About Indian Voical Music The origins of Indian music can be found over 4000 years ago, in the Rig Veda and Sama Veda. In Samaveda, music is described at length and its hymns could be sung as samagana, a style that evolved into ragas.Since the 12th century, Indian Classical Music has been significantly influenced by Indian folk music and Persian music, and evolved in the North into Hindustani classical music.
Today, Hindustani music and Carnatic music (which represents the music of South India) are the two branches of Indian Classical music.
Hindustani classical music is primarily vocal-centric, with many instruments designed and favored by how well they emulate the human voice. In fact, the human voice is considered the original and finest instrument.
The major vocal forms-cum-styles associated with Hindustani classical music are Dhrupad, Khayal, and Tarana. Other forms include Ghazal and Bhajan which comprise folk or semi-classical music.