESENT DAY
D.Litt. First interdisciplinary award, Mysore University,
Indira Gandhi National Fellowship for Arts
Senior Fellow, Ministry for Tourism and Culture, New Delhi.
Certificate of Honour: International Biographical Centre, Cambridge.
Highest Award for lecture Demonstration, 53rd Music Conference, Music Academy, Madras.
Fellow, Member etc. of numerous learned bodies in India and Abroad
Between 1949 and 1984, he taught chemistry at the Sarada Vilas College, and also taught Karnataka music. He wrote treatises in Sanskrit language on dance and music. Pundarikamala, Shruti: The Scalic Foundation, Suladis and Ugabhogas of Karnataka Music, and Karnataka Sangeetha Vahini were some of his notable works. He was a public speaker on Indological disciplines, and was an active participant in Government of India sponsored music festivals and international seminars. He was the President of the Indian Music Congress.
One-Man Cultural Mission to Europe and UK, sponsored by Government of India.
Leader of Government of India Delegation of Musicians and Musicologists to International Seminar on Indian Music at London sponsored by Government of India and UK University Circuit for Indian Classical Music.
Delegation of Musicologists to USSR for Festival of India in Moscow for Seminar on Indian Music.
Delegation of Musicologists to Festival of USSR in Delhi for Seminar on Indian Music.
Delegation of Musicologists to China, Singapore and Malaysia by Government of India.
Participation in other conferences and seminars on Indian Music abroad.
President, Director, Coordinator, Moderator at numerous conferences on music and dance.
Chairman of council of Experts committee of numerous conferences on music and dance.
Keynote address and papers presented at conferences, seminars, workshops on Indian music and dance.
Papers presented at conferences and seminars on Agama, Purana, Ayurveda (Indian medicine), Astrology, Yoga Shastra, Mantra Shastra, Psychology and Acoustics in relation to Indian music and dance.
Service and Positions held
Close associations with many organizations devoted to the promotion of Indian music and Dance and of Indian Culture in several capacities.
President Nupura School of Dance and Nityanrutya, National Dance Festival.
Member of executive committee of several organizations.
Professor of Musicology, Sri Varalakshmi Academy.
Member, advisory committee for dictionaries, encyclopaedias and other lexical works.
All India Radio: Member of Programme Advisory Committee, Recruitment committee, Jury for Annual National Awards.
University Grants Commission: Member, Visiting Committee.
Ex.Member, Karnataka Sangita Nrutya Academy.
Member: Ph.D. committee, Board of Studies in Performing Arts, Board of examiners, Examiner for post graduate and Ph.D. examinations in music of several Universities, Guide for Ph.D.
Society for Indian Classical Music and Dance: Member of Steering Group, Action Committee.
Syndicate member of Karnataka State Gangubai Hanagal Music and Performing Arts University, Mysore
President: Indian Music Congress
Advisory Committee, Percussive Arts Centre.
Founder Director, Srividya Pratishthaan, Foundation to Preserve, Perpetuate and Disseminate the Knowledge of Srividya Tantra.
Several other art institutions all over India and abroad in various capacities
Books written by Dr.R.Sathyanarayana
Critical Edition of Samskrita Treatises on Music and Dance
1.Abhinava Bharata Sarasangraha of Mummadi Chikkabhupala
2.Sangeetharatnakara of Sharngadeva
3.Sangeethasudhakara of Haripaladeva */**
4.Ragarathnakara of Gandharvaraja */**
5.Chaturdandi Prakashika of Venkatamakhin
6.Ragalakshanam of Mudduventkatamakhin
7.Veenalakshana of Parameshvara
8.Sadragachandrodaya of Pandarika Vitthala
9.Ragamala of -“-
12.Hridayaprakasha of Hridayanarayanadeva **
13.Hridayakautukam of -“-
14.Vivekachitamaniof Nijagunashivayogi **
15.Sangeetha Samayasara of Parshvadeva +
16.Kohalamatam of Kohala */+ - “ -
17.Kohala Shiksha */+ - “ -
18.Kohala Dattilam */+ - “ –
19.Hanumadbharatam of Hanuman */**
20.Sadashivabharatam of Sadashiva */+
21.Brahmabharatam of Brahma */+
22.Svaramelakalanidhi of Ramamatya
23.Brihaddeshi of Sri Matangamuni
3.Bharatanatya: A Critical Study
4.Suladis and Ugabhogas of Karnataka Music
6.Chikkadevaraya Saptapadi Mattu Geethagopaladalli Sangeetha
7.Shruti: The Scalic Foundation
8.Music of the Madhva Monks of Karnataka
9.Studies in Indian Dance
10.Studies in Music Education
11.Karnataka Sangeetha Vahini (II rev. enlarged edn)
12.Ela: A Musicological Study
13.Karnatakadalli Kalegalu : Sangeetha
14.Bharatiya Sangeethadalli Paribhashaprayoga
15.Mridanga: A Critical Study +
16.History of Music in Karnataka +
17.Srutibedha : Principles and Practice
18.Nadayoga: principles and Practice
19.You and Karnataka Music +
20.Research Problems in Karnataka Music +
21.Percussive Instruments of Karnataka Music +
23.Karnataka Music as Aesthetic Form
24.Dharmika Samskaragalalli Sangita
25.Music Criticism: Principles and Practice
26.Kohala Matam * In Kannada and English (under print)
27.Sangita Sudhakara* Under Print
28.Srividya Shodashika: Chitkala Part I, Part II and part III
29.Naalku Sangita Rajaru
30.Bharata Chatushthaya * (under print)
31.The Mela Triad of Venkatamakhi *
32.Ragalakshanam of Muddu Venkatamahin.
Translations and Commentary
1.Sangitaratnakara of Sharngadeva [Kannada}
2.Chaturdandi Prakashika of Venkatamakhin
3.Veenalakshana of Parameshvara
4.Sadragachandrodaya of Pandarika Vitthala
5.Ragamala - “ –
6.Ragamanjari – “ –
7.Nartananirnaya – “ –
9.Hridayaprakasha of Hridayanarayanadeva **
10.Hridayaprakasham – “ –
11.Nartananirnaya of Pandarikavitthala
12.Svaramelakalanidhi of Ramamatya
13.Sangeetha Samayasara of Parshvadeva
16.Brihaddeshi of Sri Matangamuni
17.Sangeetha Sudhakara of Haripaladeva
18.Sangeetha Chudamani of Jagadekamalla
19.Suryanamaskara of Sri Raghavendra Swamiji
20.Pranayama for Body and Soul – “ –
21.Upanayana (Trans. of History of Dharma Shastras, P.V.Kane)
22.Vivaha (Trans. of History of Dharma Shastras, P.V.Kane)
23.Shraddha Karma (Trans. of History of Dharma Shastras, P.V.Kane)
24.Anyeshthi (Trans. of History of Dharma Shastras, P.V.Kane)
25.Kohalamatam of Kohalamuni (in Kannada and English-international editions)
26.Bharatarnava of Nandikeshwara
27.Svaramela Kalanidhi of Ramamatya in Kannada
Work in Editing
1.Vedic Octave and Extracts from Abhinava Bharata Sara Sangraha
2.Kudumiamalai Inscriptions on Music
3.Souvenir: Silver Jubilee Commemoration, Seethasadana, Mysore
4.‘Nandanavana’: Felicitation Volume dedicated to Sri Raghavendra Swamiji
5.Souvenir: Vishnudigambar Paluskar Centenary Seminar on Hindusthani Music
6.Suryanamaskara of Sri Raghavendra Swamiji
7.Pranayama - “ –
8.Shatkarmavidhi - “ –
9.Angamardhana - “ –
10.Dehaswasthyakkagi Yogasanagalu - “ –
11.Rishi Gandharva : Commemorative Volume on Sangeetha Rathna Kanchana Venkatasubrahmanyam
12.Historiography of Indian Arts : Insights
More than 170 research papers on various aspects on music and dance presented at conferences, seminars, congresses etc., and others published in periodicals.
More than 200 articles on music, dance, education, philosophy, yoga, tantra, mantra and other Indological disciplines.
Total publication exceeds some 20,000 printed pages. Music, Dance and Cognate Indological fraternity have treasured these publications to perform, propagate and preserve the culture and traditions of the country.
Awards & honors
Academi Rathna fellowship award by Sangit Natak Academi, New Delhi.
Rajya Sangita Vidwan Award from Government of Karnataka, 2011
Madras Music Academy, Chennai, Musicologist Award
Sangit Natak Academy Award for the Year 2008
Bharatamuni Samman 2012 from Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Mumbai.
Madokaram Narasimhachar memorial ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ 2011
Karnataka State Rajyotsava Award
Veena Rajarao International Award for Excellence in Music
Karnataka Sangeetha Nrutya Academy Award
Honorific titles include:
Sangeetha Kala Rathna
Sangeetha Shastra Sarasvathi
Karnataka Kala Tilaka
Sangita Shastra Shiromani
Abhinava Bharatacharya and others
Honorific Shawls, ponnadais, Citations and Birudupatras from many Jagadguru Peethas and Mathas.
Honoured in innumerable Conferences and Seminars on Music and Dance.
Social and Cultural Organizations.
Various Universities and other academic bodies in India
Honoured at World Kannada Conference
International Man of the year 2000, Cambridge, UK
Director of Research in Music and Arts, ABC, USA
Man of International achievements, USA
Dr.R.Sathyanarayana Abhinandana Samithi Felicitation (formed by the entire artist community and cultural institutions of Karnataka)
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