He has served Kurukshetra
University's Music Department as
Professor Head and the Dean of faculty
of Indic Studies. Many scholars got
their Ph.D. degrees under his guidance.
He has served Music Department 0
Delhi University also as Professor and
Head & Dean Faculty of Music and
Fine Arts and retired as a professor
from the same.
Dr. Alka Nagpal is a Reader in the
Department of Music. Delhi
University and 'A' class graded Si
Player. She is a topper and gold
medalist in M.A. from Kurukshetr
University and Ph.D. from Delhi
University. She is the author 0
'Sangeet Mein Shodh Pravidhi’; She
is also guiding few scholars for their
Ph.D. work. She has performed in
various prestigious music concerts I
From the earliest times the tradition of India's great cultural
heritage found its progressive path in the hands of great masters
traditionally. Its bright future in foreign countries was foreseen by Pt.
Ravi Shankar even four decades back when he commented that the
world needed an exposure to our music in a big way. At that time he
felt very much concerned about the slow decline of standard of Indian
music, but as the time passed this fear of. his proved abortive and the
music of Indian kept its supremacy over the music of the world in its
'aesthetic and spiritual manner.
It is interesting to note that inspire of many different languages
spoken in the country and numerous customs, India before partition
and even afterwards had only two systems of classical music i.e. Hindustani music and music of the South, known as Karnataka music. There
is no rigid distinction in India between classical or folk music. These
are correlated with each other.
Many books have been written on various aspects of Indian music
by great authors; still the student of music wants to go through different
writers, dealing particular topics in a concise form. The present book
is a modest attempt of the writer to give the genealogy of musicians,
the forms of Indian music from ancient to modern times and as well as
the problems of a music student, all in a concise form so that not even
a student of music but a general reader can also get a fair idea about
. all these aspects of Indian music. In doing so I have not depended only
on one source but have tried to collect the material from different
sources. Again, undue importance has not been attached to anyone
particular style but to my best ability, all have been treated equally. This
would enable the readers to get an unbiased picture and to feel free to
draw his own conclusions.
It is vitally desired by all concerned that a student of music should
be conversant with all the different styles of different Gharanas. Of
course, if this Endeavour of mine goes to any length to serve this
long-standing need of the students of music and other music lovers, I
shall consider my labor sufficiently well rewarded.
I owe my gratefulness to my Guru, Pt. Ravi Shankar for writing the
foreword of this humble attempt of mine, at my request and also for
his continued encouragement and inspiration.
I am also debated to all my colleagues and friends and other learned
personalities who guided me from time to time and gave many valuable
suggestions, so that this work could be completed in this form. I am
also thankful to Smt. Alka Nagpal who helped me in collecting the
material of this book as well as is a co-writer of this booklet.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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