The writings on Indian music have been mostly on theoretical aspects and mainly by theoreticians and not by practising musicians. It is still rare to find a woman performer who has written on music performance from different angles. In Enlightening the Listener, Prabha Atre, a noted vocalist examines with a liberal and holistic approach various aspects of a contemporary North Indian classical vocal music performance for a lay listener. While doing this she critically and objectively tries to seek in the context of changing times new meaning appropriate to what has come down from tradition. Her academic background, analytical mind, logical approach and communication skills put this book in a special category. This book deals with various aspects of music performance as also persons and institutions involved in 'Music making'. Dr. Atre's diverse experience as a singer, composer, teacher and thinker has lent authenticity to this work. From a point of view of a lay listener, she unfolds artistically the creative process of music making and thus gently guides the reader towards better appreciation. The accompanying cassette with illustrations is an added feature of this book. Listening to it will help the reader to identify the musical material and forms and gives an idea of the techniques involved.