India is a land of cultural diversities.
Every region in India has its own form of folk music. This rich tradition of
folk music is very much alive in not just rural India, but also in some
metros. Though one may say that music has acquired a totally different
definition with the arrival of pop culture and new age cinema, there are many
who would beg to differ. The realm of traditional folk music in India is very
large and it is basically a countryside representation of the urban Indian
society. Many people tend to mix up Indian folk music with tribal music.
There is a huge difference between thee two genres of music. Read on to know
about folk music of India. Folk music is very different from classical music
as well. To begin with, it is not taught in the same way as classical music
is taught. Classical music usually requires a student devoting their entire
life perfecting the forms of this music. Folk music is more like a daily
ritual without affecting the daily lives of people. People learn it since
their childhood and grow up on these songs. One can always carry on with
their daily life routine while listening to or singing folk music. Most of
the songs are sung in small village functions like weddings, births, etc.
Folk music also uses a number of instruments. The refined versions of these
instruments are used for classical music. For instance the "Tabla",
which is a very important instrument of classical music, is used in a crude
form like daf, dholak or nal. The cruder versions of Sitar or Sarod are used
in folk music, which are known as ektara, dotar, saringda, rabab and santur.
Not all regions use the same instrument. In fact, the same instrument may not
even be called by the same name every where. Most of these instruments are
made of easily available material like bamboo, clay pots, empty coconut
shells, etc. Most of the folk music in India is dance oriented and many
popular forms of dance like Dandiya, Lavani, Garba, etc. are danced along the
tunes of popular folk music. They are very enjoyable, as most of them very
Folk Songs Of South India - ECLP 2258
Indian Classical (Vocal)
Rajee Narayan, Natraja Natya Niketan, S.P.
Pitchaikutty, C.S. Sarojini, A. Anusooy, V. Sita, Padmapriya, Ramanamma,
Janamma, A. k. Sukumaran & S.M. Koya