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Author: Swami Prajnanananda
Publisher: Ramakrishna Vedanta Math
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
Music of the South-Asian Peoples deals historically with the music-materials of India, Cashmere. Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Bangladesh and Pakistan. The plan of writing this book has absolutely been devised from a new outlook with many new findings and records of Indian music.
The book is divided into three volumes. This first volume has covered the periods, primitive, Prehistoric, Vedic, Epic, Buddhistic and Classical, and has discussed the materials of music, their developments and systems unto Bharata’s Natyasastra (300 B C –200 A D).
This volume has discussed about Vedic music gandharva-music, classical marga-music and sophisticated desi-music, and has proved that the later marga type of classical music evolved partly from the Vedic music and greatly from the gandharva-music devised and cultured by the semi-divine Gandharvas.
This volume has elaborately discussed about the systems of dramatic Stage and dramatic performance as described by Muni Bharata and, for comparative study and knowledge, it has dealt with the Theatres of Athens, Greece and Crete Along with laws and principles of drama and dramatic plays of the Hindus and the Greeks. Besides, this volume has discussed about the rasas and bhavas, along with their applications in the dramatic performances and songs.
Five Apprendices have been appended to this volume, which will help the scholars in their research works. The appendices have been dealt with the facts and problems of different ancient scales or gramas, the English translation of the mandapa-vidhana or Stage-Construction (the second chapter of Bharata’s Natya-sastra), Aesthetics – Western and Indian, Jagannatha Pandit and Rasagangadhara, and the (a) Vedic Mythology by Prof A Hillebrandt, (c) Epic Mythology by Prof E W Hopkins, and (d) Classical Age by Dr K M Munshi. The mythologies of the Veda and Purana are the keys to unlock the mysteries, inner significances and meanings of the Vedas and Epics, and the real research workers will be benefited with these notes of Profs. Macdonell, Hillebrandt and Hopkins.
SOME IMPORTANT WORKS ON MUSIC BY THE SAME AUTHOR
Indian Music in Relation to Art and Culture –A new book with a new outlook on Indian music in relation to Indian Art and Culture (In the Press).
Music of the Nations- It contains musical materials of ancient nations of the world.
Music-Its Form, Function and Value
With historical outlook the fundamental materials of music, along with the discussions of Value and Psychology, both Indian and Western.
Historical Study of Indian Music –Different problems of Indian-music, along with Aesthetics, Iconography, Philosophy of music have been discussed.
Historical Development of Indian Music – It is an essential book on music. It has historically discussed about different types, schools, and problems of music.
Music And Its Subjects
Evolution Of Music in Society
Folk-Element in Indian Music
Theory of Music
Object of Music
Raga and Scale
Materials and Essentials of Music
Giti and Prabandha
Music Of India
Music in the Buddhist Period
The Classical Period
Ramayana, Mahabharata and Harivamsa
Music-Materials in the Literary works
Evolution Of Drama And Its Purpose
A Link Between Vedic And Gandharva Music
The Natyasastra of Muni Bharata
Rasa and Bhava