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What is the difference's between lndian classical songs and western classical songs

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Taking about classical music, I believe one of the major difference between indian and western classical lies in the harmony. Indian classical music makes use of rhythm and melody only. You must have noticed that indian classical musicians play along with tanpura or harmonium but there are no chord progressions,... read more
Taking about classical music, I believe one of the major difference between indian and western classical lies in the harmony. Indian classical music makes use of rhythm and melody only. You must have noticed that indian classical musicians play along with tanpura or harmonium but there are no chord progressions, whereas in western classical music, you get to learn the melody, rhythm and the harmony. Although, when you consider indian fusion, then you can get to listen to harmony too. For ex: Listen to the band "Shakti" which consisted of legends like Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, Ramnad Raghavan, etc. Later, the group started touring with Shankar Mahadevan. Now you aren't just limited to just 1 raga or scale. This video starts with an alaap by Shankar Mahadevan along interesting chord changes by John McLaughlin. Also, I don't agree with the above written answer by Ms. Subbulakshmi. She is trying to compare indian classical and western music (rock, pop, etc instead of classical). If you think that way, lets take indian music aka Bollywood (non classical), don't you get beats predominantly and awful lyrics with poor arranging and composing? And don't forget you have opera in western classical music, which also makes use of emotional lyrics. Musicality is a very subjective topic. There are tons of genres all over the world. You don't generalize them. I hope this helped you :) read less
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Indian classical music has roots in spirituality. Ragas have specific times of day or seasons associated with them. Western classical music has no such them. Harmony and melody are important in western classical music.
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Hi Indrani ! Basically, Indian Classical Music first derives from emotional lyrics tuned to several swaras and raghas to suit the respective emotions.To be precise, Indian classical music is based on emotional lyrics. But the western Music is basically on rhythm and beats predominantly rather than the... read more
Hi Indrani ! Basically, Indian Classical Music first derives from emotional lyrics tuned to several swaras and raghas to suit the respective emotions.To be precise, Indian classical music is based on emotional lyrics. But the western Music is basically on rhythm and beats predominantly rather than the lyrics ! read less
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Indian melody , western harmony :) rest all is quite difficult to elaborate here. Listen some tracks of both types and you will feel the difference.
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Carnatic (Vocal & Violin) Expert

Western music is based on harmony, and Indian classical music is based on melody. This is the basic difference.
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Lots of difference.. A professional can guide you...
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I am a post graduate in Indian classical . I am a JRF NET holder. I also completed VISHARAD ( 6 YRS ) from GANDHI SANGEET MAHAVIDYALAYA.

Hi indrani .. First of all would like to tell you tht there is nothing classical in western music . Offcource their music is containing seven swara as Indian but it does meek it classical as Indian my dear .. Indian music is melodious nd western music is harmonic .. Nd melody brings lot off creativity... read more
Hi indrani .. First of all would like to tell you tht there is nothing classical in western music . Offcource their music is containing seven swara as Indian but it does meek it classical as Indian my dear .. Indian music is melodious nd western music is harmonic .. Nd melody brings lot off creativity feelings in singing whether western is all about range nd feelings not alap taan kab khataka murki meed nd much more .. Hope you understood .. If any thing else you can ask me dear .. Listen Samarjeet Randhawa on you tube.. Stay bless read less
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Very basic and first difference is Indian classical Music is based on Medoly means one note at a time and westeren classical music is based on harmony means more than one notes are connected and related to each other, it is known as chord. Still there are so many aspects which differs both music... read more
Very basic and first difference is Indian classical Music is based on Medoly means one note at a time and westeren classical music is based on harmony means more than one notes are connected and related to each other, it is known as chord. Still there are so many aspects which differs both music but you will understand well if u start learning. Have a nice time regards - Jignesh sir ( Versatile music academy) read less
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Western classical music is harmony chord base Hindustani Classical/Indian Classical are on shruti base
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I think at least 5year
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