Classical music has an enormous base in India too. Although the instruments, terminologies, the manner of creating music may differ from the western classical music, the foundation of both is still mostly similar. And there have been a lot of classical music stalwarts from India – and today we’ll be getting to know some of the most famous, prominent ones’ who lit up the pathway for the future of classical music in India:
Pt. Ravi Shankar:
Well, this musician is one which everyone knows – his voice and music created ripples across the globe! Pt. Ravi Shankar has been honored with the Bharat Ratna and the honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Not to forget the three illustrious Grammys, which illuminated his career.
The name of this mind-blowing classical singer is known not only in India but everywhere across the world. Subbulakshmi received her classical music training since a very young age, and her dedication and passion towards it is what enabled her to give her first stage performance at the age of 13. The kind of music she came up was just enthralling. She was also the first Indian musician to have received the Padma Shri – the highest civilian award in India.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan:
One of the most renowned sarod players both in India and the world – Ustad Amjad’s name is synonymous to that of the sarod. The dedication, passion, and ease with which he plays the compel sarod is what remains in the heart of every person watching and listening to him play.
There has not been a flutist who has had talent which Pt. Hariprasad is blessed with. He is known for the way he expresses feelings through the flute – the ones who listen to the melodies flowing from the flute played by him are left mesmerized! He managed to bring forth an altogether different dimension to the face of classical music in India with the music from his humble instrument – the flute.
Bliss – that’s one word that can aptly describe Zakir Hussein’s magic with the table! Watching him so effortlessly playing this instruments and making it feel seemingly easy is what this tabla maestro does. He is the youngest musician to have received the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri – both awards of high honors in India. Since decades, Zakir Hussein has been spelling magic with the music he creates with his loved instrument – the tabla.