Music Research News Letter -36
Updates to the website musicresearch.in: The new additions to this website since 09-Dec-2014 can be viewed in the homepage of the website www.musicresearch.in.
Updates to the website musicresearchlibrary.net (MRL)
Following are the highlights of other new additions in MRL in September 2015 – January 2016:
A] Journals and Magazines (Periodicals): Issues of the following periodicals have been uploaded:
- Dhrupad Annual
B] Dissertation Lists: Details of M.Phil and Ph.D. Dissertations pertaining to Madurai Kamaraj University, Kerala University, Calicut University and Sri Padmavathi Mahila Visva Vidyalayam have been uploaded to the website under ‘Dissertations’. These can be viewed by clicking on the link:
We wish to gratefully acknowledge the help given by Dr. Jalaja Varma, Head, Department of Music, Calicut University, Dr. Rukmani Krishnan, Lecturer, Sathguru Sangeetha Vidyalayam, Madurai, Mrs. Mohana Sharma, Research Scholar , Sathguru Sangeetha Vidyalayam, Madurai and Dr. R.N. Saileswari, Asst. Professor, Department of Music, Sri Padmavati Mahila University, Tirupati in collating and providing the lists for upload to the website.
Scholars interested in sharing their Ph.D or M.Phil Dissertations or Dissertation Lists of their institutions through the website musicresearchlibrary.net are welcome to send the soft copies of the same or link of their website to email@example.com.
I] The following books in English have been uploaded:
We are very grateful to Sri Akella Mallikarjuna Sarma for making available the above books for upload.
II] The following books in Kannada have been uploaded:
III] The following book in Samskritam has been uploaded:
I] The following manuscripts pertaining to Source Texts have been uploaded:
II] The following manuscripts pertaining to Songs have been uploaded:
E] Source Texts:
The following Source Texts have been uploaded:
Following is information about freely downloadable catalogs, books and manuscripts:
A] Namami Digitization Catalog: The digitization catalog of the National Manuscripts Mission (Namami) can be accessed by clicking on the following link:
B] Music Books Download: Some valuable music books can be downloaded from
C] Music Manuscript in egangotri website: Scanned music manuscripts in the egangotri website can be accessed by clicking on the following link:
A project to re-construct and present a ‘Citra Pūrva Raṅga’ as in Bharata’s Nāṭya Śāstra has been undertaken by Sri Kalamandalam Piyal Bhattacharya. The following links give information about this project:
1) La Música Clásica De La India
Rāga Saṅgīta en la tradición vocal e instrumental del norte
Jaime R. Pombo
“La música clásica de la India” is the first book in Spanish language about Hindustani classical music. The text provides a comprehensive, documented and deep understanding of this art tradition. Its eight chapters cover the most important aspects of this music: Concept of Sound in Indian Tradition – Raga – Tala – Rasa – Samaya – Gharanas – Main Vocal Genres – Instrumental Music. The book also features high quality photos of the main classical instruments and a eleven pages long Glossary. The foreword for this work has been writen by Agustín Pániker, one of the most renowned indologists in Spanish language.
Publisher: Kairós (November 2015)
Pages/Size: 384pp. / 13x20cm
Order From: Www.Editorialkairos.Com
2) Tellings and Texts: Music, Literature and Performance in North India
Examining materials from early modern and contemporary North India and Pakistan, Tellings and Texts brings together seventeen first-rate papers on the relations between written and oral texts, their performance, and the musical traditions these performances have entailed. The contributions from some of the best scholars in the field cover a wide range of literary genres and social and cultural contexts across the region.
The texts and practices are contextualized in relation to the broader social and political background in which they emerged, showing how religious affiliations, caste dynamics and political concerns played a role in shaping social identities as well as aesthetic sensibilities. By doing so this book sheds light into theoretical issues of more general significance, such as textual versus oral norms; the features of oral performance and improvisation; the role of the text in performance; the aesthetics and social dimension of performance; the significance of space in performance history and important considerations on repertoires of story-telling. The book also contains links to audio files of some of the works discussed in the text.
Tellings and Texts is essential reading for anyone with an interest in South Asian culture and, more generally, in the theory and practice of oral literature, performance and story-telling.
King’s College London has generously contributed to the publication of this volume.
Title: Tellings and Texts: Music, Literature and Performance in North India
Editors: Francesca Orsini and Katherine Butler Schofield
Publication date: October 2015
The book is available for sale on http://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/311/tellings-and-texts–music–literature-and-performance-in-north-india
Software Programs Pertaining to Music:
1) Software for Tāla Prastāra/Naṣṭa/Uddiṣṭa and Meru tables:
The website www.vipanci.com hosts two software programs pertaining to Tāla Prastāra/Naṣṭa/Uddiṣṭa and Meru tables (as described in Saṅgītaratnākara) developed by Mr. Venugopal Chari. The links to the two programs are as below:
2) Software for Tanpura, Metronome etc.:
Music software programs developed by a Sitar Player Sri Dharmabir Singh are available on the following website:
These software programs Tanpura, Swara Lattice, Swara Players etc. are freeware – and can be run on Windows or Mac system.
Review video for above softwares can be found at
Arati Rao, Vidya Jayaraman and N. Ramanathan