About the Book:
The concept of nada in the form of Pranava or Omkara has dominated Indian culture, civilization, and philosophy right from Vedic times. Having regard to this kind of tradition, the author undertook an investigation into the concept of nada, by taking it as the subject matter for his doctoral thesis, since the research of this kind was wanted and novel. The author has examined almost all important orthodox and heterodox philosophical systems of India, including the theories of nada as accepted and applied in tantragamas, in music and in grammatology, in order to ascertain the exact nature of nada different from dhvani (sound). The book also highlights musical, linguistic, aesthetic and mystic applications of nada. It is hoped that both general readers and research scholars will enjoy and appreciate it.
About the Author:
Justice Basawarajaiah Raikote (born 1937), son of Shivayya Raikote, learnt music under his paternal uncle Rachayya Raikote, an eminent violinist of his time. He passed his M.A. and L.L.M from Karnataka University, Dharwar. Thereafter he practised as an Advocate. He also served as an Hon. Professor and an Hon. Principal in a Law College. Later he was elevated as a Judge of the High Court of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Right from his student days, he was always busy with his academic activities. He published number of articles on Law. After laying down his office as a Judge, he did his Ph.D. from Karnataka University on "Indian Philosophy of Nada and its Vocal Applications" published in the form of the present book.