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Hindustani Music and the Aesthetic Concept of Form

With its roots in the Samaveda (which treats it as a 'divine art'), music in India has a long, splendid tradition. Over the centuries, it has absorbed fresh influences and experimented with new forms to finally e....read below

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With its roots in the Samaveda (which treats it as a 'divine art'), music in India has a long, splendid tradition. Over the centuries, it has absorbed fresh influences and experimented with new forms to finally evolve into two meticulously codified classical systems: Hindustani and Carnatic. In today's growing library of writings on Hindustani music, Anjali Mittal's research is yet another valuable addition adopting, as it does, a viewpoint which has been neglected so far, namely, the viewpoint of contemporary western aesthetics.

It is for the first time that this monograph examines the concept of form in Hindustani classical music. In this context, analytic attention has been focussed on some select compositions in dhruvapada, dhamar, tarana, vilambit and drut khyal genres of Hindustani classical vocal music. A wide variety of drut tanas has also been analysed in terms of notation and linear diagrams. Such diagrams, in fact, distinguish the present volume. Analysis of some rhythm-cycles and rhythmic patterns is another feature of this book.

Thoroughly documented and written in a jargon-free language, the study includes a contextual discussion of aesthetics, artistic expression, aesthetic predicates and, above all, the concept of artistic form. The work may be expected to interest all those who want an analytic understanding of what form (or bandisha) means in the region of Hindustani classical vocal music.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601341
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124601348
  • Edition : 2nd Impression
  • Year : 2009
  • Pages : ix, 174 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 25 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 500 gm

Preface

1. Philosophical Aesthetics : Approaches and Concepts

Philosophical Aesthetics

Non-Philosophical Aesthetics -- Aesthetics and the Traditional Questions of Philosophy -- Aesthetics and the Ways of Philosophy -- Aesthetics and Phenomenology

The Aesthetic Attitude
Aesthetic Experience
The Aesthetic Point of View

Completeness -- Coherence -- Regional Qualities

Aesthetic Judgement

2. Of Artistic Expression

The Expression Theory of Art

3. Form in Art

Form and Content
Apotheosis of Form -- Formalism

Bell -- Fry

Characterisations of Form
Their Relative Importance
Their Ideal Inter-Relation

4. Aesthetic Predicates
5. The Knitwork of Musical Form

The Raga-Form
Form and Alapa
Form in Dhamar
Vilambit Khyal
A Drut Composition
Tana
Some Tanas Analysed

6. Conclusion

Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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