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Re: India

At 2:16 AM -0300 4/26/00, Matthias Grob wrote:
>Uday said:
>>That was really cool ! Well, I am overwhelmed and gratified. Never knew 
>>India and Indians are loved so much.
>Many of us learned from Indian philosphy / spiritual work in some way.
>And as a creator of instruments, I find it obvious that India has 
>the most developped traditional instruments:
>"Tricks" like the weight on the skin of the Tabla, the passive 
>strings in the neck of the sitar or the "distortion" at the bridge 
>of the sitar you dont find in such elaborated combination in any 
>other culture!
>As an improvisor, I also observe especially the indian music.
>And probably the strongest book about music and its curing power has 
>been written by Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan - not really an indian, but 
>raized there.
>Sufism is not really an indian philosophy but it survived there.
>We had several discussions about indian music and instruments here. 
>For example in the beginning of April '99 we had "Asian 
>Instruments", "Shruti, Drones, Tanpura". "Loopable Instruments"...
>          ---> http://Matthias.Grob.org

What is interesting to me is that when I listen to good Indian 
Classical Music (the performance, and even technical following of a 
performance requiring levels of discipline and ear training I can't 
imagine reaching), the feeling is very similar to the feeling I get 
when listening to good free improv.

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man 
persists in adapting the world to himself. Therefore, all progress 
depends on the unreasonable man.

--  George Bernard Shaw

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