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Title: The development of Ragalaksana, with reference to other modal systems
Author: Mangahas, Ruby K.
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1967
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This work traces the development of ragalaksana as prescribed and described in the Natyasastra (Jati-laksana), Bohaddesi Sangltaratnakara, Svaramelakala-nidhi Ragavibodh, Caturdiprakasika, Sangita-parijata, Sangitasaramrta, and Samgrahacudamani. The structural and functional aspects of thirteen ragalaksana are analyzed, namely, graha, amsa and nyasa; tara and mandra; bahutva and alpatva; apanyasa, samnyasa and vinyasa; antaramarga; sadava and audava. The analysis traces the growth and decline of the theory of these laksana between 500 A.D. and the 19th century. As comparisons of nominally and/or modally related ragas are made in terms of their laksana, a new criterion for the proper identification of ragas emerges. In the process an attempt is made to solve the unsettled question of the identification of the BD basic ragas and the SR ragangas.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral