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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: B.P.I. Publishers; 1 edition (July 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8186982078
  • ISBN-13: 978-8186982075
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandeep Bagchee's 'Nad: Understanding Raga Music' is one of the few books that has helped me as a Westerner to achieve a greater understanding of Hindustani (North Indian) classical music.
Even though I had been taking sitar lessons on-and-off for a couple of years, and had been to 30 or 40 Indian Classical Music (ICM) concerts of all types by the time I found this book, there were many holes in my knowledge about Hindustani music, and I was confused by the many different claims that I had read and heard about what the 'correct' ways of doing things were. Bagchee's book helped me to see that there were competing claims to the 'right' way of doing things, and that these claims were matters of interpretation.
The book goes into detail about the musical construction of ragas (by focusing on how melody and rhythm are structured), examines the different forms of vocal and instrumental classical music, describes the main gharanas (schools of music, often based around a family tradition) and the physical construction of the sitar, sarod and tabla (while also mentioning other instruments more briefly), and discusses 8 frequently heard ragas.
While Bagchee's introduction is good, there is absolutely no substitute for taking lessons from a teacher - even if the emphasis of these lessons is to achieve an understanding of how Indian Classical Music, rather than the aim being for the student to become a proficient performer.
Although I understand some of the theory of Hindustani music, I recently decided to take some lessons from a Western tabla player because I thought that he would be able to explain the rhythmic structure of Hindustani music from the perspective of someone who had to learn it, as opposed to someone who grew up with it and 'naturally' understands it.
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If you have tried listening to Hindustani Music and have wanted to understand how it works, this book is for you. It is written in a very simple tone. The book does not expect any pre-requisite knowledge of music. The explanations of the various parts that make up a composition are quite helpful.
The author has successfully managed to transfer his interest and enthusiasm to the reader.

The beat structure and how the main vs accompanying artiste rhythm align to a common point is explained well. The book contains a good list of track references to further understand and appreciate Hindustani Music.
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I personally find it heavy, non-friendly and partial, as it favors one specific Gharana and it mentions it again and again. Not easy to use as a reference book but you may find information you can't find elsewhere. The Raga Guide by Joep Bor is nicer, more complete and easier to read. I also find it expensive for what you get.
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This book was for my coursework and I benefited from it. I would recommend this book to any interested person.
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By Vivian on March 25, 2015
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I received this book in very good condition, it covers the history, terms and back round of North Indian Music.
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