This book is the second in the 6 book series written by Prof. P. Sambamoorthy titled South Indian Music. This series is considered as a primer for any serious student of Carnatic music interested in its theory and musicology. In this second book, Prof. Sambamoorthy introduces the melodic and rhythmic core of Carnatic music viz., Raga and Tala. The book also contains early lessons for a student of Carnatic Music (starting from alankarams to svarajatis) and a description of musical instruments both ancient and the ones in vogue.
The South Indian Music volume two book consist of 35 Alankaras, Gitas, Jatisvaras, Svarajatis, Acoustics, Varga vadyas, Yazh, Raga Rupa sanchari.