Hindustani Music - The Story.

Music is used to express many different emotions, including love, pain, and sorrow. Everyone enjoys listening to music. Some people listen to music all the time because it helps them concentrate. Music makes things better and it also can move rocks.

However, it is also essential to understand the origins of such a beautiful masterpiece that is changing our lives daily.

Castiko has decided to educate people about the significance of music and the origins of various types of music. We're composing a series of articles about the history and origins of various types of music.

In this article, we will look at Hindustani Music.

Hindustani music is one of the most important types of South Asian Classical music. The most intriguing aspect of this is that the origins of Hindustani music can be traced back to the 12th century in Northern India.

But how did it start in the first place?

Vedas are the most crucial component of our culture. People were looking for a way to preserve these Vedas. Books were a poor choice because they deteriorate over time. That is when Music was created. This made things easier because the Vedas were being sung as songs. These songs are passed down through generations. Along with this, music evolved to where it is now.

But what are some of the instruments that are commonly used in Hindustani music?

Here are a few of the most famous instruments used in Hindustani Music:

Sitar, Sarood, Sarangi, tabla, flute and violin.

You may want to learn some of these instruments but aren't sure where to begin. You could be a complete novice who is befuddled. I mean, we've all been in similar situations. But, thankfully, there is a solution.

All you have to do is get in touch with Castiko. We will walk you through the best methods for learning these instruments. We also offer classes where you can learn to play some of these instruments. We offer Hindustani music classes online. Get in touch if you want to learn more.

Moving on!

Hindustani music is primarily found in Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, and Mumbai in the twenty-first century. However, things were very different in the previous century. In the twentieth century, Hindustani music was mostly found in small cities like Jaipur, Agra, and Gwalior.

A quick fact: Hindustani music is one of the most popular genres in Indian Music.

Hindustani music is primarily vocal. It is similar to classical music, you might say. No, no, no! Hindustani Music focuses on improvising the raga.

What exactly is a raga now?

The melodic element is raga, which is created through improvisation on the fixed ascent and descent patterns of ascent and descent. Raga has 7 notes.

On the other hand, Carnatic music is based on composition.

Here are a few of the most famous Hindustani music styles:

  1. Dhrupad Style: It is one of the most traditional forms of Hindustani music. This style of music is said to have been played in Akbar's court as well. Another interesting fact is that this was one of the most popular types of singing during the Medieval period. However, the popularity of this style waned in the 18th century.

  2. Khayal Style: It comes from the Persian language and means "ideas" or "imagination." These are typically 2 to 8 lines long and are short and sweet. This musical style was primarily used to praise kings, describe seasons, and express divine love and sorrow.

  3. Ghazal: It was the poetic way of expressing pain or loss. It is believed to have originated in Iran in the 10th century AD. This style of Hindustani Music spread across South Asis in the 12th century.

Other styles of music include Thumri and Tarana. Although vocal performance is clearly the focus of Hindustani music, instrumental forms have existed since ancient times. In fact, in recent decades, particularly outside South Asia, instrumental Hindustani music has become more popular than vocal Hindustani music, owing to a slightly different style and faster tempo, as well as a language barrier for the lyrics in vocal music.

- Vinay Maharshi.

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