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Popular Ragas and It's Compositions: In Hindustani Instrumental Music

Prateek Chaudhuri (Author)

Indian Classical Music, also known as Hindustani Classical Music has two branches, Vocal and Instrumental Music. Instrumental Music has gained in popularity over the years in India and gainde in [popularity over the years in India and Abroad. There are many students across the world, who have learnt and are also learning this art, the numbers of whom are growing day by day. Indian Classical Music is based on a Raga system.

A Raga is a melodic structure, which has got certain rules, but also the freedom to create remaining within the framework of rules. It is the bane of Indian Classical Music.

I have made an attempt to document in a concise way. the manner in which a Raga is taught to any student of music, along with it's delineation in a sequential manner. The book begins with the documentation of the Theory and Chalan of the particular Raga, which is then followed by the Alap. The Tanas of Razakhani Gat are followed by the traditional Jhala in the same Raga at the end, which is a characteristic feature of Hindustani Classical Instrumental Music. Thus an effort has been made to give a sketch of a Raga as is taught and belong to the Jaipur Senia Gharana, I have also mentioned the difference in the treatment of the Raga, as regards this style and also in the Bhaktkhande system, especially with regard to the application of the notes in Arohi and Avrohi and have concentrated on the Jaipur Senia style of the treatment of the ragas in this book.

The sequence of Raga, as given in this book is based on the time theory system, as is prevalant in our Hindustani Classical Music. Basic and popular Raga of Hindustani Classical music have been taken so that any beginner, in addition, can also learn in the same way as we have learnt. I hope this book will be a valuable guide for any student of instrumental musiv for learning these popular Ragas of Hindustani Classical Music. Thsi is just a small effort on my part to fill up the void of such kind of books available on Hindustani Instrumental Music, which highlight a full raga presentation though, as a glimpse only, as Indian Classical Music is so vast and one cannot fathom it's depth.

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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 Popular Ragas and It's Compositions: In Hindustani Instrumental Music
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2008
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Sanjay Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 9788174533029
length viii+201p., 25cm.