THIRTY SONGS FROM THE
PANJAB AND KASHMIR
Ratan Devi and Ananda K.Coomaraswamy
Foreword by Rabindranath Tagore
Edited by PREMLATA SHARMA
1994 xvi+177pp. int.,
notations, notes, ISBN: 81-207-16639: Rs 500 (HB)
The songs published here were
recorded by Mrs. Alice Coomaraswamy, who used the Indian name Ratan
Devi professionally, with introduction and translation by Ananda
Coomaraswamy and a foreword by Rabindranath Tagore.
Ratan Devi transcribed, with music and words, some of the songs -both
classical and folk -she had learnt from her guru Ustad Abdul Rahim of
Kapurthala. The thirty songs documented by her in staff notations are
compositions of genres like dhrupad, khayāl, Ṭhumrī and dādrā, as well
as folk-songs in Punjabi, Dogri, Kashmiri, etc., also Sūfi songs in
Urdu, Persian and Kashmiri.
The present volume reproducing the above compilation as parts I and II
contains a transcription of the staff notations into sā ri gā mā in
Devanagari, a Hindi translation of the non-Hindi texts of songs and
notes in Hindi and English on rāga, tāla and the text.
Available at:IGNCA, New Delhi.