SANGEET - VOCAL MUSIC, INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, AND DANCE

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Sangeet is a word which doesn't really translate into English.  In its most general sense it is considered synonymous with the term "music"; however it is actually a threefold art-form of vocal music, instrumental music, and dance.  Since classical dance is also a component, it is not strictly synonymous to the Western term "music".

There is a historical reason why sangeet is composed of these three art-forms.  In the Vedic and post Vedic period it was customary to perform mythological dramas.  These dramas used dancers to mime the story, instrumentalists to play the musical accompaniment, and vocalists to tell and sing the story.

There is a standard terminology whenever one wishes to be specific.  Dance is referred to as "nritya", vocal is referred to as "gayaki", and instrumental is known as "vadhya sangeet".

 


 

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