Guide to Hindi Indian Songs and resources:
Some trace Indian music to the Vedas, while others believe it is a reflection of the complex diversity that is India. Indian classical music is usually categorized as Hindustani, or Carnatic, both these forms being similar in structure but developed in North and South India respectively.
Hindustani sangeet is usually propagated by maestros, called ‘Ustad’, each of whom belong to a distinctive school, called a ‘gharana’. From Amir Khusrau, Tansen, Saigal and Noorjehan, we have come a very long way, to current-day legends like Lata Mangeshkar, Jagjit Singh and AR Rahman.
Popular Hindi music has its roots in cinema. Unlike the west, even today, the best and most popular Hindi music comes from films, rather than pop albums. Since the day that our movies became ‘talkies’, song and dance has been a much-loved ritual of our cinema.
The old Hindi songs are usually based on Ragas, or were drawn from folk music. Ghulam Haider is known as the father of the modern Hindi film song, as we recognize it. Initially, basic instruments like tabla, sitar and dholak were used by composers.
Now, there is a mash of everything, much of it dependent on synthesizers. Along with changing tastes, Hindi music has continued to adapt itself to include elements of rap, techno, trance and hip-hop. Ghazals are another popular form of song, uniquely developed in India. Ghazals used to be popular until a decade ago, but often suffer now, from lack of audience that is exposed to the language and subtleties of the ghazal tradition.
Although Hindustani musicians often suffer severe financial crunches in India, since their traditional patronage is dying out, there is a resurgence of interest in the classical forms, with the new popularity of ‘world music’. Indian music’s exponents working abroad have made a visible mark on the surface of western music as well. There is a huge collection of Hindi songs available on the internet for downloading, nowadays. Some of them charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Always read the terms and conditions and ensure it’s legal music. You can find everything – from the purity of the strains of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Sahab, to the wave-like baritone of Kishore Kumar. Author Annie Zaidi.
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