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India Music Week (N.Y.): Indian Music Research Guide

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 6, 2013

Indian Music


This research guide was prepared in conjunction with India Music Week (October 6-13, 2013) to highlight resources available in Columbia University Libraries.




Bibliography of Asian Studies.
Ann Arbor, MI: Association for Asian Studies, 1998-
Search by combining subject and country/region facets; here is a sample search that combines a country/region facet (“India”) with a keyword facet (“music”). Try others.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (Online)–India
Alexander Street Press, 2013

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Volume 5: South Asia: The Indian Subcontinent, Arnold, Alison (ed.); Routledge; published May 1999
New York: Garland Pub., 1998-2002


  • Companion to North Indian classical music / Satyendra K. Sen Chib, New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Pub, 2004 (Butler Stacks ML102.H56 C454 2004)
  • Bharatiya sangeet: raga nidhi; encyclopedia of Indian ragas (4 vols), a comparative study of Hindustani & Karnatak ragas, B. Subba Rao, 1956-[66]  (South Asian Studies Reading Rm,  601 Butler, ML338. .S78)
  • The Oxford encyclopaedia of the music of India (3 vols) / chief editor, Nikhil Ghosh, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011 (Music Reference Non-Circulating ML102.H56 O94 2011g)


The Columbia University Libraries catalog allows for faceted searches. One very useful facet is the use of Library of Congress Subject Headings. To search by LCSH, select “catalog” from the left (Search Source) drop-down menu, and select “subject” from the right drop-down menu in CLIO. LCSH headings can also be quite useful for WorldCat catalogsearches.

General Subject Headings

Specialized Genres


The Columbia University Library catalog allows for searches by call number range. Here are a few examples:

  • ML100 (Dictionaries of Indian Music)
  • ML101.I47 (Encyclopedias of Indian Music)
  • ML120.I5 (Bibliographies of Indian music)
  • ML156.4.N3 (Discographies of Indian music)
  • ML338.2  (History and Criticism of 17th century music of India)
  • ML338.7.T29 (Music of Tamil Nadu)
  • ML338.G665 (Bengali music of India)
  • ML1808 (Music of South India)
  • ML3748 (Textbooks of Indian music)


Online streaming of Indian music is available via Columbia University libraries. Here is a subject search for “music India” with “online” format selected.

Columbia University subscribes to various online music resources, such as the following:



Columbia University Library has various recordings of Indian music. To locate them, search the catalog with format set to “music recording.”

Here are a few representative recent acquisitions:


Columbia University Library collections include videos related to the music of India.
Representative examples include:

  • Ajaba śahara: Amarīkā meṃ Kabīra = Ajab shahar : Kabir in America
    Bangalore : Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, 2008
  • Free to sing?: the music of Suman Chatterjee
    Epic Actors’ Workshop & Choir
  • Gimme somethin’ to dance to!: what is bhangra?
    New York : New York University Program in Culture and Media, c1995
  • Hardy, Ian, Singing between two worlds – learning traditional music in the heart of modern India
    New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2002
  • In between the notes: a portrait of Pandit Pran Nath, master Indian musician
    San Francisco, CA. : Other Minds, 2006.
  • Kalanjali (Dance company), Of beauty & deities: music and dance of India
    Berkeley, CA : PALOMINO Productions, c2006
  • Khyal: classical singing of North India
    New York, NY : Insight Media, [2012?], 1998
  • Raga: a film journey into the soul of India
    Encinitas, CA : East Meets West Music, c2010
  • Ravi Shankar: tenth decade in concert : live in Escondido
    [Encinitas CA] : East Meets West Music, ©2012
  • There’ll always be stars in the sky: the Indian film music phenomenon
    [S.l.] : Shanachie Entertainment, [2003]
  • A voice from heaven: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the most beautiful voice in the world
    New York, NY : Winstar TV & Video, c2001


Books in print format can be located in the Columbia University library catalog by setting format to “books.”

Representative titles include:


The Columbia University library catalog allows for searches by music score format. Here are a few representative examples of items in the catalog:

Contact Datas: 535 West 114th St. New York, NY 10027 Telephone (212) 854-7309 Fax (212) 854-9099

(Source: 10/2013 – IMW – India Music Week)

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