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*Indian Music*

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The music of India is a mosaic of different genres and levels of sophistication. At one extreme, classical music is performed in the urban concert halls for purely artistic reasons, and at the other, many kinds of functional rural music accompany life-cycle and agricultural rites. In between are many ther musical genres of different regions of the country, reflecting the diversity of its peoples, their life-styles and their languages. The Indian tradition is unique since it has a longer unbroken (though continuously evolving) tradition than perhaps any other system known today.

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*Classical Instrumental:

There is a great variety of Indian instruments, here are a few of interest.


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SITAR
The most widely known of all North Indian instruments, this plucked lute was made popular in the 1960s in the US by Ravi Shankar
SHENAI
This is a double reeded oboe of Islamic origin. It was originally only played outdoors, until brought into the classical world by Ustad Bismillah Khan. The shenai is still traditional music at Indian weddings.
TABLA
This is a pair of kettle drums used to accompany melodic instruments, providing drone and secondary melody and giving rhythmic support.


*Classical Vocal:


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GHAZAL
This Persian lyrical form has been completely naturalized in India. Slow and rich with poetry, it is sung in various languages such as Urdu and Hindi.
QAWWALI
This is the devotional music of the Sufis, the mystics of Islam. The music's popularity has transcended religious and geographical barriers. Qawwali with its enormous emotional strength, is popular with Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims.
RABINDRASANGEET
Rabindranath Tagore's recognition to the world was as a brilliant Nobel prize winning poet. His reputation as a music composer occurred at a later time. The variety found in Rabindrasangeet, literally meaning "songs of Rabindranath" , is astonishing. He incorporated numerous disparate styles from the rural folk music of Bengal and Indian ragas to Western musical mode. Even after his death, his songs live on. Rabindrasangeet is the most popular lyrical form sung by Bengalis of both Bangladesh and India.

*Popular:


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NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN
Acknowledged as the greatest master of Qawwali (see above), this late Pakistani Muslim singer popularized this beautiful and inspirational music beyond the Indian subcontinent to a worldwide audience. Many of his songs have been remixed to become international dance hits. Before his death in August 1997, he contributed to the movie soundtracks of "Dead Man Walking" with Pearl Jam's Eddie Veder and also with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails for the movie "Natural Born Killers".
HINDI FILM SONGS
As the largest movie industry in the world, Bombay (a.k.a. "Bollywood") produces hundreds of films per year in the Hindi language. No film is complete without songs and dances. Discover it for yourself here at one of the largest hindi songs archive on the web. It has songs from the past & present, remixes, video clips, interactive games and more.
BHANGRA
This traditional folk music from Punjab, India, characterized by the dhol (large drum), has moved from the villages to the dance floors and become popular music for indian youth around the world to dance to at parties and clubs. Deejays have remixed bhangra lyrics with western beats and club music and has revolutionized the indian pop scene.
EAST MEETS WEST
Mixing British pop & rock, American hip hop & jazz is what one of my absolute favorite bands Cornershop does to create a funky east meets west sort of style. Also check out Madonna's CD Ray of Light to hear another fusion of eastern and western music (especially in the songs "Shanti/Ashtangi" and "Frozen").

*Other Resources I Recommend:

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ONLINE MUSIC SHOPS
For all types of music try cd now
For all types of Indian music try The Mahal - Bringing the music & videos of India to you
NEWSGROUPS
Indian film music: rec.music.indian.misc
Classical Indian music: rec.music.indian.classical
E-MAIL LISTS
Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth: SPICMACAY

*More Info:


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RETAIL STORES
Khazana offering collectibles from India.
India Plaza an on-line Indian marketplace
SEARCH ENGINES
Jadoo India's first official search engine
SAARC The South Asian search engine
GENERAL INFO ON INDIA
Discover India
ALL-IN-ONE MUSIC PAGE
Music if you want a one stop place to listen to all the music discussed on my site, then use this link

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