In this book, first published in 1972, Indian music is given the comprehensive treatment it so richly deserves. The author brings a wealth of association with the country and its music into focus with a general introduction to the cultural and spiritual environment, and to the techniques, instruments and methods of the Indian musician.
Foreword by Ravi Shankhar. 1. The Hindu Background 2. Ras Bhaav: The Feel of the Music 3. Historical Development and the Growth of the Aesthetic Principles 4. The Grammar of the Raag: Passion and Precision in the Craftsmanship 5. Memoria Technica 6. A Word for the Vocalist 7. Infinite Variations on One Theme