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Difference between North Indian music and South Indian music

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Vidwan Balmurali Krishanan sharing same stage

Is that ‘Much Ado About Nothing?’ No certainly not…as both the basic types of Indian Classical Music, i.e. North Indian classical music and Carnatic Classical Music have some fundamental variations. Today, instead of using long-winded narration, I would prefer tabular form to explain the same, which I’m sure, is easier …

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What Is Indian Classical Ragas ?

Indian Raga and instruments

Listening to a song while studying at night, was my penchant in my college days. One such night, I was listening to ‘Megh Malhar Raga’ based song ‘Kare Kare Badra, Suni Suni Ratiya’ from the film ‘Mera Naam Joker’. It was the end of May and clouds had just started …

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Role of the Harmonium in Indian Classical Music


Hello Classicals, In the previous article, my friend Kuldeep has discussed about ” How tanpura helps classical singer?”  Many readers like that article. Today I am going to write about “Role of the Harmonium in Indian classical Music” Hope you will like this article also, and you are free to share your valuable …

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Vilayat Khan

The sitar is equal to Ustad Vilayat Khan’s name, who was the greatest sitarist of his generation. He factually could make the instrument sing. Such was his skill that his first 78-RPM disc was recorded when he was merely 8 and the last concert in 2004 when he was 75. …

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Usatd Zia Mohiuddin Dagar: A Dream that Dhrupad Once Had

Zia Mohiuddin Dagar

A question to all of you… Name the musician, whose 19 generations incessantly are being serving Indian Classical music.Name the musician, who was one of the 19th generations of dhrupad musicians.Yes, you are correct…I’m talking about Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar or Z. M. Dagar.   He was born on the 14th March …

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Gangubai Hangal: A True Devotee of Khyal

Gangubai Hangal & Bhimsen joshi

Whenever references about Khyal in Indian Classical Music are discussed, the name of legendary singer Gangubai Hangal from the Kirana gharana, is mentioned with great respect for her intense and powerful tone. If the history of Indian Khyal singing is to be written, it would be incomplete without her name. She …

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Ustad Zakir Hussain: The Magician of the Tabla

Zakir husain

Would it be an exaggerated statement to call Ustad Zakir Hussain as ‘a magician of the tabla’? No certainly not…! Credentials are thus. Zakir Hussain is respected as one of the greatest musicians of our time. Through his stirring performances, he is now known as an Indian cultural envoy. His …

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Pandit Bhimsen Joshi: A Deity For Aficionados


I don’t waste time on holidays. Instead, I prefer enjoying various music-related broadcastings on ‘Vividh Bhartee’. It has been my habit for the years now, to listen to those top programs. The last day also, I was on leave and so tuned ‘Vividh Bhartee’. Luckily, a phone-in programme ‘Ek Kalakaar’, …

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Shehnai Ace : Ustad Bismilla Khan

Ustad Bismilla Khan

If you ask, even a child, anywhere in India, “what is the shehnai?’ He will give a very simple answer instantly, “Ustad Bismillah Khan”. This is how Bismillah Khan is the king of the wind instrument and has almost become an inseparable phenomenon from his shehnai. He is one of …

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