Hindustani Vocal (Shastriya Sangeet)
Indian music has been enriched over the past several centuries by different flavors of Gharanas and influences of social cultures.
There are various types of light classical music – Thumri, Jhoola, Sawan, Dadra, Hori, Chaiti, Kajri, etc. All these have a significant role in shaping modern Hindustani Vocal music which are mostly based on time, emotion, rasa, affection, love and devotion. It’s nature varies from Gharana to Gharana and some time these are complied with native folks tune with specific messages.
Thumri is a short elaboration of semi classical rendition which is based on the romantic devotional literature inspired by Radha- Krishna love theme. It has another name – Sringar. Specifically, using of words is extremely soothing and meaningful here.
Dadra emphasizes on natures beauty and human characters in socio cultural aspect in Indian society. Here, using of words is much lighter and faster than Thumri.
Chaity songs reflect the mood of summer in the month of Chaitra. Same way, Hori symbolizes festival of color called Holi.
It’s being said that Rainy season is the season of creation, Love and Romance. This season has gifted us many forms of music – Kajri, Jhoola, Sawan and all these are influenced by rainy reason. Jhoola describes the romantic story of Radha Krishna in swing, Sawan describes the beauty of nature than human emotions, Kajri reflects the separation in love.
Systematic learning of Hindustani music under a competent teacher enables one to sing in a disciplined manner with adherence to the laid down rules with an understanding of the concept of Hindustani music.
The beauty of Shastriya Sangeet lies in its ability to transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries. The music speaks to something universal in the human experience, tapping into emotions and sensations that are familiar to people of all backgrounds and cultures. Whether it is the joy of a lively tala or the melancholy of a slow, mournful raga, Shastriya Sangeet has the power to connect people on a deep and meaningful level.
A parent's perspective
- Cultural exposure: First and foremost, parents want to expose children born and brought up here in the US to get exposure to a rich cultural tradition with a deep history and heritage. By exposing toddlers to this type of music, we are helping to instill a love and appreciation for culture in them at a very early age.
- Enhanced speech: Most children that grow up in western societies are not able to pronounce quite a few of our syllables – especially rolling the ‘r’s, etc. Learning Carnatic and Hindustani music requires children at an early age to practice these producing these sounds that are unique to our Indian languages.
- Improved cognitive development: Studies have shown that early exposure to music can help improve a child’s cognitive development. This includes areas such as memory, language, and spatial reasoning — irrespective of the type of music — Western, Chinese or Classical Indian music.
- Increased creativity: Both Carnatic and Hindustani music are art forms that encourage creativity and self-expression. By exposing toddlers to this type of music, we are helping to develop their creative minds and encouraging them to think outside the box.
- Improved focus and concentration: Most importantly, learning Carnatic and Hindustani music requires focus and concentration. As toddlers practice and perform, they will develop the ability to focus and concentrate, which are helpful in all areas of their lives.
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