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Indian Music Structure
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Gordon Shumway
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June 3, 2021 - 7:11 am
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If you can find them. I haven't yet made any genuine attempt to find them.



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Gordon Shumway said
If you can find them. I haven't yet made any genuine attempt to find them.


i didnt notice they were previews..after you posted this i checked amazon prime..they're not there ..not on youtube either


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@Gordon Shumway , @GregW -

The trailer's for "Tuning 2 You: Lost Musicians of India" were 1st advertised on YouTube in 2015 - 2016. 

It was a "Kick Starter" program from brothers, Soumik & Souvid Datta.  There's more film clips here.

Kick Starter: Tuning 2 You

IMDb says the actual series was released in 2017.

I thought BBC Earth had bought up the series because it was premiered in 2018 & rebroadcast in 2019. 

Still can't find anywhere to watch this series, even though Channel 4 & Discovery India also carried it at one point, also. 😒


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@GregW -

Guess everyone loves a Polka! 

Just wanted to show a little "Genre-bending". 

Here's the Indian "Trikala Jathi" dance, performed by Sowmya Shree, from Kantele Music Foundation.  The syncing of the music with the dance video might be just a hair off, idk - but it's still nice.  The "Kantele Music Foundation" YouTube site has other interesting pairings. e.g., Japanese Maikos dancing to an Irish Folk tune, etc... 

The "Kantele" belongs to the Baltic box zither family - the strings are plucked.

The music is "Säkkijärven" (aka. Finnish or Leven Polka)! 

Trikala Jathi Danced to Finnish Polka

Dance influences music in Cultures.  Here's a short introduction to Indian Classical Dance (Hinduism Today Videos).  At the end of the video is a quick showcase of other Indian Dance forms.

Intro to Indian Dance

...did Sign Language originate here?



...a tune and a dance, like 2 people, can be strange (but beautiful) bedfellows! 

Just reinforces my belief that a Classical Indian backing could work great with Irish tunes!

- Emily

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Nandini did send me videos. She is in our Game of Thrones Group Project video and she actually won a bow. We had to wait to send it because of the situation during COVID but she has it now.
She is to the left of Michael O'Gieblyn in this video. She sent 5 very nice contributions. 😁

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."


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Here's Nandini's most informative post from that thread. 

nandinishankar said

Georganne said 

Oh I am interested in what you mean by Indian music.  Is it Native American or the other kind?  I live in Alaska where we have a large population of Alaskan Natives who play fiddle and have fiddle fests.  So much fun.  Anyways, welcome to the forum.  Can't wait to see that fiddle.  thumbs-up


Hi Georganne! India has two forms of Classical Music - North Indian Classical (Hindustani) and South Indian Classical (Carnatic). Both forms are extremely rich, complex and take years of practice to master. Unlike Western Classical music, Indian Classical music is totally based on improvisation. Traditionally, our violin hold is also very different (we sit cross-legged and play, which makes it easier for some left hand techniques). Here is my YouTube performance of a song in Raga Janasammohini (Ragas are different modes and the define the basic structures). We also have extremely complex rhythmic patterns (not in the above link, but generally) I also work in fusion (i.e. presenting classical music in different forms). You may relate more to my fusion tracks:

Indian Classical & Rock:

Indian Classical & Electronic:


Do let me know what you think! :)  



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@GregW -

Been playing with the "Bollywood Mix Beat" from Post No.18 "Tabla loops w/NO DRONE!" List.  

Tried it with "Freemount Bypass". 

I have to slow the Beat video down to .75 for me to play along.  Can't just listen to the 2 videos together - speed isn't quite right (maybe needs to be .80). 

This one seems (for me) it could work great, with minimal manipulation - like maybe just making an area repeat a little longer.  Anyway, think it's a very interesting beat & worth spending time on... but there are so many others! (lol) 


Learned "Evergreen" Indian music is like our Golden Oldies, but Hindustani Bollywood songs of the 50's - 90's. 

Started looking at some in the 50's & 60's worth noting, later. 

Top "Evergreen" Songs list sources.  


Extended List of Evergreen Romantic Bollywood Songs.  

Top Evergreen Romantic Songs

List of Evergreen Hindi Song Recommendations on "Quora" - even lists for slow and melodious tunes. 

Quora Lists of Evergreen Favorites




Roll out the Red Carpet! 

...still LOVE Filmi music, probably because of some fusion with Western music styles.

- Emily

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