This book presents insightful reflections on different aspects of Indian music - its roots, philosophy, growth, history, guru-shisya parampara, gharanas, contemporary scene and a glimpse of the coming decades.
Analyzing 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 Charana, with special focus on the rich repertoire of its ragas and chijas, it discusses at length the khayala form, value of chija 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 is an eminent musician and musicologist. He was trained in Hindustani classical vocal music by the late Kanchalal Manawala. He was with All India Radio for 9 years. He composed and produced above fifty musical dramas and features.