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Raja, Deepak

Hindustani Music - A Tradition in Transition - Book

Ground-breaking and wide-ranging survey of North Indian classical music during the post-independence period. The book discusses the inner working of this tradition and is fascinating, enlightening and sometimes controversial reading for all those looking for a deeper understanding of the art form.

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The book is based on author's long years of training as a musician and vast experience as an analyst of music and an observer of the cultural environment.

Part I "Culture, Technology and Economics" articulates an Indian perspective on important social, cultural, economic and technological drivers of Hindustani music.

Part II "Form, Idiom and Format" discusses issues pertaining to presentation formats, and the structural and melodic aspects of Hindustani music.

Part III "The World of Ragas" deals with the notion of raga-ness, and the world of ragas.

Part IV "The Major Genres" presents comprehensive backgrounds on the four major genres of vocal music - Dhrupad, Khyal, Thumri and Tappa.

Part V "The Major Instruments" features detailed fact-sheets on eight major melodic instruments of Hindustani tradition - Rudra Veena, Sitar, Surbahar, Sarod, Sarangi, Shehnai, Santoor, and the Indian classical (Hawaiian) guitar.

Part VI presents a glossary of words in italics, a list of suggested readings, and an index.

The book makes complex musicological concepts accessible to non-academic readers, and contributes significantly to widening the understanding of contemporary trends in Hindustani music. Written by an author of impeccable credentials as a musician, researchers, and author, it is a significant addition to a body of authoritative writing on 20th century Hindustani music.

Hardcover, 432 pages, foreword by Shivkumar Sharma, introduction by Lyle Wachovsky