Thursday, August 09, 2007


As the frequency of posts would indicate, the last six months was a tight period at work. This had forced me to shelve (among other things) a particular pet project of mine. During a lean stretch, I was able to work on translipi, the embedded-text transliteration tool. (See the sidebar to try it out.) Though worthy of an independent existence, translipi was originally conceived as a component of this project. Finally, it is now ready enough for release: (Beta).

Targetted at Carnatic Music enthusiasts, students and professionals, is a wiki for all things concerned with Carnatic lyrics, usually called sAhityam. Its goal is to facilitate accurate pronunciation and understanding of the lyrics as well as to serve as platform for everybody to collaborate in creating such a repository.

While the software is ready to use, there isn't enough content and documentation yet. This can be built up over time together with everyone interested. I invite your participation in the wiki. Anybody can edit a page, but creating new content requires registration (which is a simple process).

So, please do have a look and let me know any comments for improvement.


Palani Murugan N said...


Vijay said...

very nice!

I will come back to you if I have any suggestions.

Srikanth said...

PM, Vijay: Thank you!

This is obviously just a beginning -- my to-do list is filling up quite fast. I look forward to your suggestions.

Parvatha said...

Nice One.Shall try this out.

Sunil said...

it's a nice start....hope it takes off well.

There are other sites out there with lyrics of carnatic songs, but stressing on the pronunciation and understanding of lyrics is a good effort.

I'll keep my eye on this.

Srikanth said...

Parvatha, Sunil: Thanks!

Today, I added the lyrics of the Thodi Ata-tala Varnam, Kanakangi.

RamV said...


I watched you launch transLipi on these pages and I wanted to share my wishes. As usual, I didn't shake myself out of my typical inertia :). Now I see sAhityam and I am positively awed at how you've focused your energies on your passions. And, at how constructive this focus has been. Great work, sir. I feel humbled and happy at the same time. Way to go... sAhityam is an amazing goal. Wishing it all success and sustained growth.

Srikanth said...

Thanks a lot! I am overwhelmed by your kind words. But am not sure how much I deserve them. :-)

Gokul Thirumalai said...

Congratulations Srikanth, I'm blown away by that site.

I remember you talked about this a long time ago, glad to see how far you've come with your concept- amazing, but that's the usual Srikanth I used to know :).

Good luck. Long time no hear, keep in touch.

Srikanth said...

Gokul, thank you! I'd love to hear your comments on any technical improvements.

Yeah, it's been a long time... Are you coming to India anytime soon?

Revathi R said...

Hi Srikanth,

The website is down for quite some time now. It used to be a very useful resource. Is this down for any specific reason or is it by oversight?
It will be great to get it back.

Revathi R