MUSIC is literally as old as the VEDAs.
It originated in the vedic times ( the earliest
reference to it is in the Samaveda ) when mantras,
slokas and stotras were chanted during worship in
special frequencies corresponding to musical notes
or swaras. From these notes gradually developed
the OCTAVE or the SAPTAK.
At the heart of the system of Indian Classical Music
is the concept of the RAGA - a melodic form
or entity, defined by notes and their progression
- in the framework of which the Indian Musician
is free to IMPROVISE.