Vismaya is an
expression of my fascination for the nottusvara
sahitya genre of music.
An appreciation that began in my childhood, hearing
three generations of my family, starting with my
great grandfather, play similar music on the violin
and veena. It also represents a lifetime of
curiosity about the origin of Indian band tunes
heard during my childhood in the George Town-North
This project is the culmination of a three year
effort to research and record the Dikshita
svarasahitya compositions with western
The American School of
Indian Art in Cincinnati, OH, has taught the
svarasahityas to many children of Indian descent
(ages 4 to 7) and has seen a marked improvement in
their diction of Indian languages.
The glow of wonder
on the faces of children as they
lovable compositions for the first time is something
that brings me ceaseless inspiration.
This is a humble salutation to the genius of
Dikshitar, as I attempt to spread this glow of
wonderment through this recording. To young
children, these svarasahityas are a great
introduction to the world of Indian music. To
infants, they are a set of lilting lullabies. For
each one of us, they are a collection of joyful
songs that brings to life the child within.