Publication Date

1997

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Han, Guohuang

Degree Name

M. Mus. (Master of Music)

Department

School of Music

LCSH

Percussion--India, South--Interviews||Percussion instruments--India, South

Abstract

This paper consists of three parts discussing different aspects of rhythm and percussion from South India. South Indian rhythm is perhaps the most highly developed in the world. Chapter 1 contains the reasons why this topic was chosen for this thesis. Information attained through study with a South Indian percussionist and much private research will illustrate the complexity of this rhythmic system in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 discusses the percussion instruments used in the classical repertoire in South India. A detailed description of the history, composition, construction, playing techniques and role of the instrument is given for the mrdangam, kanjira, ghatam, tavil and morsing. An interview with a South Indian percussionist and scholar with whom this author has studied is presented in Chapter 4. This interview explores the life and teachings of one of the world’s great percussionists.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [145]-150)

Extent

v, 150 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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