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Carnatic Music: Book Review
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Carnatic Music: Book Review History of South Indian (Carnatic Music) – from Vedic Times to the Present by Rangaramanuja Ayyangar, (Published by the author, Madras, Rs 25)  By MOHAN NADKARNI The Times of India, July 30, 1972 INDIAN music is believed to be the oldest system in the world and Bharata’s Natya Shastra (circa fifth century B. C.) is the earliest available treatise on...

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Khayal Gharanas In Hindustani Music: Book Review
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Khayal Gharanas In Hindustani Music: Book Review By MOHAN NADKARNI writing as GURUDEV SHARAN Times Weekly, October 7, 1973 Indian Musical Traditions : An Aesthetic Study Of The Gharanas In Hindustani Music : By Vamanrao Deshpande (Popular Prakashan, Bombay, pp. 120 Rs. 25) The gharana system is by far the most distinctive feature of north Indian (Hindustani) music. Indeed, its proliferation into several performing...

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New Light on Malhar: Book Review
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New Light on Malhar: Book Review MALHAR KE PRAKAR : By Jaisukhlal Tribhuvan Shah (Published by the author, pp. 272, Rs.12.50) By MOHAN D. NADKARNI writing as GURUDEV SHARAN The Times of India, August 2, 1970 The Malhar group of ragas is a class by itself in the wide and varied repertory of Hindustani music. Recent researches in musicology reveal that most of the Malhar...

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For The Foreign Audience: Book Reviews
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For The Foreign Audience: Book Reviews Understanding Indian Classical Music : By G.N. Joshi (Taraporewala, Price not stated) By MOHAN NADKARNI writing as GURUDEV SHARAN The Times of India, Sunday, April 22, 1979 Mr. Joshi makes it clear in his prefatory note that he has foreign readership specially in view in writing his book. Although, over the post-freedom years, Western interest in Indian music has...

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From Maharashtra: Book Review
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From Maharashtra: Book Review Maharashtra’s Contribution to Music by Vamanrao Deshpande, (Maharashtra Information Centre, New Delhi, Re 1) By MOHAN NADKARNI writing as GURUDEV SHARAN The Times of India, July 30, 1972 PROBABLY no other region in India has made so rich and varied a contribution to music as Maharashtra. It covers a wide range from classical and light classical to stage and light...

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Dances of India – Book Review
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Dances of India – Book Review Indian dances: By Rina Singha and Reginald Massey (Faber & Faber, 63s) By MOHAN D. NADKARNI The Times of India, February 25, 1968 INDIAN dance, like Indian music, has a record of achievement through the ages. It once enjoyed pride of place in temple and court. But the extent of neglect it suffered under alien rule was truly...

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