Varanasi "The City Of Music"

Varanasi chosen as ‘City Of Music’ by UNESCO

Under the UNESCO creative cities Network, Varanasi chosen as the “City Of music”. The decleration has helped the city in boosting their cultural heritage.

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Varanasi is renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts, and education. Some of the world-renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. The art and culture of Varanasi are unique. It is the historic cultural tradition of Varanasi that makes it the cultural capital of India. A combination of Music, Archaeology, Mythology, Geography, Art, and History makes Varanasi a great centre of Indian culture.

The most notable musical instruments of Varanasi are the Sitar , Tabla, and the Shehnai. Not only tabla (a set of two small drums which is the percussion instrument of India) but also sitar are good to buy in Varanasi. In case of sitar, the wood they are made from is important to verify and consult a local artist. Instruments made of mango tree wood is inferior in quality compared to the ones made with teak or from the herbal tree known as vijyasar

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Music in Varanasi is a tradition linked to the ancient times of the Pauranic legends. Lord Shiva, who is reported to have established this city, was credited with developing music and dance forms. Legend also attributes that Renu, son of sage Vishvamitra and Mahagobind, was the precursors of music tradition in Kashi (Varanasi) when nymphs (Apsaras), Gandharvas and Kinnaras were the traditional practitioners of this art form, and saint Chaitanya and Vallabhacharya were the pioneers in spreading this music tradition in Varanasi.

Notable musicians of Varanasi include the iconic sitar player Ravi Shankar, the Shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan, Sarod maestro vikash Maharaj and singer Girija Devi. Varanasi has joined the global bandwagon of UNESCO “Cities of Music” under the Creative Cities Network. Varanasi chosen in the music category of creative cities network clearly signifies the rich musical heritage of this ancient city.

Music & Varanasi

Kashi & the river Ganga, Varanasi & God Shiva, Banaras & Moksha are the soul of the city. The same is with Music, one can not imagine the city without Music.

Notable Musicians

Notable musicians of Varanasi include the iconic sitar player Ravi Shankar, the Shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan, Sarod maestro Vikash Maharaj and singer Girija Devi. Varanasi has joined the global bandwagon of UNESCO “Cities of Music” under the Creative Cities Network.

Music Schools

Music colleges in Varanasi
  • BHU – Banaras Hindu University. …
  • Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith – MGKVP. …
  • Dhirendra Mahila Mahavidyalaya. …
  • Nav Sadhana Kala Kendra. …
  • Aalap Music Academy..
  • Vartika Institute Of Performing Aarts..
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