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Encyclopaedia of Indian Musical Instruments (In 3 Volumes)

Amrita Priyamvada (Author)
Synopsis Revered Hindu religious scriptures of the Vedas speak of the use of musical instruments in worship. The fact that Indian musical instruments are mentioned in such ancient religious works is indicative of the fact that music had an important role in ancient India. The foundation of Indian music was rooted in three different forms of performance-art.  These were Vocal music or singing, instrumental music and dance. Today, many ancient musical instruments are hard to locate and some rare musical instruments that were once an important part of Indian musical tradition are no longer used at all. The 'been', a traditional blowpipe as is usually depicted in pictures of snake-charmers and the 'bhopung', a one-stringed musical instrument are some examples of these. India is a country of diverse tribes, cultures and languages. As such, the Indian sub-continent plays host to many varied forms of art and culture, which differ from region to region in the country. This leads to a great diversity in the area of folk music and musical instruments. This book is recommanded for all those who have genuine interest in Indian music and instruments.
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About the author

Amrita Priyamvada

Amrita Priyamvada is Professor of Music in Sundervati Mahila College, Bhagalpur, a Constituent unit of Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (Bihar). She has done her schooling at prestigious Vanashthali Vidyapeeth (Rajasthan) and Post-graduation from Bhagalpur University. Her last noted publication was encyclopaedia of Indian Music.

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Title Encyclopaedia of Indian Musical Instruments (In 3 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.07.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788126140770
length xii+720p., Plates; Figures; Bibliography; Glossary; Index; 25cm.