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Books on Sitar, Tabla, & Indian Classical Music

 

All the books we carry are chosen based on quality of material, there are many books on Indian Classical Music, Sitars, etc., but many are just either too technical or not useful enough to justify carrying them on the website. Having gone through probably 40 titles over the past 20 years, I've found these to be most useful.

Ravi Shankar my music my life MY MUSIC MY LIFE by Ravi Shankar. The long awaited update has been released from Pandit Ravi Shankar! Probably the best set of exercises and instruction for the sitar player you can get in a book along with new pictures & updated information, this book is truly a work of art. It is the number one book recommended by us for those wishing to try to learn from a book.

$48 plus shipping......, sadly now out of print again.

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Jafferkhani baaj abdul halim jaffer khan

 

 

 

 

Jafferkhani Baaj Innovation in Sitar music by Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan. Written by one of India's most respected musicians, it is meant for music lovers, serious students of Hindustani music and listeners. A good source for instruction in a unique style of playing. Very hard to find book, beautifully done. Preface by Annapurna Devi. Please note the CD is no longer included and doesn't work as it was made for windows 95, we have 3 copies left in stock we got from the Jafferkhan family and it's out of print forever.

$60 plus shipping......

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The Sitar Manfred Junius

THE SITAR - The instrument and its technique. By Manfred Junius. Informative manual on sitar playing, has been a favorite of many. The only book to include a detailed section on doing Jawari by Thomas Marcotti.

$16 plus shipping.......

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Nad Understanding Raga Music

NAD - Understanding Raga Music. By Sandeep Bagchee. Another hard to find book and often out of print, this book offers perhaps one of the best explanations of the structure and playing of Ragas in Hindustani music and is especially useful for the instrumental musician. Currently our most popular book.

$36 plus shipping......

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bapi the love of my life by anoushka shankar

Bapi ~ The love of my life. By Anoushka Shankar. Not an instuction book but appealing to Ravi Shankar fans, we have a few copies from the Sitars Etc. inventory. A nice biography of Pandit Ravi Shankar as told by his daughter Anoushka. A well done book.

$14 plus shipping.......

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Sitar Technique in Nibaddh Forms Stephen Slawek

Sitar Technique in Nibaddh Forms. By Dr. Stephen Slawek.. Another book not for the lighthearted, this is a fantastic source of information on playing sitar, history, etc. especially pertaining to the Maihar style of playing. The only book to contain western notation of playing examples, has a note for note transcription of Raag Rasiya by Pandit Ravi Shankar.

$29.50 plus shipping.......

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Indian music the magic of the raga

INDIAN MUSIC - The Magic of the Raga. By Raghava R. Menon. A beautifully written book that attempts to explain the mystery of the Raga, suitable for the listener and musician alike. We highly recommend it...

 

$22.50 plus shipping......BACK IN STOCK!

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Sitar book Calcutta sitars

Sitar Music in Calcutta. By James Hamilton. An in depth study of sitar history and music with a focus on Calcutta India and the various styles. A good book to have for general information and history. Good discussion and notes pertaining to music. Don't pay $114 on Amazon! $18.50 plus shipping.

 

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harmonium handbook satyaki kraig Brockschmidt

THE HARMONIUM HANDBOOK. Owning, Playing & Maintaining the Devotional Instruments of India by Satyaki Kraig Brockschmidt. The best manual for the Indian harmonium and a wealth of information on all aspects of owning a harmonium.

$15.75 plus shipping.......

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SARANGI LESSONS IN BOOK FORM

THE HUNDRED COLOR. A complete guide book for beginners playing Indian and Nepali style Sarangi by Parashuram Bhandari. Complete with unique spellings also but still a valuable book for those interested in Sarangi. Included free with each Sarangi purchase

$24.95 plus shipping.......

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 Music in India by Bonnie C. Wade

MUSIC IN INDIA. By Bonnie C. Wade. Great for the uninitiated Westerner this is a great book and thorough introduction to Indian Classical Music.

 

$14 plus shipping.......

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Sulla Strada del Raga by Maurizio Frullani

 

Sulla Strada Del Raga. First saw this in Radhey Shyam's shop in Varanasi. A nice small book full of black & white photographs of many famous musicians in India and a few of the old makers of instruments, dancers by Maurizio Frullani in Italy. We've featured these photos in a gallery here online as well as in several exhibitions in 2012. We have 6 copies only and that's it forever.

$24 plus shipping.......

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Introduction to Sitar by Harihar Rao

Introduction to Sitar. By Harihar Rao. A well known simple guidebook for beginning sitar players. Tuning, information, and basic beginning exercises included in an easy to read format.

$24.95 plus shipping.......

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LEARN TO PLAY ON SITAR  By Chandramani Uppaddya. A basic introduction to sitar, covers some of the basics along with introduction to various Ragas and a good for reference for the beginner. With the Ravi Shankar book going out of print I've searched many titles from East and West and found this to be ok along with the Ram Avtar Vir book.

$14.95 plus shipping.......in stock

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A comparative study of Hindustani Ragas by Patrick Moutal

Comparative study of Hindustani Ragas. By Patrick Moutal. Back in print, a must have for serious student Indian classical music on sitar. A compilation of many years of study by the author, practically a university course in itself. Notation in Devanagari with English explanation, highly recommended!

$42.50 plus shipping.......

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Hindustani gats compilation by Patrick Moutal

Hindustani Gata-s compilation. By Patrick Moutal. A new release and long awaited by me who pestered poor Dr. Moutal for about 10 years to do this book! Another must have for serious student Indian classical music on sitar. A compilation of compositions from many years of study by the author in India. Notation in Devanagari with English explanation, highly recommended!

$37.50 plus shipping.......

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Dilruba lessons Dilruba book Esraj lessons

A Practical Method for Taus, Dilruba, and Esraj. By Michael Wheeler. Just released, a nice book and really the only one in existence for these instruments. All the basics, mechanics, and a primer on Indian Classical music as it pertains to Dilruba, etc. included!

$25.00 plus shipping.......

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Sitar and Surbahar Manufacturing by Lars Koch

SITAR AND SURBAHAR MANUFACTURING. The Tradition of Kanailal and Brother, Kolkata. By Prof. Lars Koch. Just released, a book many of us have waited years to have. Full of pictures and details on how a traditional instrument was made by the legendary Kanailal & Brother shop. They are now closed forever but thanks to Prof. Koch we have this invaluable resource, no other book like it and highly recommended. Imported from Germany.

$37.50 plus shipping.......in stock

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TECHNIQUES OF SITAR.  By S. Bandyopadhyaya. A classic work that we're often asked for, now has been reprinted. A very thorough book on Indian music as related to sitar with explanations, sargam notations, etc. $35 plus shipping.......in stock

 

 

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OTHER RECOMMENDED TITLES!!

The Ragas of North India. By Walter Kaufmann. Long out of print, an encyclopedia of Ragas generally considered the most complete work in English available.

Sitar and Sarod in the 18th and 19th centuries. By Allyn Miner. Out of print. We're trying to find a few copies.

My Sitar, by Bhagwat Sharar Sharma. An old archaic book with basic gats for the sitarist. Now out of print probably forever......

 

 

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