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Indian vocal music

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  • 1. Indian Vocal Music Lesson 4
  • 2. Perform an Indian folk song with the correct nuance (degrees of differences). Work cooperatively in a group. Describe the characteristics of Indian vocal music.
  • 3. Music is an essential ingredient in the lives of people in India. Folk and classical music accompany various styles of Indian dances. For Indians, music is a means to get touch with the Supreme Being. A song is an apparatus for the communication and an interaction process between the worshipper and deity.
  • 4. Through the clear expression of the rasa or dynamics, the singer feels the presence of Brahma, the creator. Vocal music in India is a way to express deep devotion to God. It is manifested through the art of vocalization which becomes more then just a vocal warm up but an act of worship.
  • 5. Most of the Indian classical songs of Northern India are devotional but few are religiously oriented. The most notable is the dhun or kirtan for the Hindus, bhajan, the shabad for Sikho and the Kawali (qawali) for the Muslims. Not all Indian music are serious. Gangal is one style which is known for its rich romantic and poetic content.
  • 6. The lakshan geet is a style which is oriented towards musical education. Swarmalika is used for pedagogic purposes. In style, sargam is used instead of words.
  • 7. Songs of India
  • 8. Hymn to Shiva It is an example of an Indian song. There is an English translation of the words. The notations are easy to sing. The flat sign is used before some of the notes in order to sing with the correct pitch.
  • 9. It has four measures to the base clef. It has four beats. Sing the song and add the drone accompaniments vocally or on the piano. Percussion instruments can also be used as an accompaniment to add color to the singing.
  • 10. Tamil Nad Some Indian songs are used to describe the scenic beauty of a particular region in the country. This song Tamil Nad speaks of the beauty of the Land of the Tamils.
  • 11. Vijaya Indian songs are also used to bid a person farewell. This song Vijaya means farewell.
  • 12. Deva – Dasi Dance This is another Indian composition which is highly rhythmical. The flow to the tone and rhythm is called Tala. Clapping can be used in case there are no drums available.
  • 13. Indian Notation The notations of the songs from India are classified into two forms: Asthai (ah-sti) Antara (Ahn-tak-rah) The text of the songs is all about religion.

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