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With the classical traditions of music in India like the Hindustani classical tradition and the Carnatic classical tradition, music has been an integral part of the socio-religious expressions of cultural values as dance in India. Music has a place of primacy in Indian culture. In traditional aesthetics music is often allegorised as ‘the food for the soul’. It has the power to quench human anguish, and it is that form of art, which is easily accessible and has instantaneous effects on one’s mind.

Every element in this universe originates from a sound vibration; hence it is no wonder that music can harness nature- from blossoms, trees, animals and the human mind. The two main schools of Indian classical music are the Hindustani style of the north and the Carnatic style of the south. Hindustani music is vocal-centric. It was influenced by music from Persia and Central Asia.

The major vocal forms associated with Hindustani classical music are the Khayal, ghazal, dhrupad, Dadra and thumri. Carnatic music is south Indian classical music and is composed of a system of Ragam( raga) and Thalam (tala). It has a rich history and tradition and is one of the gems of world music. Carnatic sangeet has developed in south Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It is freer, complex and open to improvisation.

Music has always been an important aspect of the lives of Indian people. India’s rich cultural diversity has contributed to various forms of folk music. India is a whole new world with an array of different kinds of folk music in different corners of the country and a plethora of native instruments. Almost every region in India has its folk music, which reflects a way of life. From the peppy bhangra of Punjab to Garba of Gujrat to Bhavageete of Karnataka, the tradition of folk music in India is truly exceptional.

In recent decades, India’s musical soul has evolved with an explosion of music festivals across the country.

ZIRO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Amidst the backdrop of the northeastern Himalayas, the Ziro Music Festival is an open-air celebration set in the Ziro Valley with independent music and grass to lie back on. It incorporates a blend of groups from the northeast and also some electronic, shake and jazz acts. Held over four days every September, the Ziro Music Festival is an extravaganza of genuine tribal hospitability and powerhouse performances and an opportunity to meet the Apatani tribe.

Music is a world in itself and we all understand its language.

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