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Nad: Understanding Raga Music Paperback – July 4, 1998
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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.Read more ›
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.