The myth surrounding the origin of music in India is that during the
transitional period over the ages, people lost their way and took to
unethical and wrongful ways. There was violence, betrayal, and
animosity all over the country. Seeing the plight of humans, the Gods
were deeply distressed. There seemed no solution in sight till they
approached the creator of the world, Lord Brahma, to rescue them from
this mayhem. It is then that the supreme creator entrusted the divine
gift of music to the sage Narada in order to bestow peace and amend
the evil ways of humanity.
Narada Muni, as he is fondly called, was a divine traveller and a
devotee of Lord Vishnu. This mythological sage could travel easily
between earth, heaven, and the universal space, three worlds. He had
a way with words that made him an amusing and fascinating being. It
was his engaging style of narration that made him the first mortal
recipient of the divine and celestial gift of music.
Apart from this mythological tale surrounding its origin, music has
also been a medium for expressing religious and cultural beliefs
since times unknown.
One cannot overlook its gigantic presence as the very backbone of fun
and entertainment. India has numerous ethnic groups comprising of
different dialects, culture and languages that make it one of oldest
and the most vibrant of music cultures in the world.
Music in India has developed over the centuries. It has been an
integral part of Indian tradition right from the Vedic era. It
developed through a mixture of races and cultures. The many foreign
invasions made into this country carved a way to learn about other
cultures to the world. In fact, many such invaders chose to make this
fascinating country India their home. Gradually, the social
interaction among various races helped in an interchange of culture,
rituals and practices. This led to the birth of a vast range in India
The range in Indian music is so vastly diversified that it is
difficult to enlist them together. While the music in India is based
on some basic notes and rhythm, yet the difference is obvious in
their application. However, they can be broadly classified as
traditional or folk, popular music and classical music.
Music has found place in all aspects of Indian history and mythology
– from the legend sages of the learned sage Narada to the ancient
remains of the world’s oldest civilisation. It has evolved over the
ages, and today India and Indian culture. It has contributed
significantly to international music. The beautiful blend of
classical and the modern music trends have, and continue to enthrall
and impress the audiences all over the world.
Music and Musical Instruments of India introduces one to the
wonderful world of Indian music and musicians. It would in India has
a spectacular range. Hence, it is very difficult to summarize
everything that is music, in one book. Yet, it provides with well
researched and scrutinized content, using simple and easy language to
ensure complete perception for the reader.
The book describes musical instruments from the ancient period to the
present day. It explains various elements of music, and different
musical styles from classical to the most recent film music. it also
gives a brief biography of prominent musical maestros that have
bejeweled Indian music over the centuries.
This book is a humble effort to satisfy the knowledge-seeking
individual with an outline of all facets of Music in India.
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