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Aesthetics of Karnatak Music

Lalita Ramakrishna (Author)

This book enables you to understand and appreciate Aesthetic values in Karnatak music.

It gives you an insight into the aesthetic ideals that have shaped the Classical Music of southern Indian. Karnatak Music is an ancient Art form that is vibrantly alive today in the South of the India. Both the major Forms –Hindustani and Karnatak Music –have their origin in a common artistic heritage that is over 2000 years old.

Ancient music scholars sang for self expression and link with the classical music of their past their masters. They developed the vocal and instrumental music of the their times. They were most also interested in recordings their vision of this Classical Art from.

Indian classical music is a sophisticated art form that specializes in Melody and the subtle nuances of sound, as well as in intricate permutations of Rhythm. It has explored a vast variety of nuances in sound through it gamakas. The temper of today’s listener seeker the background and context of this art.

This Book is Aesthetics analyses “the beauty “ of cure elements in Karnatak Music-such as:-Alapana, Bhavam, Sahityam, as well as Ragam-Tanam–Pallavi and Sabha gana (Concert music).

The picture at the end of this book make abstract ides in Aesthetics easy to understand. Ideas such as “silence”(visranti) in music have been illustrated with the help of Japanese painting and their use of “Empty Space”.

Karnatak music is sublime because it is meshed with the spiritual. Every word and each theme ‘become’ sublime because it expresses the Divine. Song and dance are elevated from the level of mere entertainment to the hallowed, primarily because of the sahityam in krtis.

This Book illumines seminal concepts of Indian Aesthetics the way in which these concepts are expressed in Karnatak music.

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About the author

Lalita Ramakrishna

Lalita Ramakrishna has a deep love for India philosophy and culture and specially for its classical tradition of music. After doing M. Phil in English Literature (C.I.E.F.L.), she acquired a doctorate in Karnataka music (Delhi University). She hopes this book will excite the curiosity of readers and lead them on to a further quest of India cultural heritage. It will expand their horizons, laterally, to cover the Northern as well as the Southern systems of Music. It will also dive into the depths of the past and conduct the reader all the way up to the contemporary scene. Lalita Ramakrishna has explored the classical music scene and located the essential unity between the Hindustan and Karnatak systems. She has explained the nature of the elusive elements of Raga, Laya and Sruti in a clear manner. Other publications by the author are: The Varnam; Time and the Self in Samuel Beckett; Puzzle your way through Indian Mythology.

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Title Aesthetics of Karnatak Music
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788188827572
length 168p., 11 Black and White Illustrations; 10.0 Inch X 7.0 Inch.