PROVERBS AND FOLKLORE OF KUMAUN AND GARHWALISBN : 81-7022-894-8Edited By :GANGA DATT UPRETI
Proverbs and folklore of Kumaun and Garhwal is the first of its kind. The book is gifted with a rich collection of proverbs, axioms, sayings and phrases for particular occasions as well as the customs and manners out of which they arise. Clustering more…Read Morethan 200 themes arranged in alphabetical order, it is written in Devanagari, followed by English translation with due regard to the hill accentuation. Apart from classified themes, an appendix with 114 new proverbs has been suitably provided at the end.
RABARIISBN : 81-7107-026-4Edited By :Francesco d'Orazi Flavoni
(1990 136pp. col. and b&w plates, bibl.)
This work is unencumbered by ethnography. It serves as a valuable introduction to what is called at the IGNCA, loka paramaparā – the people’ tradition. As a picture book it is an art-work of high quality and as a descriptive material it is a new and fresh exposition of Rabari lifestyle.
RAGALAKSANA SRI MUDDHUVNKATAMAKHINISBN : 978-81-208-3408-8Edited By :R. SATHYANARAYANA
(2010, xvii + 376 pp)
The Rāgalakṣaṇam was composed by Mudduveṅkaṭamakhin in Tanjore in the early eighteenth century CE. It is an important text of Karnataka music and appeared in an effervescent epoch in the development of this music system of which it deals only with rāga…Read MoreIt collects, classifies, codifies and characterizes the entire music base of the Indian peninsula. The author was a musician, musicologist and music composer of high order. His contribution to the world of music is twofold; systematization of the theory of rāga content of his times and creating music to crystallize the character and scope of each rāga described.
The author derived his inspiration from his great-grandfather, Veṅkaṭmakhim who revolutionized the theory and practice of Indian music through his scheme of seventy-two melas. His Caturdaṇḍīprakāśīkā illustrates the four fun dam en tal components ( daṇḍī of music-gīta, ālāpa, ṭhāya and prabandha, which his paramaguro (teacher’s teacher) Tanappa postulated and illustrated. His own guru was his father Govindadīkṣita who made the first daṇḍīs in practice in his Saṅgītasudhā.
Thus a line of four important musicians musicologists-composer of south India – Tānappā, Govindadiīkṣita, Veṅkaṭamakhin and Mudduveṅkaṭamakhin -built up or reorganized a textual tradition which supported a living dynamic tradition of performed music in which hundreds of composers, thousands of performers and countless listeners endeavoured to continuously strengthen and nourish it. The Rāgalakṣaṇam marks an important phase of this great evolution.
RAGAVIBODHAISBN : 978-81-208-3794-2
The Ragavibodha is a masterpiece on musicology from the 17th century. It was composed by SomanŒtha to address the existing contradictions between the ancients’ theory and prevailing performance practices; thus making it an indispensable treatise, to be included in the Kalamulasastra series of the IGNCA.
RELIGION AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS- A MonographISBN :Edited By :Seyyed Hossein Nasr
In a memorable lecture delivered by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the author delves deep into the causes of the environmental crisis which has gripped both the developed and the developing world. His piercing and sharp argument takes us through the different approaches of mankind toward nature and the manner in which pure science and technology have been used, to satisfy greed, not need.
Ritual as Ideology: Text and Context in TeyyamISBN : 81-246-0275-1Edited By :Chandran T. V.
(2005, xx+133pp., one map, 54 coloured photos, bibl., index)
Teyyam, the spectacular ritual dance widely performed in north Kerala, has its distinct forms of visual and verbal expression. However, what was once expressed through the distinctly indigenous forms of this religious “other” no longer remains the same,…Read Moreas the specificities of meaning and messages as encoded in the whole structure of its ritual performance were levelled out and superceded by the ideological laundering of caste Hinduism. Ritual as Ideology looks into the specific cultural formation of teyyam – it re-frames and interprets various myths of the mother-goddesses and hero-deities by situating them in the historical conditions in which they originated.
Based on a study of the myths at a microstructual level, the book explores from a sociological perspective how the ritual functions as ideology, apart from its cultic or religious significance. The study also unfolds and explains the gender disparity between the archetypal Female Devourer and her Male Victims, the recurrent motifs in the myths related to various manifestations of the Terrible Mother in Teyyam. The study thus acquires contemporary significance in the face of cultural athoritarianism that in its design of appropriation attributes the village pantheon of every “little tradition” to canonical Hinduism, a process that has been so rife in today’s cultural politics.
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ROCK ART IN THE OLD WORLDISBN :Edited By :MICHAEL LORBLANCHET
(2001, xxxii+538pp., tables, maps, col. and b&w figs.)