Nature has endowed this universe with many beautiful life forms, of so many different shapes, sizes and abilities. Most animal forms have the ability to produce sounds and some of them even have the capability to communicate using varied sounds. Man is unique in that he can express his thoughts using sound. The ability to express his thoughts through sounds has evolved into an art which we call music. Music can thus be defined as an art form that arranges sounds in a fashion that follows certain natural principles and provides that special inner feeling of happiness and contentment. It is important to note that the basic principles are natural and thus the theory of music is only an attempt by man to rationally explain what is already beautiful. As a fringe benefit, this rationalization helps in understanding the inherent beauty of music and creates increasingly higher levels of appreciation in the listener.
Indian music is closely interwined with religion. Legendary belief is that Indian music originated from the primordial sound, or ‘Shabdha Brahma’, OM. The Vedas of ancient Hindus are at least 4000 years old. And Indian music traces its origin to the Sama Veda. It is therefore the oldest system of music in the world, reaching back to 2000 years before Christ.