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Musing on Indian Music

Indian music is the part of the spiritual consciousness of the Indian subcontinent. The earliest reference of music in India or for that matter in the entire world is credited to the Vedic period when the Vedas were compiled. The Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and the Brahmanas and Upanishads talk about the sound that pervades the entire universe i.e. Nada Bramhan. They offer many theories and treaties considering ‘Om’ as the original word which give rise to the various notes in Music. The Indian temples were the places of musical orchestrations. The spiritual ecstasy, the devotee reached in participation of the musical consorts became the feature of temple pilgrimage. The tradition of Indian classical music stands tall offering one of the most beautiful ways to...

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Aryan Invasion Theory - Archaelogical Perspective

The presence of Iron and Horse in the bronze age Indus Valley Civilisation of Harappa and Mohenjodaro are often cited as material evidence of the Foreign Aryan Invasion upon the indigenious culture of India. And with that came in the Vedic period which gave birth to the copious knowledge systems that sprang from it. All archaeological excavations at these two and other sites offer a conclusive evidence of a continuous and flourishing Indic culture throughout the Indian Subcontinent  proving the falsity of the Aryan Invasion myth.

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Aryan Invasion Theory - Current Impact

  As Koenrad Elst said… ‘’Until the mid 19th Century , no Indian had ever heard of the notion that his ancestors could be Aryan Invaders from Central Asia who had destroyed the native civilisation and enslaved the native population. Neither had South Indians ever dreamt that they were the rightful owners of the whole subcontinent, dispossessed by Aryan Invaders who had chased them from North India, turning it into Aryavarta, the land of the Aryans. Nor had the lower caste people heard that they were original inhabitants of India, subdued by the Aryans and forced into prison-house of caste, which the conquerors imposed upon them as an early form of Apartheid.’’  Aryan Invasion Theory - Current Impact  The repercussions...

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Aryan Invasion Theory - Debunked.

The concept of Aryan Invasion theory got its momentum in 1786 after Sir William Jones declared that Sanskrit and most of the European languages have a common origin. Subsequently, with the discovery, Hittitte and Mitanni documents in Syria, Iraq, and Turkey made the addition to the Indo-European language series. The Indo-European family of languages includes Germanic (including English) Celtic, Hellenic, Italic, Illyrian, Thraco-Phrygian, Baltic, Slavonic, Iranian, and the Popular languages of the Northern part of India beginning with Sanskrit, Marathi, Gujrati, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and Bengali. A.I.T. & Scholastic Speculations  The Aryan invasion theory was discussed by a wide range of scholars, both western and Indian. John Marshall considered that the people of Indus valley were Non-Aryans. Mortimer Wheeler who...

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Aryan Invasion Theory - The Origins

In 1866, in the letter to his wife, Max Muller observed that “ It (Rigveda) is the root of their religion and to show them what the root is, I feel sure, is the only way of uprooting all that has sprung from it during the last 3000 years. Max Muller then a young scholar, biased by the euro centric idea of History couldn't find a possibility of indigenous development of a culture laudable enough to make a literature so intense in its structure and nature.

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