Uniqueness of Music in Different States in India

When we are happy we think of Music. Music enlightens our souls and makes us dance to its rhythm.

Music has always been an important part of life in India. The music of India includes multiple varieties of folk music, pop, and Indian classical music. India’s classical music tradition, including Hindustani music and Carnatic, has a history spanning millennia and developed over several eras. India is a large subcontinent each state has some music and dance form which is typical of that state not only that it is very different from other states. We can observe the uniqueness of Music throughout India.

In Jammu &Kasmir, Kashmiri Music reflects the rich musical heritage and cultural Legacy of Kashmir. Chakri is one of the most popular types of traditional music played in Jammu & Kashmir, Ladishah is one of the most important parts of the Kashmiri music tradition it is a sarcastic form of singing. Other forms of Music in Jammu & Kashmir are Sufiana, Hindustani Classical. Whereas as you travel towards Punjab, which is a region in Indian sub-continent, divided into two parts West Punjab (Pakistan) and East Punjab (India). Punjabi music has a diverse style of music, ranging from folk and Sufi to classical, notably the Patiala gharana. Folk music is the traditional music of Punjab produced using the traditional musical instruments like Tumbi, Algoze,Dhadd, Sarangi, Chimta and more. Punjabi songs in recent years has entered mainstream Indian culture, as well as in the UK and U.S. Bhangra describes dance-oriented popular foot tapping music with Punjabi rhythms, developed since the 1980s.  Punjabi folk musicians used 87 instruments, 55 of which are still used today. On further travelling towards west we reach the state of Gujarat, which is popular for lively traditions of both folk and classical music. Gujarati folk music consists of a wide variety ranging from Bhajan which is a devotional song type poetry categorized by theme of poetry/lyrics and by musical compositions such as Prabhati, Katari, Dhol etc. The songs and music accompanying traditonal dance forms such as Garba, DandiyaRaas, Padhar, Dangi and Tippani are unique in nature.Fattanna or Lagna-geets are light form of song and music played during marriages and Bhavai and Akhyana are folk musical theatre performed in Gujarat. Last but not the least Maharashtra, the state where we live has a rich cultural heritage which includes bharuds, gondhals, Lavanis-(Lavani or Lavni is all about how much emotion your face can propagate into. One of semi-classical music forms of Maharashtra is ” NatyaSangeet “. Every festive occasion is accompanied by song, music and dance in Maharashtra. Although music in Maharashtra like Marathi literature has an ancient tradition, the popularity of classical music in Maharashtra began through Gwalior. Miraj town of Sangli district is known as the ‘town of music’. The world famous Indian musical instrument the Sitar is made in this town.

We all love Music don’t we? Music has unlimited powers and this is a well established fact. It has soothing and healing powers. No achievement can be as great as the emotional and spiritual upliftment that we get from music.