Author: B C Deva
Publisher: Publications Division
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
This volume presents an introduction to the classical music of India - both the Hindustani system of the North and the Karnatak of the South - and is intended to serve as a guide to readers, Indian and foreign, for the appreciation of Indian music.
To Westerners, Indian music is simply a melody without a specific beginning for a definite end and to many even in India it is more a gymnastics in sound. As such to many its technicalities seem a little too baffling.
In its ten chapters the volume deals with all the significant features of Indian music, namely, melody and rhythm, and form and style covering both vocal and instrumental. A study of the evolution, structure and aesthetic aspects of Indian music as also an assessment of the musical scene then and now have been included in the volume.
The note on the contribution of pioneering composers and musicologists lends further value to the volume. The reader will find the discography at the end particularly useful.