Aspects of Indian Music : A Collection of Essays (reprint) : (ed.) Sumati Mutatkar

A collection of essays by diverse hands, Aspects of Indian Music offers accounts of the more prominent facets of the music of India. These writings set out the basic concepts of raga and tala in Hindustani and Carnatic music, explain particular song-forms — dhrupad, khayal, varnam, kriti — and describe the conservation and teaching of music through the guru-shishya parampara. Instrumentation, the principles of composition and improvisation, are expounded, and the evolution of the two major musical systems of India outlined. The book also includes miscellaneous articles on raga-time association, ragamala paintings, and Rabindrasangeet — the songs of Tagore. The contributors include Narayana Menon, S. Ramanathan, R. Sathyanarayana, Bhaskar Chandavarkar, Mukund Lath, etc. 190 x 250 mm / 134 pages / 3 drawings / 3 charts / 4 transparencies Reprint 2006 / Rs 595