KrithiBook is an essential companion app for all Carnatic Music connoiseurs! It is a handy quick reference to more than 3000 songs (krithis) featuring most of the major Carnatic Music composers. For each song, the title, the raga (with mēḷaārōhaṇaavarōhaṇa), the tala and the composer is provided. All informaton is cross-referenced in multiple ways resulting in a simple, yet powerful storehouse of knowledge!

KrithiBook is bound to come to handy to many of us during a carnatic music concert to look up information about songs being rendered. However, even at other times, it is an invaluable knowledge-base on carnatic music for finding answers to many questions such as:

  • Which of the composers composed in a certain raga – say ābhōgi?
  • How many songs did tyāgarāja compose in a raga, e.g. pantuvarāḷi? What are they?
  • What is the ārohaṇa and avarōhaṇa of a raga – say andhāḷi?
  • Who composed the varnam in nārāyaṇagauḷa?
  • What songs are part of the nīlōtpalāmbā kṙtīs composed by dīkṣitar?
  • What songs are part of the nauka caritramu opera composed by tyāgarāja?

The song title, names of ragas, talas and composers are shown using roman diacritics, and thus conveying accurate pronunciation detail. The song detail page also shows the information in Tamil (iPhone & Android), and Devanagiri (at present only in the iPhone version) scripts.

KrithiBook also features a “fuzzy” search that is extremely flexible and can find a song even if you provide only an approximation of its spelling. For example, sItamma maayamma, seetamma mayamma, seethamma mayamma will all locate the song sītamma māyamma by tyāgarāja.

All these features make KrithiBook indispensable to carnatic music rasikās with smartphones all over the world! Expand your knowledge on composers, krithis and ragas! Impress your friends!

KrithiBook is available now at both the iPhone App Store as well as the Android Market.

Today is a great day. I finally followed through with something useful 🙂 !!

My first iPhone App  Xanagram is available on the Apple App Store for $1.99. It is a Crossword Jumble game, which I hope that many of you would find exciting and engaging.

An exciting word game!

The game works as follows: You are presented with a puzzle containing two scrambled words. You solve the puzzle by unscrambling the words and the game presents the next puzzle. Puzzles get harder (longer words) or easier depending on how you do. You can reveal the meaning or select letters to help you solve the puzzle.

Please check out http://arunk.freepgs.com/xanagram for more information or click here to take you to the App Store. Let me know if you like it!

Update:  There is now a free version Xanagram Lite for those that want to give the game a spin before deciding whether to spend the $1.99 for the full version. The Lite version uses a smaller dictionary.