Finding the Raga
A revelatory and very personal exploration of Indian classical music from ‘one of his generation’s best writers’ (Guardian).
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‘A splendid book.’ Literary Review
‘A modern masterpiece.’ New York Journal of Books
Finding the Raga is Amit Chaudhuri’s revelatory exploration of North Indian classical music: an ancient, evolving tradition whose principles and practises will alter the reader’s notion of what music might – and can – be.
Through essay, memoir and cultural study, Chaudhuri dwells on the music’s most distinctive and mysterious characteristics, resulting in a gift of a book for musicians and music lovers, and for any creative mind in search of diverse and transforming inspiration.
‘Supple, intricate and uncompromising, full of delicate observation and insight.’ –Geoff Dyer
‘[A] compelling meditation on Indian and Western art-making.’ The New Yorker
Delightful and insightful.
Finding the Raga, delightfully instructive throughout, will make you want to listen to Indian classical music anew and with ears beatifically attuned.
Supple, intricate and uncompromising, full of delicate observation and insight, Finding the Raga immerses us in the rigorous beauty and cosmology of Indian classical music.
Many subtly subversive ideas, all the more striking for being woven unobtrusively into something so apparently gentle and personal ... fascinating and beautifully written.
A splendid book.
Compelling … thought-provoking.
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