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The Stars

The Stars

In this gallery we feature a hundred luminaries of the indian music whose sounds, continues to resound among us. Their gift to us – the shared human experience we call music – binds, heals and inspires. Highlights – Shehnai of Bismillah Khan, Tambura of MS...

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Reaching out

Reaching out

From the gramophone to the mobile phone, the way that music has been recorded and disseminated has evolved. Trace the journey of recorded sound in India, learn about the pioneers of recording, and the way that technology has impacted music. Highlights : Rare...

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Stories through song

Stories through song

Since the first ‘talkie’ in the 1930s, music has been an inalienable part of the movies in India. Discover the landmarks and legends of Hindi film music and find the diverse influences of various genres of music in film songs, and find that special song that brings...

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Songs of struggle

Songs of struggle

This gallery, designed like an archive, explores how music can be part of political movements. From India’s national movement, where music was used to unite people, to songs of protest that express dissent, music has the power to create change. Highlights : over 35...

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Instruments gallery

Instruments gallery

A stunning double-height display of over 100 musical instruments from across the country, along with information on their origins, making and playing techniques. Highlights : Peacock-shaped mayura veena, snake-shaped nagphani.

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Melting pot

Melting pot

Indian music is a confluence of many influences. From colonial times, musical interactions have enhanced and enriched cultures. Explore interesting and lesser-known stories about the histories of musical instruments such as the violin and the harmonium. Highlights :...

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Songs of the people

Songs of the people

Did you know that birth, puberty and even death is commemorated through folk songs? Learn more about various folk and tribal communities of India, their songs and the contexts in which these songs are sung. Highlights : Mechanized puppet displays, folk art murals,...

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Living traditions

Living traditions

Always wondered what sruti, raga, tala, gharana, dhrupad, khayal, kutcheri really mean? Learn about the origins of classical music, understand the basic concepts of Karnatic and Hindustani classical music and hear the music of the torchbearers of tradition....

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Contemporary expressions

Contemporary expressions

Take a walk down a busy street in Bangalore and relive the early days of independent ‘indie’ rock music in India. Discover the classical legends who were pioneers of the world music movement, and take a look at some of the enablers and iconic venues of contemporary...

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