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Dance & Music of India

Selected Books & Scores


Bowers, Faubion
The Dance in India
Dhillon, Iqbal Singh
Folk dances of Panjab
GV1694.P85 D55 1998
Global Bollywood : Travels of Hindi Song and Dance PN1993.5.I8 G54 2008
Indian Dance: The Ultimate Metaphor. q GV1693.I48 2000
Khokar, Mohan
Traditions of Indian Classical Dance
q GV1693.K48 1984
Massey, Reginald & Jamila
The Dances of India: A General Survey and Dancers' Guide
GV1693.M29 1989
Pandeya, Avinash C.
The Art of Kathakali
GV1693.P3 1999x
Ragini, Devi
Dances of India, with an Appendix on Indian Music
r GV1693.R26 1962
Singh, Shanta Serbjeet
Indian Dance: The Ultimate Metaphor
q GV1693.I48 2000
Venktaraman, Leela
Indian Classical Dance: Tradition in Transition
q GV1693.V465 2002



Clayton, Martin
Time in Indian Music: Rhythm, Metre and Form in North Indian R–ag Performance
ML338.C593 2000
Farrell, Gerry
Indian Music and the West
ML338.F37 1997
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, v. 5 South Asia: The Indian Subcontinent. (r)q ML100.G16 1998
Gritton, Peter
Folksongs from India
Includes information about the structure of Indian music and the instruments used, as well as folk songs from the southern region of India (Mysore).
M1808 .F65 1993x
Massey, Reginald & Jamila
The Music of India (foreword by Ravi Shankar)
ML338.M38 1996x
McIntosh, Solveig
Hidden Faces of Ancient Indian Song
ML3748.M28 2005
Pesch, Ludwig
The Illustrated Companion to South Indian Classical Music
ML338.P423 1999
Roychaudhuri, Bimalakanta
Dictionary of Hindustani Classical Music
ML102.H56 R613 2000
Wade, Bonnie C.
Music in India: The Classical Traditions
ML338.W32 1979x
White, Emmons E.
Appreciating India's Music: An Introduction, with an Emphasis on the Music of South India

For many more titles in these subjects, please ask a music librarian.



Dances of India: Bharata Natyam Arangetram Dances. (DVD)
GV1693.D2344 2004x
Discovering the Music of India. (DVD)
ML338.D57 2005x
Indian & Persian Classical Music. (DVD) M1795.I63 2004x
The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance:
South Asia I: India 1
South Asia II: India 2
South Asia III: India 3
M1627.J9 2005x
vol. 11-13
Languages of Sound and Movement. Episode 1, Of Beauty & Deities: Music & Dance of India. (DVD) GV1796.B4 L36 2006x
Raga Unveiled: India's Voice: The History and Essence of North Indian Classical Music. (DVD) ML338.R161 2009x
There'll Always Be Stars in the Sky: the Indian Film Music Phenomenon. (DVD)
ML2075.T476 2003x


Selected Compact Discs

Folk & Classical

If Bha 34547 Classics for Pleasure by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.
If Bha 37458 O Shakuntala! by Debashish Bhattacharya.
If Bha 12337 Raga Gujari Todi; Raga Bhairavi by Tarun Bhattacharya.
If Bha 43718 Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey by Debashish Bhattacharya.
If Bis 34543 Ustad Bismillah Khan: Shehnai by Bismillah Khan.
If Cha 12614 Janani by Srikanth Chary.
If Cha 34689 Tintal by Samir Chatterjee.
If Cha 1711 Rag Lalit by Hariprasad Chaurasia.
If Cha 27404 Four Dhuns by Hariprasad Chaurasia.
If Cha 35625 Greatest Jugalbandies by Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia & Dr. M. Balamurlikrishna.
If Chh 14034 Folksongs & Dances from India
If Gop 34546 Scintillating Sax by Kadri Gopalnath.
If Guh 34688 Subhra Guha: Vocal by Subhra Guha.
If Hin 34548 Hindustani Classical Vocal featuring Sulochana Brahaspati, Shruti Sadolikar and Girija Devi.
If Hus 35537 Ustad Zakir Hussain: the Versatile Genius by Zakir Hussain.
If Ind 19147 India from the Alan Lomax collection.
If Ind 35554 Indian Folk Music from Uttar Pradesh.
If Jas 43059 Rags, Malkauns and Megh by Jasani/Singh/Khan.
If Kha 1712 Rag Miya Ki Todi; Rag Bilaskhani Todi by Imrat Khan.
If Kha 8424 Rag Bhimpalasi; Rag Tilak Kamod by Nishat & Irshad Khan.
If Kha 28343 Magic of Twilight: Indian Ragas for Sitar, Tabla and Tanpoora by Irshad Khan.
If Kha 28352 Yaadein by Imrat Khan.
If Kha 33661 Peerless by Maestro Ali Akbar Khan.
If Kha 35542 Remembering Mahatma Gandhi by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
If Kha 39047 Raga Jog by Shujaat Khan.
If Kha 39196 Sarod for Harmony by Amjad Ali Khan.
If Kha 39554 Then and Now: 1955-1995 by Ali Akbar Khan.
If Kic 12331 Vijay Kichlu by Vijay Kumar Kichlu.
If Kri 10395 Ramnad Krishnan, Vidwan: Music of South India: Songs of the Carnatic Tradition by Ramnad Krishnan.
If Kum 35543 Dhun Ugama Ragas by Pt. Kumar Gandharva.
If Lal 29632 Raga Darbari Kanhada; Raga Desh by Lalith Rao.
If Lal 40559 Beyond Reach by Lalith Rao.
If Mai 10511 Tabla Tarang: Melody on Drums by Kamalesh Maitra.
If Maj 35561 Master of the Indian Bansuri by Pandit Ronu Majumdar.
If Man 35544 Lata Mangeshkar Recites the Bhagwad Geeta by Hridaynath Mangeshkar.
If Mon 6099 v.2 The World of Traditional Music: South Asia
If Mud 33982 Shama by Shubha Mudgal.
If Raj 28489 Violin Dynasty by N. Rajam and Sangeeta Shankar.
If Raj 38540 Into the Raga by Nirmala Rajasekar.
If Rav 34645 Music from Madras: Ravikiran Plays Chitravina by N. Ravikiran.
If Rel 30013 Religious Chants from India: Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu.
If Sab 27495 Master Drummer of India by Ghulam Sarwar Sabri.
If Sas 7789 Inde du Sud: L'art de la vina by E. S. Shastry.
If Sha 15511 Sound of the Sitar by Ravi Shankar.
If Sha 16477 Full Circle: Carnegie Hall 2000 by Ravi Shankar.
If Sha 19085 Anoushka Shankar Live at Carnegie Hall by Anoushka Shankar.
If Sha 22121 Chants of India by Ravi Shankar.
If Sha 23517 Ravi Shankar: Rough Guide.
If Sha 25794 Rise by Anoushka Shankar.
If Sha 29443 Three Ragas by Ravi Shankar.
If Sha 32480 A Life of Dedication: 80th Birthday Celebration by Lakshmi Shankar.
If Sha 39152 Pancha Nadai Pallavi by Shankar.
If Sha 39555 Homage to Mahatma Gandhi by Ravi Shankar.
If Sri 1252 Mandolin Ecstasy by U. Srinivas.
If Sri 39150 Mandolin Magic by U. Srinivas.
If Sub 27493 Rag Hemavati by L. Subramaniam.
If Sub 30020 Sangeet Sangam by L. Subramaniam.
If Sud 35598 Shakti: Chant sacre de l'Inde du Sud [Sacred Songs of South India] by Sudha Ragunathan.
If Tal 34549 Ragas Bihag, Durga & Basant; Dadra by Padma Talwalkar.
If Voi 32132 Voices of Humans, Ancestors, and Gods: A Musical Journey Through India's Interior.
If Wom 16625 Women's Songs from India.


Film Music ("Bollywood")

Mo Bes 24398 Best of Bollywood.
Mo Bho 24544 Asha Bhosle (Rough Guide) by Asha Bhosle.
Mo Bho 24545 The Best of Asha Bhosle: The Golden Voice of Bollywood by Asha Bhosle.
If Bho 26260 Love Supreme by Asha Bhosle.
Mo Bho 32954 A Musical Journey: 75 Years of Asha by Asha Bhosle.
Mo Bol 25204 Bollywood (Rough Guide).
Mo Bol 29635 Bollywood: An Anthology of Songs from Popular Indian Cinema.
Mo Bol 40711 Bollywood Bloodbath.
Mo Bol 35538 Bollywood Hits.
Mo Bol 40744 Bollywood Journeys: Journey Into the World of Bollywood Beats.
Mo Bol 40764 Bollywood Remixed: Indian Film Dance Grooves.
If Bol 33260 Bollywood Steel Guitar.
Mo Bur 24673 You've Stolen My Heart: Songs From R. D. Burman's Bollywood by Rahul Dev Burman, performed by Kronos Quartet with Asha Bhosle and Zakir Hussain.
Mo Bur 32605 A Bollywood Legend by Rahul Dev Burman.
Mo Dan 39031 Dance & Romance with Bollywood.
Mo His 38464 The History of Indian Film Music: A Showcase of the Very Best in Hindi Cinema.
Mo Ind 26004 Indiavision: Hindi films songs and instrumentals [1966-1984] .
Mo Jat 35614 Mohabbatein by Jatin-Lalit.
Mo Lax 35560 Amar Akbar Anthony by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Mo Lax 45236 Bollywood Remembers Laxmikant Pyarelal by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
If Mah 30306 Introducing Shankar Mahadevan: The Voice of India Today by Shankar Mahadevan.
Mo Man 24399 Lata Mangeshkar (Rough Guide) by Lata Mangeshkar.
Mo Man 30018 The Legend by Lata Mangeshkar.
Mo Rah 34618 Introducing A. R. Rahman: Original Soundtracks from the Musical Genius of Indian Cinema by A. R. Rahman.
If Rah 35541 Between Heaven and Earth by A. R. Rahman.
Mo Rah 35559 Swades: We, the People by A. R. Rahman.
Mo Rah 35627 Saathiya: Sehnsucht nach Dir & Other A. R. Rahman Hits by A. R. Rahman.
If Rah 42494 Connections by A. R. Rahman.
Mo Rou 29640 Rough Guide to Bollywood Gold.
Mo Rou 42301 Rough Guide to Psychedelic Bollywood.
Mo Sha 32862 Saawariya: A Film by Sanjay Leela Bansali with music by Monty Sharma, words by Sameer.
Mo Shi 35608 Silsila, by Shiv-Hari and Kabhi Kabhie by Khaiyyaam.
Mo Six 35536 60 Years of Bollywood: 60 Digitally Cleaned Greatest Songs of Indian Cinema from 1947 to 2007.
Mo Suf 40769 Sufis at the Cinema: 50 Years of Bollywood Qawwali & Sufi Song, 1958-2007.
Mo Utt 35607 Dil to Pagal Hai by Uttam Singh.



If Bha
Bhangra (Rough Guide).
If Bha
Bhangra Beatz: A Naxos World Collection.
If Bha
Bhangra Dance Hits.
If Bha
Bhangra (Jasbir Jassi, Ashok Masti, Jawad Ahmad).
If Bha
Bhangra: Original Punjabi Pop.
If Bha
Bhangra: The Sound of Bollywood.
If Bol
Bollywood Party: Bhangra & More.
If Rou
Rough Guide to Bhangra.
If Rou
Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance.
Po Wha
What is Bhangra?



If Rad
Radio India: The Eternal Dream of Sound.


Online Listening

You can find over 70 albums of music from India, including many field recordings, in the Smithsonian Global Sound database.

The Naxos Music Library also has over 160 albums of music from India in its "World" genre under the letter "I."

Both databases are available in the library or remotely for free with a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh card.


Web Sites

Art India Net - an exclusive site on Indian performing and allied arts

Bhangra in the Burgh - a yearly dance competition of regional bhangra teams sponsored by Carnegie-Mellon University and its Mayur South Asian Student Alliance

Chhandayan - though based mostly in New York, this organization also promotes Indian music concerts and provides classes, workshops, and instrument sales in other states, including the Pittsburgh area

Music from India -- WESA 90.5 FM Pittsburgh (formerly WDUQ) - since 1972, one of the nation's longest running radio programs of Indian music, hosted by Dr. Vijay Bahl and Harish Saluja

Nandanik Dance Academy - a Pittsburgh based organization promoting Indian dance

SPICMACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) - a local chapter of SPICMACAY based at Carnegie-Mellon University that holds free concerts of Indian Classical music

Srishti Dances of India - though now relocated to Michigan, this dance company was begun in Pittsburgh by Sreyashi Dey and maintains connections to its hometown

Updated by TRW. June 2015.