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GATEWAY TO INDIAN MUSIC

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Gateway to Indian Music Collection

This collection is about the various genres of Indian Music.  Music in India is an integral part in everyday life. This collection is classified into Traditional Music and Modern Music. Traditional music has the following types of Music: - under Classical Music we have Carnatic Music and Hindustani Music. Bhajan is a traditional music. And under folk music we have Baul, Bihu, Chaiti, Dadra,Ghazal, Kajari, Qawwali, Naatupura Paatu, Rabindra Sangeet, Sufi and Thumri. Modern music includes Bhangra, Rock Raga, Rock Bangra, and Filmi Music.  The history and state from which these genre originated is listed below.

Baul: It originated from Indian state of West Bengal and Bangladesh.  This music is about celebration and declaration of love.

Bhangra:  An upbeat Punjabi music from the Indian state of Punjab.  It is modernized by the Punjabi immigrants in London. They have created a fusion with western music, but in 1990’s Bhangra took back to the traditional Punjabi folk music.

Bhajan : It is a devotional song sung in respective Indian languages.

Bihu:  This music originated from Indian state of Assam. It is a traditional folk music performed with Bihu dance during the festival of Bihu.

Chaiti: It is a semi- classical song sung during the month of Chait. Usually famous in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Carnatic Music: It is a classical music associated with four southern states of India - Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. It emphasizes on vocal music. The elements of Carnatic music are Sruti, Tala, Raga and Swara.

Dadra:  It is a form of Hindustani music famous in Agra.

Filmi Music: Songs from Indian movies.

Ghazal: It is a poetic form of couplets spread in 12th century because of the Muslim rulers in south Asia.

Kajari : Semi- classical music popular in Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Naatupura Paatu : It is from the Indian state of Tamilnadu. It is a Tamil folk music popular in villages.

Qawwali: Its history dates back to 8th century Iran and Afghanistan. It became popular in India because of the invasion of Muslim rulers. It is a form of Sufi music.

Rabindra Sangeet : It is popular in the Indian state of West Bengal from where it originated. Jatindramohan Tagore began experimenting with music and invented this, hence this music.

Rock Bhangra : Rock version of the traditional Bhangra.

Rock Raaga: Fusion of western music with Carnatic music.

 
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