Lakshmi Devnath is a well-known writer on Carnatic music and other aspects of Indian culture. She has commendable knowledge of Sanskrit as well. Her deeply-researched articles find a place in prestigious publications such as The Hindu, Sruti and Sri Nrisimhapriya. Her body of work includes such diverse subjects as composers of Carnatic music, texts on Indian music philosophers and saints of India, and the Vedas, among others. Lakshmi’s passion is to familiarize the young with India’s glorious cultural heritage through innovative and exciting writing that appeals to their lively imagination. To this end, she has authored Sargam, a series of short stories that unveil milestones in the evolution of Carnatic music, and Poorva: Magic, Miracles and the Mystical Twelve, a contemporary retelling of literary hagiology. Her ongoing graphic series on Carnatic music legends, endearingly titled Pictures of Melody, is another path- breaking initiative. Lakshmi’s other books include A Class Apart, the biography of renowned educationist Dr. (Mrs.) Y. G. Parthasarathy, and An Incurable Romantic: The Musical Journey of Lalgudi Jayaraman. Both became runaway successes, requiring multiple reprints. An Incurable Romantic was sold out even before the official book launch. Lakshmi’s ability to write with ease on a variety of subjects and for diverse age groups has won her wide admiration. She is currently engaged in penning the much-awaited Poorva sequel, Poorva in the Vedic Age.
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