Classical Indian Music
Indian classical music dates as far back to the Vedas, the oldest scriptures in Hindu tradition. It is divided into Hindustani (northern part of India) and Canatic (southern part of India), and contains independent sets of ragas (India’s version of scales and modes). Hindustani is a more rhythmic and drone based music utilizing tablas, tambours, sitars and sarods. Juxtaposed to Carnatic’s emphasis on vocalists and melodic accompaniments that usually include violins, mridangam, drums and tambura drones.