About the Book :
This book presents insightful reflections on different aspects of Indian music - its roots, philosophy, growth, history, guru-sishya parampara, gharanas, contemporary scene and a glimpse of the coming decades. Analysing the impact of Indian thought and philosophy on Indian classical music, it makes an appraisal of the contemporary scenario of Hindustani classical music. Taking a close look at tradition and style of Agra Gharana, with special focus on the rich repertoire of its ragas and cijas, it discusses at length the khayala form, value of cija in Hindustani classical music, and use of words in classical music. The musicianship of Hazrat Inayat Khan, who preached spirituality to the Western world through the medium of Indian music, has also been highlighted. The book is of great use for researchers in music.
About the Author :
Ramanlal C. Mehta (b.1918), a distinguished vocalist of the Kirama Gharana style, retired in 1978 from MS University of Baroda as the Principal of the College of Indian Music, Dance and Dramatics. Earlier, he was with All India Radio for nine years, where he composed and produced over fifty musical dramas and features. He founded Indian Musicalogical Society in 1970 and has served as the Editor of its journal. Also, he was an expert member on the Central Music Audition Board of All Indian Radio. Prof. Mehta has to his credit many books including Agra - Parampara, Gayaki Aur Chizen, Sangeet Charcha; Gujarati Geya Kavita; Music and Mythology; Thumri - Traditions and Trends; Composition in Indian Music; Music Research - Perspectives and Prospects - Reference Indian Music; Perspectives on Dhrupad; and Indian Music - Eminent Thinksers on Core Issues.
Impact of Indian Thought and Philosophy on Indian Classical Music -- A Search for Excellence in Indian Classical Music -- Indian Music-The Coming Decades -- Hindustani Classical Music of Modern India -- Agra Gharana- Tradition and Style -- Imitation and Idealization - An Approch to Gharana Tradition: In Hindustani Classical Music -- State of Archival Music-With Particular Reference To Indian Classical Music -- Music in the life of Hazrat Inayat Khan -- Value of Cija in Hindustani Classical Music -- Meaning in Language & Music -- Melodic Tensions -- The Influence of Music