Hindustani Music and Aesthetics Today : By S.K. Saxena

his book represents an attempt to look at Hindustant music in the way of contemporary aesthetics. The ways we talk about, experience, or evaluate music, as also its composition and overt performance — all have been given due attention in this work. Reflection on music here proceeds along the three major ways in which aesthetics is being done (in the West) today — that is, not only the linguistic-analytic and phenomenological approaches, but the one that looks at art as a kind of world-making. Correspondingly, the content of this book can be put under three different heads: (a) an attempt to determine the full aesthetic significance, as against the traditionally specified (verbal) meanings of the key words that are used in respect of the elements and different genres of our music; (b) discussion of concepts like aesthetic attitude, experience, and point of view as they relate to Hindustani music; and (c) analysis of the devices through which the structure and actual singing of a dhruvapad, dhamar, khyal, or tarana is (or can be) invested with some extra appeal — all duly buttressed with notational analysis of some actual compositions. Care has also been taken to discuss such problems as: (a) Is musical time different from, or identical with, time as we experience it in daily life; (b) How can we distinguish the form from the content of a work in the region of an occurrent art like music or rhythm; (c) Can rhythm be regarded as an autonomous art; and (d) How our music can be said to be spiritual. This book may well be expected to encourage readers to think about our music along some quite untrodden lines. 150 x 230 mm / 472 pages Published 2009 / Rs 995