The Puspasutra is one of the major ancillary works in the Saman technical literature attributed to the Kauthuma and Ranayaniya schools. It deals with the Saman melodies and their structure. The term Puspa, in the present context, means the syllabic expansion that takes place when a melody is formed out of a verse. The Puspasutra was written long after the Saman melodies had been developed. The present edition prepared by Prof. G.H. Tarlekar who is a living authority on the science of Sama-chanting, contains the accurate text in Sanskrit with English exposition bringing out all the intricate points discussed in the Sutras in a highly technical language. This important text on the Sama-chanting has been exposited in English in this edition for the first time.
PROF. G.H. TARLEKAR was a professor of Sanskrit at the Arts & Science College, Dhullia, Maharashtra. He is a musicologist and vocalist, a performing artist of Hindustani Khayal of Gwalior gharana. He has carried out research on the History of Indian Music. Prof. Tarlekar has done considerable work in the vast area of scientific literature on vedic chanting.
".........major phonetic treatise belonging to the Kauthuma-Ranayaniya branch of the Samaveda.........an important contribution to our knowledge of the Samavedic technical literature......an admirable job of making the incredibly complex and arcane rules of the Puspasutra accessible to the English-reading public."
---------Journal of the American Oriental Society