#BogusNarrative altert (1)

Traditionally classical music was passed through generations within families. So a few communities such as Devadasi, Barber or Brahmana - took to music more often than others. But that does not mean others did never get in. We can show such instances.
This was very similar to how weavers, kept their art to themselves and potters their art and craft to themselves. Protection of their IP, if I may say so, in today's terminology.
#BogusNarrative (2) - No one can dispute the contribution of Tyagaraja. Dikshita & Shamashastri to the current state of music today. But calling the "Tamil Moovars" as the source for these three, and telling they were the pioneers in creating "carnatic" music? Bogus again.
Music has had a longer history, then some people care to admit. Who can deny the importance of Annamayya, Ramadasa or Purandara Dasa (and other Haridasa's) to the music as we today? Sure their music seems to be more sahitya oriented, and original varNamettu (mostly doesn't exist
But the "Tamil moovars" did not sprout in vacuum as the article tries to portray. All of them worked on the basement provided by musicians/composers/artists before them. The roots go much farther back, and further north.

There is a reason why Tanjavur became a cradle for music
That was the end of Vijayanagara kings - and Tanjavur nayakas, who had a direct line from Vijayanagara (Chevvappanayaka, was married into Vijayanagara lineage) and was given Tanjavur as a jahagir. No wonder he continued the culture at Vijayanagara.
#BogusNarrative (3) The author tries to paint a picture of the "Christian trinity" being sidelined with an intent - but miserably fails. One of them, as she herself said had royal connections and patronage. What gives?
Not all deserving people got deserving credit. Get on with it
I can show many artists from Karnataka and Kerala today, who have NOT made the mark they deserve, if you went on with their musical abilities alone.

You can blame it on the Chennai ecosystem. But you may also ask, what prevented Karnataka & Kerala to develop a better ecosystem!
#BogusNarrative (4) While I don't support abuse of Gurucharan -get the facts right. Music we see today DID NOT specifically need a Bethehem Kuruvanji, to be where it is. So don't buy this argument!
The writer of Bethehem Kuruvanji, needed the artform to reach his target audience.
Bethehem Kuruvanji was NOT a major station, forget it, not even an unguarded railway crossing, in the journey of music. Yes, it may be a work of art. So was the Yesu Yakshagana in Kannada. So is Yesu Charita (written by a Hindu) in Bhamini Shatpadi. But they aren't landmarks!
While that form the author of Bethehem Kuruvanji chose was something very native to Tamil Nadu - does it mean it was anything Christian? Prabhat Kalavidaru - a popular theater company in Karnataka has been staging Cinderella for decades. But It won't be an Indian/Hindu story ever
#BogusNarrative (5) - Was Vedanayakam Pillai a "vAggEyakAra" at the same line as Tyagaraja etc? Per @sabdavidya whose knowledge in this domain far exceeds mine, he was a poet, set his songs to existing tunes. So the author of the caravan article is at best, selling snake oil.
No issues with a devout Christian musician, who may want to sing praise of Jesus, for his or her own bhakti - One of my teachers in school ( a padre) was setting songs to Mohana, Kalyani too etc .

This can't or won't make Karnataka sangeeta to have a great "Christian legacy"
#BogusNarrative (6) As @sabdavidya states, many of Panditar's assertions are questionable. The 3000-year antiquity of Tamizh traditions may not be very different than #NatyaShastra traditions All I can say is I'd trust @sabdavidya or @ShrikaanthK than Caravan author
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