A Short History on Indian Music and Indian Music Idols

No one knows the origin of music.  The history of Indian music categorized into the Ancient period, Medieval Period and Modern Period. In this article, we present you with the history of Indian music. Moreover, we will highlight some of the Indian music idols.


Ancient Period

In ancient period music was considered as holy and religious. In temple worship and rituals they were utilized. Music played an important role in Vedic ritual by being a part of it. Moreover, from Vedas Indian music found its origin. From Saama Veda the music in India derives. The recitation of hymns in Samved was done vocally. Thus, they were called "Samgan". It comprised of three kinds of tone namely lower-Anudatta, higher tone- Udatta and inserted in between- the Swarita Prachaya. Different types of music instrument were accompanied during rituals of Vedic time. These included Shankha, Veena, Bheri. The seven swars namely Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha came into existence during the era of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Medieval Period

During the medieval period, there was an influence of Muslim. This led to the change in Indian music nature. Thus, Indian music branched off into different types namely the Carnatic and Hindustani music by 14th century AD. Carnatic classical derives from Saahitya. In contrast, the structure of the music highlights the Hindustani music. Hence, these two music systems have a mutual effect on each other.
In the Indian music of northern style, Persian influence brought a considerable change. Dhruvapad the devotional music changed into the dhrupad. Around the 18th century AD, Khayal developed a new form of singing.

Modern Period

The end of the 18th century marked the beginning of the Modern period.  Britishers began to rule India. They were impassive towards Indian culture which particularly included classical music. Consequently, court art musicians reduced. The musicians had to take up other occupation. Between 19th century interest in music started fading. New media like Radio, TV etc influenced Indian music. As cinemas entered during this century 'Pop' music rolled out. Moreover, the Fusion music arouses in 60's which is a combination of Indian classical and western music.
During the time of 70's and 80's disco music and pop music was famous. In 90's pop music trend became popular.

Indian Music Idols

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R.D. Burman

'Panchamda' or R.D, Burman launched western music in  Indian music. Moreover, motivated by Persian and Arabic music led to fusion music in the film industry.

Jagjit Singh

Most popular for 'ghazals'. His music comprised of diverse range from romantic to sad songs.


A music composer who won Oscar Awards. His music mesmerizes the inner soul