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The music of India includes multiple varieties of Indian classical music , folk music , filmi and Indian pop . India 's classical music tradition, including Hindustani music and Carnatic , has a history spanning millennia and developed over several areas. Music in India began as an integral part of socio-religious life.

The 30,000 years old paleolithic and neolithic cave paintings at the UNESCO world heritage site at Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh shows music instruments and dance. [1]

Dancing Girl sculpture (2500 BCE) was found from the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC) site. [2] [3] [4] [5] There are IVC-era painting on pottery of man with dhol hanging from his neck and a women holding a drum under her left arm. [6]

Warning: If you’re not already, as I am, intrigued by musical scales , you might find the following hazardous to your brain.

The other correspondence my ear picked up was that between the Mohanama and the Major Pentatonic scale. Especially noticeable was the blues feel when Venugopal inserted an extra semitone. The difference was that the standard Western Blues scale is the Minor Pentatonic--using the same scale fingering but resolving one note lower (the root being the fifth note or mode of the major scale instead of the first).

Luckily I brought with me on the trip a chart I had compiled previously, with all the most common (36 in all) Western scales, modes, jazz variations, etc. The chart was already arranged to classify at a glance where any new pattern might fall on the chart (or not). My first tries at comparing the new scales I was learning left me gaping, “These scales are complete off the charts of Western music!” But I kept at my quest for comparison, adopting a different strategy.

The music of India includes multiple varieties of Indian classical music , folk music , filmi and Indian pop . India 's classical music tradition, including Hindustani music and Carnatic , has a history spanning millennia and developed over several areas. Music in India began as an integral part of socio-religious life.

The 30,000 years old paleolithic and neolithic cave paintings at the UNESCO world heritage site at Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh shows music instruments and dance. [1]

Dancing Girl sculpture (2500 BCE) was found from the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC) site. [2] [3] [4] [5] There are IVC-era painting on pottery of man with dhol hanging from his neck and a women holding a drum under her left arm. [6]

Warning: If you’re not already, as I am, intrigued by musical scales , you might find the following hazardous to your brain.

The other correspondence my ear picked up was that between the Mohanama and the Major Pentatonic scale. Especially noticeable was the blues feel when Venugopal inserted an extra semitone. The difference was that the standard Western Blues scale is the Minor Pentatonic--using the same scale fingering but resolving one note lower (the root being the fifth note or mode of the major scale instead of the first).

Luckily I brought with me on the trip a chart I had compiled previously, with all the most common (36 in all) Western scales, modes, jazz variations, etc. The chart was already arranged to classify at a glance where any new pattern might fall on the chart (or not). My first tries at comparing the new scales I was learning left me gaping, “These scales are complete off the charts of Western music!” But I kept at my quest for comparison, adopting a different strategy.

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The music of India includes multiple varieties of Indian classical music , folk music , filmi and Indian pop . India 's classical music tradition, including Hindustani music and Carnatic , has a history spanning millennia and developed over several areas. Music in India began as an integral part of socio-religious life.

The 30,000 years old paleolithic and neolithic cave paintings at the UNESCO world heritage site at Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh shows music instruments and dance. [1]

Dancing Girl sculpture (2500 BCE) was found from the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC) site. [2] [3] [4] [5] There are IVC-era painting on pottery of man with dhol hanging from his neck and a women holding a drum under her left arm. [6]


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