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Khan, Ali Akbar / Ruckert, George

The Classical Music of India - The First Year's Study - Book

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This is a real must-have as a practical workbook, simulating the first year's study at the famous Ali Akbar College of music in California. Well-structured, easily accessible text on all practically relevant issues as well as on theory and history plus glossary and 180 pages of useful exercises and inspiring vocal and instrumental compositions in ten ragas, based on the ten most important scales of classical North Indian music.

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Complete vocal and instrumental compositions in different styles in ragas bhairava, bhairavi, asavari, todi, alahiya-bilaval, yaman, khamaj, kafi, puriya-daneshri and marwa in sargam notation. Texts given in devanagari, latin alphabet transcription and English translation. Peppered with enjoyable photos and quotes from Ali Akbar Khan himself. This book makes the learning experience as close as it can to being with a master, and is be a valuable aid even if you do have the real "guru" experience.


George Ruckert is a disciple of Ali Akbar Khan and himself a formidable sarod performer, teacher and academic on Indian music.

Ali Akbar Khan (1922 - 2009) was the son of Allauddin Khan, founder of the Maihar gharana. He was a master of the sarod and instrumental in popularising Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer (often in conjunction with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar), and as a teacher. He established a music school in Calcutta in 1956, and the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1967, which is now located in San Rafael, California.

367 pages, hard cover, 19 b/w plates