Indian music, commonly referred to as ‘Sangeet’ is inherent to mankind. Being derived from mythology, it has appeared to form reputation as the roots of a sapling that nurtures growth. Music has emerged spontaneously,since the beginning of documented culture, parallel in all known human societies. Turning a blind eye to all human atrocities, it has appeared to transcend time, place and culture. More importantly, this product of ‘pure culture’has roused curiosity, only to manifestthe reigning culture.
The ancient Indians believed in the divine origin of music and considered the purest form of sound to be equal to cosmic energy. As a result, music and religion were always closely intertwined.
They documented music in the form of Poetries, Shlokas, Bhajans, Aartis and the most famous – Dohas. Always being the backbone of most Vedic literature these life-like blossoms of Indian history continue to bloom till date only because of the works of some great music artists like Kabir and Rahim.
गहिसरनागतिरामकी, भवसागरकीनाव।रहिमनजगत-उधारको, औरनाकोऊउपाय।।
In the given Doha, Rahim says that to get through this life and world, the only way is through God (Ram).
Hence not only historians but we can also come to a conclusion that the influence of myth
ology on Indian music has been vast and undeniable. From the Vedic times to the modern day, songs about gods have been central to the music of India. Whether it is the naming of the ragas or the invention of music instruments, we Indians have always turned to scriptures and mythology for inspiration. We do not just tell stories about our gods and heroes but sing them for music is divinity manifest.
By KIYOSHI DOLIA
Class: 8 A
School: AVM BandraWest