INDIAN MUSIC: An Introduction

INDIAN MUSIC: An Introduction

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 INDIAN MUSIC: An Introduction

Bharat Gupt
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An Introduction

Bharat Gupt




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© Bharat Gupt 2009

Indian Music is the most dominant form of Asian music. Its influence extends beyond the subcontinent into China and the Far East on one side and   through Iran, Iraq and Turkey up to Greece on the other. It is still preserves the oldest tradition of playing the monophonic melodic line untouched by the use of vertical harmony and tempered scale. It has the most complicated and varied system of rhythmic cycles and is still based upon the ancient concept that the human voice is the foremost expression of musical emotion and therefore all instruments should also be played to imitate and accompany it. Consequently, it also preserves the lyric and its literary content as a major feature but does not maintain a system of a written notational score to be followed while performing. Except for the lyrics, most of the structure and score of the music is created by the performer during performance along certain traditionally accepted norms. This eBook includes Indian music’s historical roots from ancient to medieval to the present day, the Ancient Scales or Gramas and Jatis, Dhruvapada and other forms.


Bharat Gupt Associate Professor, CVS, Delhi University. Founder member and Trustee International Forum for India's Heritage. Born in 1946 in Moradabad, a small town in the Uttar Pradesh province of India of mixed Hindu-Muslim population, best known for its engraved art on brassware and a little less for Hindustani music and Urdu poetry. Parents moved in early fifties to Delhi, the new capital of modernity and political intrigue, where I went to school and college and studied English, Hindi, Sanskrit and philosophy, but spent every summer in the district town. Spent a year in the US at the end of Counter-Cultural days and took a Master's degree from Toronto. I learnt to play the sitar and surbahar under the eminent musician Uma Shankar Mishra and studied musicology , yoga sutras and classics under Acarya Brihaspati and Swami Kripalvananda. Trained both in modern European and traditional Indian educational systems, I have worked in classical studies, theatre, music, culture and media studies and researched as Senior Onassis Fellow in Greece on revival of ancient Greek theatre. As a classicist I came to realise that ancient Greek drama and culture as a whole, was given an unduly empirical color by the modern West. Looking at things from my own location I saw that Greek theatre was closer to ancient Indian theatre as an ethical and religious act or hieropraxis. Instead of being seen as Western and Eastern, Greek and Indian theatres should be seen rooted in the Indo-European cultural beliefs, myths and idolatory and the aesthetics of emotional arousal. I have lectured on theatre and music at various Universities in India, North America and Greece. I am on visiting faculty at the National School of Drama, Delhi and the Bhartendu Academy for Dramatic Arts, Lucknow.



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