The music of the Indian subcontinent is usually divided into two major traditions of classical music: Hindustani music of North India and Karnatak music of South India, although many regions of India also have their own musical traditions that are independent of these.
Both Hindustani and Karnatak music use the system of ragas—sets of pitches and small motives for melody construction—and tala for rhythm. Ragas form a set of rules and patterns around which a musician can create his or her unique performance. Likewise, tala is a system of rhythmic structures based on the combination of stressed and unstressed beats. Within these rhythmic structures, musicians (1996.100.1) can create their own rhythmic patterns building off the compositional styles of others.
Indian musical instruments can be broadly classified according to the Hornbostel–Sachs system into four categories: chordophones (string instruments), aerophones (wind instruments), membranophones (drums) and idiophones (non-drum percussion instruments).
culture is a big part of people’s lives and music by far tops the list. Whether it is a reality show or a concert, the crowd and viewers give a clear indication that India is a land of music.
People in India have been worshipping Goddess Saraswati, who is known for knowledge and wisdom of music since times immemorial. Since the Vedic age till today, classical music has always sustained and played a pivotal part in molding the journey of Indian music.
In ancient times musical sessions were conducted in king’s court where music was performed in a pompous way. Today people in different corners of the world witness the aroma of the Indian classical music through various concerts performed by maestros in Indian classical music.
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