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North Indian Instrumental Music Ragas: For Higher Studies

Prateek Chaudhuri (Author)

Indian Classical Music, also known as Hindustani Classical Music, is one of the richest music found all over the world due to its versatility and the system being dollowed, which givers one the freedom to create remaining within a framework of rules. This husic is basde on the system of a Raga. A Raga is the bane of Indian classical Music. A Raga can be defined as a melodic structure with the certain rules and the freedom given for creativity within the same, also referred to as North Indian Classical Music. It has attacted millions across the world.

A Raga presentation has got a sequential progression and in Indian Instrumental Music also, It can be found. While teaching a Raga, this sequential progression of presentation is also kept in mind. As i belong to be traditional Jaipur Senia Gharana of Sitar players, i have tried to document the same in a systemic manner, according to the same.

This book documents the sequential progression of the delineation of a Raga as has been taught to me by my Guru. In some Raga, i have also mentioned the system followed by Pandit Bhatkhande ji, in addition, wherever i have found a difference in the Gharana based teaching and the Bhatkhande system.

This system of sequential progression followed in each Raga in this book, is the same, as is taught traditionally in the Jaipur Senia Gharana. It begins with the Theory of the Raga, followed by the "Chalan" of the same Raga. The tanas of the same Gat follow thereafter. Finally the Raga concludes with the Jhala at the end. This book has tried to depict and document the process of delineation of a particular Raga a sequential manner.

In this book, I have chisan thirteen Raga. It serves only as a glimpse of those Raga, as Indian Classical Music is so vast and cannot be written completely. This book will serve of extreme value to those students of Instrumental music, who have learnt some of the basic Raga and want to further learn some of the advanced Ragas.

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About the author

Prateek Chaudhuri

Prateek Chaudhuri, a brilliant performer, is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding Sitar players of the country today amongst the young generation. His Sitar sparkles with the rare combination of virtuosity with technical finesse and deep sense of aesthetics. His music also reflects the eternal essence of Sitar. Born in New Delhi, he has been groomed in a musical atmosphere since his birth. He has, for his father, the World Renowned Sitar Maestrom Padma Bhushan Pandit Debu Chaudhuri. Prateek has been meticulously trained and guided by his father from his childhood. He also had the great fortune to learn from his "Dada Guru" (father's Guru), Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan Sahab, the great legend of the "Senia" tradition. This leading tradition is named after the great doyen of the Indian Music Mian Tansen. Tansen is often called the father of the Indian Music and those who belong to his family as well as follow his style are called "Senia". In shaping Prateek's musical aesthetics, his mother, Dr. Manjushree Chaudhuri's influence is evident in his presentation. A votary of talent, training, education, intelligence and self-confidence, Prateek is the automatic successor to this rare "Senia" tradition of the great Indian Classical Music, having a unique individual tradition of playing Sitar not only with 17 frets, but also having an individual and unique string arrangements of its own. Academically, Prateek has excelled in each stage of his higher education. He is the recipient of the gold Medal for his M.A. (music) and also secured first position in M.Phil. (music) examinations and Ph.D. (music) from Delhi University. At present he is not only performing but also been teaching as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at Delhi University. Amongst his many achievements and accolades, Prateek has been ranked as an "A" Grade artist by All India Radio and Television, Government of India.

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Bibliographic information

Title North Indian Instrumental Music Ragas: For Higher Studies
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Sanjay Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 9788174533777
length vii+234p., 25cm.