Shams Al-Asvat: The Sum of Songs by Ras Baras
An Indo-Persian Music Theoretical Treatise from the Late 17th Century
Studia Iranica Upsaliensia

[English & Persian]

By Mehrdad Fallahzadeh & Mahmoud Hassanabadi
ISBN: 9789155483999
November 2012
Uppsala University
Distributed by Coronet Books
225 pages
$77.50 Paper Original


List of Illustrations
Tansliteration System
English Translation of Shams al-asvat

Part One: Concerning the description of features of svara, which is named svaradhyaya in Hindi
Part Two: Concerning the explanation of ragas which is termed ragadhyaya in Hindi
Part Three: On the explanation of 'I' p (alapa), that is to say, to omit and modify the svara of a raga, and the explanation of its component parts which is called (prakirnakadhyaya)
Part Four: On the description and explanation of various types of gita (music), which is called prabandhadhyaya in Hindi, and their features
Part Five: On the explanation of the rules of dastak-zadan ([keeping the rhythm by] clapping the hands [i.e. the knowledge of rhythm]) which is called taladhyaya
Part Six: On [musical] instruments and their features which is called vadadhyaya [in Hindi]


Index of musical terms

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