Hey! I'm doing a project on Indian music at school and I was wondering if you could tell me if the sitar is a melody instrument?Also could you please tell me some of the most important features of Indian music? Thanx x x x
Yeah, the sitar is a melody instrument. Indian music, unlike Western music, is based on melody and not harmony. This being the case, sitar is not an instrument that uses chords. In the articles section David Courtney has some good stuff on the main stuff of Indian music, such as the concept of Rag and thata, and some other stuff like pakad/swarup, main things that you could include in the report.
Important features of Indian music is a HUGE category! Many books (literally) are out there on that one. Subject of many a thesis. Don't forget to include there are two main branches, Hindustani (northern) and Carnatic (southern). They have some things in common, but many differences as well. Good luck on your project!
No problem. I assume "silly "sock" is talking strictly about ICM and not all the other forms of Indian music. That list would be intimidating! I would recommend keeping the subject simple, like dhrupad vs khyal or vocal vs instrument technique. Or maybe just a short history of the sitar as used in Indian music. That by itself would be a good paper I would think.