Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer – Life & Music (EastWest, Westland Limited), as it’s title explicitly suggests is a book on Semmangudi’s life and his music. V. Sriram has written the “Life” part while V. Subrahmaniam, one of Semmangudi’s disciples, has written the “Music” part. Sriram writes admirably, as he always does, and cleverly sidesteps controversial issues. Subramaniam writes about the specialties of Semmangudi’s music – what gave him superstardom despite having a voice that was not problem free. This part, in my opinion, adds special value to the book. The text in the book is interspersed with a lot of photographs, many of which seem to be rare. Semmangudi’s life and music have taught and influenced me a lot and this book gives me another chance to look at the same from the eyes of the authors.