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Indian classical music is largely a hereditary tradition, generally taught in a pedagogical fashion and handed down from father to son. Since Indian music is rarely written down, watching and listening to the teacher - or guru...read more
Rasa (also spelt ras) is the word for 'juice' in many Indian languages. In a musical sense its meaning is closer to the English words 'essence', 'flavour', or even 'self-luminosity'.
One famous story of an Indian musician tuning before his audience has now taken a permanent place in the annals of West-meets-Indian-music history:
Apart from musical content and the esoteric concept of rasa ('juice, essence, flavour') Indian classical raags (melodic structures) are also assigned to particular times of day or night to maximise their emotional impact on the listener.
The lifeblood of all Indian classical music, whether Hindustani (North Indian) or Carnatic (South Indian), is the concept of raag (in English, spelt and pronounced 'raga'; after its Sanskrit form - although in modern North Indian languages...
Rhythm is the arrangement of time in all music, and is thought to be older and more fundamental than melody. All melody has a time dimension, and so incorporates rhythm irrespective of whether or not it is actually played on a percussion instrument
The conventions of concert etiquette for Western classical music are a little daunting. Don't breathe heavily. Don't sneeze or cough. Don't clap.
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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
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