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Treasure of Indian Music

Item Code: NAL726
Author: Dr. K.A. Pakkiriswamybharathy
Publisher: Gurukulam Academy, Chennai
Language: English
Edition: 2012
Pages: 744
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 680 gm
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About the Author

‘Isaiyiel Peraringer’, ‘Sangeetha Ratna’, ‘Aayvial Aringer’ Dr. K.A. Pakkiriswamybharathy M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., D. (Music)., D. (Journalism) was the Prrincipal of Tamilnadu Government Music College at Coimbatore, Madurai and Chennai. Dr.K.A. Pakkiriswamybharathy was born to Anandan-Meenakshi duo on 20.01.1951 at Knogampattu Village, Villupuram District, Tamilnadu. The title of his M.Phill., research work was ‘ Tamizhagathin Thonmaiyana Isai Karuvigal’ and Ph.D. title is ‘ Tamizhaga Isai Marabil Thalakkalai’. He served as a Professor in the Department of flute at Government Music College, Madurai from 22.12.1982. From 03.11.1995 to 08.10.1996 he served as the Principal at Government Music College, Coimbatore. From 09.10.1996 to 11.06.2000 he was the Principal at Government Music College, Madurai. From 12.06.2000 to 30.05.2005 he was again the Principal in Government Music College, Coimbatore. From 01.06.2005 to 31.01.2009 he served as the Principal at Government Music College, Chennai.

He received many awards, appreciation and honourary Degrees in the field of Music. He has given many discourses in the field of Music-Music Academy, Chennai, Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai, in Many music Sabhas, in many Universities, music festivals television Channels and radio. He made practical presentations also.

He had contributed to over 1000 articles in various books, journals and magazines. His research work can be classified into – Isai Varalaru (History of Music), Isai Kalaignargai Varalaru (History of 200 musicians), Isai Vagaigal (Types of Music), Taala Vagaigal (Types of Taalas), Isai Karuvigal (Musical Instruments), Isai Amaipugal ( Music Formations) and Paadal Thguppugal (Collection of Songs). This book ‘Treasure of Indian Music’ (Indiya Isai Karuvoolam) contains 10 parts, 40 chapters and 750 pages. This book is useful to the Sangeetha Vidwans Faculty, research scholars and students of various universitis, colleges, schools, institutions and Organisations. This book is a new arrival to the world of music and will be truly useful to all.

Afetr his retirement from 1.2.2009, Dr. K.A. Pakkiriswamybharathy is now involved in editing, ‘Isai Karuvoolam’ (Treasure of Music), a music and Dance monthly magazine. He has dedicated himself to music.

Our best wishes ti ‘Isaiyiel Peraringer’, ‘Sangeetha Ratna’ ‘Aayvial Aringer’ Dr.K.A. Pakkiriswamybharathy.


The book entitled ‘Treasure of Indian Music’ Written with more efforts by ‘Sangeetha Ratna’ Dr.K.A. Pakkiriswamybharathy is obiviously an excellent work. No doubt, it is absolutely an asset to the music lovers.

The author has shown his musical attitude by giving full details with more depth, from the basic aspects of music, theoretically which proves his capability and skill.

The chapters deal the history of atleast 165 Vaggeyakaras, starting from the ancient vedic period. The most important item is 136 Rga lakshanas. He also has included the most intricate details of 22 sruthis which is very much essential for the students who have chosen Music as one of the subject in their degree courses. The details of the musical instruments belonging to the Karnatic Classical, Hindusthani and Western are noteworthy.

The author has mentioned on idioms and proverbs relating to music is really an interesting one. The Mudhras handled by various music composers are also mentioned in this book, which would certainly provide wide knowledge to the students of music and readers of music book readers.

I wish the author for his wonderful presentation and I am sure that this book will be a treasure to the World of Music.


Part- I
A.Music- An Introduction
1The greatness, Power, Special Features1-14
and Antiquity of Indian Music
2Fundamental Technical Terms in Music15-26
Part- II
b. Different kinds of Musical Forms
3Classification of Musical Forms27-43
Musical form for Exercise (Abhyasa Gana)
Musical form for Concert (Sabha Gana)
4Sacred Musical Forms43-47
Thevaram, Divya prabhandam, Thiruppugazh
Thiruvarutpa, Kavadi Chindu
5Folk music and its unique features48-51
Part- III
C. Dance
Bharatanatyam, Natya Nataka (Dance drama),
Bhagavata mela, Kuravanji Nataka
Geyanataka, Katha kalakshepam
7Dance of India60-63
Kuchupudi, Kathakali, Mohiniattam, Yakshaganam,
Kathak, Manipuri, Odissi
Part- IV
D. Raga
872 Melakarthas64-84
The scheme of 72 melakartha system
History and structure of the scheme
Vivadi melas, Katapayadi Formula
The 72 Melakartha Chart
9Classification of Ragas85-107
Classification of Janya Ragas
10Ragas and Raga Lakshanas107-112
11Decription of 136 Ragas113-301
Part- V
E. Thala
12Different Types of Thalas302-318
7 Thalas, 35 Thalas, 175 Thalas
Desadi, Madhyadi, Chapu Thalas
108 Thalas, Pancha Thalas,
Nava Sandhi Thalas
13Thala Dasa Pranas318-329
Ten Important Aspects of Tala
14Arunagirinadar Thiruppugazh with330-333
reference to Sandam and various Thala
Part - VI
F. Musicology
15Music Notation334-340
16Musical Prosody340-352
Decorative aspects of mmusical composition
Gamakas and Alankarams
17Mudras in musical compositions352-363
18Triodasa Lakshanas ofd Ragas364-366
19Creative Music Forms367-381
Ragam, Tanam, Pallavi, Niraval and
Kalpana Swara
20Music appreciation for a composition381-388
21The qualities of a good vocalist and the388-392
Qualities to be avoided
(gayaka gunas and dhoshas)
22The evolution of swaras392-397
Origin and development of scales and ragas
unique nature of swaras
23A portrait of Modern Music397-403
Positive and Negative features of Modern Music
24Tradition of South Indian Music404-421
Tamil Music Tradition
25The Tradition of Hindustani Music421-434
26The Tradition of Western Music434-442
Contact with the other music systems
The principle of Mutual exchange
Comparison of Indian Music with that others
Part- VII
G. Musical Instruments
27Classification of Musical Instruments442-447
1South Indian Musical Instruments
2Hindustani Musical Instruments
3Western Musical Instruments
4Human Throat, Larynx, Vocal Box & Ear707-710
5Types of Musical Instruments with diagrams711-719
28Laws of Vibrations477-480
1Laws of Stringed Instruments
2Laws of Wind Instruments
3Laws of skincovered Instruments
29A comparative study of vocal and480-483
Instrument Music
Part- VIII
H. Sruthis
30Explanation of 22 sruthis484-494
Cycles of Fifths (Shadja- Panchama Relation)
Cycles of Fourths (Shadja- Madyama Relation)
31Physics of Music495-504
Difference between Noise and Music, Pitch
Intensity, Timbre, Sruthi Intervals
(Vadi, Samvadi, Anuvadi, Vivadi Swaras)
The Modal shift of Tonic (Graha bheda)
32The scale of Just Intonation505-507
The Scale of Equal Temperament,
Absolute Pitch and Relative Pitch
Sympathic Vibration, Harmonics
Echo, Beats
Part- IX
I, History of Indian Music
33Sources and Evidences for the History of South Indian Music508-534
Milestones of the history of Indian Music
34Seats of Music in South India534-547
35165 Music Luminaries contributions with a Biographical sketch548-678
Part- X
J. General
36Construction and use of Concert Halls679-681
37The role of Larynx and the Ear682-687
38The use of Gramaphone, Tape Recorder, Radio687-692
Film, Television, Compact Disc
39Folk Dances692-700
40Folk Dramas and701-706
Methods of Singing Folk Music
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