Hindustani music

Indian Classical Music

What has become known as Indian Classical Music has evolved over the centuries and has assimilated influences from the Middle and Far East. The music basically consits of the raag (melody) and the tal (rhythmic pattern). The word used for music in India is Sangeet which encompasses the art forms of singing, the playing of instruments, dance and drama.

There are two systems of music in India, both evolved from ancient Hindu traditions. In North India, Hindustani music emerged as a distinct form because of Persian and Islamic influences and is found throughout the northern subcontinent; Carnatic music is commonly associated with the southern area roughly confined to four modern states of India: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.

Hindustani music

Hindustani music (Hindi: हिन्दुस्तानी शास्त्रीय संगीत, Urdu: ہندوستانی شاستریہ سنگیت) is sometimes called North Indian Classical Music or Shāstriya Sangeet. It is a tradition that originated in Vedic ritual chants and has been evolving since the 12th century CE, primarily in what is now North India and Pakistan, and to some extent in Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan. Today, it is one of the two subgenres of Indian classical music, the other being Carnatic music, the classical tradition of South India.

What has become known as Indian Classical Music has evolved over the centuries and has assimilated influences from the Middle and Far East. The music basically consits of the raag (melody) and the tal which is the rhythmic pattern. The word used for music in India is Sangeet which encompasses the art forms of singing, the playing of instruments, dance and drama.