Indian classical music is a genre of South Asian music.It has two major traditions: the North Indian classical music tradition is called Hindustani, while the South Indian expression is called Carnatic.
Indian classical music has two foundational elements, raga and tala. The raga forms the fabric of a melodic structure, while the tala measures the time cycle.
The raga gives the artist a palette to build the melody from sounds, while the tala provides them with a creative framework for rhythmic improvisation using time.
There is no concept of harmony in Indian classical music.
Ankur Biplav has been singing and learning Hindustani classical music for the last 14 years. He is studying with Guru Ustad Waseem Ahmed Khan. Ankur comes from Agra Gharana and currently he is learning music under him. He came from a small town, Purnea which is situated in the state of Bihar. He started learning music at the age of 4 from Shri Amarnath Jha. Shri Amarnath is the disciple of the late Rajkumar Shaymanand Singh who is also his maternal Grandfather.
Ankur performs regularly and writes about Indian Classical music and dance. You can read Ankur’s work here. He is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science-Mass Communication degree at Xavier University Bhubaneswar.