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Nazir Jairazbhoy Explains the Theory of the Classical Hindusthani Music of India

Nazir Jairazbhoy Explains the Theory of the Classical Hindusthani Music of India

Classical Hindustani music entered popular American culture in the mid-20th century with the likes of sitar master Ravi Shankar and Beatle George Harrison. This timely 1955 recording on the theory of classical Hindustani music by Nazir Jairazbhoy, a leading scholar of South Asian music at UCLA, provides an excellent foundation for understanding the basic principles as well as some of the complexities and subtleties of the music. In his explanations, Jairazbhoy plays sitar and uses recorded musical examples of other traditional instruments. Liner notes offer an overview of Jairazbhoy’s presentation, line drawings of traditional Hindustani musical instruments, and musical notations of the 10 raga groups.

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