Online Music Education
A Site for Academicians, Connoisseurs and Practitioners of Indian Classical Music
We welcome all enthusiasts, performers and scholars on O M E to learn, discuss and unravel the mystery of making music.
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From the ancient lore and legends to its modern practice, music has been appreciated and practiced by the learned and uninitiated alike. The most universal of performing arts, Music is such a natural activity that people hardly think of it as something more than a "gift" or "skill". In India, right from the Vedic ages, music has been a perfect science, the premises of which are borne out by modern principles of sound. In all its varied manifestations, Hindustani Sangeet or classical music has been an art form integrated with Indian life-style.
Sound and its nuances were studied from the very beginning; as early as the Vedic period itself. Ancient scholars categorized the human sound as first and foremost -- the Gatra Veena -- and identified the other four sources of musical sound as Tat (stringed), Avanaddha (percussion), Sushir (wind) and Ghan (metallic/cymbal). Experimentation led to variants of Veena that exist today as Tambura, Sarod, Sitar, Santoor, Sarangi as also to new idiophones like Jal-tarang, Kashth-tarang, Nal-tarang etc.
This site provides a platform for such discussions that for thousands of years now have both, propagated and promoted Music. Now, when means to enjoy and make music are within everyone's reach, access to the knowledge that binds and guides the musical notes is also their right. Scholars like Pt. Bhatkhande emphasised the right of the academic to point out the oversight or misconceptions that might demean the music of an otherwise skilled performer as it is his duty to widen his book-weary vision in the age of shrinking boundaries and constant fusion so that despite unforeseen challenges, the uneven course of stream of music may still be predicted. Learn more about ancient Indian Orchestra or Shruti Veena - bridge to Bharat's Gram.
You are welcome to
browse and contribute articles,
references and theories.
Your queries and
observations pertaining to practice of Indian Classical
Music within class-room and without would enrich this
portal. This site is open to all aspects of Indian
music -- from Ome to
Nad; from Pakhawaj,
Tabla to Mridang
and Dholak; from Vichitra
Veena to Violin, Sitar
and Mandolin; from Human
Sounds to Synthesized
Electronic ones. Click for Bhairavi or Sindura
on Vichitra Veena. View pictures of Sitar workshop,
workshop or the artiste.