The Dawn of Indian Music in the West by Peter LavezzoliThe Dawn of Indian Music in the West by Peter Lavezzoli

The Dawn of Indian Music in the West

byPeter Lavezzoli

Paperback | April 15, 2007

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A little more than 50 years ago, in 1955, Ali AkbarKhan issued an LP called Music of India: Morning and Evening Ragas, with spoken introduction by violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Until then, Indian music was terra incognita in the West. When the same album was reissued as a CD in 1995, under the title Then and Now,it was nominated for a Grammy.

In the last 50 years, there has been the explosive influence of Indian music and culture in the West. Words such as karma, yoga, raga, nirvana, all once unknown here, have entered the language. Most famously, the wonders of the Indian musical world were spread by George Harrison and the Beatles. The music also had a profound effect on Mickey Hart and the Grateful Dead, John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra), the Byrds, John Coltrane, and many others. The annus mirabilis 1967 saw the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi spreading the wonders of transcendental meditation, Swami Prabhupada founding the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in New York City, and the growing influence of Ravi Shankar. Four years later, George Harrison organized the groundbreaking Concert for Bangladesh, the first charity event of rock. Shankar had already wowed audiences at the Monterey Pop Festival, and he achieved stardom at the Madison Square Garden event. (Where Westerners, new to the sounds they heard, applauded after the musicians had finished tuning their instruments!)

Peter Lavezzoli, a Buddhist and a musician, has a rare ability to articulate the personal feeling of music, and at the same time narrate a history. Lavezzoli has interviewed more than a score of musicians, such as Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, David Crosby, Philip Glass, Zakir Hussain, Mickey Hart, Zubin Mehta, and John McLaughlin.

Title:The Dawn of Indian Music in the WestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 9.2 × 6.19 × 0.99 inPublished:April 15, 2007Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826428193

ISBN - 13:9780826428196


Table of Contents

CONTENTS i. Acknowledgments 1. Bhairavi: An Introduction 2. Nada Brahma: God Is Sound 3. West Meets East: Yehudi Menuhin, Ravi Shankar, and Ali Akbar Khan 4. Swara Samrat: Ali Akbar Khan 5. Tal Mala: Mickey Hart 6. Essence of Rhythm: Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain 7. Music in Motion: Philip Glass 8. Mind Gardens: David Crosby and Roger McGuinn 9. The Inner Light: George Harrison 10. With a Little Help from My Friends: Jim Keltner 11. Tal Tantra: Tanmoy Bose 12. Mumbai Maestro: Zubin Mehta 13. The Philosopher's Hand: Terry Riley 14. Indo-Blue Impressions: John Coltrane and the Birth of Indo-Jazz 15. Karuna Supreme: The Post-Coltrane Indo-Jazz Movement 16: A Goal Beyond: John McLaughlin 17. Sacred Channel: Bill Laswell 18. Divine Pastime: Cheb i Sabbah 19. Suns of Sitar: Vilayat and Shujaat Khan 20. Jewels of Maihar: The Ali Akbar College of Music 21. Jugalbandi: Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao-de Haas 22. Ancient Love: Anoushka Shankar 23. Full Circle: Ravi Shankar 24. Sarang: An Afterword 25: Glossary 26: Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

"Peter Lavezzoli's study is a gloriously detailed explanation of Hindustani classical music...It takes some education for untrained ears to learn how to listen to Indian classical music, and Lavezzoli does a great job of explaining concepts like raga and tala.... the music is dissected with scholarly precision while the cosmic implication are also investigated thoroughly."- Brian J. Bowe,, September/ October 2006