many af the malfunctions she finds in the
music field today, Every paragraph in this
book is astonishingly Doctoral in approach.
This book can very well serve as a madel
far thesis writers. This book is sure to. stir
thought among at least a minor section af
readers who. would be inspired to.
rededicate themselves in the great cause
of betterment af our music.
Though it is an anthology of the writings of an authoress
on various topics, it is not impossible to trace a homogeneous
link throughout that would facilitate a re-editing of the
outpour into a monograph under the title "Contemporary
happenings in the music field - a genuine music Lover's
observations". The authoress needs to be complimented for
r the penetrative language employed throughout the book.
Tune was when any speaking or writing on music was
considered sacrilegious. From such an extreme situation we
have now come to a stage when there is hardly any music
concert without at least one speech and there is a voluminous
supply (and demand) for books on music. The phenomenal
change of scene has been convincingly discussed by the
authoress in appropriate portions of the book. Speakers and
writers generally preach so well but practice so little. But Dr.
Radha has preached "restraint and sobriety" to the music
critics and has practiced the preaching’s herself throughout.
Her genuine concern for the betterment of music, the only
subject in which India leads all other nations of the world is
noticeable in all her observations and her freedom from fear
in calling a spade a spade tends to occasionally sound
provocative. Readers can as well give due margin to her
impatience born out of a deep devotion to the cause of music.
Identifying problems in any setup is one aspect but
suggesting solutions is another aspect overlooked by many.
Dr. Radha scores well by suggesting remedies to many of
the malfunctions she finds in the music field today. Dr. Radha
seems to be convinced that "Music is greater than greatest
musicians". She has mentioned this in the writings on GN.B.
Every paragraph in this book is astonishingly Doctoral
in approach. The Secretaries and Critics, for instance, are
nowhere else been discussed at such length and logic. The
expertise in practical music is also evidenced in the
quotations from compositions of Purandara Dasa and other
masters. This book can very well serve as a model for thesis
This book is sure to stir thought among at least a minor
section of readers who would be inspired to rededicate
themselves in the great cause of betterment of our music.
This book has not been written with the aim to meeting
the syllabus needs of any institution. It would rather aim to
address itself to the laudable task of turning a lay listener
into a well-informed one. Though Dr. Radha is a Ph.D., she
is luckily not one of those" dry" musicologists whom she
has herself identified. She is one writer who seems to have
enjoyed for her-self the bliss of her singing and reacting
to good music wherever it comes from. May Radha's tribe
of musicologist increase!
No publication can materialize without solid support
and physical assistance of good souls around. This book too
would not have seen the light of the day but for the
encouragement and technical assistance given by my brother
Mr. V. Ganesh. My gratitude is also due to Mr. Deepak
Sharma and Mr. M.K. Sunny who took total care of the
I am also beholden to Mr. Shahjahan of Capital
Creations, who undertook the printing assignment and
completed the book within a short period.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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