Raga 2 Rock – the reviews

Sharing links to and excerpts from some of the extremely overwhelming as well as validating reviews my book Raga 2 Rock has received. If you are a regular reader of the blog and sitting on the fence as to whether you should buy this, I sincerely hope these reviews (none of which I paid for and none written by relatives) will convince you to do so. Happy reading!

Argonaut: “The songs he selected for individual analysis are brilliant. I especially loved the deconstruction of LP’s Roz shaam aati thi and Salil Chowdhury’s Guzar jaye din. The icing on the cake is a solid introduction to the peerless Ilaiyaraja. For people, who have heard of him and want to get up and close with his compositions, this book is one of the best to get started. “

Prof Dr Anil Kumar: “One of the finest works on Film music! I catch up regularly with Raju Bharathan and Bharadwaj Rangan through their monumental pieces on music. I cannot tell you how much I yearned seeing someone in the same league as these two. And here comes a relatively obscure incumbent to steal the crown! The proverbial observation of the old order yielding to the new holds quite true here. This author is definitely a harbinger to a new era.

…it is my firm belief that an evaluation of the music that existed decades before one was born, cannot happen without an aptitude for a research in music. And this author has one of the finest musical sensibilities very much complemented by his aptitude for research. While the former quality is imbibed from his father (as confessed by him),the latter is indeed this man’s BRILLIANCE! You do not stumble upon researchers in music every other moment.

This monumental work is now part of my library that accommodates many a great work on music. I have recommended this book to my students at a university pursuing cultural studies. Besides, I have recommended it to all the ‘musically curious minds’ (known to me) as well!”

Ashok Sharma: “This is a beautifully written book and a delightful read for someone who loves all kinds of music and genres. It hooks you right from the beginning and you want to read in one go (binge-reading?). The book is a treasure trove of albums and songs that I have long forgotten but am happy to rediscover and walk down memory lane. The expository writing style is refreshingly different from everything else that is written about these composers and their styles. I love that you have dissected the songs so well, finding patterns and instrumentation and some chord theory as well, things that would be elusive to an untrained ear.”

Shashank P: ” I personally appreciate the authors evident & wholehearted commitment to present the book in an extremely well articulated format in that it covers the author’s personal experiences with music during his upbringing & also as a grown adult, intermingled with exploration (for the reader) of the factual & contextual aspects of each musician/composer described in the book. It makes perfect sense, in regards to the fact that the book deals with the dominion of music, it certainly calls for that deep emotional perception matched with intelligent articulation.

This book works on many levels and for the different types of readers – 1. People who have no clue about or have the bare minimum familiarity with Indian film music. 2. People, like me who are pretty familiar but acknowledge there’s lot more to unpack and familiarize oneself. 3. Musicians / non-musicians who maybe interested in the compositional inner-workings (musical scales, keys & stuff) of the various musicians discussed in the book.

Overall, well-written, interesting and definitely a book that I know is going to be my go-to reference every now & then.”

Don Cavarcci: “This book is far more engrossing than recent fictional thrillers. There are two books which after reading you automatically become smarter on a (seemingly) tough subject WHILE BEING ENTERTAINED IN THE PROCESS – one is ‘One Up on Wall Street’ by Peter Lynch – the other is Raga2Rock by Madan Mohan. 

 I then jumped straight into the chapters on RD Burman, Ilayaraja and AR Rahaman and I could almost feel their minds ticking trying to figure out how to catch the listeners’ fancy. Masterful writing this! The career arc of the aforementioned three is beautifully narrated and I was breathless from greedily turning the pages.

I take my hat of to this millennial writer – I’m amazed that he writes with such insight on topics, events and musicc which was composed befroe he was born or while he still learning to take his first steps.”

One Response to “Raga 2 Rock – the reviews”

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