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This book attempts to fill this gap in knowledge about the vast musical repertoire of the IPTA. It is about the IPTA tradition’s music in a national as well as specifically regional contexts (Bengali, Malayalam, Telugu, Assamese and Hindu/Urdu in particular), situated within the overall cultural and political context of the transitional period in India, and in the context of a radical impulse emergent in many parts of the world from the beginning of the twentieth century.
The book is the culmination of an archiving-cum-documentation project of music in the IPTA tradition undertaken by the author. It can also be read as a songbook, including lyrics and musical scores, revivifying the songs and music of a radical impulse in South Asia.