This book is the fourth 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 eighth edition of the fourth book, Prof. Sambamoorthy dwells at length on Pallavi, Srutis, Gamakas, Tala, ancient and contemporary styles in music. There is also an interesting chapter on Kachcheri Dharma both for the performers and the audience.
The South Indian Music fourth volume consist of Manodharma Sangita, Pallavi, Svara Kalpana, Raga classification in Ancient music, 22 Srutis, Gamakas, Tala, Music Form, Obsolete Forms, Contemporary music, Contemporary composers, Prosody, Kachcheri Dharma, Comparitive Music, Raga lakshana.