CLASSICAL MUSIC

Indian ‘classical music’ is called ‘Shastriya Sangit’, meaning, the music which is supported by ‘srciptures’ or ‘shastras’. Folk music is music of the people, associated with the daily activities, in the villages. ‘Film music’ can be best called ‘the real fusion music of the people’. These genres can be clearly distinguished from each other by the nature of the music itself. But Classical Music of India has rich backdrop of literature, grammar, practice supported by a oral tradition, ‘gurukula’, making the system of music dynamic. We may even call it ‘scientific’ music because it can be explained scientifically at a certain level of cognition. What ‘should be’ and what ‘should not be’ are clearly distinguishable by analytical studies of the system of classical music for centuries. For example the 72-melas of the South Indian system and the 10 ‘thaats’ of the Hindustani system are based on the mathematics of permutation and combinations.

While Brhaddhvani’s work stems from a strong foundation in South Indian Classical-Karnatak Music, the vision is global. The COMET system of music envisions an integrated Indian music curriculum accommodating world music perspectives. Very soon we are bringing in studies in the Hindustani classical music focussing on the Dhrupad singing. Training in western classical music is available here to Indian students through visiting teachers who train the students in the well established graded curriculum of the U.K’s Trinity Board of examination. The visiting Western classical music composers, artistes, scholars and students add further value to learning the Western Classical music.