The Puṣpa-Sūtra is one of the major
ancillary works in the Sāman technical literature attributed to the
Kauthuma and Rāṇāyaṇīya schools. It deals with the Sāman melodies and
their structure. The term pa, in the present context, means t syllabic
expansion that takes place when a melody is formed out of a verse. The
Puṣpa-Sūtra was written long after the Sāman melodies had been
It is difficult to fix the exact
date of the Puṣpa-Sūtra. There were additions to the original nucleus,
like the vikalpas (alternatives), remaining bhāvas, the detailed
treatment of prastāva and the first two prapāṭhakas. Its present form
of having ten prapāṭhakas is a great help to the scholars working in
the field of the study of Sāmavedic chants. The explanation of the
technical terms provided in this edition could also be of great help
to the readers.
The present edition prepared by G.H.
Tarlekar who was a living authority on the science of Sāman-chanting,
contains the accurate text in Sanskrit with English exposition
bringing out all the intricate points discussed in the Sūtras in a
highly technical language. This important text on the Sāman-chanting
has been exposited in English in this edition for the first time.