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Khayal Vocalism

Continuity within Change by: Deepak S. Raja

The book presents stylistic perspectives on the music of nineteen modern and contemporary Khayàla vocalists representing five important legacies (Gharànàs) which have guided vocal music for about 200 years in India. The book makes complex musicological concepts accessible to even non-academic readers.

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Year Of Publication: 2009
Edition: 1st
Pages : xxxiii, 316
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : Index
Size: 22 cm.
Weight: 650

Overview

Khayala Vocalism: Continuity Within Change presents stylistic perspectives on the music of nineteen modern and contemporary Khayala vocalists, representing various legacies which have guided vocal music for about 200 years. The book is the result of over five years of research, involving the painstaking analysis of over 500 recordings spanning almost a hundred years of Khayala vocalism. The nineteen vocalists are classified into five stylistic legacies, based on their history of tutelage and the stylistic tendencies evident in their music: Agra legacy, Gwalior-Agra confluence, Jaipur-Atrauli legacy, Kairana legacy, and Patiala legacy. Written by an author of impeccable credentials as a musician, researcher and writer, the book contains seven sections. While the first section serves as an introduction to the Khayala genre and to the various Gharanas, the last presents an annexure containing the various Khayala forms, a glossary of non-English terms rendered in italics, and an index. The intervening five sections deal with the history and stylistics of the five legacies and the music of the vocalists belonging to them. The book makes complex musicological concepts accessible to non-academic readers and contributes significantly to widening the understanding of contemporary trends in Khayala vocalism.

Contents

Foreword — Ulhas Kashalkar
Preface
Acknowledgements
Key to Transliteration
Introduction — Lyle Wachovsky
Section 1: Introduction
1.1 Defining Khayala Vocalism
1.2 Stylistic Legacies in Khayala Vocalism
1.3 Stylistic Perspectives on Individual Vocalism
Section 2: The Agra Legacy
2.1 Perspectives on the Agra legacy
2.2 Ustad Faiyyaz Khan
2.3 Sharafat Hussain Khan
2.4 Purnima Sen
2.5 Sugata Marjit
Section 3: The Gwalior–Agra legacy
3.1 Perspectives on the Gwalior-Agra legacy
3.2 Yashwant Buwa Joshi
3.3 Ulhas Kashalkar
Section 4: The Jaipur–Atrauli legacy
4.1 Perspectives on the Jaipur-Atrauli legacy
4.2 Surashri Kesarbai Kerkar
4.3 Dhondutai Kulkarni
4.4 Vijaya Jadhav-Gatlewar
4.5 Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande
4.6 Arti Anklikar-Tikekar
4.7 Manjiri Asnare-Kelkar
Section 5: The Kairana legacy
5.1 Perspectives on the Kairana legacy
5.2 Sumitra Guha
5.3 Somnath Mardur
5.4 Mashkoor Ali Khan
5.5 Kaivalya Kumar
5.6 Rashid Khan
Section 6: The Patiala legacy
6.1 Perspectives on the Patiala legacy
6.2 Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
6.3 Bade Fateh Ali Khan
Annexure : An introduction to Khayala
Glossary
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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