If one have been to chronicle all of the music genres that India has given to the world, it’s protected to imagine the checklist could be limitless. 

What’s fascinating is that the function of Indian music has all the time gone past being a type of artwork and leisure, striving to have a deeper overarching that means. 

Take the ragas for instance, which have been written with the intent of getting folks to “awaken” and get in contact with their greater selves. Classical music, then again, was written with the intent of spreading messages about love, tradition and concord. Regardless of the style, music in India has all the time been an emotion. In the present day we glance again at a few of its defining moments. 

1. The unsung musician 

Madan Mohan with Lata Mangeshkar while recording a soundtrack for a film
Madan Mohan with Lata Mangeshkar whereas recording a soundtrack for a movie, Image supply: The Higher India

Madan Mohan, usually touted because the ‘King of Melody’ for his contribution to movie music, was paradoxically by no means seen within the highlight. The truth is, composer Khayyam would usually name him the ‘uncrowned king’ of music as, regardless of not being formally educated in classical music and delivering nice hits all the identical, he was hardly ever recognised for his work. 

Considered one of his biggest hits was a composition of his third movie Madhosh (1951), during which veteran Lata Mangeshkar sang Meri Dil Ki Nagri Mein Aana and Meri Aankhon Ki Neend Le Gaya

2. Delighting outer area along with her voice 

Kesarbai Kerkar receiving Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from Indian President Rajendra Prasad in March 1953
Kesarbai Kerkar receiving Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from Indian President Rajendra Prasad in March 1953, Image supply: The Higher India

In 2012, NASA area probe Voyager 1, travelling at greater than 40,000 miles per hour, turned the primary man-made object to enter interstellar area and other people throughout the globe applauded this occasion. Indians joined in for extra causes than one. 

On board the spacecraft, a 12-inch gold-plated copper disc had an album compiled by American astronomer Carl Sagan, titled ‘Sounds Of Earth’ that included a Hindustani classical music composition — Jaat Kahan Ho by the legendary Kesarbai Kerkar.  

Among the many many honours she was bestowed with throughout her lifetime, have been the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1953, the Padma Bhushan in 1969 and the title of ‘Rajya Gayika’. 

3. Therapeutic Assam with music 

Hemango Biswas and Assam’s Bhupen Hazarika brought in peace and harmony in Assam through their music
Hemango Biswas and Assam’s Bhupen Hazarika introduced in peace and concord in Assam by their music, Image supply: The Higher India

In 1960 violence ensued in Assam when the state determined to recognise Assamese as the one official language, regardless of having a big Bengali-speaking inhabitants. Because the state started witnessing vandalism, destruction and violence, leaders have been at a loss for what to do. 

This was across the identical time that two musician pals — Bengali folks singer-songwriter Hemango Biswas and Assam’s Bhupen Hazarika — have been main a troupe of artists by the riot-torn countryside. Historical past tells us that the duo composed a tune titled Haradhan-Rongmon Katha, which narrated the story of two peasants — one Assamese and the opposite Bengali — who had misplaced their respective properties and well being in the course of the riots.

Following their efficiency on the Shillong Membership on 27 August 1960, the place they sang this tune, the duo started a journey by the state the place they’d convey messages of peace and concord by their music. 

4. Godfather of World Music 

Pandit Ravi Shankar's mastery of the sitar left many speechless
Pandit Ravi Shankar’s mastery of the sitar left many speechless, Image supply: The Higher India

The bond between music maestro Ravi Shankar and his sitar was an enchanting one. The scholar of classical music gave the world many hits to recollect, leaving an unparalleled legacy behind. 

One of the vital informed tales is of Ravi Shankar performing a mesmeric four-hour set on the Monterey Worldwide Pop Music Competition in California in July 1967, the place the likes of recording artist Jimi Hendrix have been additionally current. 

All through his life the legend demanded rigour and a focus from his viewers and that they get “excessive” on his music, and he managed to attain this with folks throughout the globe. Within the phrases of his biographer Oliver Craske, Ravi Shankar had led to a ‘Sitar Explosion’ within the West. 

5. India’s first rock band 

The band was India’s first rock band which emphasised vernacular music
The band was India’s first rock band which emphasised vernacular music, Image supply: The Higher India

Calling themselves ‘Moheener Ghoraguli’, the rock band was began by Gautam Chattopadhyay, who shaped the group in 1975 along with his brothers and pals.  Gaurab Chatterjee, Gautam’s son, recounted to The Higher India how the music had components of rock, jazz, blues and Western classical music whereas folks components from Bengal have been additionally very seen within the compositions.

“For my father, a band from India, and even Bengal, needed to sound prefer it belonged to the nation as a substitute of blindly aping the West. Having one’s personal components meant an incredible deal to him,” Gaurab notes.

A number of of their hit songs included Shono Sudhijon [Dearly Beloved], Haay Bhalobashi [We love with sadness], and Prithibi Ta Naki Chhoto Hote Hote

This tune was later recreated by composer Pritam in his tune ‘Bheegi Bheegi Si Hai Raatein’ for the 2006 film Gangster

6. The Queen of Ghazals 

For Begum Akhtar (also known as the Mallika-e-Ghazal), the pain and grief she endured during her lifetime served as inspiration for her music
For Begum Akhtar (often known as the Mallika-e-Ghazal), the ache and grief she endured throughout her lifetime served as inspiration for her music, Image supply: The Higher India

Few know that it was Begum Akhtar (often known as the Mallika-e-Ghazal) whose songs served as inspiration for Pandit Jasraj to grow to be a singer on the age of six. Whether or not it was semi-classical or classical Hindustani music just like the ghazal, thumri and dadra, she was profitable in respiratory life into each composition. 

Because it seems, a lifetime’s value of grief and ache have been the substances that made her music so soulful. Her lawyer father Asghar Hussain deserted his spouse Mushtari and his two youngsters — Akhtar and Zohra (twin sisters) once they have been solely 4 years previous. 

After consuming poisoned sweets, each sisters have been rushed to the hospital, however Zohra tragically didn’t make it. The one treatment that Akhtar might flip to to heal herself was music, which she gave her complete and soul to till she obtained married. After a sabbatical of eight years from music attributable to societal restrictions, Aktar’s well being started to provide approach and docs advisable her to show to music to heal as soon as once more which she did till her dying in 1974. 

7. Ae Mere Watan ke Logon 

Lata Mangeshkar sang Ae Mere Watan for the first time on 27 January 1963 during the Republic Day celebrations at the National Stadium in New Delhi
Lata Mangeshkar sang Ae Mere Watan for the primary time on 27 January 1963 in the course of the Republic Day celebrations on the Nationwide Stadium in New Delhi, Image supply: The Higher India

The importance of this tune in India’s historical past is not any secret. With Kavi Pradeep’s heart-wrenching lyrics that match the sombre beat, the tune was certainly one of Lata Mangeshkar’s finest works and was sung by her for the primary time on 27 January 1963 in the course of the Republic Day celebrations on the Nationwide Stadium in New Delhi. Mangeshkar’s mellifluous voice moved prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to tears.

An anecdote tells of how the thought for the lyrics got here to poet Pradeep whereas he was taking a stroll alongside Mahim Seashore in Mumbai. He borrowed a pen from a fellow stroller and wrote the primary stanza of the tune on the foil from a pack of cigarettes. It was meant to be an ode to the bravery of troopers who had fought within the 1962 Indo-China struggle.

Whereas Pradeep, in his profession spanning 5 a long time, wrote over 1,700 songs, it was this tune that would actually make him a legend amongst the songwriters within the nation.



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