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Hindustani Music and the Aesthetic Concept of Form

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It studies the concept of form in the context of art, specifically Hindustani music. It investigates the underlying philosophical aesthetics and some aesthetical concepts and analyses the basic forms of raga and tala.

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ISBN 13 9788124601341
Book Language English
Binding Hardcover
Total Pages 174
Edition 2nd
Release Year 2009
Publisher D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Author Anjali Mittal
Category Performing Arts & Aesthetics  
Weight 550.00 g
Dimension 14.00 x 22.00 x 1.80


With its roots in the Samaveda (which treats it as a ‘divine art’), music in India has a long, splendid tradition. Over the centuries, it has absorbed fresh influences and experimented with new forms to finally evolve into two meticulously codified classical systems: Hindustani and Carnatic. In today’s growing library of writings on Hindustani music, Anjali Mittal’s research is yet another valuable addition adopting, as it does, a viewpoint which has been neglected so far, namely, the viewpoint of contemporary western aesthetics. It is for the first time that this monograph examines the concept of form in Hindustani classical music. In this context, analytic attention has been focussed on some select compositions in dhruvapada, dhamar, tarana, vilambit and drut khyal genres of Hindustani classical vocal music. A wide variety of drut tanas has also been analysed in terms of notation and linear diagrams. Such diagrams, in fact, distinguish the present volume. Analysis of some rhythm-cycles and rhythmic patterns is another feature of this book. Thoroughly documented and written in a jargon-free language, the study includes a contextual discussion of aesthetics, artistic expression, aesthetic predicates and, above all, the concept of artistic form. The work may be expected to interest all those who want an analytic understanding of what form (or bandisha) means in the region of Hindustani classical vocal music.