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Indian Music: Its Origin, History and Characteristics

M. Vijaylakshmi (Editor)
Synopsis Indian Music--Its Origin, History and Characteristics is a rare work of pre-independence days. The purpose of the book, according to the scholar, is to introduce the educate the students of music to Indian music. The author says--"It is a supplement to the existing Indian literature on the subject (music) and not a substitute," As such the book is not a comprehensive work on music, it does provide an introduction to the subject by defining the essential basic terms of music in simple and easy language. The short definition offered by the author will be much useful for the non-Indian music students and music lovers of India as well. The terms of Margi Deshi, sound, shruti, svara, grama, murchana, tana kuta tanas, gamaka, alankara etc,' are some of them which are described. The ancient terms like graha, amsha and nyasa are also included in the list of term definition. The author has mentioned the names of various ancient authors viz., Sharngadeva, Damodara, Pandit, Ahobala and the latest scholar of his time V.S. Bhatkhande. Yet he has followed the Hanuman-Mata or school of music in his work which according to him is popularly known and current at that time. He has adopted the raga-ragini classification of Hanuman-Mata. In this first volume, after defining melody types in general with the four types of notes vadi, samvadi, vivadi and anuvadi he has taken the first raga-Bhairava with its five female raginis. The first volume was supposed to be allowed by five more volumes, comprising five raga and their raginis.
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About the author

M. Vijaylakshmi

Dr. (Mrs.) M. Vijay Lakshmi graduated from the Banaras Hindu University and post-graduated from the University of Delhi. She obtained her M. Phil and doctoral degrees also from the University of Delhi where she is at present lecturer in the Faculty of Music and fine arts. From early childhood she was trained in Hindustani classical music (vocal) as well as in Carnatic music by eminent musicians. She has given excellent performances in both styles throughout India. Her specialisation in the theoretical aspect of music may be attributed to her interst and inclination towards the Sanskrit language an ancient Sanskrit works, particularly those related to music. She has many published articles on music to her credit. The other important assignment she has completed is the critical edition, translation of the original text of Sangita Makaranda which is under publication.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Music: Its Origin, History and Characteristics
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sanjay Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8174531556
length 91p., Plates; Figures; 25cm.