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Perspectives on Music: Ideas and Theories

Ashok Da Ranade (Author)
Synopsis In reality the totality of Indian music is a cumulative result of six musical categories functioning for centuries and enjoying an impressive distribution in India - a country of subcontinental expanse! The six categories are identifiable as primitive, folk, religious, art, popular and confluence. Each category enjoys a unique cultural hinterland though in larger contexts the categories inevitably overlap! Consequently they raise interesting questions about space-time location, produce multiple nuances of interpretaton and create exciting possibilities of developing a wide understanding of the pervasive importance of music. Awareness of multiple Indian musical streams is indeed essential if music is also to contribute towards a bettering of the human condition. The reach, role and effect of music as an ameliorative force can only be appreciated when music is placed in the progressively expanding perspectives of art, culture and life. In a series of essays the author attempts to examine Indian music in dimensions offered by varied disciplines such as education, history, religion, yoga, popular culture, mass media, philosophy, musicology and studies of regional contribution to the overall Indian achievement. Information, knowledge and insight make their presence felt in these well-reasoned and widely based presentations. Some of these essays have been published in national and international journals -- but all of them have been re-written to enable inclusion of new data and tightening of presentation.
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About the author

Ashok Da Ranade

Sangeetacharya Ashok Da. Ranade is a vocalist (Hindustani classical), musicologist, voice-culturist and ethnomusicologist. He has composed music for plays, documentaries and films. His writings in Marathi and English on music and theatre are widely appreciated and read throughout India and the world. Broad cultural vision, rigorous analysis, clarity and thought-provoking presentation are his strengths. He seeks to explore everything that is touched by music. Dr. Ranade’s publications include: Sangeetache Saundaryashatra (1971), Loksangeetshastra (1975), Stravinskyche Sangeetik Saundaryashastra (1975), On Music and Musicians of Hindoostan (1984), Marathi Stage Music (1986), Maharashtra: Art Music (1989), Keywords and Concepts: Hindustani Classical Music (1990), Music and Drama in India (1991), Indology and Ethnomusicology: Contours of the Indo-British Relationship (1992), Bhashanrang-Vyaspeeth te Rangpeeth (1995), Hindustani Music (1998), Essays in Indian Ethnomusicology (1998) Vyaspeeth te Rangpeeth (1995), Hindustani Music (1998), and Essays in Indian Ethnomusicology (1998). He also has audio-albums to his credit: Baithakichi Lavani (1989), Devgani (1991), a multi-media album on Gangubai Hangal (1988) and Devi Ahilyabai (2005) – a sound track.

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Bibliographic information

Title Perspectives on Music: Ideas and Theories
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.12.2008
Edition 1st ed.
isbn 8185002743
length 370p., 22cm.