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, Jal-tarang workshop or the artiste.

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