Author: R Satyanarayana
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187586168
Karnataka Music As Aesthetic Form is probably the first serious and systematic attempt to analyse and explain aesthetic experience of Karnataka music in the perspective of its multiple values. It deals with a traditional art form of Indian music which is performed and enjoyed by many millions of music lovers in India and abroad. Its focus is Karnataka music but much of what it says in the first half applies to Indian music in general.
The book develops its ideas and concepts progressively, beginning with an analysis of art experience, set forth against a background of human experience in general and examines some of the prominent Indian and western theoretical models of art experience and beauty. The main thrust of its argument presented with philosophical insights is that experience of pure music is qualitatively different from other forms of aesthetic experience, incomparable and autonomous, and that traditional aesthetic theories of poetry and threatre are inadequate to explain musical experience per se.
The author examines, in the process, aesthetic materials and compositional design of Indian music as well as the musical forms and instruments employed in contemporary Karnataka music. Historical continuity and chronology of the musical system are discussed in relation to general and particular historiographical problems and in relation to the historical evolution of the characterizing features of the system viz. raga, tala, vadya and prabandha. It may be mentioned that art historiography with special reference to Indian music is one of the author’s major interests.
The book is based on extensive, original sources drawn from different areas of study such as aesthetics, Indian music, Vedic and Tantrik literature.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MAHAMAHOPADHYAYA DR R SATHYANARAYANA is one of the foremost thinkers and writers in the field of Art (especially Indian music and Indian dancing) in modern India. He is broad based in several physical sciences, humanistic and indological disciplines. Prof Sathyanarayana belongs to the third generation of the sisya-parampara of the saint-composer Sri Tyagaraja. Sri Sathyanarayana is a noted guru in the srividya tantra of kadimata and anandabhairava sampradaya.
Beauty: (a) Aesthetic Thought in the West
Beauty: (b) Indian Thought
AUTONOMY OF MUSIC EXPERIENCE
Inadequacy of Rasa Theory
Nature of Music
Towards a Theory of Musical Aesthetics
AESTHETIC MATERIALS OF INDIAN MUSIC
Discernment in Aesthetic Experience
Musical Style ad Aesthetics
Taste and Musical Aesthetics
COMPOSITION IN KARNATAKA MUSIC
Composition in Karnataka Music
The Role of Word in Music
Composer: Motivation, Limitation and Resources
Innovation in Musical Composition
General Description of a Music
Composition in Karnataka Music
MUSICAL FORM IN KARNATAKA MUSIC
Description of Musical Forms in Karnataka Music
Ugabhoga and Vacana
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN KARNATAKA MUSIC
Musical Instruments in Karnataka Music
Nagasvaram, Saxophone, Clarionet
Dolak and Tavil
HISTORIOGRPHY OF KARNAAKA MUSIC