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Khyal, Improvisation, and Social Change

Wasanti Paranjape

Published: 2012-05-08

In this essay, Wasanti Paranjape takes as a starting point the assumption that music forms an integral part of its culture and is therefore inextricably linked to the artistic and also the social and political context of that culture. This article observes changes in North Indian Classical music that came about with the emergence of Khyal (a distinct branch of North Indian Classical music) and the social changes that occurred as a result.

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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.