Author: Krishna Kumar Agrwal
Publisher: Manoj Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8131002136
If your are a actual lover of music and want to learn playing on any musical instrument, than the sitar will be prove your best choice. Just like the harmonium and synthesizer, you can also sing while playing on your sitar, but it is not compulsory.
Opposite to the tabla, guitar and harmonium its pitch of sound remains very low, so your neighbours will not disturb when you will play on your sitar. Not only this, the strings of the sitar produces so harmonic and melodious sound, that complete atmosphere fills with the divine waves and light. Only sitar, veena and jal-tarang can produce this type of atmosphere.
Proper playing on a sitar is a bit difficult than the playing on any other musical instrument. Just like guitar and all other string-instruments, all the seven strings of the sitar are tuned before playing. You strike on any one of these strings by the first finger of your right hand and the fingers of your left your may feel some difficulty, but infect it is not a problem. It is the most marvelous and wonderful aspect of the playing on a sitar and very interesting too.
This book is quite capable to provide you complete guidance in a very simple and interesting way.
YOUR FRIEND SITAR
Selection of the sitar. Simple, Advance and Double Gourd sitars.
Main parts and their settings, Use of finger board and other parts
PLAYING ON THE SITAR
Different sitting postures on ground, on chair and on bench.
Proper position of hands. Wearing and use of the mizrab
NOTES AND OCTAVES
Names and signs of seven full tone and five varied notes.
Difference between Hindi and English notes and octaves
TUNE YOUR SITAR
Seven main and thirteen sympathetic strings, their names and notes with octaves to be tuned on them. Tuning with the help of a harmonium and without any instrument.
TIPS FOR PROPER PLAYING
Five boles of strings and their production. Tips for fast and proper movements of fingers
PRACTIVE OF THE PLATES
Ten plates for playing with string and fret numbers
THATAS AND RAGAS
Ten thatas with their plates. Description of the ragas and their nine divisions. Vadee, samvadee and varjit swaras and pakar
NOTATIONS OF SELECTED RAGAS
Notation of 12 ragas belonging to all 10 thatas, named – Raga Bilawal, Bhairavi, Yaman, Kedara, Asavari, Kaafee, Bhimplasi, Marva, Khamboj, Bhairava, Pooriya Dhanshree and Raga Todi
TEMPO OR LAYA AND TAL
Importance and proper use of three tempos and various tals.
Notations of 9 popular tals with the number of Matras, Sam, Khali and Talies
SIGNS USED IN THE NOTATIONS
RAGA’S BASED MIUSIC PIECES
Prayer to God
Jago Mohan Pyare
A Virah Geet
PRAYERS AND NATIONAL SONGS
Aartee – Om jai Jagdeesh Hare
Our National Anthem – Jan Gan Man
Our National Song – Vande Maatram
Hum Honge Kamyab Ek Din
SOME SERIOUS SONGS
Sandeshe Aate Hain – Film Border
Chandi kee Deewar Na Tori – Film Vishwas
Aapko Hamse Bichhude Hue – Film Vishwas
Too Pyar Ka Sagar Hai – Film Seema
Khilona Jan Kar Tum To Mera Dil – Film Khilona
Shame Gam Kee Kasam – Film Footpath
Maine Rakkha Hai Mohabbat – Film Shabnam
Ik Pyar Ka Nagma Hai – Film Shor
O Jane Wale Ho Sake To – Film Bandini
Wafa Na Raas Aayee – Film Bewafa Sanam
EVERGREEN FILM SONGS
Dekhi hai saree Duniya – Singer Aleesha Chinoy
Ek Rasta Hai Zindgee – Film Kala Patthar
Badal Rahi Gai Roop Zindgee – Film Kal Ho Na Ho
O Re Manjhi, Mere Manjhi – Film Bandini
Jadoo Teri Nazar – Film Daar
Ye Teri Aankhen Jhuki Jhuki – Film Fareb
Kis Tarah Jeete Hain – Film Nai Roshni
Deedee Tera Dewar Diwana – Film Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
Koyal Kooke Hook Uthaye – Film Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge