Abbreviations: KSS-MD= Karaikudi Subramanian’s Music Diary

Koto-KSS 2Dr.KSS playing Koto, a Japanese instrument at Wesleyan University, 1975

Karaikudi Subramanian: In 1984 when I finished my dissertation: “South Indian Vina-Tradition and Individual Style”, my doctoral committee at Wesleyan University, USA, gave me a question: Define Music! I was astonished at the seeming simplicity of the question. I do not remember what I wrote then. But I remember that it was a pretty long definition! When I had to open this Music Forum I was prompted to think about a definition. Here is one: “Music is the absorbing inner journey through one’s soul through vibrations of this Universe that are personally elevating and meaningful”

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