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  webindia123.com-Art of West Bengal-Music of West Bengal-kirtan style-gharana style
Music is a passion with the Bengalis who express their feelings, emotions and spiritual experience in songs.
The open spaces, the winding rivers and the beautiful villages have from the long past have inspired rural bards to compose and sing songs of their joys and sorrows to the tune of the bamboo flute and the ektara (one-stringed lyre) or the dotara (two stringed lyre) and the dhal and khol (percussion instruments).
A lighter style of song which had great vogue in nineteenth century Bengal is Tappa, originally introduced during the first half of the century by Ramnidhi Gupta or Nidhu Babu who composed a number of memorable songs of secular love in Bengali which became quite a fashion among the gentry in a short time.
www.webindia123.com /westbengal/Art/music.htm   (601 words)

 The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies - OCHS - Hinduism and Music
This integral connection of music with Nada was "essential to Indian views of the soteriological significance of music, for music, as a manifestation of Nada, is seen as a mode of access to the highest reality." Music as such was viewed as both entertainment and as a personal vehicle toward moksha, liberation.
Southern Carnatic music is grounded upon the devotional music that Vaisnava and Saiva saints performed in the temples and shrines of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.
Hailed as the "Father of Carnatic Music," he was the main inspiration of Tyagaraja (1759-1847 CE), whose devotional Kritis ('compositions,' evolved from Kirtanas) in Telugu to Lord Rama comprise the major portion of the current repertoire of South Indian music.
www.ocvhs.com /publications/papersarticles/hinduismusic.html   (5726 words)

This means the music starts from the note F (m) of the higher octave with address or exclamination and gradually descends to the lower notes in a drawl.
Dhol is not a mere accompanying instrument of the music of the villages.
Bengal hols are clay-shells of cylindrical type, laced all around the body by leather straps, the head parchment being pasted with heavy vellum of iron filling.
www.carnatica.net /bengalmusic.htm   (3425 words)

 Music of West Bengal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is part of the region of Bengal (along with Bangladesh), which has a rich tradition of Bengali music.
The city of Darjeeling, which has a large number of Nepali people, is a center for Nepali rock.
Bangla Music, Indian Bangla, bangla natok, bangla news
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Music_of_West_Bengal   (134 words)

 Music History
Musically, the period may be called the age of Tappa and in contents, the age of humanism in Bangla songs.
The tradition of the kaui musical discourse grew uninterrupted till the middle of the 20th century and it was on the wane under the impact of ever flourishing city musical culture.
Atulprasad composed music of various tendencies, but he was at his best in thumri, and the light classical nature of thumri appears to have influenced everything he did on music, because it occupied the core of his heart.
www.amrakojon.org /kg.html   (12372 words)

 The Arts of Bengal
In Bengal, classical music is a distinct art form, immensely subtle, totally absorbing and in a way, highly sensual and exciting.
Bengal is the home of sitar music and the principal musicians are Bengalis.
Baul is one of the few widely known and appreciated types of folk music in Bengal.
bengalnet.tripod.com /arts_music.htm   (302 words)

 Soumya Chakravarti's Music Page: Folk Music of India
Music of the Bauls of W. Bengal and Bangladesh
Music of the Fakirs of W. Bengal and Bangladesh
We have helped and learnt from eminent folk music collectors, musicians and performers in India, walking and travelling many miles with tape-recorders to collect and to preserve what we feel is a medium under the threat of obliteration.
www.geocities.com /s_chakravarti   (330 words)

 Works of Swami Prajnanananda
This book has solved many mysteries of psychology and philosophy, and has come to the conclusion that the true knowledge of the Absolute (absolute Brahman) is the only means to go beyond the mind and to cut asunder the knot of nescience that binds men head to foot in the trap of worldliness.
Different problems and application of musical form, theory and practice of music, function of music in its different fields and especially the proper application and appreciation of the value of music have been ingeniously discussed for the knowledge of the modern inquisitive mind.
Music and music materials of ancient India have paved the glorious path of the epitome of Art and Culture of Indian Music.
www.ramakrishnavedantamath.org /puli2.html   (822 words)

 Music of Bangladesh Summary
Although no transcriptions exist of Bengali music prior to the nineteenth century it is possible to delineate particular forms of vocal music from the texts of ancient Bengali poems and from melodies preserved through oral transmission.
Indian classical music is primarily a solo improvisation based on a specific raga chosen from the several hundreds passed down from master musicians to their disciples.
See Music of Bengal for information on music that originated in greater Bengal prior to the creation of a separate nation-state of Bangladesh in 1971.
www.bookrags.com /Music_of_Bangladesh   (3893 words)

A very small percentage of the mass used to listen to rock music and that was essentially in English, language was the barrier.
In 2003 for the first time in the history of bangla music, a bangla rock band got associated with a Bengali movie titled NIL NIRJONE and the soundtrack for the movie was released.
In 2003 for the first time in the history of banglaa music, a banglaa rock band got associated with a Bengali movie titled NIL NIRJONE and the soundtrack for the movie was released.
www.cactusmusic.com /band.htm   (889 words)

 webindia123.com-Art of West Bengal-Music of West Bengalfolk songs of west bengal-tagore traditions of west ...
Bold innovations have continued to be made by a number of music composers in the form and style of Bengali song and folk songs of different regions of Bengal came to the presented in pure and adapted forms.
For concert music the violin, the clarinets and the cornet are extensively used.
The khol and cymbals are the invariable accompaniment for Kirtan music.
www.webindia123.com /westbengal/art/music1.htm   (757 words)

 Bangladesh ShowBiz - News update - Reviving baul music
Pioneers in bringing young and talented pop music bands and solo performers to the forefront, they are at present focusing on an area a little bit neglected for long in the world of music.
This Baul musical event was an opportunity for the music lovers of the country to take a taste of the hundreds of year-old folk songs of Bengal.
In olden days, when sources of entertainment were scarce in rural Bengal, Baul singers had a field day moving from village to village attired in saffron clothes with an ‘ektara’ in their hand.
www.bangladeshshowbiz.com /news/reviving_baul_music.htm   (2029 words)

 Kamat's Potpourri: West Bengal
It was division of Bengal in 1905 that started India's freedom struggle and another in 1947 terminated it.
Bengal is the the epitome of India's values and heritage as it is of India's problems and aspirations.
This is not a tourist information brochure; we have tried to represent the rich and complex tapestry of life in Bengal as experienced by the authors during late 60s and again in early 80s.
www.kamat.com /kalranga/wb   (370 words)

 Salil Chowdhury: A Phenomenon in Modern Bengali Music
His music lessons were essentially those accorded to him by his surroundings - the environment of Bengal where music grows like nature itself, myriad in its manifestations.
It would be ungrateful not to mention in the context of IPTA and its activism in new political music in Bengal the names of Jyotirindra Moitra, Binoy Roy, Haripada Kushari and Hemanga Biswas.
They had experimented with almost all musical elements and materials, available far and near, and had shown a broadness of mind and boldness of spirit that remain unique in the history of modern music and that of 'song' in general.
www.salilda.com /articles/salil_manab_1.asp   (1716 words)

 String Musical Instruments of India @ NewKerala.Com, India   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The gourd of the tambura used in Hindustani music is made from the pumpkin shell.
The name Sarangi is believed to mean “hundred colours" as it has greater adaptability to the wide range of musical styles, with flexible tuning ability, and capacity to produce a large pallette of tonal colour and emotional nuance.
This stringed instrument has been developed to follow the precision of Indian classical music, and the quality of the long and slow moving (vocal type) glissandos that are so typical of dhrupad.
music.newkerala.com /indian-string-musical-instruments.php   (2489 words)

 Indian Folk Music
This is a celebratory music form and people dance to these tunes during the festival of Navratri, as well as other celebratory occasions and festivals.
Another form of folk music is the Indian tribal music that originated from the inhabitants of the hilly regions of India.
Generally the folk and tribal music was composed and performed in a manner to give a social message or to celebrate a particular occasion such as a festival.
www.artistspages.org /indian_folk_music.htm   (353 words)

 state of bengal - mybindi.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
He was exposed to his parents’ culture in the form of music, movies, Tagore, and one and half years of life in Bangladesh.
His visit to Noakhali, Bangladesh, and his subsequent work as a teacher of Bengali dance and music, were, in some measure, ways of discovering that meaning and purpose.
Music is a way of letting God know.” And perhaps more than that.
www.mybindi.com /arts-entertainment/music/stateofbengal.cfm   (709 words)

 Welcome to Bangla Music Artists!
State Of Bengal is one of the Key Dj / Producers to have emerged from the Cutting Edge British Asian Music scene that emerged in the late 90's that gave birth to the 'Asian Underground' movement.
State of Bengal was set up in 1987 after Sam returned to London from a visit to the village of Noakhali in Bangladesh where he met and interacted with traditional musicians and dancers.
State Of Bengal's reputation for pushing the boundaries and 'stepping out' to produce eclectic 'out of the box' albums as well as his archives of dance tracks has gained him further and continuing respect as one of the innovators and Pioneer's of the British Asian music scene.
www.banglamusic.com /artists/state_of_bengal   (1148 words)

 Ex-Bengal's music career blossoms
While he was still playing ball for the Bengals, the former piano major at Penn State was visiting the Cincinnati Pops and other orchestras, where he tested his musical talent.
“Popular music can, if you're not careful, become less about music and more about hypnotizing somebody with a "hook,' repeating something relentlessly over and over until the listener gives up and is forced to listen,” he laughs.
Meanwhile, he is pursuing his dream to write the great American musical, to someday “walk into a New York theater and see a show that I've written, and see if it can find an audience,” he says.
www.enquirer.com /editions/2000/11/20/tem_ex-bengals_music.html   (814 words)

 Amazon.com: Bengal: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
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Bengal Songs of the "Madmen" by Various Artists (Audio CD - 1996)
www.amazon.com /s?ie=UTF8&keywords=Bengal&tag=internetinternat&index=music&link_code=qs&page=1   (589 words)

 Bengal : Nature : Birds of Bengal : Bengal Birds   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Birds are an integral part of Bengal's flora and fauna.
Bengal's literary masterpieces are in many ways indebted to these creatures.
Not forgetting Bengal's culture to imbibe the visitors in the family members here are references of a few birds.
www.bangalinet.com /bengal_birds.htm   (555 words)

 The State of Bengal - Free Music Downloads, Videos, Lyrics, CDs, MP3s, Bio, Merchandise and Links
State of Bengal is a group headed by Sam Zaman that emerged from Britain's Asian underground music scene.
The racism that Zaman experienced during his youth turned into an outlet for his music and by 15 he was DJing community organized events.
In 2000, State of Bengal made a strong full-length introduction with their album Visual Audio.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/music/artist/bio/0,,664551,00.html   (304 words)

 Freemuse: India: Complete ban on music in West Bengal village
A religious leader in Murshidabad has banned listening to music at home, and playing music in public is also forbidden, reports Calcutta Telegraph and the Indian tv channel Times Now.
“Music is prohibited in this village,’’ reads a sign, written in bold on walls on both sides of the approach road to Kanupur village in Raghunathgunj.
The “fatwa” against music bears the stamp of the local club and the Mazaar and Madarsa Committee.
www.freemuse.org /sw16384.asp   (917 words)

 The Daily Star Web Edition Vol. 4 Num 2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
It is more than two and half years that Bengal Foundation has been working hard to materialise its dream of founding a music school where students will have a platform for pure music practice.
Although Sheikh Khalid Hasan, Assistant Director of Bengal Shilpalay at Dhanmondi, cannot yet dare to give any deadline as to when the school may start, for a lot of preparation is still needed, he, however, is confident that it is not very far.
The four are students of music under Bengal Foundation's scholarship and they are among those who take regular lessons from two of the subcontinent's eminent musicians, Ustad Mashkur Ali Khan and Shanti Sharma.
www.thedailystar.net /2003/05/29/d30529140175.htm   (432 words)

 World Music Central - Your connection to World Music
As a composer, Babukishan has written the music for several albums, TV serials and films, earning a good reputation as one of the most promising composer in the Bollywood (Indian cinema) music andfilm industry of India.
He is the first singer and music composer from the rich baul family tradition to venture into fusion music by combining baul/sufi music with western music and reggae music.
Babukishan produced and directed two documentary films about folk music and he wrote a book titled "The Bauls of Bengal." One of Babukishan's latest projects is the band "Birds", which he founded.
www.worldmusiccentral.org /artists/artist_page.php?id=493   (427 words)

 ISU Bengal
In this edition of the Bengal Chat, we caught up with Denise Cockrell of the women's tennis team.
Bengal - I hear that your whole family plays tennis.
Bengal - You have teammates from all over the globe.
www.isubengal.com /home/index.cfm?event=displayArticle&ustory_id=310420f0-6a4a-4bdb-a223-f7378511db68   (282 words)

 Bengal-Babies Tennessee Bengals - MCK Bengal Cattery - Available Kittens
When placed locally kittens are available for adoption as early as ten to twelve weeks of age.
All Music City Kittys Bengal-Babies are placed with their age appropriate vaccinations, are de-wormed three times, and groomed/dipped with "Health Guard" before placement.
They eat well on their own, are completely weaned, and possess the ability to effortlessly use the litter box.
bengal-babies.com /ak.html   (311 words)

 Singing a different tune   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
It is the only band which defines its music as decidedly ‘urban folk’, and it is evident in their consistent fusion of modern, urban lyrics with Bangla rural folk tunes like Baul or Bhatiyali, the latter being traditionally sung by the boatmen on the Ganga and also the Padma, now in Bangladesh.
It is a significant achievement that Bhoomi of all the bands, has been successful in expanding the audience of Bangla Band’s urban music beyond the college campus and youth circuits into the older, middle aged listeners.
Though everyday city life remains one of their main inspirations behind their music, the band maintains that there was no conscious attempt to sound political at all.
www.baga.net /bhoomi.htm   (609 words)

 Bengal-Babies Tennessee Bengals - Music City Kittys Bengal Cattery
Bengal-Babies Tennessee Bengals - Music City Kittys Bengal Cattery
We encourage you to take a quick look around and familiarize yourself with the Bengal breed, as well as our Tennessee Bengal cattery (which is near Nashville).
Music City Kittys Bengal Cattery of Middle Tennessee feeds and recommends Bil-Jac kitten and cat foods.
bengal-babies.com   (193 words)

 Links To World Music Pages - Folk Music India
Rikshaw - A musical exploration in rural Madhya Pradesh.
Tumi Music - Full of background and touring info on all artists and their albums as well as offering visitors the opportunity to buy any of hundreds of Latin American releases on-line.
World Music at About - Music from cultures and languages around the world with weekly features and links from over 30 countries, cultures and groups.
www.beatofindia.com /mainpages/links.htm   (448 words)

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