Music

Music is solely a way to relax body and mind. Indian music has a great history which can be traced thousands of years back.  Strings, wind instruments, different kinds of drums and cymbals were used to generate music during the Vedas period. Different forms of music and their evolution has been recorded in the Indian history.

In India, film music is not generally associated with music. Most of the well known Indian films, whether in any Indian language either Hindi or  Tamil, are most often understood and described in the West as “musicals”, as they are hardly ever without songs, though like American musicals they also did not constitute a genre. Ghazal are the poetic compositions that seek more importance than do popular film songs to poetic qualities. Usually love related issues loss, memory, and its remembrance are the subject generally taken in these types of music. Qawwali, compositions are the other forms of songs, which have love as the main subject.  The love of man and woman for the Divine, is mostly highlighted in this.  This is an ancient and famous form of music for which most of the Indians are very much crazy. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan a Pakistani qawaali singer has established a world-wide reputation.

In the chain circle of influences (music-dance-sculpture-music) the art of iconography has also influenced Indian music. Visualization of music is an aspect of visualization of the non-visual or using symbols for comprehension, concentration, idealization and deification. Comprehending the non-visual in the human shape (many a time with modified human shape, with extra arms or faces) could be directly linked to Vedic thought; it is part of Indian theology and an aspect of polytheism. The raaga dhyanamurtis and later picturisation of raagas and raginis are the result of iconographical view of music and the paintings require to be understood in terms of the influence of iconography on music as well.