Music Genre - Hindustani Music (North Indian)

Music for the Mind & Soul: Prabhat Rao

Photo blog from our first Music for the Mind & Soul concert of 2017

MFMS: Prabhat Rao

In the first of our special Jugalbandi series, Prabhat Rao, of the Patiala Gharana, is taking to the stage alongside an ensemble of talented musicians.

Yuva Mahotsav

In July 2016, Milapfest curated and produced an exciting new festival in London in Partnership with The Bhavan. Yuva Mahotsav celebrated the next generation of classical artists.

The Mandolin

The Tar Shehnai

The Tar Shehnai is an esraj (bowed string instrument) with an added mechanical amplifier. This amplifier fixed to the sound board of the instrument is modeled on the gramophone sound box to project a stronger, more directional sound. The amplifier …

The Tanpura

The tanpura is an instrument that acts as the reference chord in Indian classical music. It has a resonator and 4 strings, but no frets, as the notes are always played whole. The name is derived from tana or musical …

The tabla

The tabla is the percussion instrument most commonly used in north Indian classical music. The instrument consists of two drums, called bayan (left) and dayan (right) as per the hand they are most commonly played with. The drums consist of …

The swarmandal

The swarmandal is a harp like instrument that is most commonly used as an accompaniment to Hindustani vocal music. The name originates frim ‘swara’ (note) and mandal (group), an indicator of the large number of notes it can produce. Depending …

The Sursringar

The sursringar is a rare string instrument that is used as a Hindustani solo instrument. It was used in Dhrupad music in the 19th century, and is regarded as a descendent of the Rabab. The sursringar has a body made …

The Sitar

The sitar, a stringed instrument played by plucking, is one of the most well known Indian musical instruments. It has gained popularity both in India and the west over the past few decades. The origin of the sitar is however …