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Music of Indian Art and Archaeology

Gowri Kuppuswamy (Author) M. Hariharan (Author)

From the evidence contained in the creative literature, texts and manuals, sculptural reliefs, architectural monuments, inscriptional and epigraphical records etc., it is obvious that music flourished at all levels of the society and also that each region was culturally related to other regions far and near. And yet not withstanding these inter-relationships and mutual borrowing, some regions because of political events, some because of migration from other parts of the country and some through the pilgrims, developed distinct cultural identities. The literary, archaeological, epigraphical, mural and miniature traditions are the first and the last records which help us study the development of music and dance through the ages. The main thrust of the present study was to find out how far music attained the present state of perfection through visual art forms or in other words non-performing art-forms like sculpture, painting etc., for which the temples are the main sources, and also to trace if any continuous link could be established to the development of music and musicology through the ages. No single publication worth mentioning is available on this theme of research. The studies already conducted elsewhere do not deal with the sculpture, painting, epigraphical and other archaeological sources in a single perspective covering the four states of south India viz., Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Music in art forms. i. Sculpture and painting. ii. Musical pillars and stones. 3. Musical instruments in art forms. 4. Epigraphical and inscriptional records. List of Inscriptions. Text of Inscriptions. Bibliography. Glossary. Index.

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About the author

M. Hariharan

Dr. M. Hariharan currently assistant Professor in Music at the College of Music affiliated to the Madurai Kamaraj University possesses a Doctorate degree and Master degree in Education from Nysore University. He was also associated in research projects at Tamil University, Tanjore, and Mysore University before coming over to the present institution. He has co-authored with Prof. Gowri Kuppuswamy in her books and papers Co-opted in three Research projects and has accompanied her in foreign tour assignments.

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Title Music of Indian Art and Archaeology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2015
Edition Reprint.
Publisher B.R. Rhythms
Language: English
isbn 9788188827503
length xv+143p., Figures