Hey, guys welcome to musicallychords.com, and today we are going to discuss or know about the origin of Indian classical music means where music comes and who found the music. So let’s start read three important topics and you will know the history of music.

Origin Of Indian Classical Music

Origin Of Indian Classical Music
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The origin of Indian classical music is not known, as it occurs prior to the advent of recorded history. Some suggest that music originated from naturally occurring sounds and rhythms. The early humans observed the birds singing and the money creating sound by beating hollow logs. And these actions might have been educated by humans to create music.

Most likely the first melodic instrument was the human voice itself and the first percussion instrument was the human body and these were used to create a sound like singing, humming, whistling, etc. And also clapping of hands, snapping of fingers use to create melody and rhythms respectively.

Indian Mythology In Music

Origin Of Indian Classical Music - Indian Mythology
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Music is thought to be divine by many and its origin is thus attributed to various gods and goddesses. Indian music has a lot of influence on Indian mythology. According to this, our Brahma created the four Vedas that are:

  1. Rigveda
  2. Atharvaveda
  3. Yaturveda
  4. Samaveda

And out of these, the Samaveda is the music. Brahma passes the knowledge of music to Lord Shiva and then passes it all to God’s name Saraswati which is the goddess of knowledge and learning. Saraswati made up and pass it on to Naradmuni. Further taught this art to Gandharva, Apsaras, and kinnaras. Thus is it Narad was credited to get music from its heavenly abroad to the Earth. Many believe Lord Shiva, the Lord of dance himself, was inspired to create Rudra Veena. By observing the sleeping posture of lady Parvati. He is also credited for creating Raags like Bhairav, Megh, Deepak, Hindol, and Shree.

Indian music has been influenced by Persian mythology as well. Also, there is a myth about a magical bird, it’s seven holes in its beak that gave rise to seven notes.


Parts Of Indian Music

Indian music can be divided into three parts that are Ancient Period, Medieval Period, and Modern Period. Ancient is where we find the seed of Indian music. But this ancient period has been divided into three parts itself are Pre-history, Proto-history, and History. Pre-history is a period in which no written records exist for example the stone age period. Proto-history is the period in which the written records are available but we are still not able to read the script for example Indus valley civilization. And at the number 3rd is History, the period in which the record is available and the script of which is known.

In the Indian scenario, history would start from the Vedic period. It is difficult to know about the nature of music in the pre-historic and proto-historic periods. As we do not have the support of either written or audio records. However, some artifacts do light on the music culture of these edges. The rock Painting by the stone age people at the sides like Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh shows that dance, music, and chants were an integral part of the stone age culture in India. Piece of heavy stones have been found at these sights and it is believed that they were used as drums.

When it comes to Proto-history, the study of Indus valley civilization comes to the four front, artifacts like Amulets, Seals, and Toys suggest that there were different instruments like the arc-shaped half made of wood and metal. Whistle and symbols made out of clay and different kinds of drums and also the statue of the dancing girl shows that music was apart from rituals religion

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