India has given birth numerous renowned classical violists. Read on about Indian classical music and violists in this article.

Indian Vocalists

Indian classical music has two distinct genres consisting of Hindustani classical music and Carnatic music. Hindustani classical Music is the north Indian classical music tradition and it's believed to have evolved from 12th centuries AD onwards. Hindustani classical Music is said to have been evolved out of a homogeneous amalgamation of different musical genres like the Vedic chant tradition, Persian tradition of Musiqi-e assil and existant folk music culture. Carnatic music, on the other hand, is the classical music tradition more dominant in the southern part of India.

This classical music genre is believed to have branched off from the Indian Hindustani music genre some time around the 12th century. The crucial focus is on vocal music in Carnatic classical music. Just like Hindustani classical, Carnatic music embodies the raga (the melodic formula) and the tala or the rhythmic cycles. India has been blessed with a number of renowned classical vocalists like Ananda Shankar, Tansen, Tyagaraja, Beghum Akhtar, Swathi Thirunal, Ghulam Ali Khan, Girija Devi and so on.

Girija Devi
She is an eminent Indian classical vocalist representing the Banaras gharana. She is proficient singers of various different genres of Hindustani vocal music like Khyal, Thumri, Dadra, Chaiti and Kajari. But her forte lies in singing the Poorab and Thumri. She is, thus, called the Queen of Thumri.

Kumar Gandharva
A renowned Indian Hindustani classical singer, the most unique feature about the singing style of Kumar Gandharva was that he refused to be circumscribed by the specific tradition and rules of a Gharana. He was a child prodigy and a genius at creating innovative compositions.

Vishwanath Rao Ringe
An eminent Indian Hindustani classical music stalwart, late Pt. Vishwanath Rao Ringe is credited for composing as many as 2000 bandishs in about 200 ragas. Due to this reason, his name was enlisted in the prestigious Limca Book of Records.

Pandit Jasraj
Foremost exponent of Mewati gharana; Recipient of Padma Bhushan, Surer Guru , Sangeet Martand , Sangeet Kala Ratna, Sangeet Natak Academy Award , Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar , and Dinanath Mangeshkar Award.

Balamurali Krishna
Balamurali Krishna turned out to be a child prodigy, who began staging musical shows from the age of five. He composed the Raganga Ravali that's a detailed work on the 72 Melakarta scheme when he was merely 14 years old. Also he is said to have composed as many as 400 Carnatic musical compositions.

Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
Belonging from the illustrious Patiala Gharana, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan was considered the king of Hindustani classical music genre. Infact, the people were so much in love with his voice that many called him the Tansen of the 20th century.

Bhimsen Joshi
Enriched the Kirana gharana by adding his own distinctive style and adapting characteristics from other gharanas; Improvised and combined ragas to create new ragas; Recipient of Padma Shri, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan

C. R. Vyas
For a person whose first love, first commitment and first passion is music, he is bound to make it big in the industry with a long list of disciples following him. In the music industry, it is C.R. Vyas who is regarded as one of India's leading vocalists.

Gangubai Hangal
Gangubai Hangal's is one of the most famous names in the world of Hindustani classical music. Born to a mother who was an expert of Carnatic music, singing was already in Gangubai Hangal's genes. The voice of Gangubai Hangal is identified by its soulful and powerful qualities. She belonged to the Kirana gharana and practiced

Hirabai Barodekar
In a culturally rich country like India where music and dance are a part of many people's lives, there are scores who make a living out of music. But not everyone among them can win the hearts of the audience around them. Hirabai Barodekar, one of the most famous names in Indian Hindustani classical music,

Saraswati Abdul Rane
An eminent Hindustani classical singer practicing in British India, Saraswati Abdul Rane was the daughter of Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, the founder of the Kirana Gharana of Hindustani classical music. As part of a family that was so well known in the music circles of India, Saraswati