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Indian Classical Music: An Initiation
Raghava R. Menon Indian Classical Music: An Initiation : Raghava R. Menon : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170942365)
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"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.

Raghava R. Menon

Raghava R. Menon studied music in the Guru-Shishya tradition under Pandit V.A. Kashalkar, one of the oldest students of Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. For many years he worked as a public relations executive and was subsequently associated with the University of the State of New York. He had also been a visiting professor at several european universities.

Mr Menon had written and published numerous book- reviews, short stories and articles on music in several newspapers and magazines both in India and abroad. He had also published several books on music including Discovering Indian Music, A Journey into Raga (which has been translated into German, French and Russian), The Pilgrim of the Swara, a biography of the singer K.L. Saigal and Indian Classical Music: An Initiation. He was a music critic for Indian music in the Times of India and for Western music in the Hindustan Times.

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