Dealt in Bengali alphabetical order, it explains origin and evolution from Vedic Era, of Svaras, Srutis, Grammas, Murcchanas, Ragas, Talas, notation systems and later developments like Gharana Systems etc., along with all relevant words related to these, so that there is no need to look for them elsewhere. In this book, many technical terms of Arabic, Persian and western origin have found place.
About the Authors:
Smt. Chhaya Chatterjee had her initial training in music in Patna in the Style of Bishnupur Gharana and then under Shyam Sunder Sinha of Betia Gharana. She secured first class in music as a special subject in her Matriculation Examination, Subject in her Matriculation Examination. At the age of sixteen she became a radio artiste. Later, she took talim under Smt. Dipali Nag and passed Sangit Prabhakar from Delhi with distinction. At Bombay, she was engaged in research work in music for eight years (1980-88) in Sangit Mahabharata which was then engaged in research work for compiling an encyclopedia on music, dance and drama of Hindustani music. In 1990 she was awarded Senior Fellowship from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of Culture) and submitted her thesis in 1992. In 1996, her two volume book Sastriya Sangita and Music Culture of Bengal through the Ages was published.
Dr. Bimal Kumar Roy (born 13 Jan, 1911), M.B., D.Litt. was Educated in Presidency College, Calcutta and Calcutta Medical College. Although he was a doctor by Profession, his first love was music and musicology. He had his initial training in classical music under Satyendranath Ghosh and then under Ustad Mehedi Hussein Khan and Ustad Khadim Hussein Khan of Rampur Gharana (1935-1952). He performed in many music events and was performed in many music events and was an artiste of All India Radio. He also taught in Music Teacherís Training College, Nabadwip, Bengal Music College, Sangit Bharati (Calcutta University), in the senior division in the branches of practical, theoretical and history of music. A keen researcher, he learnt languages like Sanskrit, Urdu, Persian, Hindi, Marathi, etc. To do in-depth research in all the branches of music from its origin to recent development stage by stage. He has trained many music aspirants in practical and theoretical music, particularly in the scientific aspects of musicology. He has authored several books, viz. Bharatiya Sangit Prasanga, Sangiti Sabdakosa, Origin of Srutis, Raga-O-Tar-Prakarbheda and many valuable research papers in different Bengali magazines. Apart from being a physician, musician and musicologist, Dr. Roy was an eminent lyricist, director of giti-natyas and an actor. Kolkata Sangit Research Academy honoured him (Jan. 1985) for his outstanding knowledge and achievement in all the branches of music.