1. Why does the Indian classical tradition dominate the musical image of South Asia in the west?
The classical music of India has gained most of the attention of outsiders probably due to the colonization era that has brought Indo-European invaders (Aryan Civilization) into their territory between 2000 and 1500 BCE due to the presence of rich resources. However, Indian music, unlike the communal music of Africa and Southeast Asia, is individual and often virtuosic and can be both vocal and instrumental. The Hindustani one (North) is more appealing to the Western society as it is more instrumental based, whereas the Carnatic (south) one is more vocally oriented. Another factor that attracts the Western attention …show more content…
Filmi songs , however, are not part of the classical raga tradition and most of such films encourage an escapist experience for the audience. Bollywood is the most productive cinematic producer with over 2000 films per year since it started in 1931. Its music breaks away from the more traditional side by the Westernization of the production softwares and instruments (synthesizers, playback