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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Carnatic Music

This is a guide to finding background information, books, and recordings on Carnatic music.


This page explains how to search for books on Carnatic music using the library catalog. The box below includes recommended subject headings so that you can do some searching on your own. If you don't know where to start and want to see a selection of what the Library has available, check out the box at the bottom of this page. 

Search Tips

Conducting a keyword search in the library catalog is always a great place to start. Use the "Material Type" filter on the right of the "Advanced Search" screen to limit your results to "Books."

After finding a relevant book in the catalog, use the topics (listed in the subject field of the record) to find related materials. At this point, if you've identified several promising materials that have the same subjects listed, consider clicking on any of the subject headings to launch a new search for similarly classified items.

You can also try searching by subject heading to start.

Search broadly by using subjects like: Carnatic music or Musicians--India

Or try more specific subjects like: Ragas--India, Carnatic music--Instruction and Study, or Carnatic music--History and criticism

Remember to always take a look at the topics listed in the catalog record to get hints for searching! For more suggestions, refer to the Tips for Exploring the Collection box on the first page of this guide.

Selected Books from the Catalog