If I'm interested in exploring Indian music, particularly rhythmically and harmonically complex Indian music, are there particularly good places to start? Composers, bands, movements/scenes, whatever. I have no preference between classical/religious/film/pop music—at the moment, I know tragically little about the musical landscape, other than that it's gorgeous and really draws me in. I tend to be drawn to frenetic, intense music, but that's by no mean a need for me right now. I just need help figuring out where to look.
Recommend me some music to go along with reading Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children? While reading the book, it's occurred to me that I like and am interested in Indian music, but don't really have any, and don't really know any artists to look for other than Ravi Shankar. I think I'm mostly looking for the more classical Indian styles, as opposed to the pop/Bollywood stuff, but some of both would be nice maybe. Can anyone suggest other performers or albums? Bonus if they're easily available through Amazon or iTunes.
Musical Tourism: I'm traveling next week to Delhi for business, but will have a weekend for shopping, sightseeing. I'm a nerdy musician and would like to bring home a meaningful musical souvenir from India. Preferably an instrument I can play. What should I get and where should I get it from? [more inside]
Half remembered anecdote from a music class I took long ago: "A great German percussionist(?) travels to India in the 20's(?), and on returning says that the trip was a complete waste of time. Not only were the musicians always out of tune, but - most infuriatingly - they were always out of tune in exactly the same way!" Can anyone peg an attribution onto this story? [more inside]
The Indian background music in the Beatles' "Within You Without You"... tell me more about it. [more inside]
Who produced this psychedelic video for Within You, Without You by The Beatles? Is it part of some larger project? Where could I find it at higher res (how would I search for a torrent)? Where could I find the interesting mix of the song used in it (which samples a drum break from Tomorrow Never Knows).
I'm looking for artists, albums, or single songs that mix in elements of Indian/Hindi music and other various contemporary styles. [more inside]
Looking for suggestions of Indian & Bangladeshi music to help get me in the mood for an upcoming trip. [more inside]
I'm looking for a very distinct Indian music video. There's [more inside]
Can Mefites point me to Diwali related music? Names of songs , particular artists to look for, would all be appreciated. Places (online or in the Boston, MA) area where I can buy said music would be greatly appreciated.
I need help identifying the notes in a snippet of Indian music. [more inside]
So I'm a pledge at a fraternity here at Cornell university, and we're throwing a party whose tentative name is "Rock the Casbah". We're hoping for a mid-eastern/indian feel to the party, from decorations to music. Anyone know some good arabic/indian dance music or american rap music influenced by the sounds of the mid-east/india? [more inside]