The Raga Guide - A Survey of 74 Hindustani Ragas - Book with 4 CDs

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The Raga Guide is an introduction to the vast topic of Hindustani ragas, the melodic basis for the classical music of northern India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. It is the modern reference work for listeners and connoisseurs, students and scholars.

Ragas are complex entities. Performers, who have spent many years acquiring their knowledge, often prefer to keep silent, and in any case few have been taught to approach ragas from an analytical point of view. Musicologists, on the other hand, often lack a thorough practical insight into raga music. The authors of this guide are all well-versed in the theory and practice of raga music.

Of the hundreds of ragas that exist, the guide surveys seventy-four of the most performed and well-established ones, with specially commissioned recordings by Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute), Buddhadev DasGupta (sarod), Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar (vocal) and Vidyadhar Vyas (vocal).



  • 196 page book

  • Four CDs, total playing time 5 hours 15 mins

  • Musical analysis in both western and Indian notation

  • Transcription of the alap (introduction) for each raga as performed on the accompanying CDs

  • Song texts with English translation (for sung ragas)

  • 40 full colour reproductions of ragamala paintings

The Raga Guide is an introduction to the vast topic of Hindustani ragas, the melodic basis for the classical music of northern India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. It is the modern reference work for listeners and connoisseurs, students and scholars.

Ragas are complex entities. Performers, who have spent many years acquiring their knowledge, often prefer to keep silent, and in any case few have been taught to approach ragas from an analytical point of view. Musicologists, on the other hand, often lack a thorough practical insight into raga music. The authors of this guide are all well-versed in the theory and practice of raga music.

Of the hundreds of ragas that exist, the guide surveys seventy-four of the most performed and well-established ones, with specially commissioned recordings by Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute), Buddhadev DasGupta (sarod), Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar (vocal) and Vidyadhar Vyas (vocal).

  • 196 page book
  • Four CDs, total playing time 5 hours 15 mins
  • Musical analysis in both western and Indian notation
  • Transcription of the alap (introduction) for each raga as performed on the accompanying CDs
  • Song texts with English translation (for sung ragas)
  • 40 full colour reproductions of ragamala paintings

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