Music that is sung and played by strictly following the rules of notes, rhythm, melody and harmony is called Classical Music of India or ‘Shastriya Sangeet’ in India. It include Thumri, Ghazal, Bhajan, Khyal, etc.
Light Classical Music
Light Music or Bhav Sangeet in India, basically refers to music that is popular with the common man and is meant for their entertainment. It doesn’t necessarily require very strong technical detailing or dependence on ragas.
Indian folk music is diverse because of India's vast cultural diversity. It has many forms including bhangra, lavani, dandiya, and rajasthani. It has been influencial on classical music. Most of the folk music in India is dance-oriented.
Sitar is one of the most popular Indian classical instruments. Sitar has neck crafted from toon or teakwood and a resonator carved from a large seasoned gourd.
The Violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths.
Harmoniums are mostly used to accompany light and non-light classical music. However some musicians prefer to use this instrument in Khayal singing as well.
A synthesizer is an electronic musical instrument that generates electric signals converted to sound through loudspeakers or headphones. Synthesizers may either imitate other instruments or generate new timbres.
Tabla is the most popular pair of drums in the Indian Sub- continent. It is believed that the Sufi Saint Ameer Khusrau had evolved this instrument by dividing the PPAKHAWAJ, into two pieces as Dayan and Bayan.
Dholak is a very popular folk drum of northern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as well. It is barrel shaped, at times a cylindrical drum, with skins on both sides.
Drumming is the art of playing percussion (predominantly the drum set, which includes a variety of drums and cymbals).
The guitar is a hugely popular and widely played stringed musical instrument. There are different varieties of Guitars available including Soft, Folk & Jazz etc. Guitars can be amplified to produce the sound of an electric guitar.
Bharatanatyam is one of the popular classical and traditional dances of India, originating from Balasaraswati which is nothing but diversification of Natya Yoga.
Mohiniattam is a classical dance form of Kerala. Mohiniattam is derived from the words "Mohini" (meaning beautiful women) and "attam"(meaning dance).
Kathak is one of the most important classical dances of India. Kathak is said to be derived from the word katha, meaning "the art of storytelling." The Kathak dance form originated in north India.
Art & Craft
Drawing is one of the major forms of expression within the visual arts. It is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper, where the accurate representation of the visual world is expressed upon a plane surface.
A sketch is a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not usually intended as a finished work, but a preliminary exploration. A sketch should not be labored or overworked. A sketch may be created in any medium, though pencil is the most common.
Modeling clay is any of a group of malleable substances used in building and sculpting. The material compositions and production processes vary considerably. Clay modeling is done by Ceramic clay, Polymer Clay, Oil-based Clay.
A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture.