Hindustani music is just a glimpse of the rich cultural scene in India. India is a land of festivals, music, devotion and the strength of communal harmony. Instrumental music is divine and soul lifting. This is used in meditation and when interspersed with chants of ‘Om’ the aura in the room shifts to a heavenly venue. Instrumental music is therapeutic. It is also used while performing surgeries and a blessing to those who are recuperating from a sickness. If the monotony of a particular instrument is maintained, there is a certain solitude that is ethereal while listening to this kind of music.
Jugalbandi or the juxtaposed playing of two instruments which is similar or diverse category is enchanting. This is an interesting opportunity for the artist to unleash his creative potential to the fullest extent. Listening to jugalbandi music with a sitar and flute is mesmerizing. The easiest way to get a baby to sleep is to play some instrumental music. Garbh sanskar chants with Hindustani instrumental music is the best way of invoking the spiritual nature in the womb of a mother. Jal tarang or the water music makes us wonder of the depth of talent in the originator.
Hindustani Music is bifurcated into gharanas. The Kawal and Kalwanta were the main ghranas. The various schools emerged later as the Sarasota Veena banns, the Imdadkahni, Moradabad, Maihar, Lucknow and the Benaras gharana. The instrumental gharanas were the Gwalior Gharana which was notified by playing the khayal and Rahimat Khan is to be credited for preserving the same. The Been was popularized here. There are six main styles of playing the Tabla and that includes Delhi, Punjab, Ajrara, Benearas, Lucknow and Farukabad.
The Sitar gharanas includes the sitar of Jaipur like the Seni gharana which is famous with Amrita Sen and the other sitar gharana of lucknow is founded by Gulam Mohamad Khan. The Sarod Gharana of Saharanpur another gharana of Niamutulla Khan are the chief branches. Contemporary classical instrumental music and composition is a favourite music lover's select item. The joy derived from music is incomparable to the material luxuries one can possess. Jazz fusion with Indian instruments is another newest method and music in any form is pleasing. Live performances are captivating, though albums can be enjoyed with a good music system.
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