and his Work Brhaddesi
The Brhaddesi of Matanga, a ninth-century work, is among the earliest primary texts in Sanskrit dealing with the music of the Indian subcontinent. As its name suggests, the work takes cognizance of musical practices in various regions of the country. It is also the first treatise to mention the solfa syllables in the music of India. For these and other reasons, the Brhaddesi has engaged the attention of scholars in later periods, down to our own times.
This volume contains the papers and
discussions presented at the seminar on Matanga and the Brhaddesi organized
by Sangeet Natak Akademi at Hampi, Karnataka, in 1995. The nineteen contributions
by leading scholars cover various aspects of the study of the Brhaddesi:
250 x 185 mm / 310 pages