Reviews – Raga Dhana: An Alpha-Numerical Directory of Ragas

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“An easy to use reference book forconcert, music class and and home” [about the first edition]

– Indian Express, Chennai, 29.8.86

“A neat compilation … ragas mainly used on concert platforms … highly useful as a reference book for listeners in concerts and to students for use in the classroom. …” [about the first edition]

 – The Hindu
Chennai, 23.12.86

Students of music, as well as music lovers in general, will find this a very useful reference book. Neatly printed and attractively produced.”

– Sruti Magazine
The Indian Classical Music and Dance Magazine
Chennai, January 1994

Unique Directory of Ragas … For 15 years he [Ludwig Pesch] studied with the late Ramachandra Sastri (1906-1992) … Pesch not only became a performing artiste on the Karnatic flute but had access to his mentor’s research material. He received many scholarships and put them to good use for enlarging the horizon of Karnatic music by research, documentation and publications …
His [is an] ingenious and logically consistent scheme for identifying ragas by an alpha-numerical method … almost encyclopedic in its scope … contains 500 north and south Indian ragas … the Hindustani svaras and their Western equivalents have been given and the scales shown in staff notation … The glossary, with all terms and names cross-referred, is an illuminating compilation … which every lover of music should welcome with gratitude.”

T.S. Parthasarathy (Secretary, The Music Academy Madras)
 – Journal of the Music Academy Madras
Vol. LXV, 1994

The Oxford Illustrated Companion to South Indian Classical MusicNo library of books on Indian music would be complete without Ludwig Pesch’s Raga Dhana (published by Natana Kairali) and Illustrated Companion to South Indian Music (Oxford University Press). They are among the most widely consulted books on Indian music in English. Pesch’s writing is highly regarded for its accurate scholarship. At the same time he takes pains to write in a style that does not intimidate the lay reader.”

– S.R. Ramakrishna
Bangalore, July 2003


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