INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: HELP ME!!!!!

 

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silly sock
HELP ME!!!!! Mar 30, 2003 02:52 p.m.


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
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Mike
Re:HELP ME!!!!! Mar 30, 2003 09:42 p.m.


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.

Mike

Russ
Re:HELP ME!!!!! Mar 31, 2003 02:23 p.m.


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!
Mike
Re:HELP ME!!!!! Mar 31, 2003 07:11 p.m.


Russ- I'm officially the village idiot lol... I can't believe I forgot the Hindustani and Carnatic branches. Glad that you caught that though!

Mike

Russ
Re:HELP ME!!!!! Mar 31, 2003 07:34 p.m.


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.
silly sock
Re:HELP ME!!!!! Apr 01, 2003 02:25 p.m.


thanx so much for all your help Mike ans Rss,I'm really gratefull and I'm hoping that my teacher will be pleased and that he will give me a good mark.Many thanks again.
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