This collection is a rare compilation of
photographs and sketches on the musical instruments of India. The material
illustrates not those instruments that are played in the classical, folk and
tribal genres of music in contemporary times, but also archaeological and
sculptural representations of musical instruments of the past. The
collection, compiled over a period of forty years, also comprises research
notes of Shri Krishnaswami and about 30 hours of music on audio tapes.
S. Natarajan Collection
Shri Natarajan has recorded over 740 Carnatic music concerts from 1950
onwards. His collection of over 2,000 hours of music represents live
performances of every major Carnatic music artiste from the early part of
the century upto the present time. The collection also has some research
material for musicologists interested in the style and music of various
contemporary artists of Carnatic music.
V.A.K. Ranga Rao Collection
This collection of 78 rpm music records has been acquired from Shri Ranga
Rao, a well-known collector of music records. It includes rare records of
old Carnatic and some Hindustani music published by a few old recording
companies. In addition to the genres of classical music, the collection also
covers the areas of drama, stage music, non-film light music and film music
in several Indian languages.
Ranganayaki Ayyengar Collection
This collection contains music records of Western classical music by
composers like Beethoven and Motzart. It has been gifted by Dr Ranganayaki
Ayyengar, a well known musicologist.
Dr S Venkatesan Collection
This collection, gifted by Shri Venkatesan, contains 78 rpm and EP records
of Carnatic and Hindi music.