"This book is an enriching experience for all those who are
fascinated by Indian classical music. It offers an unusual insight into what
makes Indian classical music what it is; many-splendoured, simple, yet subtle
and impossible to pin down using conventional parameters."
As the author points out, almost every Indian art is
directed towards transforming those who are attracted to it; its allure and
enchantment is only an incidental thing that happens. So Raghava Menon traces
the inner journey of transformation that a musician must make as he rigorously
searches for his music. In the process, the book explores the various pillars on
which Indian classical music rests; the Swara, the Raga, Talas, Gayaki, Gharanas,
and the alchemical process of personal, one-on-one transmission of the knowledge
from the Guru.
Along the way, the book illumines what one hears when
listening to a concert or a recording: how and why a Raga is much more than its
notes; how a classical Indian musician explores a Raga; the time theory of
Ragas; the different kinds of compositions; the essential difference between
Indian and Western classical music, and much else. There is also a glossary of
important concepts and terms and a select discography.
For all lovers of Indian classical music, this book will
help in gaining a deeper, fuller understanding. It is a disarmingly short book;
its multi-layered texture will ambush you with its magic.