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God Save the Queen in India?
April 2, 2010 12:03 PM   Subscribe

Do any patriotic songs that are popular today in India use the melody of the UK's national anthem God Save the Queen?
posted by tnygard to Media & Arts (4 answers total)
 
I don't think so. I mean, wouldn't the scales have to be completely different?
posted by anniecat at 1:26 PM on April 2, 2010


I'm a dolt when it comes to music, but my understanding (though hazy) is that Westernized music/melodies are on a different kind of scale?
posted by anniecat at 1:27 PM on April 2, 2010


Only "classical" Indian music uses the varied non-Western scales. Popular music is usually in the good ol' diatonic (equally tempered) scale because they use western instruments like guitars and pianos. (Off the top of my head I can think of a Bollywood song to the main theme of Mozart's 41st symphony.)
posted by phliar at 2:52 PM on April 2, 2010


I don't think so. I mean, wouldn't the scales have to be completely different?

Uh, the YouTube clip you link to does not support the idea that Indian scales are completely different from Western music.
posted by Jaltcoh at 6:44 AM on April 4, 2010


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