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Dhvani: Nature and Culture of Sound


Dhvani (Sound/Nada) is a profound experience that envelopes us from birth to death. Yet it is not easily fathomed. Its below

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Dhvani (Sound/Nada) is a profound experience that envelopes us from birth to death. Yet it is not easily fathomed. Its description by an accoustic engineer is very different from that of a musician, a linguist, a city planner, or a neurologist.

The IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts), New Delhi, organized a 2-day International Seminar: 24-25 October 1994, not only to understand the experiential, cross-cultural perceptions of sound, or not just to discourse about its definitional subtleties as are encountered in the ancient texts of the East and the West; but also to bring together its perceptions in tradition, modern accoustics, and even in the ongoing environmental studies. In today's living conditions, the Dhvani-theme is specially crucial -- for sound has become a major pollutant both in terms of resonances and accoustics.

Assembled in this volume are the presentations of the IGNCA seminar, exploring the various complex conceptual dimensions of sound: ranging from its mystical and traditionally metaphysical to its present-day developments, from its perceptions in indigenous musical theory to its futuristic applications. With focus around five thematic areas of the seminar: (a) Sound as the Source of Creation and Sources of Sound, (b) Sound and the Senses, (c) Sound and Space, (d) Sound and Time, and (e) Symbols of Sound and Sonic Designs, the authors open up the possibilities of interaction among different disciplines involved in the study of dhvani-phenomenon.

  • Foreword By : Kapila Vatsyayan
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601112
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124601119
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 1999
  • Pages : viii, 175 p.
  • Size : 25
  • Weight (approx.) : 600
  • Bibliographic Details : 9 Figures; 2 B/w photos


-- Kapila Vatsyayan


-- S.C. Malik

Part I
Sound as the Source of Creation
Sources of Sound

1. Sound All Ways

-- Peter Pannke

2. What Silence Means to Music

-- Sumati Mutatkar

3. Relationship Between Voice and Instruments in the Indian Tradition

-- Prem Lata Sharma

Part II
Sound and the Senses

4. Communication Through Sound in Animals

-- Bharati Sarkar

5. Soundscape and Acoustic Ecology

-- Hildegard Westerkamp

Part III
Sound and Time

6. The Predicament of Raga Music

-- Raghva R. Menon

7. From a Sound Observatory to a Sound City

-- Andress Bosshard

Part IV
Sound and the Senses

8. Setu Saman: Its Meaning and Background

-- Lambodar Mishra

9. Conceptual Aspects of Sound in Shaktism

-- M.C. Joshi

10. Sound as Harmony : A Case of the Acoustic Environment of Santhals in Bolpur Sriniketan Block, Birbhum

-- Onkar Prasad

11. Thinking about Sound in Traditional Science

-- Baidyanath Saraswati

12. Chinese Concept of Sound

-- Tan Chung

13. Importance of Sound in the Tradition of Vedic Chanting

-- Satkari Mukhopadhyaya

14. Sound according to Different Systems of Indian Philosophy

-- Sampat Narayanan

Part V
Symbols of Sound as Sonic Designs

15. Some Spectacular Applications of Sound

-- T.K. Saksena

16. Measurement and Symbolism of Sound in Indian Music

-- P.S.N. Murthy
-- M.S. Saratchandra Kumar

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