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Publications of the Scientific Research Department

The Department has published more than 100 scientific papers, concerning various aspects of speech, vocal and instrumental music, in different Indian and foreign journals. Scientists of the Department have presented papers in many national and international conferences and symposiums.

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Experimental Analysis of Shrutis from Performances in Hindustani Music by Asoke Kumar Datta, Ranjan Sengupta, Nityananda Dey and Dipali Nag. (103 pages)

Publications of the Academic Research Department

ITC-SRA has been publishing an annual journal entitled, "Journal of ITC Sangeet Research Academy" from 1980.  This journal today figures in the collection of the US Library of Congress.

The Sangeet Paridarshini Series of ITC-SRA takes care of the publication of scholarly and rare manuscripts to fulfill the task of widespread dissemination of musical scholarship.  Besides these series, ITC SRA's Academic Research Department also brings out other publications.

A significant wing of the Academic Research function is the Annual Musicological Seminar, which has provided a unique platform for joint deliberations by musicians, musicologists, researchers, teachers and students, since the 1980's. Papers presented at these seminars are compiled for publication at a later date.

The Academic Research Department, responsible for all the publications, also takes care of the Newsletter Parampara.

Highlights of Ninăd, Journal of the ITC-SRA (Vol 26-27, December 2013):
1. Assessment of Visual Perception and Motor Functioning of Cerebrovascular Accident and Diffuse Head Injury Patients: Impact of Hindustani Ragas Shashi Bhushan Singh, Soubhik Chakraborty, Keashav Mohan Jha, Shanti Prakash and Satish Chandra

Linguistic approach to Music: The Case of Bangla Lyrical Songs

Krishna Bhattacharya

A Framework for Understanding the Relation between Music and Emotions

Amita Chatterjee and Dana Sugu

Measurement of Emotion Induced by Hindustani Music - A Human Response and Eeg Study

Anirban Patranabhis, Shankha Sanyal,
Archi Banerjee,
Kaushik Banerjee,
Tarit Guhathakurta, Nityananda Dey,
Ranjan Sengupta and Dipak Ghosh

Distinguishing Raga-specific Intonation of Phrases with Audio Analysis

Preeti Rao, Joe-Cheri Ross and Kaustuv Kanti Ganguli

Evolution of The Tala-dasa-prana Concept as seen in Musicological Works of The Vijayanagara Empire

Arati Rao

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Bharatiya Sangeet ka Itihas (Hindi)

This epochal work by Dr. Thakur Jaidev Singh is an invaluable guide for all scholars of Indian music. It traces the lineage of Indian music to the Vedas and strings together the overtones and undertones of music from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Puranas, the Astadhyai (Panini) and Buddhist-Jain literature.
(406 pages)

Indian Music (English)

This book by Dr Thakur Jaideva Singh deals with the history of Indian music beginning from the Indus Valley civilization. It sheds light on the music of the Vedic and epic ages as well as that found in the Buddhist and Jain sources, Tamil sources, Natya Shastra, Pouranic sources etc. It imparts information on the forms of musical instruments prevalent during those times. The work also tries to ascertain whether Indian music was subjected to foreign influences or not. The book contains detailed information about the authors, composers and musicians of the 9th to 20th centuries, both Hindustani and Carnatic, which will undoubtedly prove to be of immense interest and value to the researchers and students of Indian music. The work will be of interest and benefit to both the student-scholar and the layman.
(536 pages).

Bharatiya Sangeet Shastra Ka Darshanparak Anusheelan (Hindi)

This book by Dr Vimla Musalgaonker is indispensable for both students and teachers of Indian music. It explains the basic musical concepts underlying the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the Vedangas.(399 pages).


Music Makers of Bhatkhande College of Hindustani Music (English)

With the decline of the Nawabs in Lucknow, music and dance were confined to professional women artistes. Art became taboo in respectable and cultured families. Pandit Bhatkande's mission to restore the arts to their pristine status and worthiness of devout pursuit inspired a movement to set up music colleges in Lucknow, Gwalior, Baroda and a number of other places.

It is this succession of dedicated and selfless music makers whom Dr. Susheela Misra vividly brings back to life in 20 nostalgic chapters in this book.
(only reference copy available)


Nur Ratnakar

ITC-SRA has completed a unique Research Project to compile a bio-bibliographical survey of all accessible important writings on music, dance and theatre, in Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Deshi, Apabhramsa, Brajbhasha and Urdu. The late Prof. Shahab Sarmadee of Aligarh conducted this survey, titled 'Nur-Ratnakar' in two parts.

Prof. Shahab Sarmadee was the only eminent musicologist in India who was an authority on Sanskrit as well as on the Persian and Arabic sources of the history of music. Volume I of this survey covers the social and cultural evolution from Panini's time till 1399 A.D. It treads on hitherto uncharted terrain in the history of Indian Classical music and also critically examines well-known classics like the Natyashastra, Brihaddesi and Sangeetratnakar.
(651 pages).

Amir Khusrau's Prose Writings on Music

Writings on Turco-Iranian and Indian music of his time lead to a rich definition of music in medieval India, not only as a science but also as a fine art, in its theoretical and performing aspects, with some information on its etiquette and its aesthetic appreciation. (73 pages).

Khayal Gharanas

The basis of this book is a thousand hours of bandishes of various artistes for the Ford Foundation Gharana Project. Analytical studies of various gharanas supported with illustrations from ITC SRA archives as well as the Ford Foundation project recordings in audio cassettes have been used as source material. (58 pages).

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