Sulochana Pattabhi Raman reviews Varna Sagaram in the Hindu. Everything about the book sounds wonderful to me (except the price at Rs. 500!):
The genre of Varna in the repertoire of Carnatic music is an absolutely vital ingredient that forms the fundamental base for the learning of Carnatic music. This book is an amazing collection of 415 Varnas in various languages such as Sanskrit, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Manipravalam. The Sahityas in Devanagari, Diacritical Roman and other regional scripts followed by SRGM notations in Roman scripts are simple, facilitating comfortable understanding by students of music belonging to even different disciplines.
The purpose of this book is to present and preserve the authentic versions of 415 Tana varnas in Adi, Kanta, Ata and other talas, Pada and Chowka varnas, Ragamalikas and Darus by various composers of the pre- and post-Trinity period that are a wonderful gift to posterity.
This excellent compilation covers a wide range of 20th century composers such as Tiger Varadacharyar, Gomathi Sankara Iyer, Lalgudi Jayaraman, T.M. Tyagarajan, Thanjavur Sankara Iyer, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, T.R. Subramanyam, R. Venugopal, T.K. Govinda Rao, the compiler, and also the creations of Chitra Veena Ravikiran and Charumathi Ramachandran. All the varnas are presented in a manner that gives a clear idea of the raga, Arohana, Avarohana, Mela, Sahitya, Thala and so on. The index at the end of the book in alphabetical order in both Devanagari and Diacritical Roman scripts enables to locate each composition with ease.
Take a look!