Music to our ears

And to yours too, we hope. Namita Devidayal's new book The Music Room, has music accompanying (on the Random House website... in an unusual promo). Lakshmi Subramaniam, who reviewed it in today's Hindu is generally appreciative: "The book captures so effectively in terms of style, tone and detail the magic of the world of music that it is an absolute delight to read and savour. As a meditative reflection upon what is and remains an ineffable medium, it carries that lightness of touch which is appropriate as it is soothing." Attractive? We think so- order it on our site.

Our Ethnomusicology section is small, but it has some books you could not find anywhere else. Take Jon Higgins... please! His book on Bharata Natyam is wonderful- a scholarly take on the music that accompanies the dance, written from the inside. And Jon was on the inside, befriended by Balasaraswati and her family. One cannot think of a more remarkable use of the Fulbright fellowship than this which resulted in the creation of "Higgins Bhagavathar", an accomplished Carnatic musician from Conneticut. The book, which comes with two audio cassettes, was published about 15 years ago by the Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology (ARCE) of the American Institute of Indian Studies, Gurgaon. More on them in a later blog.

There are many other titles- and probably more that we should have there. Write in and let us know!