Oldest Living Music and Dance

Did you know that the Hindu musical system of ragas codified in the Sama Veda is the oldest living music in the world?

The slokas (hymns) of the Vedas are codified in meters and are recited with rich lyricism. Originating from the Sama Veda the different forms of Hindustani and Carnatic music are still immensely popular today.

In India, dance has been used both as a vehicle of worship and as an expression of profound emotions, a human being’s most subtle states of mind. The Indian dance system is the oldest and most comprehensive in the world. The world’s earliest evidence of dance is a bronze figurine of a dancing girl discovered in the 4,000-year-old ruin of Mohenjodaro.


Bharatanatyam is amongst the oldest of the classical dance forms of India, with a history that goes back more than two thousand years. Integrating elements of music, theater, poetry, sculpture, and literature, this multi-dimensional art has come down through the centuries, as part of a dynamic, vital, living tradition, that offers infinite scope for understanding and exploring the body, mind and spirit.

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