In the last millennium, the development of music in the Indian subcontinent saw many ups and downs depending upon who sat on the throne. Selected royal families gave it patronage and respect, which music needs in order to nurture; others simply could not show their support. At some point, Indian music diverted into two branches: North Indian (Hindustani) and South Indian (Carnatic). Out of these two forms, Hindustani Music, which stands as a tree watered by original contributions from both Hindu and Muslim musicians, depicts a blend of elements from the Vedic and Persian cultures. In the last century, it also spread to the West, where cultural differences could not block its reverence.
Last edited on March 28, 2019