A Useful Companion for All National Eligibility tests in Indian Music.
Essential Guide Book for
hails from a musical family. After completing
her Masters Degree in Music from Kerala
University, she was awarded her Doctorate
in Music from Kerala University. She has
authored several books on Carnatic Music
in English and Malayalam. Prominent
among them being Ragas in Carnatic Music,
Lakshanagranthas in Music, Approach to
Bharathnatayam etc. which have become
defacto source reference books in the areas.
Her books in Malayalam on Ragachikitsa has been well appreciated
by the Medical profession and the musicians alike. She
had edited the encyclopaedia of culutre prepared during her stint
at State Institute for Childrens literature, where she retired as
She had prepared books with notations for compositions of
Tyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshitar, Purandaradasa, Swati
Tirunal, Syama Sastri in Englsih and Malayalam. The Preli-
minary series Karnatic Music reader in 4 parts in English and
Karnataka Sangeetha patamala in 6 parts in Malayalam, have
been well apreciated by the learners. These books have gone into
several editions. She has edited and brought out the complete
works of Tyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshitar and Maharaja Swati
Tirunal in Malayalam.
She has rendered several set of Cds for learning Karnatic
Music, Compositions of Tyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshitar,
Maharaja Swati Tiriunal, Syama Sastri, Pancharathna kritis and
an Audio encyclopaedia for learning Ragas, the Ragadharaaudio
encyclopaedia for Carnatic Mela ragas, in English.
She presents reegular musical concerts on stages, All India
Radio Doordarsan, and and Several television channels. She
is an accredited B High artist of All India Radio. She is also an
accredited Doctoral Research guide for several universities.
More than 15 students have been awarded Ph.D under her guidance.
Indian Music has been included in the curriculum
as source reference material for graduate and post
graduate studies many years before. Many books on
Music in English and other regional languages have
been of help for students from both practical and
theoretical aspects. UGC have introduced Karnatic and
Hindustani Music for NET exam for Music students for
Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship
in colleges and University departments. The need
for areference book for UGC /JRF was found inevitable
when students were preparing for this examination. It
is with this intension that the first edition of this book
was prepared by me. The welcome response from students
and teachers as well as institutions gave me the
inspiration to come up with a revised edition of this
book. I am immensely happy that many students were
able to clear and pass the UGC exam with the help of this
reference book published three years ago.
I am happy to bring out a revised edition of the
book with more questions and answers added to my
earlier edition. The format has been completely reset to
make it more accessible for answers. Nearly three
thousand questions comprising, Objective type questions,
One word answer questions, Fill in the blanks,
Assertion and reasoning, matching from lists etc. have
been added. The objective questions span the entire area
of Hindustani and Karnatic Music and general information
on Indian Music, Composers, instruments, and
various other aspects. The Essay section have been
completely recast and more Essays have been included
relating to Hindustani Music and Karnatic Music.
Several Essays on other forms of music as Bengali Music,
Modern music, Tamil Music and composers too find
added in the section. More Essays with new topics of
current significance have been included. In addition
sample questions are given. The Essays have been
selected and written in a way so that they can be made
more useful , and also used to answer short paragraph
questions as well. Thus it will be mor useful preparing
for UGC/NET/ Ph.D entrance, SET, SCEST, Regional
State level board entrance examinations , and other
competitive examinations as well.
I Hope this new edition of the book will be welcomed
by the prospective students as well, and enable
them to achieve better results in their endeavour. I will
be only happy to hear from them their views and suggestions
for making this book more fruitful.
I am extremely thankful to my brother Sri.
M.Easwaran, who took the interest and initiative for
coming up with the second revised edition of this work.
As always he is the main inspiration and encourage-
ment for the preparation of many of my books. I am
thankful to Smt.M.Girija, wife of Sri.Easwaran, CBH
Publications, for taking this work for publishing in aa
very limited time. I also my express my gratitude to her.
Last but not least, I am thankful to God, My
parents and all my Teachers, who enabled me to complete
this work and made this publication possible.
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