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Music Rituals in the Temples of South India (Vol. 1)

The book presents a wealth of information on the music rituals in temples at various places in south India. Following visits to a number of temples and based on interviews with temple artistes, the author shows that the musical....read below

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The book presents a wealth of information on the music rituals in temples at various places in south India. Following visits to a number of temples and based on interviews with temple artistes, the author shows that the musical traditions of temples differ from temple to temple, particularly from Vaishnavite to Shaivite temples.

Beginning with the place of music in the Vedas, the book discusses music itself as a form of worship and the role of temples in promoting it. It focuses on the musical contributions of Nayanmars and Alvars whose hymns are sung today as a daily ritual in many temples, and compares their music. It concentrates on both vocal and instrumental music, dance forms as rituals in temples, and music and singing involved in temple festivals. Many interesting inscriptions and sculptures related to dance and music have also been taken up for discussion. In a fascinating attempt, the author has dealt with unique music traditions in some temples of south India like ragas associated with specific temples only and the tradition of nadasvaram playing in Tiruvarur temple.

The volume will enthral scholars of Indology, particularly those involved in study of religious art and music traditions.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124605387
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124605386
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2009
  • Pages : xiv, 258 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 7 b/w and 66 coloured photographs, Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 25 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 800 gm

Preface  
Acknowledgement 
Key to Transliteration
   
Introduction 
1. Role of Music in the Vedas 
2. Music as a Form of Worship 
3. The Bhakti Movement 
4. The Role of Temples in Promoting Music 
5. The Nayanmars 
6. The Alvars 
7. Temple of Lord Venkateshvara-Tirumala (Music Rituals in detail with Photographs)
8. Comparisons between the Works of Alvars and Nayanmars
9. Contribution of the Devadasis to the Temple Music Tradition
10. Music Traditions in the Temples of Tamil Nadu 
11. Vocal Music 
12. Instrumental Music 
13. Dance Forms as Rituals in Temples 
14. Festivals in Temples 
15. Inscriptions of Information on Music in the Temples 
16. Sculptures of Dance and Music in Temples 
17. Unique Music traditions in Some Temples 
18. Centres that Promoted Temple Art Forms 
19. A few Important Centres to Visit 
Conclusion 
Plates 
Bibliography 
Index
  

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