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Book Details

Six Principal Ragas
(With a Brief View of Hindu Music)
Sourindro Mohun Tagore
Bibliography : iv, 88pp., 7 Plates, Demy 4vo.
HB ISBN (10) : 8175364041
HB ISBN (13) : 9788175364042

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About the Book:

The author has set to notation the six principal Ragas<-i> of the Hindus, adopting their national notation as the one indispensable for the through expression of Hindu Music. To impart picture-sequences to the treatise, as well as to clothe it with orientalism, he has also given their emblematical representations.<-p>

The word Sangita has a complex significance. It means the union of three things - gita, vadya<-i> and nritya<-i>; or song, percussion and dancing. The works that treat of the principles and laws of both vocal and instrumental music, and of the rules and directions with regard to the whole scope of theatric representation, are called Sangita Sastras. Sangita Sastra<-i> may be considered in a two-fold view - as a science and as an art.<-p>

Considered as a Science, it treats of the origin and propagation of Nada<-i> or sound of the doctrine of Srutis or the theory of Sanskrita intervals, of the doctrine of svaras<-i> or musical sounds, of the formation of the different species of scales, of the rules of murchchanas<-i> and tanas<-i>, of the composition of ragas<-i> and their various modifications and variations of the variety, of talas<-i> or times conformable to regular metre and of the rules and directions with respect to the various styles of theatric representation.<-p>

Considered as an art, it lays down the necessary directions for the cultivation of the human voice, for the performance of instrumental music, and for the various motions and gestures in dancing. Sangita Sastra<-i> is accordingly divided into two portions; namely, aupapattika<-i> and Kriasidaha<-i> or theoretical and practical. The general and most essential characteristic of gita vadya<-i> and nritya<-i> is rakti or the power of affecting the heart.<-p>

Six Principal Ragas, by Sourindro Mohun Tagore


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