Indian Music is best known in the West by the Beatles when collaborator Ravi Shankar played the sitar with this iconic band. It is also generally recognised as Music of Bollywood musicals. Indian Music, however, is much more than that. It boasts a long history and is closely linked to Indian spirituality. Many of the instruments players and the melodies are mostly unfamiliar to Western ears. Because the West has an entirely different approach to Music, one needs to be open-minded to appreciate Indian Music.
The majority of classical Indian music concerts have been based around a vocalist or else an instrumentalist. Since classical Indian Music itself is solely based on single melody lines, a great deal of attention goes to individual notes. On the other hand, Western Music is mostly based around harmony. Indian Music, on the contrary, can last for hours, growing slowly like a crescendo, ascending to a point before winding down.
Ravi Shankar even pointed out at a Geroge Harrison concert, that the West has trouble deciphering the end of tuning and when the performance begins because Western Music tends to be accompanied by flashy imagery, it might be hard to build up to the experience.
A special concert in Christchurch, New Zealand
Sitar maestro Shadhid Parvez Khan is one of the most influential Indian Classical musicians of our generations. Not only has he considered a gem of the infamous Etawah tradition but he also belongs to the seventh generation of his musical lineage. His Music is considered evolving and with a unique tone that has become his hallmark as a performer. You can come to see him perform on June 7th, 2020. Tickets start from $30 with the concert kicking off at 3 p.m.