The Bhakti cult directly contributed to the theory and practice of music which deeplyimpacted the Hindustani Classical Music. Discuss.

Published: May 1, 2016

The impact of Bhakti Movement on Indian music was through the Ashtachap and Haveli sangeet along with the Bhajan and Kirtans. Using the regional language, Braj, Avadhi or whatever, as the vehicle, saint-composers were able to reach to people in social strata otherwise impervious to the influence of art and music. The works of composers like Jayadeva, Vidyapati, Chandidas, Bhakta Narasimha and Meerabai were used as literary bases to the music. The advent of the Dhrupad, Khayal and Tappa, the dissociation of dance from music, and the shift from the pakhawaj to the tabla, all happened during the Bhakti Movement period.

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