Music in Indian Perspective
|Utpal K. Banerjee
|Shubhi Publications, Gurgaon
|94 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
|9.50 X 6.50 inch
Indian Performing Arts was my first book in 1992 covering substantially the area for the 1970's and 1980's. With an encouraging Foreword by the scholar-aesthete Dr. Kapila Vatsyayana and delightful sketches by the master-artist RK Laxman, the book (from Vikas Publishing House) was surprisingly well received - especially abroad - and went through multiple editions till the copies got exhausted. It was time to cover the scene in the 1990's and Indian performing. Arts: A Mosaic has been an entirely new book in that direction: out in early 2006 (from Harman Publishing House) which has been already snapped up by the market.
The scenario of Indian classical music has also changed over this period of time. It has to change, because it is part of us. So haven't we! In the olden times one could, just by the mere looks of the person, tell whether he was Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, South Indian or Gujarati. Today it is probably a little difficult to conjecture unless the person tells you his identity. Earlier, the mere opening alap by the artist could reveal his tutelage, but today is it like that? So much exposure is available by ways of the Internet, AIR, CD's, videos, television and so many concerts. All these have had their role and share in the person's identity. It is nice in a way that things have opened up so much.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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