Until not too long ago, most books on music have been riddled with technical jargons coping with the intricacies of raga and tala, and have been primarily addressed to the elite aficionados, music college students or students. With the arrival of tv, YouTube, music web sites and umpteen devices to browse, document, retailer and share music, there was a democratisation of music appreciation and understanding, and a broadening of tastes.

The musical renditions of masters of yore turned available for reference by the Web, giving the rising music viewers a style of assorted musical traditions in India and to take heed to the voice and magnificence of masters from completely different gharanas and areas.

Such free availability of music deepened {popular} curiosity within the life and artwork of outdated masters throughout the nation, spurring the publication of music columns in magazines and scholarly books on classical music. Ramesh Gopalakrishnan, a eager listener and scholar of classical in addition to {popular} music, has penned a number of books on musical traditions and kinds.

The ebook Gharana: Hindustani Sangeethakaranmar is a compilation of articles on masters of Hindustani music. Divided into two sections, Dhrupad and Khayal, the ebook accommodates profiles of greater than 50 musicians from each traditions. Written in lucid language that’s accessible to the final reader, it’s a journey into the world of Hindustani music, its historical past, numerous gharanas, guru-shishya paramparas, kinds and influences.

Ramesh Gopalakrishnan

The primary half dwells upon the historical past of Dhrupad music that has advanced and developed by a number of centuries and generations, with the blessings of assorted royal patrons and the dedication of illustrious singers, particularly from the Dagar household.

Originating from the legendary singer Tansen, it’s a musical custom that spans 20 generations, from Baba Gopinath Pandey, Haldar Khan and Behram Khan to its modern practitioners equivalent to Nafeesuddin Dagar and Aneesudin Dagar.

The second half includes profiles of all-time greats of Hindustani music from completely different gharanas throughout the nation, briefly touching upon their life, the gurus who mentored them, their formative influences, phases of their profession, their fashion and contributions, and the awards and recognitions they have been bestowed with.

These profiles function main musical geniuses of Hindustani music over the past one-and-half centuries. Ranging from early masters equivalent to Vishnunarayan Bhatkhande, Vishnu Digambar Paluskar and Alladiya Khan, it covers vocalists and instrumentalists from all the main gharanas and banis, main as much as modern masters equivalent to Ashwini Bide Deshpande, Prabha Atre and Shubha Mudgal.

Other than temporary biographies, what makes the profiles an attention-grabbing learn are the detours into sure dramatic turning factors within the singers’ life and musical profession, fascinating particulars about their often-troubled relationship with gurus and contemporaries, their early struggles, particularly of feminine singers, in {finding} a foothold on this extremely elitist and conservative world and to observe their artwork.

Working as a subtext to those journeys are the varied give and takes in musical kinds and traditions of various gharanas, the involvement of many musicians like Paluskar and Omkarnath Thakur within the nationalist motion and sure mutual fascinations and dialogues that lower throughout traditions, faculties and kinds like that between Karim Khan and Veena Dhanammal, some leading to spell-binding jugalbandi partnerships between musicians.

Whereas studying the ebook, one additionally passingly encounters the ebb and tides of assorted gharanas, that mark the highs and lows within the historical past of classical music in India in its evolution by a number of modes of patronage and allegiances — the royalty and zamindars earlier, then its passionate {engagement} with the nationalist resurgence and later its entanglements with the state-sponsored academies of artwork in unbiased India.

The ebook additionally attracts upon attention-grabbing references from books about music and movies like that of Mani Kaul who explored the efficiency, type and aesthetic of Dhrupad music.

This temporary but panoramic and passionate {engagement} with numerous masters, gharanas and kinds of Hindustani music is certain to tell, entertain and interact the music lovers.

By giving them a way of historical past the ebook additionally provokes the reader to step again and take heed to the previous in order to know the current extra deeply.



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