Semi Classical Music In India

Semi Classical music in India refers to lighter forms of raga-based music that originate from or are inspired by folk music. While some are descriptions of various festivals celebrated in Northern India, others remind us of changes in seasons and the joys thereof. Earlier sung primarily by tawaifs or courtesans, semi classical music has over the years gained popularity and is now often performs at the end of a Hindustani music recital.


This concert provides a historic outline of the growth and decline of semi-classical in various parts of Northern India. We demonstrate similarities and differences in various forms of semi classical music such as Thumri, Dadra, Hori, Kajri, Chaiti and Jhoola. 

The concert was first staged at Probodhankar Thakerey Auditorium, Mumbai in 2014.

Copyright Radhika Joshi Ray 2019

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