Indian Music

Music and dance are as old as Indian civilisation. The 30,000-year-old paleolithic and neolithic cave paintings in Madhya Pradesh depict a type of dance, while mesolithic and Chalcolithic cave art shows musical instruments like gongs and the bowed lyre.

Rhythm or taal can be traced back to the Vedic texts. Hindustani and Carnatic are the two classical traditions although India is home to a wide variety of folk styles, semi classical and pop music as well. In the early 60s, pioneers like John Coltrane and George Harrison collaborated with Indian instrumentalists like Pandit Ravi Shankar and used the sitar in their songs. Fusions with Indian music became well known in the 1970s and Asian Underground emerged in Britain in the late 80s. Ever since Pt Ravi Shankar and the Beatles brought the glory of Hindustani music to the world, Indian musicians have made their mark, from Ricky Kej to A.R. Rahman. This section features Global Indians who are the forefront of India's soft power, dominating OTT platforms and Hollywood, promoting an intermingling of cultures through Indian music.

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