Dr. Swarn Lata Presents New Guide to the Sitar

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‘The Journey of the Sitar in Indian Classical Music’ collates decades of teaching experience into one resource

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This step by step guidebook is the fruit of decades of research, It provides the reader with unique insights into the sitar – a beautiful instrument that offers a captivating and spiritual experience to those who hear it

The new book “The Journey of the Sitar in Indian Classical Music: Origin, History, and Playing Styles” (published by iUniverse), from sitar player and author Dr. Swarn Lata, compiles the knowledge and teachings of generations of players, capturing the joy of the musical instrument known as the sitar.

“The Journey of the Sitar in Indian Classical Music” offers in-depth information about the sitar, its origin from 13th century onward, swaras, the structure, and the development of practical techniques. The book provides a detailed explanation of the meaning of music, the place of the sitar in Indian classical music, including sitar gharanas, ragas, rasas, rhythm and different sitar playing styles of renowned ustaads.

An excerpt from “The Journey of the Sitar in Indian Classical Music”:

“The sitar is the most popular and sophisticated instrument that has acquired a great place in the Indian classical music. It is played in almost every song, bhajan, ghazal, solo performance, orchestra, and in folk tunes. The sitar is used in playback music, which includes classical ragas. The artists like Pt. Ravi Shankar ji, Ustaad Alaudin Khan, Ustaad Vilayat Khan, Shujaat Hussain Khan, Nishaat Hussain Khan, Kartik Kumar, Shahid Parvez, Shameem Ahmad, the late Nikhil Benerjee, Debu Chaudhary, Mani Lal Naag, and others have played vital roles in the promotion and development of sitar in Indian classical music.”

“This step by step guidebook is the fruit of decades of research,” says Lata. “It provides the reader with unique insights into the sitar – a beautiful instrument that offers a captivating and spiritual experience to those who hear it.”

The Journey of the Sitar in Indian Classical Music
By Dr. Swarn Lata
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 160 pages | ISBN 9781475947083
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 160 pages | ISBN 9781475947069
E-Book | 160 pages | ISBN 9781475947076
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Swarn Lata has more than 35 years of experience teaching sitar to students from diverse cultures and communities. She is a celebrated sitar player who has performed throughout North America and India. Lata earned her Ph.D. in instrumental music with a focus on the sitar from Panjab University in Chandigarh, India. She is the founder and director of Sitar Darpan School of Music in Toronto, where she lives, teaches music and practices healing through music therapy. She has two happily married daughters, Geetika and Ritu, and two grandchildren, Yoga Lakshmi and Arjun. More information can be found at http://www.sitardarpan.com.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations – self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind., iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.
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