Music and kirtans
The music of the Indian subcontinent is usually divided into two major traditions of classical music: Hindustani music of Northern India and Karnatak music of Southern India.
One of the main differences between North Indian and South Indian music is the increased influence of Persian music and musical instruments in the North. From the late twelfth century North India was under the control of a Muslim minority. New instruments were introduced, including the tabla and sitar, which soon became the most famous Indian musical instruments worldwide. Legend has it that the tabla was formed by splitting a mrdanga drum in half, with the larger side becoming the bayan and the smaller side the dahini.
Instruments most commonly used in Hindustani classical music are the sitar, sarod, tambura, sahnai, sarangi, and tabla; while instruments commonly used in Karnatak classical music include the vina, mrdangam, kanjira, and violin. More info: http://www.ravishankar.org/indian_music.html
Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting whose roots go back over thousands years. It is a form of Bhakti Yoga and has the power to open the heart. The singing is accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming and the audience is encouraged to participate by chanting, clapping and dancing. In its heartfelt expression kirtan can induce profound states of meditation, bliss and ecstasy.
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