How the Indian Classical Music Was Born
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.
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.
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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