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THE SCALES OF INDIAN MUSIC: A COGNITIVE APPROACH TO THĀṬ / MELAKARTĀ

PRITHWINDRA MUKHERJEE

2004, xi+438pp., appen., gloss., bibl., ISBN: 81-7305-271-9, Rs. 1600 (HB)


 

This book is about a delicate and complex subject - a comparative study of the structure of rāgas (modal scales intimately connected with musical forms) in the north and south India, and the modes of classifying them.

The thāṭs (parent scales) of Hindustānī music and seventy-two Carnatic melakartās have been carefully dealt with. The author has studied the pitch value of each note and has also tried in a logical format to ascribe about 4,000 plus rāga scales, under the fitting mela structure. Beyond the descriptive and analytical aspects of the work, the author could detect in guise of conclusion, certain laws of taxonomy common between those related to ragas with reference to the thāṭs/melakartās and those currently in vogue in contemporary cognitive research.

This work, it is hoped, would prove to be a boon to musicians and students of music in acquiring a
thorough and systematic knowledge on the subject, and will enlighten the reader with innumerable traditional, old, obsolete rediscovered and newly-created as well as renamed rāgas.

 


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