26. September 2011 · Comments Off on Symphony Orchestra of India · Categories: Read Online, Symphony, Videos

Despite a rich musical heritage, India did not have its own professional symphony orchestra until five years ago when the Symphony Orchestra of India [SOI] was set up to broaden the appeal of Western classical music in the country.

Be it Bollywood music blaring from a Mumbai taxi, or the sultry sounds of the shehnai at a wedding, or the vibrato-laden vocals of a south Indian Carnatic singer – India has been a melting pot of music genres for centuries.

“It’s shocking that we never had an orchestra like this before,” says Khushroo Suntook, who founded the SOI in 2006.

Much of the time I run across articles where people are complaining about “classical music” dying and realize they are talking about the classical music of India, so I was interested to read this article on western classical music in India, which is, in a way, experiencing a birth there — or so it is hoped by some.

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