Tansen Samaroh

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Around 1,300 musicians played Vande Mataram on tabla to enter the Guinness World Record for the “largest table ensemble” during the ongoing 99th International Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior.

About Tansen Samaroh

  • Tansen Samaroh is a tribute to Indian musical legend, Shri Ramtanu Misra, famously known as Tansen.
  • It is held every year in December in Gwalior to celebrate Tansen.
  • Artists and music lovers from all over the world gather here to pay tribute to the Great Indian Musical Maestro Tansen. 

Key facts about Mian Tansen

  • He was a prominent Indian classical music composer, musician and vocalist, known for a large number of compositions, and also an instrumentalist who popularised and improved the plucked rabab (of Central Asian origin).
  • He was among the Navaratnas (nine jewels) at the court of the Mughal Emperor Jalal ud-din Akbar.
  • Akbar gave him the title Mian, an honorific, meaning learned man.
  • Tansen as a historical personality is difficult to extract from the extensive legend that surrounds him.
  • He is given credit for introducing some famous ragas viz., Miyan ki Malhar, Miyan ki Todi and Darbari

Q1) What is Indian classical music?

Indian classical music is a rich tradition that originated in South Asia and can now be found in all corners of the world. Its origins date back to sacred Vedic scriptures over 6,000 years ago where chants developed a system of musical notes and rhythmic cycles. In this way, Indian classical music is very closely connected to nature, taking inspiration from natural phenomena including the seasons and times of the day to create ‘ragas’ or musical moods and many time cycles or ‘taals’ that have been further codified.

Source: Gwalior, the creative city of music, celebrates a new Guinness record