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List of Famous Treatises of Indian Classic Music

Feb 1, 2019 18:44 IST
    Famous Treatises of Indian Classic Music

    The roots of Indian Classical Music can be traced back to the millennium before the Christ. It is classified into two schools- Hindustani or North Indian School and Carnatic or South Indian School. But the basis of both schools is Natyashashtri of Bharat Muni (important scripture on Indian Classical Music) which was compiled between 200 BC- 400 AD.

    From ancient times to till date, Indian music is broadly divided into Margi and Desi. The literal meaning Margi music is ‘music of the path’ whereas Desi Music means ‘to please the hearts of men’.

    Origin of Indian Music

    Indian Classic Music

    Vedas provided the evidence that the music was being practiced in the ancient India. Rigveda describes the music to be means of entertainment of the Aryan. Yajurveda mentions of the people who practiced music as a profession.  Samveda contains directions for singing and recital of mantras.

    Comparison between Hindustani Music and Carnatic music

    Famous Treatises of Classic Music

    1. Sangeet Tarang

    Composer: Radhamohan Sen

    2. Raag Bodh

    Composer: Somnath

    3. Shringar Prakash

    Composer: Raja Bhoja

    4. Nari Siksha

    Composer: Narad

    5. Sangeet Samay Saar

    Composer: Parshva Deva

    6. Lochan Teeka

    Composer: Abhinav Gupta

    7. Sangeet Makarand

    Composer: Narad

    Puppetry Traditions of Indian States

    8. Shruti Bhaskar

    Composer: Bhava Bhatta

    9. Abhilashitarth Chintamani

    Composer: Chalukya King Someshwara

    10. Sangeet Ratnakar

    Composer: Sharang Deva

    11. Rasik Priya

    Composer: Mewar king Rana Kumbha

    12. Mankutuh

    Composer: Gwalior King Man Singh Tomar

    13. Persian translation of Raga Darpan

    Composer: Fakir Ullah

    14. Sangeet Ratnakar Tika

    Composer: Kallinath

    Famous Traditional Dramas or Theatres of India

    15. Sangeet Darpan

    Composer: Damodar Mishra

    16. Abhinav Bharti

    Composer: Abhinav Gupta

    17. Narottam Vilas

    Composer: Narahari Chakravarti

    18. Swarmeel Kalanidhi

    Composer: Narad

    19. Geet Govinda

    Composer: Jaideva

    20. Sringar Haar

    Composer: Shaman King Hammir Dev

    21. Sangeet Raj

    Composer: Mewar King Rana Kumbha

    The Indian classical music has two foundational elements, raga and tala. The raga forms the fabric of a melodic structure, while the tala measures the time cycle.

    Which Indian languages are accorded the status of a Classical Languages in India?

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