Author: Pandit AmarnathPublisher: HarperCollinsYear: 1994Language: EnglishPages: 170ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172231040
Idioms can be little word-poems. This volume will excite the imagination of music lovers and musicologists, musicians and students, linguists and historians alike.Culled from memory by one of the last of the surviving gurus in Hindustani music today, the idioms in this collection turn into poems of great musical wisdom, used by generations of masters - - the immortal ustads themselves - - to reveal kernels of musical experience and thought. From crucial terms such as aavart and kharaj bharnaa to musicological terminology like moorchanaa and shrutee, from telling proverbs like nikaasee achchee hai to the sayings of great masters, like the moving Lalit kee khairaat bat rahee hadi, the wealth of expression, put together here for the first time in English, is a major pathfinder to an otherwise closed tradition whose philosophies have been shared only amongst masters, disciples and connoisseurs. In this book, the classicist and classical vocalist Pandit Amarnath reveals the terms in both their etymology as well as their implications in musical practice and listening. With decades of experience in living, teaching and communicating his art, he recreates the everyday ghaaraanaa (traditional school) environment of Hindustani music, bringing a rich past alive.