INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: great book


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great book May 17, 2004 07:22 a.m.

I want to mention a great book that I have for some time now. It is called Sitar Technique in Nibaddh Forms. It is a University thesis written by a western student of Ravi Shankar Stephen Slawek. It a more historical and analytical aproach to the sitar technique, composition, development and teaching process. There are some written examples of exercises and compositions in the book and he has even written out an entire Ravi Shankar performance in western notation, so you can see exactly what he plays!
It is not so much a teaching method but it gives you very much background information. It is the best book on sitar I know. It is 230 pages.
I don�t know where you can order it. I have copied mine from the library.
Re:great book May 20, 2004 08:29 p.m.

Sitars, Etc. carries this book, but it is temporarily out of should keep checking or just drop Lars an email.......maybe he can tell you when he expects to get more copies........!


Re:great book May 20, 2004 03:15 a.m.

Hi barend & sitar friends,

Do you mean the University thesis of Stephen Slawek was published as a book? If so, there must be the name of the editor inside. Than any library store can contact the editor to place an order if there is any left, right?

I'm a western composer, arranger and would be interested in Mr Slawek's analytical aproach to the sitar technique, composition, development and examples of exercises and compositions.

A Raga performed by Ravi Shankar entirely written in western notation, I have to see that; especially if that performance is recorded. Cause you can learn a lot by following on paper while listening to the performance. What Raga was he playing?

I write my sitar parts in western notation. So it would be interesting to see how Mr Slawek came about creating new symbols to note some of the sitar embellishments.

Re:great book May 20, 2004 05:14 a.m.

Hi Dan,

The book is published by Mortilal Banarsidass, ISBN: 81-208-0200-4, it is written in 1987.
The raga is rag rasiya (vilambit and drut gat)from the LP "Two raga moods" , I don't know if this LP is also on CD. I don't have the recording. If anyone knows this or has the recording please let me know!!!

Re:great book May 20, 2004 08:41 p.m.

Hi all....
Well, I wondered why there weren't any orders for that particular book! Ooops..forgot to update the page. I have a number of copies if anyone is interested....
Re:great book May 20, 2004 11:24 p.m.

Did you move yet? If so, E me your new address, I finally got somebody to copy those cd's I promised to send you ummmm,,,, eight months ago. And whats your E-mail? I lost it. Hope all is well.

"See ya around like a ring worm"

Re:great book May 21, 2004 01:51 a.m.

Hey Jeff-ji-whee-heehee!

I've been wonderin' how the heck you've been! Didn't fergit about those tunes either but I know how it is to get busy and sidetracked and have about a bazillion things coming out yer extremities! man the fun just never stops sometimes, does it..........!?!!!

Yep, finally got moved, made the journey out of Egypt, so to speak! : )
It's SOOOOOO pretty here! You wouldn't even believe it! Everything's SO green and just pretty! Finally got myself a phone book too, so took Uncie Ken's advice and checked to see if there are any "Hindu Centers" around here, guess there's one not too far away.......think I may have found a doc, we'll see.........if they work out and do what I need done, I should be alot more comfortable and able to do more again (like go somewhere besides the doctor and pharmacy) and can maybe get after a few things?! (like REAL sitar? haha that's vs. POSER sitar! heehee! aw but what the heck, I suppose there's room for both in this world, eh? whaddya think?)

Yeah sure will drop ya a line! Same old e-addy

Don't see how I can beat this one tho! whew, RING WORM?!?! oh pullleeeeeeeez! yech!
man oh man!!! that's one fer the books, alrighty, tho! Never came even CLOSE to thinkin' up THAT one! heheh

See ya round like a tube of anti-fungal!

AJ : )
ps You been whoopin' up on that Jersey Devil?

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