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    Posted by Aakrisha on July 11, 2024 at 6:01 pm

    What were the main types of music and dance in the Mughal Empire?

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    During the Mughal Empire (1526-1857) in India, the main types of music and dance included:

    Music:

    • Classical Indian music styles like Hindustani classical music, which developed further under Mughal patronage. Key instruments included the sitar, sarod, veena, and tabla.
    • Sufi devotional music, such as qawwali, which became popular in Mughal courts.
    • Folk music traditions from different regions of the Indian subcontinent, including folk songs, ballads, and dance-music.
    • Court music and dance performances, which were important parts of Mughal imperial ceremonies and celebrations.

    Dance:

    • Classical Indian dance forms like Kathak, which evolved significantly under the Mughals and integrated Persian influences.
    • Folk dance traditions from different parts of the Indian subcontinent, such as Bhangra from Punjab.
    • Dance-dramas and theatrical performances that combined music, dance, and storytelling.
    • Court dances performed for the Mughal emperors and nobility, showcasing the technical mastery and artistry of professional dancers.

    The Mughal rulers, especially Akbar, Jahangir, and Shah Jahan, were great patrons of the arts and helped facilitate the development and spread of these musical and dance traditions across the empire. The blending of Persian and Indian artistic influences during this period produced a vibrant and unique cultural synthesis.

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