Introduction to Indian Classical Music

A genre of music from the Indian subcontinent is known as the Indian classical music. As for the roots of the classical music of India, it is actually found in the Vedic literature of Hinduism. There are no Western classical concepts in the Indian classical music. This music actually has two major traditions. These traditions refer to the North Indian classical music tradition and the South Indian expression. The former is called “Hindustani” while the latter is called “Carnatic”. These traditions continue to have more common features.

The Indian classical music adopted many regional styles. One of those is the Bengali classical tradition. There were Hindu composers and musicologist who gave a great contribution to the Indian classical music. By comparing the Hindustani and Carnatic classical music tradition, you will come to understand the difference. The Carnatic music, that is from South India, is more rhythmically intensive and structured than the Hindustani music. There are two foundational elements in Indian classical music. These two elements refers to the raga and the tala.

As for the musical instruments that are typically used in Hindustani music, it includes surbahar, tanpura, shehnai, violin, venu, kanjira, tabla, and many more. Elaborate and expressive, these are the perfect description for the Indian classical music. For the additional facts that you should know about the Indian classical music, know that the elements of this music arrived in China in the third century. These words came from Yukteshwar Kumar. Also, Indian classical music places great emphasis on improvisation which is different from modern Western classical music.