Chapter 5 - South Asia
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Chapter 5 introduces the music and associated cultural activities from South Asia, including north and south India, as well as Pakistan. The opening site deals in depth with Hindustani Raga, a prominent classical style from the region, introducing readers to fundamental features of form, style, instrumentation, pedagogy, and cultural associations. Carnatic vocal performance complements this examination of classical literature, followed by explorations of dance (Kathakali), devotional song (bhajan) typically performed by non-professionals, and popular film song from India. Qawwali, also a type of devotional song related to Sufis, is studied in association with Pakistan, followed by a brief introduction to bhangra, a folk music that evolved into a global popular music genre.
- Alap (also Alapana)
- Bansri (also Bansuri)
- Carnatic (also Karnatak)
- Caste system
- Filmi (also Filmi Git)
- Gopiyantra (also Ektara)
- Lata Mangeshkar
- Qawwali (also Kawwali)
- Ravi Shankar
- Sympathetic strings
Interactive Listening Guides
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- Ustad Ail Akbar Khan
- Sathya Sai Baba Singing “Govinda Krishna Jay” Bhajan
- Sowmya: On Carnatic Music
- Kiranavali: Carnatic Vocal Recital
- Sowmya: Carnatic Vocal Recital
On Your Own Time Links
Links and Further Resources
- The Raga Guide: A Survey of 74 Hindustani Ragas. Nimbus Records, NI 5536/9, 1999.
- Ganti, Tejaswini. Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema. New York: Routledge, 2004. (2nd edition, 2012)
- Lavezzoli, Peter. The Dawn of Indian Music in the West. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, Inc., 2007.
- Nelson, David P. Solkattu Manual: An Introduction to the Rhythmic Language of South Indian Music. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2008.
- The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Music of India. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
- Ali Akbar—College of Music
- Chhandayan (Indian Classical Music)
- Official website of Ravi Shankar
- Popular Artists from India:
- A.R. Rahman
- Lata Mangeshkar
- Asha Bhosle
- Sukhwinder Singh
- Alka Yagnik
- Udit Narayan
- Malkit Singh
- Daler Mehndi
- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Shahen Shah. Real World Records, 1989.
- Qureshi, Regula Burckhardt. Sufi Music of India and Pakistan: Sound, Context, and Meaning. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Pakistani Music
- Popular Artists from Pakistan:
- Ahmed Rushdi
- Nazia Hassan
- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan