Music is a fact of life that we take for granted. A child starts crooning tunes long before learning to speak. From the beginning to the end of our life, we come across, appreciate and listen attentively to the form of music that appeals to us most. And unless one has an extremely inquisitive disposition, one naturally ignores investigation into something that permeates our daily routine from start to finish. I am attempting here to explore the North Indian music (Hindustani music).
Music has always occupied a central place in the imagination of Indians. The range of musical phenomenon in India, and indeed the rest of South Asia, extends from simple melodies, commonly encountered among hill tribes, to what is one of the most well- developed "systems" of classical music in the world. Indian music can be considered to be one of the oldest unbroken traditions in the world. The basis for Indian music can be derived from Sangeet, which involves vocal music, instrumental music, and dance. It is said that the origins of this system go back to the Vedas (ancient scripts of the Hindus).Indian music has seven modes and follows modulation like the Greek music. Sangeet is the basis of Indian music which consists of three art forms: vocal, instrumental, and dance.
Vocal music occupies a considerable part of Natya Shastra. The "Samaveda" is the oldest musical text in India. Most of the classical songs of north India are devotional in nature, but there are few genres which are especially oriented toward religion. Most notable is the bhajan, dhun or kirtan for Hindus, the kawali (qawali) for Muslims, and the shabad for Sikhs. Not all the music is serious; there are also many popular genres. The gazal is one style, which is known for it rich poetic, and romantic content. The Hindi geet which is basically just a song and undoubtedly the most popular is the film song .There are also a few genres which are oriented specifically toward musical education. The... [continues]
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