Our music passed through numerous transformations during the last several
centuries, but Time-Theory-Practice has been scrupulously maintained. Our current
music has outgrown the old Shastras, but still we find clear tendency to stick to Time-
Theory. This seems to be a most indigenous and mysterious concept.
Although good amount of papers and chapters have been written on the aspect of Time-Theory, but this book deals in detail with the psychological and philosophical concept of Hindustani Ragas from the very beginning.
She is a research scholar with American Institute of Indian Studies, which has
Archive and Research Center for Ethnomusicology at Gurgaon (Haryana).
The author has chosen this topic when the time-theory of raga and the seasons assigned to Ragas have almost disappeared in the modern days which are admirable. The topic is presented in a logical manner giving a brief survey of the concept from ancient time from the vedic period up to contemporary India. The seasonal ragas are dealt with interestingly as to how they are related with Nature.
Vadi-samvadi concept is an important characteristic feature of Hindusthani Ragas which helps to bring out the identity of Roopa of the Raga. The author has brought out the importance of the concept with many examples. The chapter on the Time Theory in Contemporary Hindusthani Music brings out how the concept of time theory and seasonal concept of Ragas vanish with the changes in society and culture.
The book will be no doubt useful for students of modern age and a
welcome addition to the world of music’s bringing out the uniqueness of
Indian Raga concept - time and season.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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