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Singing sculptures: India’s curious musical instruments

Exploring ten strange, beautiful instruments from India's classical traditions. By George Howlett | Part of Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music

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11 May 2019

An Introduction to Indian Folk Traditions: some important genres

As early as 400 BC, Indian musical treatises had drawn a clear distinction between marga sangeet (music for the gods) and desi sangeet (music of people) and it is the latter that evolved...

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Guru-Shishya Parampara: Master and disciple, knowledge through surrender

Indian classical music is largely a hereditary tradition, generally taught in a pedagogical fashion... read more

What is Rasa? The 'essence' or 'juice' - a flowing nectar of emotional experience

Rasa (also spelt ras) is the word for 'juice' in many Indian languages. In a musical sense its meaning... read more

Why do Indian musicians tune their instruments in front of the audience?

One famous story of an Indian musician tuning before his audience has now taken a permanent place in... read more

New to indian Classical Music?

The beginner's guide to Indian classical music. Whether you’re completely new to raga music or just need a refresher, we’ve put together this brief overview of all things raga music to help you feel at ease when visiting one of our concerts or watch our videos on our YouTube or our Darbar Concert Hall.

 

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