How Music Brings Us in Tune with the Divine

Music is an integral part of our life, be it for entertainment, as a hobby, a vocation, or simply an expression of our passion. Sometimes, we begin our mornings with music to shake off the blues; other times, we use it to calm the noise inside our minds. In that context, music has a prominent...

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Musical Trails with School Students

Indian Music Experience (IME) is a one-of-a-kind museum in Karnataka that explores the evolution of Indian music with interactive, multi-sensory exhibits. Head to Bnagalore’s JP Nagar to witness internationally-designed galleries and artefacts and listen to soulful classical music and contemporary fusion, all in one place. It is a great place to introduce children to the...

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In Conversation With Indian Music Producer Sai Shravanam

We think we listen to music through our ears but our brain, our entire body can take in the vibrations. Music is sound, the sound is vibration. Various points of your spine receive these vibrations, along with your pituitary gland, giving rise to different emotions. Here is the inside story from the music studio of...

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Ghatam Giridhar Udupa on plugging in to the cadence inside us

Giridhar Udupa is a world-renowned percussionist and a global ambassador of Ghatam, one of the most ancient musical instruments of India. Termed as “the king of pot music” by Rave magazine, he is part of the ‘Layatharanga’ team of Indian classical musicians who have set out to blend different forms of classical, folk, and world...

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Traditional Indian Instruments

We know about the sitar, tabla, mridanga, harmonium, shehnai, sarod, veena, etc. But many other lesser-known traditional instruments make up the paraphernalia of traditional Indian music. Let us take a look at some of this fascinating gear.  Alghoza   Source A pair of woodwind flutes used by Sindhi, Punjabi, Kutchi, and Rajasthani folk musicians. One...

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The Construction of a Sound

It was a quiet night as Tarun and Vishal sat gazing at the stars outside their camp. Vishal asked Tarun if he could hear the slight whirring sounds of the wind. Both of them discussed that despite the apparent inactivity, there was not complete silence. Even in the serene surroundings, there was some sound if...

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The Evolution of Music Over the Years

Scientists have found flutes made from mammoth ivory and bird bones from ancient caves in southern Germany. These musical instruments date back at least 43,000 years and serve as evidence of the earliest occupations of homo-sapiens.  Various stringed instruments, such as the Ravanahatha, have been recovered from archaeological sites like the Indus Valley Civilization.  The...

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