Music is popularly taken to cover a wide domain of serious (read : traditional)
music. Shastriya Sangeet (e.g. Khayal, Dhrupad and Tarana) is an important
segment of serious music and is usually labelled as "heavy". Examples
of ‘light classical" music are tighter discipline as regards ‘raag’
than "Lighter" varieties.
universal definition of classical music would cover not only traditional music
but also other music adheres to a discipline and retains appeals for many, many
years. For example, certain folk music and selected pieces of film music may
also quality to become ‘classical’.
word ‘classical’ in the Conference will be governed by the universal
definition. Therefore, when we encounter grey areas like fusion and jazz, we
shall deal with them on a case-to case basis as to their being considered as
‘light’ classical we have presentations such as Sugam Sangeet, Ghazals and
some varieties of folk music. These constitute ‘ light’ music. They are
‘light’ is ‘pop’ (short for popular) music. In this, the musical content
generally forsakes melodicity. Instead, polyphony, harmony and a surfeit of
rhythm take over. We are not dealing with that type of music here.
things stand today, audience strength is seen to go up as we come down the
ladder; heavy to light. In this Conference we are addressing precisely this
problem of diminishing audience as the music gets ‘heavier’. Accordingly,
the emphasis will be more on the ‘heavier’ end than ‘lighter’.
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