1st Edition

Master Musicians of India Hereditary Sarangi Players Speak

By Regula Burckhardt Qureshi Copyright 2007
    354 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    360 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Beginning with Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, Indian art music is renowned internationally for its improvised raga performance. This ancient tradition has for centuries been transmitted orally within the seclusion of hereditary families. Few such families remain today, and not enough is known about their central contribution to the life of Indian music. Master Musicians of India reveals this rich world through profiles and interviews of key musicians from this tradition.

    Introduction  Delhi: Centre of Power  Bombay: Freelance Centre  Lucknow: Centre of Tradition  Benares: Centre of Hindu Culture  Karachi: Centre of Émigrés  Glossary  References


    Regula Quershi is Director of the Center for Ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta, Canada. She edited Music and Marx, a monograph published by Routledge in 2002. Besides her academic writing, Quershi is also a noted performer of Indian music and Islamic chant.