Many people are apprehensive about classical music, be it Western or Indian. Although it may be challenging to understand, it is possible to learn to appreciate Hindustani classical music.
The first step is acceptance. Acknowledge that at present, you may not be able to fully appreciate something remarkable due to various reasons such as hesitance or perception. Imagine being at a concert, feeling out of place as the person next to you seems knowledgeable and is enthusiastically responding to the performance. Don’t worry. Offer a polite smile and try to enjoy the performance.
People often say they can’t connect with Hindustani classical music. Your journey starts there. Listen to non-remixed film songs or Hindi or regional language songs in your native tongue. Classical songs are often based on classical music. Listen to compositions by Naushad, Laxmikant-Pyarelaal, Jagjit Singh, O.P. Nayyar, Kalyanji-Anandji, or if you prefer more contemporary music, try Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, A.R. Rahman, Uttam Singh, or Aadesh Shrivastava.
Simultaneously, start listening to short classical instrumental pieces. For example, if you hear a song featuring a flute, listen to a classical flute piece for 5-10 minutes. You can find these on YouTube. Try to find similarities between the pieces. If you discover …
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