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Indian classical music

The Indian classical music is rich with its historical, cultural, theoretical and aesthetic form. India has its own vibrant culture and customs. Classical music of India forms the very important part of this culture. The origin of the Indian Music can be be found in the ancient literature and scriptures. Indian classical music has been the part of the Hindu tradition. Indian classical music is the most complex and complicated musical system ever developed. The extreme cultural diversity creates endless variety of classical styles. Each region in India has its…

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Why Carnatic music is in a crisis of context and curation
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Why Carnatic music is in a crisis of context and curation

System of selection The most popular venues and festivals have invested time and resources to curating the artistes list and constantly tweaking the quality of the whole experience from the audience’s perspective. Sandeep Virdi, artistic director of the Darbar Festival, UK, says there are things that traditional organisers ignore at their own peril. “The feel and touch of the marketing materials, the choice of venues for performances, the production values of the performance — staging, lighting and vitally the sound of the music, all go a long way in making…

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Should I listen to music when I meditate?
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Should I listen to music when I meditate?

I love music. In fact the powerful surges of pleasurable energy that I experienced in my body when listening to songs as a teenager was one of the things that made me curious to learn meditation. These experiences of rapture (the Buddhist technical term is “priti”) opened my eyes to the fact that there were ranges of experience outside of our normal expectations. The idea that you should listen to songs musicwhile meditating is very common. But this probably goes back to seeing meditation as little more than a means…

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Hindustani Classical Music and Spirituality

Music is an integral part of Hinduism as it reflects the sruti of the gods while acting as a conduit for worshipers to engage with for spiritual growth. Hymns performed in this style have strong roots in the Vedas and Hindu mythology. The core components of raga, tala and swar strive for a balance of the song in a similar manner to the concept of dharma. Northern India’s Hindustani genre has evolved over time since its origins in the Vedas, it has remained a fundamental part of Hindu society throughout…

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Carnatic music
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A brief history of Carnatic Music

Carnatic Music is a peculiar name for an art form that lays claim to a lineage stretching back over many centuries. But why the term ‘Carnatic’ music, or its more Indian version ‘Karnatak’ music ? It certainly had nothing to do with the eponymous modern state in south India that has its capital as Bangalore. Several reasons have been given as to why the name Karnataka Sangita for the music of south India. Many have opined that the region south of the Vindhyas was referred to as Karnatakam and hence…

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