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Indian instrumental music needs a resurrection
Indian instrumental music needs resurrection. It has declined to such an extent that now only vocal Indian music remains, and all Indian instruments have been replaced by western ones.
Indian classical music is known and hailed all over the world. One of the most spectacular features of India’s rich musical tradition is the evolution of numerous instruments of various kinds. Three main categories of instruments evolved in India - percussion instruments, wind instruments and string instruments. Only the keyboard type instruments are an invention of the West.
 
The dying popularity of Indian musical instruments is a study of contrasts. Originally estimated to be more than 500 in number in old times, the instruments now in vogue are just about one-tenth.
 
Indian music has come a long way. In earlier times, recording techniques were not so advanced. In the black and white era of the Indian cinema, the recording of the songs was on-the-spot. It used to be a live performance of all the music artists along with the actors lip-syncing to the music.

 
This was a golden age of Indian music. Musicians in those times had work in their hands, and music had a prestigious position in the minds of the artists and the people.
 
Today, our attitude towards our own music has added a lot to its plight. Advanced recording techniques and coming of the instruments of the West has given way to experimenting in music. In the bargain, classical music has suffered badly.

 
Another factor playing its part is that manufacturing of Indian instruments take months, whereas a guitar or any other instrument can be made in 15-20 days.
There is a lack of supply of quality instruments. In present times, even if someone is willing to dedicate himself to any instrument, he cannot get instruments of promising quality without a struggle to find the best from the lot. This is because the quality crafters of Indian instruments are very few in number. We have never had any company to fabricate fine quality Indian instruments Whereas, in the West there are branded instruments with set standards of great quality on which people can rely on with their eyes shut.
 
In recent years, rock culture has taken on the nerves of the Indian youth.  Western instrumental music is the major ingredient of any hit track. Shows such as Mtv Rock on and channel V launchpad in one such example. Various rock bands mushroomed around the cities. Indian insruments seemed to have lost their shine in the gleam  of  Western instruments.
 
However, Indian vocal music has a long life. Indian vocal music has continued to remain in the Indian music industry. Television reality shows such as Indian idol and Sa re ga ma pa have helped revive the Indian vocal music.

 
Nevertheless, there is a great need to infuse classical instruments in the present music culture in order to prevent it from dying. The best step could be to give ample of coverage to instrumental music like the vocal music. 

 
 
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