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The development of Indian music began
from the religious chants called Vedas which
were sung without accompaniment. As time
passed by, other sacred hymns like the Rig
Veda were developed and integrated.
There are other important aspects that form
the “heart” of the musical tradition of India. The
Guru teaches the Vedas through oral tradition. Some
consider choosing one’s guru more important than
choosing one’s partner in life. The Vinaya teaches
students to be humble toward elders, or those who
are in authority. Lastly, the Sadhana, which means
practice and discipline, involves complete
faithfulness in the craft.
Indian music is the oldest unbroken
musical tradition in the world. Indian
music is based on three unique musical
elements namely the raga, the tala, and
Raga is the name of the pitch system used in Indian
classical music. It is an aesthetic melodic form with a
peculiar ascending and descending movement.
Tala is known to be the rhythmic time cycle of Indian
music. It is composed of long and short beats that
are accented and unaccented.
Rasa is referred to as the dynamics used in Indian