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Hindustani Music Today

by: Deepak S. Raja

A panoramic view of Hindustani art music, for educated readers with some familiarity in it, with an informed perspective covering major genres of this musical stream, instruments in vogue, with a brief history, by an acclaimed author and musician.

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Year Of Publication: 2012
Edition: 1st
Pages : xii, 138p.
Bibliographic Details : Several b/w photographs, Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25
Weight: 450

Overview

Stating that Hindustani music should be rightly termed “Art music” and not “classical music”, the book begins by discussing the features of Art music and presents an approach to appreciating Hindustani music. It provides a detailed understanding of the components of the raga experience in Hindustani music, including their time theory and the role of Gharanas of the musical tradition.
It deals with genres of raga-based vocal music which have been performed over the last five centuries: Dhrupad, which has its moorings in devotional music; Khayal vocalism shaped by Sufi influences; the thumree, which originated as an accompaniment to the Kathak dance; and the tappa, adapted from the songs of camel drivers in the north-west frontier. It takes up the use of instruments in Hindustani music, especially the Rudra Veena, Sitar, Surbahar, Sarod, Santoor, the Shehnai, Pakhawaj, the Hawaiian Guitar and many others, giving an account of their origin, performing styles and lineages relating to them.
Throughout, the emphasis is on contemporary trends in Hindustani music and its prospects in the future. It mentions the significant practitioners of Hindustani music, both vocal and instrumental.
The volume will interest lovers of Indian music and also scholars who want to have a greater understanding of its traditions, its contemporary appeal and trends in practice.

Contents

Foreword- Arvind N. Parikh
Preface
Acknowledgement
1. It is “Art” Music; not “Classical”
2. Vehicles of the Raga Experience
3. Raga Bhairav at Midnight:The Time Theory of Ragas
4. The Gharanas of Hindustani Music
5. Dhrupad: A Cultural Enigma
6. Khayal Vocalism: Welcome to the Xerox Gharanas
7. Thumree: Lost Without Kathak
8. The Tappa: The Camel Driver’s Song
9. The Rudra Veena: Headed for the Museum
10. The Sitar: From Nowhere to Everywhere in 300 years
11. The Surbahar: In Search of an Indian Bach
12. The Sarod: The Meteoric Rise
13. The Hawaiian Guitar: Aloha Boys of Hindustani Music
14. The Santoor: The Musical Signature of Kashmir
15. The Tanpura and Swaramandal: Pillars and Laptops of Hindustani Vocalism
16. The Sarangi: Awaiting a State Funeral
17. The Violin: The Gift to the Carnatic Tradition to Hindustani Music
18. The Bansuri: A Humble Bamboo Flute in a Highbrow Avatar
19. The Shehnai: Gasping for Breath
20. The Pakhawaj and Tabla: Everybody wants Zakir
21. Harmonium: Controversial, Yet Firmly Entrenched
Suggested Readings
Index

Meet the Author
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Deepak S. Raja (b. 1948-) is amongst the most respected writers on Hindustani music today. He works as repertoire analyst for India Archive Music Ltd. (IAM), New York, the most influential producer of Hindustani music outside India. He has been associated with the academic and publishing activities of the SHRUTI magazine (Chennai), ITC-Sangeet Research Academy (Calcutta), Sangeet Natak Akademi (Delhi), and the Indian Musicological Society (Baroda/ Mumbai). In 1999, he co-edited the Indian Musicological Society's publication titled Perspectives on Dhrupad. His first book: Hindustani Music -- A Tradition in Transition, was published in 2005. His second book, Khayal Vocalism -- Continuity Within Change, was published in 2009. In 2009, he was granted a Senior Research Fellowship by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. He also runs a respected blog on Hindustani music: http://swaratala.blogspot.com. Deepak Raja is a sitar and surbahar player of the Etawah Gharana, trained by Shri Pulin Deb Burman, and Pandit Arvind Parikh. He studies Khayal under Vidushi Dhondutai Kulkarni of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. The author took an honours degree in Humanities from Delhi University, a master's degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advertising Administration from the Watford College of Technology in the UK. He has occupied important positions in the media industry, including Editor of Business India, and Secretary General of the Indian Newspaper Society.
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