This book is an introduction to the study of Indian music. It gives some basic information about the 72 scales (melakartas) that are the parent scales from which all ragas are formed. It also includes an explanation of the Tala: a highly developed rhythmic system, plus exercises the author was given by his teachers: tunes, and a list of suggested recordings.
This book opens new doors for your creativity, regardless which style of music you are playing.
Book, 88 pages
Charlie Mariano was fortunate to play with musicians from many different cultures. He was involved with South Indian music since 1967, and he went to India regularly to study Carnatic music first-hand.