Indian music: 1 definition


Indian music means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana

Indian Music can be traced back to the Vedic period and its origin can be seen in the pages of Vedic texts. As Vedic texts are regarded as the foremost written document in all over the world, Vedic mantras can be considered as the root of Indian Music.—[...] The development of Indian music has been going through different treatises of Sanskrit literature. The two epics viz., the Rāmāyaṇa and the Mahābhārata also have numerous references of Music. [...] Many works of later classical Sanskrit literature also bear numerous references of Music which gives a huge contribution in the development of Music.

Indian music is discussed in certain technical treatises which deal with the different aspects of Music very technically and systematically.—Among those works are:—The Natyashastra of Bharata, the Naradiyasiksha of Narada, Brihaddeshi of Matanga, Samgitaratnakara of Sarangadeva, Samgitasudhakara of Haripaladeva, Sangitadarpana of Damodara Mishra. As a methodological works on Music, the Vishudharmottarapurana can be taken as a notable one.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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