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Sangeet Chandrika (In Bengali) by Gopeshwar Bannerjee,  written in the early years of the 20th century by the renowned Dhrupad singer of Vishnupur Gopeshwar Bannerjee. Contains many  Dhrupad compositions in the danda matrik  system of notation that is superior to what is commonly found in India, because it makes provision for half and quarter  notes. In the later editions the danda matrik notation has been changed to the Bhatkhande system. The compositions sound authentic, and are free from distortions that are common in most published works. This is  probably because the author was himself a highly respected Dhrupad singer.

Sangeet Manjari (In Bengali) by Ramprasanna Bannerjee the elder brother of Gopeshwar Bannerjee. Like the Sangeet Chandrika has many beautiful compositions. Again free from distortions since the author was a highly respected Dhrupad singer. The older edition is in the more accurate danda matrik notation.

Dhrupad Swarlipi by Harinarayan Mukhopadhyay, published in 1929 in Allahabad contains many dhrupad  compositions. But some of them appear a bit distorted. The author uses an unorthodox and somewhat idiosyncratic style of notation that. This book can be downloaded in the digital form from the Digital Library of India. See it in Digital Library of India

Nad Vinod Granth by Pannalal Goswami published in Delhi in 1896 in Hindi and Urdu  has many  Sitar Gats  and the texts of some Dhrupad compositions.

Marifunnagamat by Nawab Ali Khan in three volumes. The second and third volumes have many fine Dhrupad compositions of the Senis (decendants of Tansen). Some of the compositions were contributed by Ustad Abban Khan of Saharanpur who belonged to the Dagar family ( he was a disciple of Baba Behram Khan and maternal grandfather of Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar) and by Kale Nazir Khan a disciple of Allabande Khan.

Gita Sutra Sar by Krishnadhan Banerjee A rare book that is difficult to find nowadays. It is mentioned in the preface of Sangeet Manjari of Ramprasanna Bannerjee as the only book of its kind available till the publication of the Manjari. One hopes that it will soon be available on Google Books where there is a page for it. http://books.google.co.in/books/about/Gita_Sutra_Sar.html?id=wpFEJwAACAAJ&redir_esc=y

Dhruvapada by Indurama Shrivastava - A very scholarly and well referenced book - the PhD thesis of the author. Contains references to some rare recordings of Dhrupad in the Sangeet Natak Academy archives of Dhrupad singers like Bharatji Vyas and T.L. Rana. See in Google Books

Dhrupad: Tradition and Performance in Indian Music By Ritwik Sanyal, Richard Widdess - A very well researched scholarly work using the methods of Western ethnomusicology, presenting essentially the viewpoint of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin and Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar which says that there are 10 characteristics of Dhrupad singing and 10 characteristics of instrumental Dhrupad. The book mentions in a footnote that Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar did not cooperate with the authors. (An unfortunate thing since it leaves me with the onerous but unavoidable burden of writing a book to present his viewpoint - A.S) See in Google Books

see www.tanpura.de -for rare indian instruments