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The Rags of North Indian Music: Their Structure and Evolution

by Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy


This book explores important features of Indian classical modes: the structure of melody, the effect of the drone, ornamentation and intonation, the function of accidentals and the perception of symmetries. These are related to a well-documented survey of the evolutionary processes that have shaped the rags of today. In this new edition, a new chapter “Introduction to Technical Terms” has been added for the benefit of those not so familiar with a theoretical approach to North Indian music.

A CD of rags demonstrated by Vilayat Khan, (sitar) and Umrao Khan, (sarangi/voice) is also available.




ISBN 81-7154-395-2 ©1995 Price $25, S&H
w/CD add $10 + S&H

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