Indian Musical Traditions for the first time tries to define the characteristics of the Gharana system and elaborates such postulates of Hindustani classical music as 'restraint' and 'purity' and attempts to unravel the formal aesthetic structure of Khayal singing. The book then critically examines the styles of six gharanas--Agra, Kirana, Gwalior, Jaipur, Patiala and Indore. It also discusses possibilities of the emergence of new gharanas, the limitations of the gharana system and the problems it faces today.The essential contribution of this book is that it presents theoretical discussion on the principles of aesthetics of Hindustani music which will help the reader to understand and appreciate it better.|
About the Author:
VAMANRAO H. DESHPANDE, a practising Chartered Accountant, claims music as his first love. He is connected with many musical institutions in various capacities. His Marathi book Gharandaj Gayaki (1961) out of which Indian Musical Traditions has evolved won the Maharashtra State Award for the best work in aesthetic criticism in 1962. He has written several articles on musical subjects in Marathi and English and presented Papers at seminars and conferences.