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How the Indian Classical Music Was Born

Updated on August 9, 2012
Classical notes as we know them
Classical notes as we know them

What is music?

Indian classical music was created during meditation. Ancient scientists and performers discovered methods and ways of creating of the classical music.

The word "music" is not just a word. It's a term, a special notion. And it has a spiritual dimension. Music unifies three forms of art: vocal music, instrumental music and dance. They merge together in a harmonious way. This combination is natural. The three elements are indispensable parts of one whole thing, called "muse", from which the term "music" originated. The triad of Svara, Laya and Ashaya - note, rhythm and state - corresponds to it as well. This is music.

Notes of Indian Classical Music: SA, RE, GA, MA, PA, DHA, NI
Notes of Indian Classical Music: SA, RE, GA, MA, PA, DHA, NI

The birth of the seven notes

From the sounds of the nature rishas and munis (the scientists) chose seven notes: the note SA originated from the cry of a peacock, the note RE - from the mooing of a buffalo, the note GA - from the bleating of a sheep, the note MA - from a crane's cry, the note PA - from a nightingale's singing, the note DHA - from a horse's neigh, the note NI - from an elephant's cry.

The notes and the chakras

Also, the scientists discovered that every note activates a certain energy center (chakra) in a human body. Thus, SA activates Mooladhara, RE activates Svadisthan, GA makes Nabhi work, MA is related to Anahat, PA influences Vishuddhi, DHA is linked to Agnya and Ni stimulates Sahasrara. They also noticed that listening to these notes and playing them contributes to the awakening of the inner energy - Kundalini, situated at the base of the spine of every person, in the Sacrum bone.

Subtle body and chakras
Subtle body and chakras
Indian raga performers
Indian raga performers

The appearance of ragas

As in meditation notes merged together, ragas were composed of them. Raga is the essential form of the Indian classical music transmitting different states of humans and nature and capable to awaken the best human qualities: wisdom, creativity, satisfaction, love, wholeness, compassion. Ragas served as basis to other forms of Indian classical music: bhadjans, qawwali, ghazals.

Ragas occupy central place in the music of India. A raga is related to a certain period of the day and is supposed to evoke a specific state of being, common to both humans and nature. The daily cycle of ragas begins with time before dawn. There are special ragas to meet daylight or darkness. Daytime ragas are supposed to evoke the penetration of sun rays through the foliage.

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      Kinshuk Jhala 

      5 years ago from Ahmedabad

      I am so glad you like it.

      Look forward to hearing more often from you!

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      Anna Sidorova 

      5 years ago from Russia

      ))) thank you, Kinshuk Jhala, it's a very interesting topic for me.

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      Kinshuk Jhala 

      5 years ago from Ahmedabad

      I am so glad you write about Indian Culture. I am sure people around me aren't as much aware in India. Classical Music is losing it's captivation in India and that's really hapless!

    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      5 years ago from Russia

      kumaraditya2210, thank you for sharing. Indian music is really inspiring.

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      Kumaraditya Sarkar 

      5 years ago from Kolkata, West Bengal, India

      Avorodisa, great hub! Also, it gives me much pleasure to discover that you are Russian and still foster a great interest in the Indian classical music. I feel inspired! I'll also feel great to have your views on my hub, linked below.

      Music-and-Art-45, I recently published one on Indian classical music, see if it sounds interesting: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Seasons-Timings...

    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      6 years ago from Russia

      Music-and-Art-45, thank you. I wish you a lot of great discoveries when it comes to music from India.

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      Music-and-Art-45 

      6 years ago from USA, Illinois

      That's also a great article, music combined with meditation sounds like a great experience.

    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      6 years ago from Russia

      Music-and-Art-45, your comment is so precious. For people from the West ragas still appear very exotic. Here is another article about Indian ragas from my blog: http://winewithginney.blogspot.com/2012/05/undisco...

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      Music-and-Art-45 

      6 years ago from USA, Illinois

      This is a good article. If you have more information to share on music from India I would be interested to see it

    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      6 years ago from Russia

      Thanks for your comment, spartucusjones. It's very appreciated.

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      CJ Baker 

      6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Very informative hub! I appreciated how you logically explained the development of Indian Classical music. I'm also a big fan of Ravi Shankar. He was extremely influential on popular music (such as The Beatles).

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