T. Viswanathan, a world-renowned master of South Indian music, passed away on September 10, 2002, just as this book was nearing completion. As a musician, Viswanathan received many prestigious distinctions, including the Federal Government of India's Sangeet Natak Akademi (President's) Award for Karnatak Instrumental Music and the Sangita Kalanidhi (Treasure of Musical Art) from the Music Academy of Madras. He was the first Indian traditional artist to be honored as a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, and he also received a distinguished award for contributions to Indo-American understanding from the Taraknath Das Foundation of Columbia University in 1998. Viswanathan was not only a renowned performer but also an accomplished teacher of South Indian flute and vocals who shared his talent and vision to students at Wesleyan University for over a quarter of a century.
Matthew Harp Allen is Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of the World Music Ensemble at Wheaton College. A guitarist and songwriter, he performs music of India, Brazil, and Ireland, and has published a number of audio recordings. His publications include articles in the Yearbook of Traditional Music, the Journal of Asian Studies, the Garland Encyclopedia of Music, and the Harvard Dictionary of Music, revised edition.