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The rudra veena maestro discusses Dhrupad's curious modern context following his landmark solo performance at the Purcell Room. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical musicread more
Discover Indian classical music via styles you like - this article builds sonic bridges to rock, jazz, jungle, hip-hop, house, and more. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music
The word Dhrupad is derived from 'dhruva' meaning that which is 'fixed' or 'constant' and 'pada' meaning 'word' or 'set-composition'. It is the oldest form of North Indian classical vocal music, with origins lying in the antiquated chanting style...
The veena, also known as the been in North Indian languages, is a large plucked lute. It is undoubtedly one of India's oldest instruments, dating from around the 1st millennium BC - not only do many references appear in ancient Vedic...
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Indian classical music is largely a hereditary tradition, generally taught in a pedagogical fashion... read more
Rasa (also spelt ras) is the word for 'juice' in many Indian languages. In a musical sense its meaning... read more
One famous story of an Indian musician tuning before his audience has now taken a permanent place in... read more
The sarod is a plucked string instrument, now as popular and predominant in North Indian classical... read more
There are two kinds of Indian classical music, Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian),... read more
A vocal performance of classical Indian music is ranked higher than a purely instrumental one (see... read more
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